Friday, May 31, 2013

Intentionally Spreading His HIV!



A neighbor man...
Bragging in his drunken state.

“I have spread my HIV to so-and-so and to so-and-so and to so-and-so.”   As he loudly proclaimed the names of women he had slept with, the anger in the community heightened.

He was a predator - and now everyone knew.  He was dying of a disease and his goal was to share the pain with as many as possible.

He preyed on hungry mamas, enticing them with a bag of food with which to feed their children.  And many had given in to him.

The ladies took matters into their own hands.  They joined together and mobbed him - smashing him with a rock in a way that he won’t ever spread his disease again...

The painful thing to me was hearing the list of mama’s that he had slept with...
Ladies we know...
One even a member of Girls With Vision!

And I feel weak in my knees! 


I don’t even know where to go ... but I do realize this!


I NEED to be praying for each of these ladies just as I do for my own children!


For:
* Godly wisdom, for them to know the depth of Christ’s love for them
*Character
*Favor, with God and others
*A spirit of excellence, to do all things as unto the Lord
*Humility
*A desire to know God more deeply than anything else in their lives
*Direction, discernment and protection as they go about each moment of their day
*Godly friends and spouse
*Respect toward authority


(this list was a gift to me from my dear friend and mentor, Cheryl Bastian) http://www.cherylbastian.com/


Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the GOOD way is, and WALK in it, and you will find REST for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16

Thursday, May 23, 2013

When PROSTITUTION Fed My Children... Can GOD Take Care of Them Now?



Two ladies joined Girls With Vision 4 months ago...

Up until they began their journey with us, they had supported themselves and their children through prostitution.

Today, they have committed to turn their lives toward TRUTH and WHOLENESS!

But LIFE doesn't just change overnight!  
Now, as their HEARTS change, where will FOOD come from?
...And it's not easy to follow TRUTH when your children are hungry!

This week, at Girls With Vision, we will be helping them start up a small business...

Please pray - that they will see ...as they are faithful to GOD, He will provide for their REAL needs... May their businesses be a huge success!!!


And, again, as I walk with these amazing ladies, I look at my own life... How easy has "faithfulness" looked for me?  It has never asked me to see my children hungry!  

LORD, as I watch my friends FIGHT to be faithful, may I also FIGHT...   



Sunday, May 19, 2013

A PRACTICAL Way That YOU Can Help...

Her mother died when she was 8 ... she was sent to work as a “house-help” in someone’s home - in exchange for food and shelter.

Obviously, schooling was out of the question!
 

And the list goes on...  Each of the ladies in our Girls With Vision has her own story.  Most weren’t blessed with the opportunity of an education.  This is often where the trap was set that has held them in poverty. 

Many have an illusive dream - perhaps some day, they will learn to read!
As has happened so often, we are watching God’s plan unfold and just sit back in wonder - because HIS plan and dream for these ladies is so much bigger than ours!

And so, this month, we have hired a teacher!   

Yes, Girls With Vision is in the process of starting a SCHOOL!   
We all sit back and reel with the amazement - and the most excited are the ladies (and teens) who faithfully arrive at 7am to learn!









We see now that God has been setting the stage for this for a long time now - we are learning as we walk and recognize that GOD is the one who is at work here! 

Read Stella's story HERE
When I wrote Stella’s story, we had such a huge response - people wanted to help her get that education she longed for!  As we looked into the cost of sending her, we realized that there are many more who also dream of learning!  For a little more, we could hire a teacher and thus allow anyone who wants to, to also get an education.

We charge a little each month from the students - because there is dignity in this.  The members of Girls With Vision are able to pay that fee as they make jewelry.    

Our end goal is that this school will be self sustaining.
 Right now though, as we set up, and until we have the necessary number of students, we are in need of some help. 

If you would like to assist in the launch of this project, we would be SO grateful!
Tax deductible gifts can be sent to MVI - through the link on the sidebar of this blog (in the memo, write Girls With Vision, Kenya).
If you prefer, you can send through pay pal as well - bcmatlack@aol.com

Thank you to each of you who has already expressed interest!  We welcome you to walk this journey with us as we continue to share stories of God’s faithfulness on this blog.  We know this was only HIS idea - we never imagined it ourselves!  
  



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Struggling

I have to admit... these last few weeks have been TOUGH!

I've been waking up wondering how I will make it through.  What is ahead won't be easy and I honestly just don't want to face it!

Who will show up hungry?
Abused?
Abusive?
Needing.... needing... needing...

I feel like I am the needy one right now!  Overwhelmed and empty!  How can I continue to GIVE?

Then, I open THIS GIFT...
This journal may not look like much - but it is a TREASURE to me!
 
A group of my friends gathered together and hand wrote personal daily devotions to me!   

And, as I open it each day, I recognize that GOD isn't asking me to do my day alone.  As I hold others' hands up toward God, I have an amazing group of friends underneath me, holding me up in encouragement and prayer as I walk each step...

This morning, I just need to thank them...
And, I thank GOD for putting them into my life!














Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It's NOT About Me!



As our 16 year old daughter rounded the path to walk home,  she saw her.
Squatting, right out in the open, using the restroom.

A little uncomfortable... but then, Abby realized that the lady was very drunk (at 10am).

The lady stumbled and followed for awhile.  
"Please, help me!"  
"I am being kicked out of my home."  
"My children are on the street."

Abby gently told the lady to come back when she was sober and continued to our home.

Shaken as she entered, Abby shared.  We all felt sad as we continued on with our day.

But then, I heard a cry from outside our front gate, 

"Nisaidie"...      
"Help me"...

My heart sank.  I don't have time.  I don't have energy.  I can't deal with a drunk lady and heavy issues this morning!

So, I ignored that voice.  

As I write those words, again, I am struck with disappointment in myself.

I ignored that voice.  

She continued to call for at least 5 minutes.  I tried to go on with my tasks at hand.

 
Finally I couldn't ignore it any longer... I knew I was supposed to have compassion on this lady.  I walked out and opened the gate.  
She was gone.  
I walked back down the path where Abby had seen her.  
She wasn't there.  
I walked out to the main street in Ngando.  
No sign of her.  


And now, over a week later, I still hear her voice calling.  I pray for her - Stella was her name.  I hope that she will come back. 

Yes, it is true - I was overwhelmed... I didn't have energy... I was already emotionally spent...

But, it's  not about me!

My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
 II Corinthians 12:9

And so, I am humbled. 
I go to God and ask for grace.  
And each day as I wake, I pray - that I WON'T miss what GOD has called me to for this day.