I have been working lately at our crisis pregnancy center here in Pucallpa. I have met a few different women in various stages of need and crisis. It has been humbling for me as God has been teaching me more about his love and compassion for his creation. Though I have spent the past four and a half years counselling women, I admit to being slightly intimidated as each of these cases were new subjects to me and I was not sure I was fully equipped to sufficiently handle each case. But, here is the best part - the Holy Spirit was with me and each time I met with these women I felt complete peace and was able to listen, cousel and share the gospel with each one. It has been amazing to see how God has been working in my own heart as well as the heart's of the ladies I have met with. I am truly enjoying this new ministry and look forward to what God has for he future.
Today, I went to visit a young mom and her toddler in the hospital. This is where my heart broke a little. I walked into the courtyard to see parents sleeping on pieces of cardboard because there was no room for them to stay with their children. But, they have to stay to watch over and care for their child. It was crowded and not very clean, the smells were nausiating and overwhelming. It broke my heart to see a young mom with her tiny baby suffering from pneumonia. As I looked around me there were so many moms carrying around their sick children and I was filled with compassion for them. I have never experienced anything in my life that would allow me to fully understand what they are going through, but God does. How I wanted to sit down beside them to love and encourage them. not just of my own feelings, but the peace that comes from knowing Christ and walking with him.
Please continue to pray for me that I will learn what God is trying to teach me and apply it to my life and ministry. In a little over a month we will be heading to Canada for two months to complete our orientation with SAM and spend time with friends and family. I look forward to seeing you and sharing what God has been doing in me personally and in ministry.