Searching our hearts in Guatemala

After 2 days of travel, delayed flights, Egypt's elections, Spain's airport strikes and being stuck in peak traffic in Guatemala City, we made our way to Panajachel!It's been an interesting journey this far.  God's been preparing us and binding the team unity and love.  We are all looking forward to the time here in Panajachel and what the Lord will be doing in and through us.  In the next few weeks we will be involved in various projects, helping the local congregation and the surrounding community who had a rough year marked by natural disasters and ongoing mudslides.  We will be helping in painting, digging a well, building a wall and removing rubble from the mudslide, just to name a few.  In the evenings we receive teachings and are involved in the church's activities. Our first teaching tonight had me searching my heart again.  Scripture says in Mat.6:21 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be."  So, my question to myself and to you are - WHERE IS YOUR HEART?  What takes up your time and attention.  What are the things that you have set your heart upon?  And most important, are these things of eternal worth and building into the Kingdom? As you can see, God is at work in us and there is much more that He is starting to reveal to us.  Please keep us in your prayers and may you also experience Him speaking to your heart.Blessings

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Wesley Lorentz
hey marisa so true about ur text mentioned. all the best with the work there in guatemala!! do me a favour please tell Alex I say... Read More
Friday, 10 December 2010 16:09
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The greatest power of all….






 

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When God is busy with you….

Debrief in Hawaii made me think about all that happened the 1st forty days of our journey, more specifically in which ways God has been busy with me.  It is easy for me to become so focused on others, that when asked what God has been doing in my life, I really have to think about it.  Not that He has not done something, I just become so focused on what He is doing in others, that I overlook His working in my life.  I’m very thankful for a team leader who makes me think about these things…

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Anita Labuschagne
Ons sien uit na julle terugkoms, en is baie trots op julle! Dankie vir die blog!
Sunday, 10 January 2010 05:11
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So much more...

Before we knew what happened, Ettienne, Nicholas and me got the surprise of our life… 

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Hei jou mooi mens! Dankie vir die blog, baie cool geskryf. Vat baie saam Geniet**... Read More
Saturday, 19 December 2009 19:09
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The Big picture behind 80 Day unfolding in a map…

 

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I don't understand and you'll never understand...

I've only been in Egypt a few days and it's been enough to make me ask various questions and draw me  deep into God's word.  And I've heard so many say “I don't understand” - in conversations, expressions of their minds and in prayer.  On our arrival in Cairo we had the privilege of seeing the city from the air at night.  Thousands of lights of all sorts.  Then we noticed all the green ones standing out... hundreds of them.  As we drew closer to the ground we recognized the towers from which these green lights came...hundreds of mosques.  Soon we were greeted with festivities and activities announcing the last days of Ramadan and the now familiar sound of prayers being chanted over speakers frequently every day.  Once again I came to that point of “Lord, I don't understand”.  Visiting the small town of Qussia, I stood on the roof of the Bishop's house and could count more than 20 mosques surrounding us.  Every morning at 4h00 am we received our first wake up call for the day from them.  While in Qussia, it was my first introduction to the Coptic Orthodox Church.  A time of asking even more questions... to our host, to priests, to monks, to team members and most importantly to God (usually begin with “Lord, I don't understand”...)During all these “I don't understand” questions, I was reminded of a time in Bosnia i Herzegovina.  We were standing at the ruins of the first church in Breza and the conversation turned toward history and the war.  In reply to a comment that getting more information about that time might help us to understand better, the words silenced all of us for a moment... “you'll never understand”.  I think it was because of the truth of this statement that we were silenced.  We weren't able to fully understand what happened and what people had to go through during those days, or even the impact it has on their lives today.  In the same way, I'll never fully understand the difficulties that the Church face here in Egypt.While sharing to the youth, they asked us what we felt when sharing the gospel with others this year.  The words joy, love, excitement, etc. came to mind.  Then they asked if we ever felt fear...  Once again I realized I don't have a clue.  I don't understand and I'll never understand, yet I know the God who does understand.  The One who knows the heart of every man.  The One who's been there since the beginning of time and who will always be there. The important thing about this time of wondering and questioning is not the questions, not the answers.  It's the fact that it turns me to God.

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Being at home while at church...

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Guatemala to London...

I know, it's been a really long time since the last blog in New Zealand!  And now, I'm going to try and summarize the experiences of the 2 months that followed into one blog!  

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New Zealand – a glimpse on life after GCX

Looking back on our time in New Zealand, this has been the most difficult country for me to be in.  The contrast compared to what I've experienced in India, is significant.  On first sight, this country looks perfect.  There's no sign of poverty or people struggling to keep head above water.  Everyone's got all they need and more.  And this was one of the things that hit me the moment we arrived.  Driving towards our destination a sadness overwhelmed me.  The kind of sadness that accompanies the sight of people who have all they want, who's lives are going well and who've reached a stage where they think they do not need God.  Their lives are so empty without God.  Many people live their lives in their own little world without a care for anyone outside that world.  They live  to attain a better life, not only for themselves, but also for their children.  But what is this better life?  Does such a life include Jesus Christ, or not?  Is such a life focused on doing God's will, or one's own?  In less than 3 weeks I've seen and experienced how easily we put God aside when it's all about me.   What I want, what I deserve, what I can get.  When I find comfort in the materialistic things, when it's only God who can truly be my comfort.  It's when I'm comfortable, with nothing around me to remind me about the poverty, despair and suffering of others that I loose touch of God's heart.  For His heart is set on those who are oppressed, in despair and suffering.  If we don't see them, how will we ever be able to experience God's heart for them?  Then there are those people whom I've had the privilege of meeting, who's lives are focused on Jesus and doing the Father's will.  They experience God's heart for the lost in New Zealand.  These are the people who see the spiritual need in their country and do something about it.  They are the people who form a link in the chain of events which leads others to repentance and acceptance of Christ as their Saviour.  People such as the bus driver we've met.  A man sold out to Christ who will keep on questioning even after hearing your a Christian, because he wants to be sure you're standing in a relationship with Christ.  The people with testimonies of how parents came to salvation because their children attended the day camps which provided the opportunity for a pastor to share the gospel with them.  People such as those who, by being obedient, opened their homes, hearts and wallets to strangers who are part of the eternal family.  Ordinary people like you and me who's got a passion to expand the Kingdom of God.  People who realize that the only “better life” is eternal life.  There is only two options – eternal life or eternal death.  Both are eternal.This is something that struck me.  It's always been easy for me to imagine people going to heaven, eternally living with God.  However, when I thought about hell, it's always been just hell.  As if life stops there.  It does and yet it doesn't.  There is no life in hell, because Jesus is the Life, thus life stops.  Yet it's death that never stops....eternal death.  I know that I haven't grasped the full meaning of this, but that which has been revealed to me is enough to overwhelm me and convince me of the urgency and importance of bringing the Gospel to as many as possible.So here I am, asking myself what am I going to do about this? It's easy going through the motions, experiencing all these things, being convicted and convinced and then just return to life as it was.  And I cannot allow that to happen to me.  New Zealand's only been a taste of what is to come to many of us after this year.  After all God's taught me about His Word in India, here I was in a country, having more time available to spend reading His Word, yet ending up spending even less time doing it! I have to step out in faith and act on what He's teaching me.  I have to allow God to keep on changing me, molding me as He wants me.  And every time He changes something on this vessel, I have to act upon it or else the changes will only be temporary;  something that happened inside, but never surfaced to the outside.  This has only been one of the things I've been confronted with during this time.  Now, after you have read this blog, what's been confronting you and what are you going to do about it???My prayer is that you will act upon it quicker than I have...Marisa
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PRAYING AND PLAYING WITH THOSE DEARLY LOVED





During our time in the orphanage in a town south of Delhi, I've learned so much from the children.  It's interesting how it always turns out that one's blessed hundred times more when you think you're going out to bless others.  In the end we've all been a great blessing to each other.   All of this happened while praying, playing and loving each other.

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