- Below is the story of a woman named Lina who lost hope, but then unexpectedly God saved her from death. [You can learn more from www.blogforasia.org or www.gfa.org
- Lina walked along her village road with several other people, but she wasn’t going where anyone else was. She was on her way to the grave, planning how she could end her life—and hoping it would really work this time.
Outsiders wouldn’t guess Lina was just moments from death. For a woman in Asia, she had what people in her culture would consider an unusually good life. She had a husband and two sons, which were an automatic source of honor. Her younger son was getting a good education, and her older one already had a successful job.
But the happiness was all external. Inside, Lina suffered unbearable pain.
Could Poison End Her Silent Torture?For seven years, Lina had endured the torment of severe internal pain, for which she could find no cause. None of the money her family spent on doctors made a difference; it just added financial strain to the other problems. In fact, the doctors refused to help anymore because they couldn’t see any change in her condition.
The hopelessness Lina felt was compounded when her husband started fighting with her. He was angry she couldn’t keep up her work around the house.
Hurting without anyone’s comfort, Lina chose poison as her escape—twice. But each time, her neighbor found her and got her medical treatment that saved her life. But Lina’s helplessness only grew. She couldn’t even control whether she lived or died.
Her Final Steps Toward DeathEscape was heavy on Lina’s mind as she walked along the road in pain. She hoped each step would bring her closer to the end she was contemplating. However, that day, Lina ran into someone completely unexpected.
The stranger began talking to Lina, probing into her downcast demeanor. Lina started opening up to the woman and shared all about her consuming problems and despair.
The stranger was alarmed that Lina wanted to kill herself, but it wasn’t an unusual story. The number of suicides among young to middle-age women in some parts of Asia is devastatingly high—about ten times greater than the world’s average suicide rate.
Stranger’s Solution Proves Trustworthy
Among young to middle-age women in some regions of India, the suicide rate is 10 times that of the world’s average.
Lina’s story didn’t fall on deaf ears. Her new friend, Charney, was a Gospel for Asia-supported woman missionary, and she immediately met Lina’s distress with comfort and a message of hope. Her compassionate words sunk into Lina’s heart. It overwhelmed her that maybe, just maybe, there was help for her after all.
Charney invited Lina to a church service where she could further explore the message of hope. At the church, Charney and other believers gathered around Lina to surround her with love and prayers. The Lord answered as they cried out to Him, and He completely took away Lina’s pain.
For the first time in seven years, Lina felt whole—and that wholeness extended to her spirit after she chose to embrace the love of Jesus.
She Can’t Hide Her Story of RescueLina’s neighbors, who once knew her as the desperate lady who wanted to kill herself, suddenly saw a healthy, joyful woman. They had to know what had changed!
Her testimony spread through the village, and Lina started to see change in her family as well. The whole environment of her home became more peaceful. She knew the Lord hadn’t finished working in them—or in her.
Women Missionaries Set Her on Path to New FutureLina’s physical and spiritual pain ended. But her new family at church had even more to offer her.
In Charney and the other Christian women, Lina found accountability and a network of support to help her grow in the Lord. These women would be there to encourage Lina if she faced opposition for her faith.
Thanks to Charney’s ministry, Lina has found a new, abundant life full of potential. She is eager to go out and make sure other women know they are not alone.
You can help rescue more women in the nick of time by partnering with missionaries today.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
- In Ephesians 6:10-12 it says, "A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." (New Living Translation)
- ARMOR. [1.any covering worn as a defense against weapons. 2.a suit of armor. 3.a metallic sheathing or protective covering,] Armor has been used since Bible times. The typical list of armor would be the helmet, shield, belt, shoes, sword, and breastplate.
- The Belt of Truth is the first piece of armor on the list in the Bible. The belt is what holds things up, and if we are honest and tell the truth, we can hold up many things in this life like: reputations, friendships, and trust. If we do what is right, we are obeying God, and continuing our journey in faith.
- TRUTH means [1.the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth. 2.conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement. 3.a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, 4.the state or character of being true.5.actuality or actual existence.]
- God bless!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
- I have just started a fundraiser campaign with Gospel for Asia, which is a Christian organization, and I am trying to raise enough money to buy 5 water filters, and they are $30 each. If you are interested in donating go to www.mygfa.org/soleil/ or interested in starting your own campaign go to www.mygfa.org
- God bless!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
- My family and I are missionary's to the people on our street.(Something I have always wanted to be, and hope to go overseas to do, one day). Though one thing that almost every person who has lived has something stolen from them, which thankfully God has protected our house from. The other day as my dad and I were on the main road he was telling me that a lot of people steal just because they can, even if they don't need it or want it. Yesterday, as I was reading Proverbs 22 this passage caught my eye. "Don't rob from the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court. For the Lord is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them," Proverbs 22:22-23. This verse has a lot of different way's it could be interpreted, but the way I read it was, "Don't rob...just because you can." We shouldn't always do something just because we can. Like buy what everyone else is wearing or buying, or do the things other people do, like drugs and other sinful things. Instead of condemning, pray for the people around you that are doing things that God isn't happy with, even when we are not perfect. That prayer may help them one day, because I am confident that God will show himself to that person.
- God bless
Sunday, January 20, 2013
- As we go through the day, we may be passing our Bible many times. We know we should spend some time with the Lord, but we feel we are to busy, or we will do it later. Sometimes we will read it later, but often enough we don't. God doesn't judge us because we don't read the Bible, but if we did God would want to show you something that would help you with whatever you are going through like:a rough time at work, being gossiped about, and many more things. God will use the words that you read from the Bible to encourage you in all times.
- God bless!
Friday, January 18, 2013
- I wanted to share with you a true story of a woman who lived (and is still living) through World War 2
- “I am a witness to history.
“I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.
If you remember the plot of the Sound of Music, the Von Trapp family escaped over the Alps rather than submit to the Nazis. Kitty wasn’t so lucky. Her family chose to stay in her native Austria. She was 10 years old, but bright and aware. And she was watching.
“We elected him by a landslide – 98 percent of the vote,” she recalls.
She wasn’t old enough to vote in 1938 – approaching her 11th birthday. But she remembers.
“Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.”
Hitler is welcomed to Austria
“In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25 percent inflation and 25 percent bank loan interest rates.
Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs.
“My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.’
“We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933.” she recalls. “We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living.
“Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group – Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone in Germany was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back.
“Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.
“We were overjoyed,” remembers Kitty, “and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and
everyone was fed.
“After the election, German officials were appointed, and, like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.
“Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been re- quired to give up for marriage.
“Then we lost religious education for kids
“Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school.. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang ‘Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles,’ and had physical education.
“Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail.”
And then things got worse.
“The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free.
“We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.
“My mother was very unhappy,” remembers Kitty. “When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination.
“I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing.
“Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time, unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler.
“It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.
“In 1939, the war started, and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and, if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death.
“Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.
“Soon after this, the draft was implemented.
“It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps,” remembers Kitty. “During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys.
“They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines.
“When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat.
“Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.
“When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers.
“You could take your children ages four weeks old to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, seven days a week, under the total care of the government.
“The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.
“Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna..
“After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything.
“When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full.
“If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.
“As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80 percent of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families.
“All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.
“We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables.
“Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands.
“Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.
“We had consumer protection, too
“We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the livestock, and then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.
“In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps. The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated.
“So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work.
“I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van.
“I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months.
“They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.
“As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.
“Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law-abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long afterwards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.
“No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.
“Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria. Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.”
“This is my eyewitness account.
“It’s true. Those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.
“America is truly is the greatest country in the world. “Don’t let freedom slip away.
“After America, there is no place to go.”
Friday, January 11, 2013
- Time passes quickly, and other times it takes hours, when really it is just minutes. Years go by fast, and I wonder at times who actually take the time to share with others about Jesus. (Not saying that you do not, but there are some). If you are passing people in a store or town YOU may be the only one who ever tells them about Jesus, or show them Christ's love.
- I hope that you will take advantage of every moment for Jesus this year.
- God bless! And please pray for me, as I am in a rock climbing competition tomorrow.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
- We will sometimes find ourselves surrounded by thousands of people, and yet we still feel alone. No one asks you how you are, and if they do, you just mechanically say, "Good, and you?" There are few who you can trust your personal feelings with. Most of the people out there in the world hardly know you, and friends can be hard to find. You may be one of those people who can hardly speak to a person you've never met, and so you let everyone else do the talking. You may be one of those people who are always making friends everywhere you go, and everyone loves to be around. Everyone is different, and that is how God made you. If you are ever lonely, and no one understands you, God is there for you. If you are sad, and don't want to tell anyone of your sorrow, God will comfort you. If no one listens to you and you fill like your about to explode, God is listening to you. God is always looking out for you. When you are tired He will give you the strength to carry on, and he will encourage you to move on. He is the friend that is always there, listening. For he promised us, "I will never fail you, I will never abandon you."
- You may be different from everyone else, and sometimes you just want to fit in, and at the same time you don't. If you're a Christian you may wonder why no one is ever like you. How come everyone is different? Why do they always act that way, when they call themselves a Christian? In America, the word Christian is used by most, and many just say that they are a Christian, and they don't follow God's law, which is in the Bible. I'm not condemning them, but I am sad that these 'Christians' will pretend to be someone they really are not, and are missing out on a wonderful life.
- God bless you!
- "For God has said, 'I will never fail you, I will never abandon you.' So we can say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?'...Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:5-6,8
Thursday, January 3, 2013
- It has been pretty relaxing around the house. I've been reading most of the time, and I'm amazed it is already 2013. I mean, just a few days ago 2013 seemed years away, and the year would never come! Also I have so much to be thankful to God for. In February I got my braces off! In March I was able to travel out West for my 13th birthday and try things like: ice climbing , snow shoeing over frozen lakes, riding a snowmobile, cross country skiing in the dark, visit family (my favorite times), and finally rock climb in the bouldering nationals in Colorado. In June we took Daddy to New River Gorge, West Virginia. In September Savvy turned 10, and she had a cowgirl/Star Wars birthday. in November Isabella officially became a part of our family/1years old, and I wrote a 50,000 word novel (I hope to complete the story and editing soon, but I've been avoiding it for a bit). In December we went to West Virginia, again, (it is such a beautiful eastern state!) for Christmas, relaxed and skied.
- I love Christmas, it is my favorite holiday, and I love being able to give Jesus a gift, and blessing people. (we give gifts to other's in Jesus' name instead of receiving them).
- My family and I were talking earlier this evening about whatever you are doing, most of the time it usually ends up that you are doing it for the Lord. For example: if I secretly did the laundry for my mom that gives her time to do other things, and it gives her less stuff to do. Whether we are doing our daily or weekly chores, we can always be working for the Lord. Even if we don't think we are doing anything, it blesses others, and that makes God happy.
- God bless you all!