This morning when I got up we sat as a family and talked about slavery. Yesterday was the end it movement. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is when people put a red X on their hand, or shirt, or whatever they can. It shows that we are spreading the word so people will know about it and help stop it. 27 million people are still in slavery or being trafficked.
When we started talking about it they questioned me and asked me if I really knew what slavery was. I proceed to tell them what I knew and they opened my eyes to more of what goes on. I know I am only fifteen years old, but now when I hear about slavery it makes me want to do anything and everything to find those people and help set them free.
I know what the Lord has called me to do and I will be helping these kids have a bright future. You may be now wondering what I will do when I grow up. It is funny to say when I grow up, because I am going to be an adult in 2 years and 8 months! Sorry off track there, but I want to travel to Africa and start and orphanage. I want to take in children so that they are not abducted and forced into slavery. I want to help give each and every child without a family a bright future and education.
I know there is a lot of slavery going on in Brazil, America, Europe…right in your own backyard that many people don’t know about. The world is so focused on themselves and the good things we have that they don’t realize all the bad going on. I think about these people bonded in slavery (aw that is so sad that this happens to them and they can’t help it.)It is very heart breaking knowing that sometimes people think that their life is going to change for the better, but really that person is being lied to and they will end up in slavery.
I don’t know what kind of person would want to ruin someones life.
Well that is what I have on my heart for now.
picture found at http://bawso.org.uk/home/Human-Trafficking/
For additional information on slavery today check out these other links. Be aware of what is happening and what YOU can do.
Uncomfortably held…yes, that describes exactly what I felt a few weeks ago when Jason was in the hospital for a kidney stone that was causing blockage in his ureter; It is what I felt this morning as we discussed the problems our car has been having; It is what I feel when I dwell on when we will be leaving for Brazil; let’s face it, it is how I feel almost every second these days….if I allow it.
Jason was in the hospital and as I drove back to our humble abode to grab some clothes and take the girls to visit Daddy, I picked up the phone to call a close friend and vent. It went something like this. “I know God has this, and we are blessed to have the great care of the hospital, and are fortunate that we have insurance, and Jason’s job has sick leave. I know God is holding me, but at this moment I feel uncomfortably held, like a baby being held backward on a hip with my arms and legs flailing….and I just want to be in the fetal position.. ”
When I got off the phone I starting talking with God again and I said “God I do feel uncomfortably held, why do I feel this way? I trust You, I seek You, I pray!!!” Then He gave me an image of what babies do when they are held backward on a hip. Have you ever had a baby throw their head back and bang you in the mouth with their head while they wrestle free of your grip? Or have you ever moved a baby to that position because they were not comfortable in the forward facing position? Or have you ever experienced a baby just lay back and rest against you? Yeah, that’s the best feeling.
So here lie my choices…I can buck, or I can lean back, because He IS holding me. I choose to lean back and held perfectly by His righteous right hand.
”So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
I just had to write all that down.
Blessing to you all!
Have you ever just wanted to time to pass? Life is good and all, but something needs to happen because its pretty boring? That is my life right now. I am going to be honest here; I hate waiting!
That is one thing that I have had to learn is to be patient and I have been, but a year ago today I was in BRAZIL! That is where I want to be now, right this minute. I knew that I would miss them (my new family of Brazilians), but I thought that things would just fall into place. Don’t get me wrong God is doing great things, but when I left Brazil the 13th of February 2013 no one told me I would have to wait this long. Being back in the United States shows me how much Brazil is also my home. The easiest way to describe it is it’s like being homesick, but missing the people and not the home.
Talking to them makes me feel whole. I am building relationships with them that I never thought that I would ever have with anymore. Together we help one another with problems; for example, my Portuguese. Every now and then I have a freak out moment and don’t know what to do and all I do is pray. Learning a new language is really hard! Knowing that if I don’t study every day, when I get there, I won’t be able to communicate with them. I do not like having a translator at all!!! It makes me feel that I am giving up and not trying. I promised myself that when I get there I will always speak Portuguese by myself. It helps me learn and makes me feel like I am a part of them. You know what I mean? Because, it is hard being the only foreign one there. They can all tell that I am American. So, when I speak in Portuguese it makes me feel like I actually fit in. I have more stories than I will ever have time to share with you guys. One of my favorites though was when I got invited to a girl named Jaq’s birthday party. At first I was a lot confused, because I didn’t know her and she wanted me at her party! I went and was so excited! Everyone talked to me, (don’t let me fool you I was talking like half English, half Spanish, and a little Portuguese) that doesn’t matter though. The point is they wanted to talk to me! They all laugh at my Portuguese (I am still confused about that), but they correct me so at least I am learning.
I know that I will be sad to leave my friends, but I know that I would be broken if I didn’t go back to Brazil. That is why I know that God is calling me and my family to Brazil(: I just need to have patience.
That’s all I have for now!
CHICAGO!!!! A first for me! That trip sure was crazy, too much fun! Well kind of……. the trip itself was not very fun! Actually the trip up there
sucked was horrible (12 hrs in the truck)! Getting to see Trevor and family made it all worth it though. We (me and Elise) got to watch Trevor graduate boot camp online which was fun, but it seemed like ages! Then, he was able to come to the hotel and hang out with us all for awhile. It was strange seeing him with no hair, but he was still my handsome brother(:
The next day we woke up and went to the airport and got to hang out with him some more and wait with him while he waited to board that afternoon to leave for California. We spent a good 5 hours with him so that is always nice!(: That day was also Elise’s birthday, and she enjoyed all the fun aspects of the airport; escalators, fast-walks, and she even rode on the little golf cart thing with grandma! When we got to our next hotel in downtown;Dad, Elise and I went out for a walk and got to see downtown Chicago. That was the coldest that I have ever been in my life! Nothing like walking in 18 degree weather and then also have it snowing with wind blowing crazy fast so I had snow in my eyes! At least I can say that I got to walk in down town Chicago!
It was really sad to see all the homeless people everywhere. I have always been soft-hearted when it comes to seeing that kind of stuff. Looking at them breaks my heart. I know that I can not save the world, but it helps me know what kind of person I will be when I get older. I saw one lady, and she was sitting there with her son on her lap and all I wanted to do was cry. How did her life get that bad to where she had no house no money and she couldn’t provide for her little boy? If I could go out and solve every ones problems I would! I pray that one day I will be able to help hurting people and help make them whole again in the Lord, because I want to be a counselor when I grow up.
Well that is all I have right now. Love you all
Pastors Aldair and Hillary Querioz speak about the new Missionary base in the the village of Timbo along the Amazon. This base has evolved in just about 1 year!! God has perfect timing and amazing plans for His kingdom. What a joy to be part of the Body of Christ.