Vitamins… For Your Soul :)

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Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 10.14.14 AMVitamins. I’ve been a regular vitamin taker since 2011. I take a good quality, effective vitamin pack that includes a multi-vitamin with maximum mineral absorption (so much better than over-the-counter brands – and no this isn’t a commercial 😉 ), antioxidant support to fight off free-radicals, probiotic with 10 billion colonies of flora to fight off the bad bacteria and enhance overall digestive health and Omega 3 fish oils to support cardiovascular health and decrease inflammation. The great thing about these vitamins, is when I’m consistent with taking them daily, I. Do. Not. Get. Sick. I really don’t. I have energy. I feel GOOD! However when I don’t take them, I can feel myself start to get run down (life is busy!), start the beginnings of a cold or sore throat, and feel really tired (and with tired comes cranky, moody, irritable – you get the point). When that happens I get back on track and take my vitamins. I try to encourage my family to take them… but they don’t… and they get sick. I try to get my friends to take them but they insist on the over-the-counter stuff or other natural remedies… and still get sick.

This is the same thing that happens in my spiritual life, my relationship with God. To be healthy spiritually there’s things we can do – draw near to Him and He draws near to you (us) James 4:8. Just like my vitamins, it’s the basics… spend time in the Word (sword of the Spirit Eph. 6:17), pray and talk with (and listen to) my Savior (fervent prayer of a righteous person has great power James 5:16), fellowship with other believers (not staying away from worship meetings... Heb. 10:25) and pray for faith (take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one Eph. 6:16). And just like when I don’t take my physical vitamins, when I don’t take my spiritual vitamins I get grouchy, edgy and irritable. I may have a lack of faith or be anxious. Again, I try to encourage family and friends (and you reading this) to take their spiritual vitamins as well – so they won’t get sick. Taking these spiritual vitamins make us better equipped to fight off the bad bacteria, attack the free radicals that invade our lives, reduce the inflammations that rise up and encourage overall spiritual health.

Are you off track like I’ve been before in both my physical and spiritual vitamin routine? Are you worn down, on the verge or within the throws of sickness and germs? Start today. Take those vitamins. Not only will you be healthier spiritually, but the goal is to know Him (God)… (Phil 3:10) and glorify Him. These vitamins get you on that right track to know Him, for your spiritual health, for your relationship with God and equip you to walk in the purposes He has for your life.

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Backyard

So much of what we do in the Dominican is take groups out.  We go to Pasitos de Jesus, Emanuel House, Lily House, Josiah’s House, Tercer Cielo, villages and towns etc. to work, share the gospel, give food, teach, play with kids etc.  But what about in our own backyard, here in Juan Dolio?  One of the long-term DR missionaries, Erica Jude, shared with us about different things we/groups can do to have more of a long-term effect.  One of those things is to teach about keeping your house/neighborhood clean.  What that will do is lessen the amount of mosquitos (and rats) and thus lessen the possibility of getting Chikungunya or other diseases, keep you healthier and avoid expensive trips to the doctor or hospital.

With that information, Joey sprung into action.  He took the initiative to organize a group to go out in the neighborhood behind where we live, clean up the basketball court and share the gospel.

Here are a few pictures from our walk to the area that we were going to work in that day.  I had no idea there was a greenhouse back there…. Beautiful! But, check out the garbage along the way…

Once we got to the basketball court, we set our stuff down (gloves, garbage bags, rakes, shovels) and started inviting people to our brief “program.”  After visiting several houses with several verbal commitments, we had one boy show up.  “Well, God, if this is who You gave us to share to today, this is who we will share with.”  But, while we were waiting, another boy showed up with a soccer ball which immediately became a basketball.  The kiddos started playing (including JJ, Joey and Emma) and next thing you know, we have a group of about TEN!  Praise the LORD.    JJ, a SCORE intern, shared in Spanish about keeping this area clean to cut down on the mosquitos/rats etc and then proceeded to share the gospel IN SPANISH ~WAY TO GO, JJ~! One boy said he prayed to receive Christ.  All were invited to Youth Group this Friday and church on Sunday.  THEN… almost every one of them helped us pick up garbage from that area.  We filled 10+ garbage bags!  Erica even noted that later that afternoon, there were still some people cleaning up garbage at 5:15!  We pray this is the start of building relationships with the Juan Dolio neighborhood.

Here are some more photos of Wednesday morning.  Can I just tell you what a blessing it is to hear your 12 year old son say, “Mom.  I think God is doing something in my life!”  The excitement he had preparing this outreach, executing the outreach and now planning what’s next is a true testament to the grace of God in his life.  I pray this is just the beginning….