Now if you’re a Tim Hawkins fan (like some of my friends from Tulsa 😉 ) you were probably thinking about the song that he sings! 😀 Believe it or not, I was actually thinking about his song when I named this blog post. I’m being converted by my friends, y’all!
All kidding aside, though, God has been so good to us down here! I know I have been kind of inactive for a while, and I have a lot of catching up to do, but I plan on catching up before the end of the year. There is something I am working on right now that is keeping me from blogging very much, and it deserves its own blog post once I’m finished, which should be in a couple of weeks.
As a church we’ve been praying and fasting toward revival and people being filled with the Holy Ghost. God has been answering those prayers, and we are finally starting to see God begin to pour out His Spirit in our church.
Two Sundays ago, we had 5 receive the Holy Ghost. One of the sweetest things is that 3 of them were under 5 years old. It was so sweet to see these little ones praying and talking in tongues. ❤
God also filled Bro. Isidro and Jules with the Holy Ghost. I am so happy to see what God is doing in both of their lives, and I know that God has a specific plan for Jules, and I can’t wait to see God use her!
I have another testimony! On Wednesday afternoon, Miss Lori (an elderly neighbor I take into town and help out) was having some trouble with an arrhythmia, and I took her into town to get it checked. She was doing fine (only weak) and I took her to a hospital (Medicentro) to the emergency room, where they checked her pulse while her doctor came. When her doctor arrived, her heart rate suddenly started going up. Dr. Maradiaga was acting very calm with her, but I could tell he was worried. When he left the room, I heard him yelling at the nurses to run into the room and put a heart monitor on her, and to give her some medicine to calm her heart beat. He came back in to check her pulse, and it was a 214 beats per second (which is dangerously high compared to her normal heart rate of mid-fifties). He said afterwards that it got up to 240 beats per second. While all the nurses were in the room and taking care of her, he tapped me on the shoulder and took me out of the room. He said “I just want you to know that her heart rate is dangerously high, and we could lose her any second. I don’t know if you need to call somebody in case something happens?” I didn’t have a phone, so I called with the doctor’s, and I told my mom what was going on, and asked her to tell everybody else to pray. As soon as I got off I prayed right there in the hall, and asked God for a miracle. The doctor told me that they were going to transfer her to another hospital in an ambulance. He then decided that it would be better for me to take her in the car. (Better for who? Lol) I was afraid that we’d be halfway over there, and that she’d pass out while I was driving and couldn’t do anything about it.
Well, after the prayers, her heart rate started to improve, and my mom ended up coming into town to help me. We took her to the other hospital and ended up staying the night there while they had her on medicine for several hours. Staying at the hospital was an interesting experience. Thankfully, we had a very comfortable room with a nice leather couch me and my mom shared during the night. We didn’t sleep too good, because every few hours nurses would come in (to check on Miss Lori’s medicine IV, and every time they changed shifts) and as soon as they would open the door, the light would shine right in my eyes. Thankfully, she was allowed to leave the hospital at around 3 in the afternoon, and (aside from being tired) she was feeling a lot better. Please keep her in your prayers, so that God would help her with her health. I’m thankful for God’s miracle in her life!
On our Thursday night (midweek) service, something really amazing happened. My mom and I were very tired from having not slept very well the night before at the hospital with Miss Lori. When I got to the church all I could do was sit down in a chair and pray while holding a baby, because I was too exhausted to stand up. Prayer went on for a while, and it felt so refreshing. While Nathaniel was leading service, the lights started to flicker (like at a disco). Now, I can’t quite explain what happened, but all of the sudden it was like God descended in such a powerful way! I saw somebody take off running toward the back, and people started jumping and dancing. I don’t care how tired I felt, it isn’t possible for me to be seated when something like that is happening. I have been praying about a specific situation, and I felt to pray for it again, and God gave me peace like never before. God has been moving in such a special way each service, and I’m thankful!
On Friday, Bro. Steven Thrasher flew in for our men’s retreat, and stayed until yesterday. I (obviously) wasn’t at the event, but have heard that it was very good, and I’m thankful for how God moved.
On Sunday we had a joint service, and prayer went on for a long time before and after Bro. Thrasher spoke. We had one get the Holy Ghost, and had 3 baptisms afterwards.
God renewed so many of our young people in service on Sunday, and I’m so thankful for it! We also had baptisms after church.
Bro. Isidro, Isaac, and Jules got baptized:
We’re so thankful for what God has been doing!
On Monday, Bro. Thrasher took our family to Utila, and we had so much fun! I hadn’t been in several years, and always enjoy going, so it was a real treat. I have a few pictures of the way over to the island.
I got some pictures of the beautiful water (thanks Allana, for letting me use your phone). I love the hues of the water over there!
Coming up to the island (the dock):
When we arrived, we rented 2 6-seater gold carts, and split the group in half.
We enjoyed going to see the beach at a couple of different places
We ate lunch, but the funny thing is that the only pictures that we got were of our drinks (and I think Allana took a picture of her pizza). 😀
For a while, Bro. Thrasher was making this face and making weird sounds at waving at people as the went by (most of those who ducked their heads and wouldn’t look at him until he passed):
We went to a cool Utila sign to take some pictures:
We went to the beach right behind the sign to take some pictures and stick our feet in the water (well, some of us).
We also went to a house where they make chocolate bars, and we got to sample all of them and tried some really yummy desserts. They had homemade peanut butter chocolate ice cream that was very yummy, and I had a cookie bowl with the PB Chocolate ice cream. It was delicious!
And all too soon, it was time to go back and get ready to get on the boat. Nobody wanted to leave, especially thinking about all the things that were waiting to be done when we got home!
On the way back to the main land, we rode inside and played Brazilian Uno (if you haven’t played that, you are seriously missing out 😀 )
After a few minutes there were some waves and Cristel (who had never been on a boat before) started to feel seasick, which ended when we rode up on he front of the boat. We enjoyed riding there, and got wet by a few of waves. I got a little sunburnt, but it was totally worth it!
We really had lots of fun, and it was a well-needed break! 😀 Thanks again for taking us, Bro. Thrasher!
I know I haven’t been blogging and I have a lot to catch up on, but I should be done with everything that’s keeping me from doing it in a couple of weeks. I am super excited and looking forward to our trip to the US from Oct. 3rd to Nov. 12th, where we will be able to go to Power conference in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, Canada (where I haven’t been in 9 years). We’re also going to be able to go to Holiness in Junction City, KS. I am looking forward to seeing all my friends and my family. I can’t wait!
Continue to keep us in y’all’s prayers. The devil’s mad, and I’m glad! God is sending us revival, and I am so happy about it! Expect to hear more from me (hopefully sooner than later).
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day,