Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Where does my help come from?

Here is a picture of faith that is so hard for us to fathom...




About Francesca...
She is 36.
She has AIDS.
She is a widow.
She is a mother of 3 boys...the youngest of which has  AIDS, too.
She was exiled from her home and property when her husband died.
She lives in a 10x12 hut with her three preteen and teenage sons.
She toils in a garden beside her home to raise enough food to eat.
The closest source of water is half a mile walk through rough terrain from her home..

We don't know about you, but if we had to endure any one of the things on this list, we would be tempted to ask things like, "Why us?" and "Does God even care that I must endure this hardship?"


She believes God loves her and cares for her despite her circumstances on this earth. This is her favorite passage of scripture...


Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

We may be stepping on some toes here {our own included}, but we would venture a guess that she has a deeper, more dependent relationship with Jesus than most of us. She knows what it means to have nothing but HIM. We have never been forced to experience that...or blessed. Ouch.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, you can bet that we will be counting our blessings and praying for Francesca and her family!

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