The Lord was always showing up for me while in Ecuador that I lived in a place of peace and didn’t stress about anything. For a girl like me that had to be in control and was constantly striving, this was a new place to be in and it caused me to really search my heart about why I don’t stay in this place of peace. After much soul searching I had to ask myself, Do I really trust HIM? Do I trust HE is working all things out for my good? It’s easy to give lip service and say yes I trust him but do I really believe it in my heart that the LORD is going to be there for ME when I need HIM? Before this trip, I would say NO but now during my trip, my faith and trust were growing daily and HE is more real to me than ever before. My daily personal encounters with HIM have transformed ME and some heart work around abandonment has allowed me to live in a state of peace with my daily life.
One Sunday in July we spent the day at the beach with the kids from the orphanage and had so much fun. I decided to get them some ice cream but I only had $45 for 45 kids. Not a big problem but ice cream there is $1.50 a piece. I attempted to communicate with the vendor but my lack of Spanish made it too difficult. A gentleman near by saw my struggle and ran to ask his friend to come over and assist us. (lady to the left of me in the photo). She speaks English and Spanish and asked me if she could help. I told her what I was trying to do and asked if she would negotiate for me. She asked, “Are you a Christian?” She said, “I’m Christian.” I said yes, and told her my story of God leading me to go to Ecuador and now I was attempting to get ice cream for the kids. She successfully was able to get all the kids ice cream for the money I had.
She then asked me all about the kids, why I would leave the US and help them and thanked me for my service to the people in her country. She asked if she could come with me and meet the kids and told me that she would love to help out if they needed help. Of course, I told her they need lots of help and can always use someone to show love. She didn’t realize there was a need in her own back yard. She goes to India to serve at an orphanage.
She spent the rest of the afternoon with me and the kids and was transformed in her heart. She is a beautiful soul and lives 3 hours from the orphanage but was at the beach for the weekend with her brother from Florida. Since meeting the kids and Sister Fatima (lady on the right in photo) she is going to volunteer and help. She is a psychologist and has been looking to adopt. Coincidence? I think not! Divine appointment? I think so! ❤️
She also has a friend that works with the mayor of the city. That following week after us meeting for the first time at the beach she made a visit to the orphanage with her friend. She is assisting him with the paperwork they need to put in a playground and gravel at the orphanage for free. Just recently she told me she was going once a month and teaching the teen girls to dance. I am so glad I made a decision to get those children ice cream that day and the Lord decided to intervene with HIS PLAN.
I think trust, as with any relationship, takes time and the more time we spend with someone the more we get to know them and the more we trust them. It’s also that way with the LORD. It’s a process that comes from reading HIS word and spending time with HIM. The more time we spend with HIM the more we understand HE is a limitless God that LOVES all his children and HIS Grace is sufficient in our weakness.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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