Wednesday, January 31, 2007

It is Official.

Venezuela as I have known it these past 20 years, is dead. The National Assembly gave the president the ability to rule by decree. We knew they would , but we held on , savoring the last few days before it was official. Now it is.
I know that I have been here so long , and came so young, that I perhaps identify to much with this country I have adopted.
I remember the other governments of the last 20 years, and I will be the first to say that every last one was corrupt! But they didn't take away hope , they didn't meddle in MY life. Some people ask me why I take it so personal...because it is.
I had my ministry taken away, my home taken away, my future as I had envisioned it taken. Sometimes I get mad over the silliest things! Like when I go to get my favorite cast iron skillet that had been my grandmothers and realize I don't have it because it was too heavy to lug out of the jungle!!! I can get angry about that. Or a book I need for homeschooling my children. It is mouldering away in the jungle. Silly things! But I find it easier to dwell on these things than to actually dwell on the people and friends we left behind.It is easier to get angry over STUFF than to actually have a broken heart over the people left there.

Then I fast forward to the city today, new friends, new ministry, what will be their future??

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.Proverbs 15:29

Pray for my righteous Venezuelan friends.


Anonymous said...

amen, jewel

Sherry said...

Will say a prayer for them as well as you and your family. God Bless you all!

Pam said...

A very moving post sis. Granny's iron skillet got left in the village? EGADS! Now I'm angrier than before! Just kidding! But it is so sickening to think that the actions of an ego maniac like Chavez can trickle down to harm even my sister serving Christ in a remote jungle!

Joe Gringo said...

Taking away hope is devastating, I pray for the people of Venezuela, there will be good coming out of this current situation.......gotta think that way!

Chavez is a sick man, his fantasies of going to war with the USA are insane as are his ruling tactics.

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Rosemary said...

I will certainly pray for the Venezuelan people and your family, friends and you. Pray to soften the heart of Mr. Chavez. Help him to know Christ. Ask God to speak to him, convict his heart, and make him change his ways.

I do believe, however, that if you looked deeper into your heart, you would find that it isn't anger you are actually feeling. It is sadness. It is about the people and friends you left behind.

Think about it. The copper pan. Who's was it? Is it the pan you miss or your Grandmother? The homeschooling tools and books. Who does that affect? Your children. So you see, it isn't about 'things' at all. It is okay to be sad. God loves us even when we are sad.

For when we are weak, He is strong. (I don't remember what verse or book. That is why I prayed today!)

God bless your heart. You are a beautiful woman. Be strong in Him, and you shall be a wondrous Mother. :)

Baptist Girl said...

you and your in my prayers. Almost 20 years, God Bless you for all your family service in the name of Christ.