Monday, June 6, 2011

A God of every detail...

Along with selling our house and raising monthly support, another obvious hurdle we had before heading to Guatemala into full time mission work is language.
We do have the huge advantage in that we will be working primarily with children- and well, children are way more forgiving than adults. So, if we butcher their language they are more than happy to extend grace, correct us, laugh a little and move on. Maybe that is why I adore children so much. :) 

That said, obviously to be the most effective in our ministry it is very important to us to learn Spanish fluently.

God just never ceases to amaze me with His goodness and how He cares about every aspect of our lives. From the big to the little- He is in it all.

Several weeks ago God brought Dora into our lives. Dora came to a garage sale we were having and she was in need of some items for her home- and I was in need of a friend like Dora.:) Dora is one of the sweetest, kindest, big hearted human beings I have ever met. She is quiet and kind and her love for the Lord knocks me off my feet. We started talking and soon a friendship developed. I am so blessed by this brave yet humble woman's attitude.

Dora has been coming over to our home weekly to sit and patiently teach us Spanish as well as teach us about the Spanish speaking culture. I have offered several times to pay her for tutoring us and even though I know her family could benefit greatly from the pay she refuses to take it. Today she looked me in the eye and said "Amy, you good person- you care for others and I like that. Please no pay me, this is gift." Dora has one son who is fluent in both Spanish and English and he translates wonderfully especially for a boy in 3rd grade. I couldn't help but to think of all she is teaching her son through her example. And I couldn't help but to think of all she is teaching me.

God is a God of every detail and He always gives us so much more than we could have ever dreamed for ourselves. Not only did we find a Spanish tutor-we found a friend.

I am blessed indeed.

Thank you precious Dora~ you are a gift to me. I know your one wish is to one day own a "La Computadora" (computer) so that your son can do his school work and you can follow along on this blog. I pray this for you too so that you can see how your gift touched the lives of so many- all because you cared to do what you could.  
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Estoy agradecido a usted mi amigo.
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20 comments:

Pharmcats said...

Beautiful, beautiful, God is so good. May HE bless your family and Dora's as you both serve HIM with the gifts/abilities HE has given. Joy floods my soul!

Renae said...

How amazingly WONDERFUL!! What a precious new friend! God is GOOD!!

We Are Family said...

Praise the Lord!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

Beautiful Gift from God!!!!! He AMAZES ME CONSTANTLY!!!!!

Laura said...

What a sweet gift of love--Dora's gift to you and God's gift of Dora. I am always amazed at how God chooses to bless us in surprising ways...but shouldn't be surprised as He does it over and over again. Thanks, as always, for sharing your story.

Autumn said...

Wow! You know, I just bought a new laptop, and didn't quite "need" it. I am in the process of transferring some data to my new laptop, and in about a week or so, I will have a laptop that Dora can have. I will even ship it to her for free! Let me know if that would be something I could do :) The laptop is about 3 years old and has treated me well, its still 'up to date'. I would love to clean it up and give it to Dora!

Beth said...

Oh wow that gave me chills! Love when God gives you little signs that you are right where you are supposed to be!

Jennifer said...

This post made me cry! How beautiful! I pray God continues to bless your family and Dora's.

jan said...

He is really that good. and that is awesome. and YAY! to autumn for donating the laptop! a win-win all the way around :)

Sophie said...

Wow!!
You can certainly see God's fingerprints all over this whole process.

Anonymous said...

Girlfriend, your last couple of posts have made it clear how very radically God has control of your life and your heart and I'm so impressed by your grace in this season that involves so much change! God has certainly prepared you for your calling and is continuing to teach you all you need to know!, and it's a joy to watch. Jesus is shining in you, Amy!

Lisa H.

Dardi said...

Okay, I am literally crying. As we jump back into you-know-what, I NEEDED to hear this awesome story. God has indeed shown himself to be in the details, & I must rest in that & rejoice in KNOWING it!

And yay for Autumn...before even reading the comments, I just KNEW there would be more sweetness coming out of this story. :o)

Pamela Early Settoon said...

Yay!! Praise the Lord!!! So thankful the Lord is blessing you and your family and Dora!

Jenay said...

I love this!!! God is in every detail and He loves to provide when we are just walking with Him and trusting. LOVE IT!!!

Leveta said...

I never cease to be amazed at how GOd can bless us in the most unexptected ways. You get to learn spanish,the culture and gain a new CHristian friend.

I once heard a missionary to Brazil say how hard the language was to learn but that his children had the advantage to learn the language "on the street" so to speak as they played with the Brazilian children.
I am sure that will happen with your children too. SO happy for you all with all the blessings that God has given to you all.
Leveta--a praying partner

Jill Samter Photography said...

Holy goosebumps sweet friend!

HE sure is a God of detail and I can't stop praising Him for that!

I love you and will be praying Dora gets her computer quickly!

XOXOXO

The McBs said...

LOVE it... Love ya'll...

Divine Mrs D said...

How beautiful :)

Hmm...Your readers are so giving...have you thought of maybe raising money here for a laptop? Maybe it's a bit much to ask. I do get quite a few discounts for computers (through Apple, Dell and HP) from 15% to Employee Purchase Programs...just a thought!!

Karin said...

Oh my heart...I love this story. I love how God covers every detail and I also love to see the beauty in His children when they are acting just like Jesus.

Rachel said...

I think I've seen her before in Caddo!! :)