|Mare brings some soothing home-made oil for Oscar's son's skin rash.|
The oil brought instant relief and much needed rest for Fernando.
Mare and I have been focusing on preparing for the upcoming short-term missions teams, but we haven't lost sight of the daily needs (physical and spiritual) of our community. Mare is going to share a few of the opportunities she's had to share the love of Christ via the knowledge of good health...
I am always blessed to help others deal with their health issues naturally. God gave me a hunger for knowledge about health after Naomi was born and I didn’t know why at the time. But now I do! I have been able to apply what I’ve learned on my family along with helping others in our community.
Oscar came to me with his son Fernando who had an itchy skin rash that started up over 3 weeks ago and made sleeping at night almost impossible. They went to the health clinic in Ojojona and were given a cream to help with the itching, but Fernando said it didn't help at all. After looking at the rash and hearing his situation... I knew right away that a skin rash is almost always a sign that there is something toxic in the system that the body is trying to push away from the inner organs to protect him and detox through his skin. Knowing how conventional creams work, they often cause the toxics to stay inside the body... prolonging the rash and often making it worst. That was the case with Fernando.
I went through our natural remedies shelf and looked up a few things in some of my books to confirm what I knew, all the while praying for wisdom on how to best help Fernando.
I knew the best thing to do was to give him something that will help his body to clean out whatever is causing the rash... working from the inside out. First, I made a drink of Bentonite clay mixed in water (taste like muddy water basically). It has natural powerful cleansing abilities, absorbing and pulling out toxics & poisons without harming the body. Second, I gave him some olive oil with tea tree essential oil and chamomile essential oil, both which helps prevent infections, soothes inflammation and bring about healing without suppressing his body from detoxing. Finally, I gave him 5 days worth of activated charcoal (taken once a day) and 3 days of probiotics taken after done with activated charcoal along with strict orders that he is to drink a lot of water and no sugar. For those who may not know, Activated Charcoal is a highly absorbent substance and it removes toxins when they attach to the surface of the charcoal. It is not absorbed by the body, but simply passes through the GI system. So chemicals, poisons, toxins, bacteria, fungal and even viral infections adhere to it, pass through the body and are eliminated in the feces. This is one thing I highly recommend anybody to always have on hand when traveling to a different country to help with food poisoning, diarrhea and exposure to toxins.
I was glad to hear 2 days later that Fernando's skin hadn't itched since he start rubbing his skin with the special oil I made and now, a week later, his skin rash is completely gone and no itching! Praise the Lord for his provision of natural remedies that do help when conventional fail to do so. I'm always thankful that God has given me this gift to help others even when I can't speak the language or do much outside of the home (taking care of 3 energetic kids is a busy job!). I know that my helping someone this way speaks louder than words because they know I care, even if I am not able to say the words.
In Melissa’s case, she was basically given a bad diagnoses and wasn’t having any success with what the doctors told her to do. After asking her lots of questions… I basically figured out, through wisdom from the Lord, that she had a mild thyroid issue (Jon had mild thyroid issues a several years back and doesn’t have any problems now) and I encouraged her to eat more foods that will nourish her thyroid, such as liver and heart.
She went through a surgery about a year ago to remove a cyst in her breast, which can be a very emotional experience for any woman. Shortly after her surgery she had an emotional breakdown in the doctor’s office and he said she was depressed & lonely, but after talking to her some more… it was clear that it wasn’t depression or loneliness! She was simply recovery from the experience of having a surgery done to her breast. I was able to encourage her that she, overall, was healthy (strong, good skin color, shiny eyes and a great smile) and just needed to change up her diet.
It was fun to teach her some basic things such as soaking beans (for better digestion & removing gas) and oatmeal (for better digestion & absorption of vitamins) along with teaching her the different foods she can eat to improve her overall health. She seems determined and prayerfully her health will improve beyond where she was a year ago! Please keep her in your prayers, she has a Catholic background, but has been coming faithfully for the last three months to guitar class. The team will be replacing her roof this week. (She lives alone with her mom who was abandoned several years ago by her husband.) Also pray for the Lord to lead me & Jon as we desire to help others when the medical route isn’t working for them.
|The family prepped for the 2012 Euro Cup Final between Italy and Spain with some homemade flags;|
I think, somehow, Tabi knew Italy was going to be tromped!
PRAISE that my girls enjoy futbol and PRAY they would use their passions to serve Jesus!
|Cesar works on his first ever crossword to help review English words.|
I couldn't believe this fifth grader had never seen a crossword before!
PRAISE that God has allowed me to know these 22 students every week.
These little worms were feasting on our moringa trees!
We desire to use these plants as another health outreach tool.
PRAY for God's blessing and protection over our garden.
|Fixing the internet... again!|
The Technician, Derwin, is one of 18 adopted Honduran children raised by Baptist Missionaries!
Mare and I wonder if we will ever adopt... maybe a deaf child.
PRAISE the Lord for this essential ministry tool!
|New guitar student, Kenya, focuses on learning Gringo-style worship!|
She has some guitar experience, but with a more traditional Honduran sound.
PRAY that these young people learn to praise Jesus with the guitar and their lives!
|Sunday afternoon adult Bible study with Oscar and his wife, Marilyn.|
We've come full circle with the adult Bible study returning it to the original 2PM slot;
now we are looking/praying for consistency in attendance/commitment.
|Tobi at the top of his fashion consciousness:|
The Re-fried Bean Scalp Moisturizer
|No, we didn't take the kids to Burger King!|
We just borrowed their crown design to create an art project for the theme:
Jesus is the King (of my life).
PRAY these kids allow Jesus to rule in the lives.
Oscar and I spent an hour talking through these two verses this morning.We both were really encouraged:
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people.
Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority
so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives
marked by godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)