Baja Rain

Belated felicidades o the new addition to your! Please relay our congrats to Anna………As you can tell I am back online…..thanks to Yahweh for somehow protecting the satellite which was literally hanging from a wire on Saturday morning when the rains stopped at last. Today, my upstairs neighbor (Nacho age 14) and I actually managed to repoint the thing ourselves!! Another miracle for real. I was able to get the coordinates from the back of the modem and Nacho being highly motivated(I learned he is the one piggybacking on my internet) climbed upon the roof and put the skills he learned working for directtv last summer to work. A couple of hours of screaming back and forth and we have it back on line. Glad I never reported it as being messed up or I guess I could not have done this.
Anyway, we are digging out and in the process of drying out from what turned out to be some severe weather.
We are on our 6th day of not being able to get off the mountain in a vehicle.. The back way, by Jr. Burger looks like the grand canyon and is totally impassable still and the main dirt road is still underwater. There is literally no way out other than afoot.
Wednesday about 1am a terrible ripping sound startled us from an already light sleep and we found that the southwestern corner of the roof has been totally lifted off by the winds……………….water prloceeded to pour in to the back half of the house as we frantically tried to salvage those beds and others furnishings, still we had really bad damage to the drywall as the water just kept coming down…………..it was really awful and sad and I really had to fight myself not to cry and just give up……………….BUT the next morning in the wind and rain Frank was able to make emergency repairs and STOP the incoming water. I really still do not see how he got it done, I mean we literally had this huge hole in the roof, but using what materials we had he was able to temporarily patch it up and stop the water. It was Saturday before the rain stopped and we were able to haul out the wet rugs and bucket after bucket of nasty water -lost lots of
books , pictures and paper stuff and will have to replace sheet rock, insulation, the roof and of course paint eventuallyBUT really we are praising the Lord. Thru it all we still had a dry place to sleep and that is much more than many around here who are really suffering………..Baja’s mild weather makes us so complacent and no one is ever ready fr anything like this…………….plus so many people build their shacks on unstable ground or in riverbeds because that land is undesireable and thus FREE and when the rains come they bring disasters for these folks. We have not had anyone show up seeking shelter though due to the difficulty getting up here I assume.
The balcony railing got shredded and the view is now unimpeded as I told you on the phone!! Frank woln’t rebuild it so high.
This has all really made me feel for thse who were so impacted by Katrina…………….they truly had it bad and I can’t help but thank God that we got olff so easily even with the damage that we did sustain, could have been so much worse!! Honestly though when I saw the ceiling falling in by illumination of a flashlight, I was SO afraid, depressed, panicked………….truly though after the storm comes a great peace and in the light things did not appear so scary and impossible.
It is supposed to rain again starting Thursday, we pray not for long………I am planning n reopening the dining room tomorrow as now it is up to frank to start the big repairs, once it gets dried out that is..
I am enclosing various pics of the Christmas festivities finally………..
Much love-
Detra

Baja Report January

Dear Ones,

There are times when I stop and just really wish that you were here with us. Here in a foreign land (to me) where the Creator of the universe set me…..in all honesty there are times when I really miss the USA and truly question if I am in fact in the perfect Will of Yahweh or if maybe I just got emotional and convinced myself that the Lord spoke to me all of those years ago.
Then will come a time such as this-
Today was a normal day of cooking for the kids, then driving into town with frank to get the massive grocery shopping done as well as taking care of paying the light bill and all of the thousands of other little things that must be done if things are to run smoothly or even at all. I was grumpy and weary as we unloaded what seemed to be 100 grocery bags and hauled them in, then the cats had to be fed, the house was in disarray and the heavy fogwas rolling in over my freshly washed clothes out on the line and we had to get those down.
I had just slipped into some comfy clothes when I heard them calling from downstairs. It was nearing dark but we didn’t yet have the generator on, just a couple of candles in the kitchen. I thought, “Dear God, what can they want NOW?” in an attitude quite unbecoming to any godly person I am sure.
It turned out to be the family of Mario, the little boy for whom we are trying to arrange cataract surgery. I had totally frgotten that we had sent a message for his parents to come up after work to discuss the next step in this process.
We brought these two very humble Trique people up into the house and began to explain what needed to be done next and how we needed to take the mother and child into town Friday for an appintment to finalize there Mexican Government insurance. It was a LONG process as they understand precious little Spanish and do not read at all. We explained the surgery and hw fortunate it was that it was being caught now before Mario was totally blind. The father then asked us how much it would cost.
Frank explained that Yahweh, the Father of Jesus and God that we serve had opened doors for the child to obtain this surgery free of charge. Now we knew the mother was an believer because she was saved in our church about 1 year ago. We asked the father if he believed in God and if so what was the name of his God. He said he believed that Jesus was his Saviour. But as we spoke of Yahweh’s Provision and how He could meet all of their and our needs I could just see that the father was not getting it. Not understanding and not believing. It lit up for both Frank and I at the very same moment, these people have ONLY heard of Jesus as Saviour of our souls and didn’t in any way relate to Him as anything else. The father told us how they had once taken the boy to a specialist in Oaxaca and were quoted a price of $50,000 pesos for the surgery back then to save his eldest son’s sight. (Understand that $50,000 pesos might just as well be 1 million dollars to these
very very poor people) He pronounced this amount with great wonder and hopelessness. Frank then asked him if he understood that Yahweh was going to essentially pay that amount by providing this surgery. The father just sat there wondering, with no answer. I had to give it to him for being honest instead of just saying what he thought would satisfy us which many people will do.
So Frank told him about Yahweh owning ALL of the silver and ALL of the Gold and the cattle on a thousand hills and he said now if YOU had all of that you could pay it right. The guy laughed and said well of course! Again Frank told him that Yahweh was the owner of these resources. It was the colset thing, Uncle Richard, sitting in the candlelight with these people who hail from attally different world basically than we do and watching as the Holy Spirit quickened this information in this man’s heart. I mean you could see it just as sure as you see a light come on and chase away the darkness. Faith came on in this guy like that and chased away the doubt and I wished you were here. I thought of you and how had shared the Gospel with me as a child and in essence armed me for life’s battles. And I know you have the same experiences sharing with people there in your church and you enjoy it but still there was something so wonderful about that I truly
fervently desired your presence. I guess just knowing that you would appreciate the mment just as fully as I did…..
So Frnk went on and got out his little matchbox truck on which he had set his faith to obtain that big truck he had and he proceeded to teach this couple on faith and the Lord’s Provision and it was AWESOME. I know that they went home tonight thanking almost a different God if yu know what I mean. I mean still thanking Jesus but now seeing Him as their Provider as well. And I have faith that they will come to knw Him as their Healer and as EVERYTHING else that He truly is, but at least it is a start!
This does cause me to see the injustice that religion does by preaching mainly or only salvation and in essence crippling people’s relationship and limiting it severely.
So, i’d better go unpack my groceries BUT wish you were here and love,
detra

No Condemnation

Ro 8:1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

The last part of this verse was added by the translators evidently because they thought it to good to be true
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…

This is the fact If you are in Christ God is not condemning you. You have to go somewhere else to get condemnation. When you condemn a building you are saying it is no longer fit for life to dwell there. God says to you because you have believed He raised Jesus from the dead for your justification. To be justified is to be without fault in the eyes of God. The resurrection of Jesus is Gods message to you that He is no longer looking at you as a condemned building but one made fit for Him to dwell in.
Get this. He will fix up His house. You rejoice that He has chosen to move in and fix it up. He has the resources. Let Him move in and let Him Fix it up. Grace is God saying to you I want to move in . I see you don’t have the resources to fix this place up like I am used to . Just give me permission and I will come and do it up right and we can dwell here in style. All I want is your permission to start renovation .

Your part — believe I raised Jesus from the Dead.

Allow Him to be Lord of your life as He is rightful heir to all of Creation.

Ro 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

You are not a condemned building. You are one God sees great potential in as His Dwelling place.

Richard Chambliss 2010