Hermana IT Works

Hola my Sisters and Brothers,
This morning around 7 , one of my dearest new sisters. , Antonia,  came up to the Mission. She was accompanied by another sister and good friend,  Trinidad. I automatically assumed they were coming to GET something, beans rice,  medicines. Ten days ago I accompanied her thru the birth of her 1st child and she walked very carefully up the hill, protecting her liitle bundle in a used rebozo tied about her
Slim shoulders. Her first trip out since the. Birth took place and she was tired.
I was wrong about her reason for coming.
This sweet little 16 year old mother had another intention entirely.
She had made the trek a mile plus uphill to bring us her tithe!!
Barely allowing me to say god morning she reached into a small hand sewn seed bag that most traditional mixtec women carry like purses. From it she extracted exactly 43 pesos in small coins (equals now about $3.15 US) She breathlessly counted it out and I cried and prayed over her sacrifice.
It represents a billion dollar victory for her. She started to learn about Yahweh s law of sowing and reaping in January.  At that time my father and pastor was visiting us and upon seeing one day of how we give food staples away that evening he very gently rebuked us. He said that we would never do any lasting good for the poor if we did not teach on giving in a practical way. He saw that we gave away 30 eggs. To each family and asked if we might not try to encourage the people to start by sharing just one egg or one cup of flour or what they receive with a neighbor or someone in need, Frank and I have struggled with asking for offerings/tithes from our people for years because a) they are outwardly the poorest people you’ve evet met apparently having nothing TO give and b) because any other missionary here NEVER teaches on giving kind of causing an unspoken taboo. Those though were really just our excuses for our own pride at not wanting to be seen as TAKING from those “poor people. Sadly,  our pride was holding them back.
But we had a breakthrough and
As soon as he left, we began doing just that, encouraging them to share what they got & backing it up with Gods Word on the subject.
Little Antonia & her unemployed. 15 year old husband Adrian,  began sharing eggs with family and flour with neighbors and today she brought her first tithe into the Storehouse! Along with the coins she brought news that her husband has gained a job! Not in the greenhouses where most underage men must start but miraculously on the packing house floor! Out of the sun of summer and cold of winter. She declared simply,  Hermana! It really works!
I was taken aback and overjoyed for I know that only a person who gets a real personal revelation like she has will always be a cheerful giver…….one willing even to walk over a mile uphill with a handful of God given coins. and a smile on her face………..

*in this foto we are resting on the back stoop and laughing as she is showing me proudly how Yahweh has blessed her with abundant milk,  which is normally a problem for malnourished teen moms……but not for Tonia!  (And it surprises her how the milk overflows and she jokes it is enough to feed even her neighbors children. Tiny little gal that she is,  she is now hilariously well endowed and full of wonder. True belly laughs ensued when she admitted her new gifts “frighten” her young husband.

Miracles in Baja

Hey Everyone……………………

It seems that either thru my own ignorance of other interference most
everyone missed last weeks miracles. The original which I wrote on my
laptop has disappeared and it bums me out, because when I am truly writing
inspired things seem to come out so easily. Those of you who know me know
that I can only really write anything worth reading when I am in the
Presence. At times I pressure MYSELF to make things/whatever flows thru my
fingers to this keyboard ends up unreal and not really exact. d of story.
……………….I have to be in His Presence to write . End of story.
No other way. But when something so magnificent happens and I write it,
it is to encourage my brethren and I feel ripped off that it disappeared
into cyber-space. Usually , I’ll just sadly just let it go. But this was so
bizarre that I feel the need to attempt to re-create what I wrote on
Monday…which no-one received….I hope I can. Here I go.
Last Sunday, we had several of the indigenous men come here to the mission
and help with heavy work. Landscaping, planting , mixing cement and
generally banging on things, too. Forget sleeping till 5:30am, Pas. Frank
wanted to be ready so I set to making food for the coming workers.
Around 12ish, the men we never see but know their children started arriving
from their own regular jobs, and they set to mixing cement and planting
(they are best at planting it seems). So by about 2pm , the women folk,
wives upon wives started showing up. We had a 25lb hunk of frozen chicken
legs that I had marinated my way, but I turned it over to them. They, the
women and girls started gathering firewood and got a good fire
going.offering. Then put on the pollo and so very much lovely asparagus.
If we had bought the asparagus it would have cost at least $50 dollars, but
they are cutting the first fields so it was an offering. By 4pm serious
workers were laid out under the few trees we have , and on picnic tables
and just having a siesta. The women were laughing and admiring their
offspring. Had to of been maybe 60 people hanging around……
Out of nowhere I thought it was either a dying cat or a kitty wishing for
death. I looked down by the new playground under the miracle tree and
there was an old fellow banging on an instrument that looked like a mix
between a guitar and a banjo and a bizarre looking harp. (When he first
started playing it sounded like Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody……….I know I
sound totally nuts, okay…)but it did.It was something I’ve not been able
to find on Google. But this guy was banging away an banging fiercely on
this odd instrument.
Honestly, at first I was just overcome with laughter. (I know it sounds
irreverent) But hey, the noise was wild. But suddenly I felt a burning
need to SING in the Spirit. An d I did. The women looked and laughed
shyly, the men seemed cool with it. The many kids , well they thought it
was better than the tortilla. They were watching me and this old guy (at
least like 70?) just in the Presence. Within a few minutes I guess, I do
not really know, I started gathering the kids and whichever mamas that
wanted to follow. I had them rounded up and started praying for each one,
and I was praying for the Infilling, because I knew who had recognized
Yeshua as King.
Within say 30 minutes  I’d touched their throats and sang (accompanied by
this great instrument man) for all of the kids. Now about 16 children
were singing in tongues. Some mothers, too.
Realize this was OUTSIDE at the mission, people wandered about eating
chicken legs and getting ministry. The neighbors saw and heard it all.
By about 6pm, as twilight set and people began to go their ways, I asked
Theo who the guitar man was. She responded that she had assumed he was our
“Tio”, (which to Mixtecs,means any man who is not your father or
husband….. In Spanish it means “Uncle”). I told her he waS NOT my Tio)
she said it wasn’t hers either. I lit out after the old guy. WHO WAS HE? I
was thinking “dang we can use him every week for worship. But as I ran
from dish duty under the Pila(cistern) asking, “Hey where’s that guy??”
People looked at me like , “What guy?” Your Tio?” I’m like NO YOUR TIO!.
In the end he was never found. The people who got filled with the Holy
Ghost recall him, those who just came to eat do not. In all I think I had
16 total either saved, or filled. They all recall him. But even tonite, he
is fading from my memory. I can’t really tell you what he looked like, how
tall or short he was. I just know he was here. It was one of the most
awesome times in Yahweh’s Presence i have ever experienced. I was pain free
from my torturous bladder for a whole day. PAIN FREE. Had a bit of a a holy
Ghost hangover, but not suicidal pain. I find that only being in the
Presence His anointing is when I am free.
All week we’ve had those kids a lot of new ones returning to watch the
work and listen to stories we tell;some about Noah, some about the Son and
the Father and their Spirit.
I keep looking out for that old guy. But he hasn’t come back. BUT HE WAS
HERE..
It was the best afternoon I have had in a long time. IT IS MOSTLY
INEXPLICABLE. I know if you only believe what you can see and touch you
won’t get it But I pray that whoever reads this WILL understand the
necessity of putting yourself in Yahweh’s Presence.
As you gather with the Ekleesia tomorrow or as you gather with your mate
or child at home, seek Him. He desires to be found.
The account I have now written is not close to the inspired Word I wrote
and lost, but you get the gist……………..
Love each other, in deed and word and appreciate the Presence, We love you
all so much in Christ,
Sis, Detra

Baja Report Sept 20 2014

Had no internet yesterday. The storms down in Los Cabos (#1 Odile and

now #2 Polo) are messing  up my internet connection thru the Hughes

/Starband system I have.

It’s a mess down there. I mean a true cluster-mug.  So far they have

evacuated 18,000

tourists/foreigners……the Army is in charge and they have such

antiquated equipment it is not even believable. Cell towers are down

all over and no-one can call relatives to verify they are okay or

where they are. The refugees are being transported in troop carriers

on that long long  2 lane highway 1, so  u can imagine. Hotels have

been commandeered in TJ , Rosarito and even some here in Ensenada.

I feel  bad for the folks but it still concerns me that people don’t

really understand that Mexico is really not all that advanced and they

don’t seem to get why they cant just pick up a phone or email somebody

and they get all worked out, which gets the Mexicans all worked out

and well it does no good. I am just praying that people have patience

and get home safe. I am growing weary of  hearing idgits on the telly,

in high-pitched voices with bad comb overs (which after 5 day trips in

troop carriers on Highway 1 look more like a porcupine than a comb

over and I am not sure which is worst.) But I am tired seeing them

filmed by news crews in those tinny fear laden voices how “they damn

well wont be treated like THIS! Why the Australian Consulate will have

someone’s hide.”

In my experience  threatening to call one’s Consulate (as if it is

their own mercenary group at beck and call 24/7) these threats really

piss Mexican authorities, especially the sort who carry guns,totally

off. Best just let it roll off your back like a duck or whatever rolls

off a duck . I forget.

So, Clinic went great. Dulce was out of town for like two weeks , so

I had another Doctora. come in. Her name is Delilah Kennedy Garcia

(and yes she is a Mexican) .

She is in her 50’s, not a

Christian (yet) and referred by Dr. Vasquez.  It worked out well,

although it’ll be better when Dulce returns because the people  really

have a relationship with her.

We had 10 patients. Two newborn (5 day old both) exams. Both were born

in a nearby camp, one I don’t think I’ve taken you to.it is down  in

the riverbed and pretty big.  50 or so families. We’ve been reaching

out to them with food. and were blessed to give away 6 solar power

mp-3 New Testaments that we were given by a Wycliff Translation couple

who has been down in Guerrerro for  40  or so years.  The mp-3’s are

neat because  they require no batteries, and they can reach people in

their own dialect  and  no reading is required. They are also sturdy

little things that seem to resist water. I saw one lady listening to

hers as she washed clothes on her washboard yesterday. Water was

being flung willy-nilly and the guy just kept on doing his best “Paul the Apostle” which I must say, was pretty good. I need to procure some

more of

these little jewels.

Back to Clinic…………we had those two new  babies in great shape,

we had 5 ear infections a PID in a younger girl (13) and one child

that just comes  every time , like clock work, for  vitamins. He is only  5, but

quite consumed with  those chewables, not those new fangled

gummi-vites either, he prefers the

old Flintstone kind. The ones that taste like a sugary dirt substance

and leave your chopppers  orange, purple or green with no apparent

correlation to whatever the color was of the little figure that you

ingested. (I am not big on vitamins for myself but part of the job as

pharmacy director requires that I  actually must consume at least one

of each thing prescribed to each patient, just so I can be POSITIVE

they “get it.” (I learned this the first time I ever gave out a bottle

of ear drops that the mama put in the childs mouth instead. She kept

coming back saying “It isn’t working. It isn’t working.” I finally

figured it out and there was born a new procedure. I guess there is in

fact a reason for  every little annoying thing we must learn in

elementary school afterall.

Back to VIta-muchacho (as I call the vitamin boy) I have to

practically scare the beejeezis out of him to make sure he

doesn’t just eat them like candy as soon as he is out of my sight.

He’s cute as a button  and healthy as a horse, but has a sneaky-gene.

Whenever we have leftover tortillas after mealtime, he’ll get me by

myself and ask me for exactly 8 of them .’ OCHO, Hermana.  GRACIAS

HERMANA!GRACIAS YAHWEH!” (ALL RUN TOGETHER LIKE ONE BIG WORD.) Then if I don”t give him a bag fast enough, he’ll roll em up and place them in

a back pocket and off down the hill he goes, dragging a milk crate on

wheels with 5 2 liter plastic bottles of water and his little sister

who hangs on for dear life (she’s about 18 months and he  watches her

everyday) anyway she hangs on tight because he likes to push the milk

crate down the hill and let go and it goes pretty quick for an 18

month old. Not to mention it at times fails to make that sharp turn at

the bottom  and upends everything requiring him another gruelling trip

back up the hill for band aids (he likes those too, the more the

better.)

I’ll try to video it. It is really like something out of a

Peanuts cartoon, the brother  with that Pig-pen aura and the  baby

girls crooked and tangled pigtails flying out behind her. (I keep

expecting Snoopy too sweep down in his bi-plane and pluck her up but

it hasn’t happened thus far. And  I probably never will video it. It’s

one of those things you would have to set yourself up in the brush,

pestered by scorpions and snakes for hours only to find out he isn’t

coming that day. So maybe best just imagine it. It would probably be

more entertaining for you that way. Bosh that, “I picture paints a

thousand words, I’ve learned what you can imagine paints  a jillion

things that probably did not even happen.

Jose has a great new job now, praise God. They have a black and white

tv, too.  WE miss his help but he needs to support his family and I

think Theo is on baby # four , not SURE, but time will tell.

The playground is almost ready for me to send pictures. We have the

welder making the last two toys, a merry-go-round and two big teeter

totters. Things are being delivered and the kids  just think we can’t

move fast enough. The big metal stand  for clubhouse One is in the

front yard and has been for a while. When delivered it came wrapped in

plastic, well, somehow someone took it off. So yesterday evening I see

Ivan, age 7, but tiny and

Pablito same age but bigger. They have absconded from downstairs my

huge roll of saran wrap and in 35 mile an hour  hot sandy winds are

trying to wrap the stand back up. At first I was ticked off because

they had my saran wrap (of which I consume a lot of) and where

attempting to rewrap this 12 foot metal stand . It was hilarious. I

didn’t let on that I was watching  but just left them to their

methods.Now , see I have a fairly good idea of who unwrapped it in the

first place. Anyway, they went round and round that things with a

COSCO sized  box of Saran Wrap and by  twilight Pablito had enrolled

some help from his little friends and I HAD to go down their because

all they succeeded in doing was wrapping up Ivan in  quite a think

layer of plastic. NONE was stuck to the stand. I acted all mad, and

tried to simultaneously wave a broom around  in a menacing manner

while  tears of laughter oozed out of me– and put them on rock

gathering duty today.

Thankfully for them, it only took  two hours of brutal rock-searching

for the wheelbarrow tire to pop and they got off  easy  for now

anyway. Till Frank gets back today anyway. Wheelbarrow tires are super

expensivo  down here and also  pretty sturdy and also pretty

necessary right about now.

I’m sure they’ll get the moral of some story when  Frank arrives,

although they’ve been rather scarce since they turned in their busted

barrow and  about 8 medium sized  rocks,

What else? What else? Oh,tomorrow about 5 of the men  who work just

till noon on Sundays are coming to help  with landscaping the

playground perimeter. I am shocked and amazed by this. It will also

leave room for a message and prayer.

Carlos (guy with broken leg) is doing nicely. He’s coming to  spend

the night tonight. He is returning to his home,, he still can’t work

and so has no  place to live. He has to be at the bus depot at 5:15am

and Frank is taking him. Sad to see him go, but glad he got  some of

the Eternal Seed really implanted in him. I’ve held back one mp-3 New

Testament as a going away gift and  Theo will make him food  for the

3 day trip (at least) home.

For now, I’d better go. I am amazed the internet has stayed working

this long because the winds are  whipping  up dust devils and one of

my wicker chairs just got whisked off of the

porch……………………..

Love and Blessings  to all,

Sis Detra

They Way the Mission Field Realy Is

Haven’t written because of craziness here . Frank had put me on bed rest yesterday morning. ……  my mission: to nestle myself in the Word, get up for nothing, receive my healing, and cease this huge loss of blood.
But there was a slight interruption. Like when the satellite gets hinky due to wind or rain …..”your signal has been interrupted, try again later.”  Its been a rather crazy two days.
We have had two visits. One from the nurse in Utah and she brought a big big group of people from a Long Beach church with her. They were really touched by the daily goings on here. They came to *help* feed. It was weird I didnt tell anybody they were coming and we’ve been having like 27 kids per meal but that day 60 people showed for lunch.  The group was awed by the way the Lord extended the food as was I. Then the visitors set about helping clean up and having fun meeting our kids AND PLAYING with them……..
It was good for them to see how the people just come walking up the hill because they WANT to …..they said they have not been exposed to any ministry where the pastors were neighbors to the people they minister to. One girl felt like she *was in another world far from the USA* , most of them had come prepared to speak Spanish and were  really shocked when they found out that our people didn’t speak it. That was funny and a bit humbling for them I think .

All in all it was good to make contact with new people. Theodoras faith was built when she asked Frank’s permission to offer her handmade jewelry for sale and the Americans bought all of it.  Although i did have to step in and set prices. She was too shy and when i said , *give her whatever the Lord lays on your heart…*   there was an immediate problem – i should  have known better!  They were  offering her way too little for beadwork. Truly, for a split second i felt embarrassed to be white- come on,  3 quarters for a bracelet that an idjit could tell took 3 hours to make??  I could understand if they were paying in Mexican money , the conversion rate can be confusing. But this was just being cheap.    Some people backed out when I said 2 bucks for the bracelets and 5 for the necklaces. …..but praise Jesus she ended up selling all of her goods. She told me afterwards , that she had   been praying for money for her sons backpack and school supplies & having this happen really bumped up her Faith. Its fun to witness new believers being blessed so in a form so tangible. Anyway out of the rabbit hole and back to the path……….
They stayed several hours until all of the kids trickled home. I was peopled out.
So imagine my surprise when while snuggling into my nest with some cold coco water my old amplified Friend and a desire to get that healing i hear a commotion. I arose from the bed to see what was the matter and what did i see to my irritation but four  14 passenger vans  full of easily identified bright eyed and bushy tailed short term missionary types. When the dust settled, without further adieu these hipster surfy looking young church people start to debark. They p appear to have suffered some type of *pre-mission-religious- briefing* because they immediately huddle up in a circle and speak to their higher power.      This is the middle of our daily meal and the kids that are eating outside (big crowd again today)  start to tslk amongst themselves excitedly.  I start putting on my shoes, thinking they are lost but don’t know it. I think they were supposed to go somewhere else (koreans enter my mind) but hey they are now in our yard nowpq and walking up the stone stairs. Alls fair in love and short term missionary relations.  They were from Santa Barbara. Anyway, they showed up, as I said as we were finishing feeding, things were wrapping up here… the women heading out to gather wood for the evenings fire and the kids needing to tote their water home……..but some of the children stayed and the visitors blessed the kids with some balls and games to play and that was really nice and appreciated…..but the kids were tired from the day before and generally went home pretty quickly. One funny thing happened immediately….lemme set the stage:  first there  is a Trique fellow about 21 years old who recently sold his sister (in a good way you know the traditional arranged marriages they practice) anyhow he came into all this money ($60, 000 pesos like $5, 000 dollars split between him & his 6 brothers ) but right now he’s living large and he has been drunk as a skunk for days. … me & Frank spotted  him Sunday,  running,  literally running, in 90 degree high noon sun. Upon asking him where he was headed he says to the liquor store in Cantu- but he wad running in the  wrong direction down the dirt road . So Frank suggests to him to buy beer instead of more hard stuff and drops him off back at home where he’ll be safe. So as I said the guy has been ten sheets to the wind for days but he likes Frank because he gave him a ride and my pozole must soothe his aching liver so he’s been coming to eat this week. He’s harmless really. Oh and his name is Jesus. So add to the mix this one very tall (think Debbie) tall blond woman,  a septagenarian,I think . She is like one of the leaders of this group and she immediately starts showing off her abysmally mutilated Spanish version of *Jesus loves you, brother* topped off with a hug which if she’s at least 6 ft tall and your a 4 ft tall Oaxacan man that places your head squarely between a perilously pendulous pair of sweaty breasts. SEE WHERE WE’RE HEADED HERE? Hang on, as alas there is more.
*Jesus loves you brother is said like this- *Jesus te quiere hermano.*
This Amazon woman thinks she is saying that but in fact she is saying this *Jesus YO quiero, Hermano.* which unbeknownst to her means to him…..*Jesus I WANT you brother* , now mix that with the big tittiehug and the alcohol fogging his brain and the fact that she somehow knows his name and WANTS him and is openly professing it in an alarmingly shrill voice punctuated each time by her wagging a huge blond mess of hair over his face and you can pretty well see things go downhill real fast.
Lemme put it like this. Remember when Joy Paybody insisted on laying hands upon that 80 year old naked demon filled man holding a pick axe??
Similar outcome.  Frank had to intervene. The poor little indian guy will be afraid of old blond Christian women for likely the remainder of his life. But hey just another day at the Red Pony Pacific Division.
So by now the pastor and his wife are huddled near the chicken coop in the futile effort of making their cell phone get a signal.

With little Jesus safely escorted back to the cuarteria by Theos husband …..and everyone slightly shaken up by the blond chicks bonejarring snuffles of indignation back by the vans…..it boils down to all of these strangers kind of stuck with me and Frank.
They started asking about how we came here and how we existed. The pastor I think was suspecting by now maybe he made a wrong turn somewhere on the map ,but couldn’t extricate himself gracefully so he just went with it.
I took every opportunity I had to be welcoming and to share the stories of faith that the Lord’s given us in our journey thus far in life.  They had come to teach and evangelize they thought but suddenly the Lord turned their world on end and the anointing was becoming palpable.  Its been a while since I had that feeling……like I was standing next to myself wondering gee what will i/she say next?? Like I was just listening to Jesus talk along with every body else. Maybe that’s how you feel when you get in IT, too? All I know is I started out pretty much testifying and wound up being a vessel for a type of Q&A with Jesus. So,  I’m talking to a fairly big crowd…..28 college kids, with their pastor and his wife and about 10 teenagers. at first,  just about random things and for whatever reason I said something about the new pope and Catholicism.  I shared my views on the new pope (which must be shocking according to the reactions I saw, THE pastor was turning that telltale shade between purple and green indicating to me that he now knew for SURE he should have turned left not right) but I   was just trying to make it clear that I love everybody in general. …when one guy  challenged me. SO YOU THINK CATHOLICS ARE SAVED? IS THAT WHAT YOUR SAYING? (now this was weird because I had had an almost identical conversation with a girl the day prior.) But the Lord just really spoke through me and enabled me to teach on Yahweh’s Grace and how much Jesus wants us to love each other. and did they understand,  but really get it , just how much Yahweh really loves us and how little really he wants back…I was really wound up good and preaching at this point it was really good what I recall of it. When I looked out next (like i say i was in and out ..weird but i think u get it) the same guy had big tears rolling down his face. He says,  *So  are you saying maybe my Dad is not in Hell? He died a Catholic. And and my grandma whose a Catholic can go to heaven??*
The bunch got so silent. The Pastor was pulling at his nose in a really painful fashion,  but everybody else was still. In this moment I saw this young man as Jesus does and I got to love him literally AS Jesus…
He was hurting so bad and it hurt me. I asked him if his dad believed in Jesus and did his grandma believe in Jesus ? Did they believe that He is the resurrected Son of Almighty God? Yes, but what about……this and that…I asked him the same question. Yes he said. But he was full out crying now. Then i said it, but really it was Him saying it. Yes. Your daddy is NOT IN HELL. This is not about heaven and hell. He was standing right in front of me by now. ,in front of every body else. I lifted my hand up to put it on his head,  i think I was going to pray for him and before i could touch him he flew back and I don’t know from where but Frank appeared and caught the guy before he hit the dirt. I was then instantly drunk I mean officially inebriated in the anointing and ready for more…  but then I was talking about Resurrection Life and it was something I could tell by their faces, they had absolutely never heard. The Lord really explained what He had come and died for ……then the next thing you know i was asking who in the group wanted To ask Jesus be their King? (Remember these are all church people enough to go on a mission trip so one would assume they are already sure of their position in Christ.).but  that was the question and font you know that. just short of everybody like 35 of them surged towards me!
At that point, it was, as they say, ON. I went down the line and every single one, UR, was laid out before I could make contact with them. I never touched them and the Power was so great I had to make an effort to keep MYSELF upright. We were outside under the balcony okay,  but this warm wind with an incredibly sweet smell THAT I HAVE NEVER SMELLED  just tunneled over us and hung there for a minute or two. It was supernatural. And the scene brfore me was nothing short of something you would see on tv With Benny Hinn back in the nineties. The only other time I’ve ever personally witnessed that many people melt like that,  was in the prison here. They were like butter in a microwave. Wild pretty much sums it up.
Eventually, people started helping each other up . Some just sat in the dirt and wept. A couple of guys walked over by the chicken coop and layed down. Others just wandered about with no apparent destination.  Me and Frank went upstairs and sat on the balcony. Suddenly i was tired. Exhilarated but tired. I guess an hour passed before their pastor got them all rounded up again and told them it was time to go. He did the parting circular Calvary Chapel prayer,  and just like that they were gone .
Yahweh is good. That’s the bottom line. Hope you are equally as amazed as I.  I for one remain glad I signed on for the duration……..
Love yall,
d.d

Testimony of Water Baptism

I have written this letter now 10 times it keeps disappearing. So I
assume it is important to someone…
Now I dont even recall how it started except that  it related to
water baptism.
The year I was water baptized  I was 13/14  years old. I was going
thru a really bad time in my life. My parents had announced their
divorce at Valentine’s Day.  By Easter I had a new ‘mama” by 4th of
July  , I had a newer one. I also had been introduced to the first of
a few new “dads.”
By the time in June, when I stepped foot on that plane in San
Francisco I was  pretty much suicidally depressed. I had been flying
for  many many years every summer alone. That one trip, the American
Airlines Stew sat with me on take -off and on seeing , what I guess
was my despair, she took off her own silver stewardess wings and
pinned them on me. She my silent tears and told me the LORD KNEW me
and was going to help me…………I still have those silver wings
with me in Mexico.
When I arrived at Memphis International, my grandmother and granddaddy
on my mom’s side picked me up. I felt loved but still very lost.
What I recall most of that fateful summer was that every day that
there was a Meeting of the Church,Uncle Richard and Aunt Pamela came
to get me.  Even then, I knew it was a sacrifice for them to spend on
gas to get me to church. I remember lil Eowyn standing on the back
seat of the Rambler with skinny arms wrapped around her Daddy’s neck o
ethe highway tween Tunica and and Walls and me standing too, watching
Aunt Pamela lay hands on the dashboard and ask Jesus to give us gas to
get to church meetings.
We never missed one not ever.
I had turned 14  the day before I got baptized in the Holy Ghost. I
growing up in a house where no Bibles were ALLOWED WAS LIKE THAT GUY
IN ACTS……………..:I didn’t even know ther WAS a Holy Ghost!”
But be danged if I didn’t get Him. And He never left me.
I think  partially due to the dramatic infilling I received, the next
Sunday was Water Baptism.
And I was READY! There were quite a few of us that got ready that
Sunday morning, black and white together eager to get the old
woman/man buried, and it was a turning point in my life. See I had
things that if I was to live I needed them to be  put away or I’d
never survive. I went from  a girl who’d done unmentionable  things to
a new creation . See, Jesus had already recognized that, but for  me
going under the water well it  washed ME in my own eyes. That lost
party girl who’d done so many things I fear even now to tell you   I
‘d  had an abortion……….. MURDERED an innocent
child,…………..I was so old in sin before my years….and thank
you Jesus it changed my life.
Not immediately (which that  idea messes lots of folks up) but as
time went on I was cleansed  in my own eyes. And  what folks thought
of me really no longer mattered as the Lord took me and enfolded me in
his Loving arms and loved me even more if that is possible that is
what I felt.
I encourage you not to take it  as some “ticket to heaven” that  gives
you a  right not ever to attend church again but to really understand
what you are embarking upon..Water Baptism  started the renewal of my
mind……………so I encourage you to  see it for  the NEW BIRTH
that it is, and was, for me………it’s a new start…. a public
notice that you now belong to Jesus Christ, that YOU ARE NEW, REBORN
and also and most importantly I think , as a promise to yourself to
never ever forget what our Lord Jesus did for us.

It has been a lot of doubt  and tears revealing myself, but I pray it
will touch who it supposed to touch………..

We , here in Baja Mexico , love ya’ll so much. We appreciate your
faithfulness and look forward to news of your baptisms………….
Sister Detra and Pastor Frank

>
> Ro 6:4  therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death,
> so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father,
> so we too might walk in *newness of life.*
>
> Col 2:12  having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also
> raised up with him *through faith in the working of god, who raised him
> from the dead.*
>
> 1Pe 3:21  corresponding to that, baptism now saves you–not the removal of
> dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to god for *a good conscience*–through
> the resurrection of Jesus Christ,