“I’m moving to Guatemala and here is why.”~Jennifer

She lives in a mud hut, cooks over an open fire and was joyfully anticipating the birth of her first child. The joy slowly turned to a nightmare as she realized her child was different.  Her daughter wasn’t crawling, walking or even talking.  She looked for help, but there was no one; no rehabilitation facility or special programs. People stared. Even her husband, as his culture had taught him, blamed her for the deformities. What could she do?

One day she heard about a program in a distant village that might be able to help.  Grasping at any ray of hope she got up at the crack of dawn to travel.  First she strapped her now teenage daughter on a chair, fastened the chair to her back, and began the half hour hike down the mountains to the road.  Thirty minutes later she loaded her daughter and herself into a dirty, smoking cattle truck – the “bus” for her area.  A bumping, bruising thirty minute drive brought her to ASELSI where she found caring people, hope and genuine help.

One of many lives changed forever

Today, the daughter walks short distances with braces and a walker.  For longer distances, she uses a wheelchair. With much persistence and persuasion, by the ASELSI team, she was admitted to a local private school and is rapidly catching up to her peers – a life rescued and changed. This is just one of many wonderful stories of hope that was made possible by the physical therapy program I started in Guatemala five years ago.

Ten years ago I was discontent with my job and plagued with the question, “Isn’t there more to life than being a physical therapist?”  I had no way of knowing that God had placed this discontent in my heart to launch me on a thrilling journey, a journey that has taken me through Bible school, serving on staff at my church and numerous short trips around the globe.  But it is time to take this to the next level and expand the families helped and lives changed. It is time for me to give full time to the growth of Therapy International.

Moving to increase the number of people helped

In June, I will relocate to Guatemala expanding the program to include adult services, home visits,and teams of rehabilitation professionals who will go to other areas to start similar programs.  I will continue the work in Uganda by traveling there once or twice a year.  In order to do all this I need your help.  If you’re currently giving, thank you.  Your help means so much to me and those I am serving.  If you aren’t currently part of my support team would you prayerfully consider a twelve month pledge?

Together, we can bring hope to those without hope.

Jennifer

PS –  If you’d like to bring hope to the nations.  Consider a twelve month pledge of $25 – $100 a month.  A special gift for relocation expenses is also appreciated.

Financial support can now be directed to:

Commission to Every Nation (CTEN)

PO Box 291307

Kerrville, TX 78029-1307

or given online at www.cten.org.  (Please include a note indicating your support for Jennifer Hoines)
Personal correspondence: ptinternational@gmail.com or jenniferhoines@cten.org

“…take me when you must, but heal me till the day you do…” ~Joey

God is healing every aspect of my life . God is so big for our tiny minds to really understand .

A little over a year ago before I got sick, I was preaching about love and forgiveness, and the Lord dropped in my spirit ” you hypocrite ” . Then Boom, the brakes were slammed and I realized that I had not even forgiven my own Father . Now this is another story for another time but in short I allowed God to restore that relationship.  ” meanwhile back at the bat cave ” I ended up sick as a dog and in code blue several times, most of you know this, you all have been a great support system for me in my time of need .

Anyway, so while I am sick, and learning that my Dad is not quite the monster that I was brainwashed into believing , it was starting to look like I may or may not make it through the summer . Blah, blah, blah, most of you know this already . So I said Lord, I am at peace, I submit to your will, what so ever that may be.

He dropped in my spirit to make peace with everyone I had hurt in the past, and to inform the mothers of my children of my medical issues so they could be prepared in case my other children should start having similar symptoms. I was preparing for death . My relatives were making trips to see me , my Father was going to fly down , but something told me to hold off on that one . Some of you were there for me, saw me sicker than a dog, for that I thank you, others of you, I did not want you to see me, ” Sorry Miss Majors ” I was to contagious at the time, even know I wanted the robot.  HEHE

The point I am trying to make is Cori one of my baby’s mother decided she was going to let me be in my daughters life, not only one natural, but another precious Angel that called me Daddy when she was a baby, and she has never stopped being my daughter in my heart anyway . She also has a newborn that my wife and I have spiritually adopted, which is fun because we can no longer get pregnant .

So going back to my Father, he did come down a few weeks ago, which was perfect timing, because he got to meet five of his grand kids as well .

God healed me from the inside first . And I praise him for it ! Now he is healing my body from every aspect . Even my right ear, which is so trivial, but it has been giving me issues, a huge ball of wax the size of a rabbit pellet was just waiting for me to pull out.

Our bodies are temples, His spirit Dwells within us, He does not want to dwell in an unclean sickly temple. So I said God, I rebuke this sickness in your name, take me when you must, but heal me till the day you do, and my health has been improving every since.

I am starting all over, yes, I may have lost the big bucks, the house, and all the things society sees as success . But I have God, my wife, my children and my life. I have my family and all of you . To me, I am the richest man on earth . And I praise God for just being God. I wish you all a wonderful day.

Love,

Joey

Do Angels clap their wings when they get excited?

I have been praying consistently and hard for the healing of a friend.  Surgery went well on his mouth for cancer and now he waits for the test results to say he is cured. In my mind I was thinking about the angels circled around his bed and watching as God healed him. Might that be the way it works?

The Word says angels are ever watching and even learning from us. Think about the possibility of angels circled around and learning from your experience with God. Maybe as you pray, it is like adding fuel to the fire of God’s presence. As you toss a log on or another prayer, the angels anticipate what God might do. I can imagine them dancing around in the air, clapping and making all kinds of praise to God as the miracle of grace is performed.

It could happen, you know. Only I think it will be much better than my imagination. After all, how can you imagine something as infinite as God’s love. It really underscores the uniqueness of God Spots, when God chooses to authenticate His presence. I believe my friend’s healing to be part of a great big awesome God Spot in the works.

Stay tuned….

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