Thursday, July 18, 2013

Faith Rewarded

"But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and
that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."  Hebrews 11:6
I want to tell you about Celeste, Ian and Martha's friend from Callao.  Ian has been praying for Celeste's salvation for quite some time.  About a week or so ago, Martha started praying for Celeste as well.  Saturday night, she told me she would like to use her "Witnessing Book" and talk to Celeste about how to be saved!  Can you imagine what that does to a Mommy's heart?  I still marvel at how God is working in the life of my little girl, and how He uses her!
We talked to Celeste on Sunday.  Martha started out, but got stuck (it was her first time to witness to anyone after all!).  I had the joy and blessing of finishing witnessing to Celeste.  Today Celeste is a member of God's family, because on Sunday, she prayed and asked Jesus to save her!  What a special joy it was to see this 6-year-old girl ask Jesus to live in her heart!  The added joy is that now her whole family is saved - Grandparents (her Dad's parents), Dad, Mom, and now Celeste!  I look forward to the day her baby sister (who is due any time now!) gets saved as well!  My heart was certainly full, as God rewarded the faith of both my children, and Martha in particular had a part in sharing the Gospel with her friend!
Daniel on the left holding the small boy
Ian is still praying for Daniel to be saved.  Daniel is a Deaf man in Kenya, Africa.  I copied this picture from my friend Jessica's blog!  What a blessing to see my son praying for the salvation of others - even though he's not yet saved himself!
Martha has been faithfully praying for Mr. Nishio (or as she says, "Mr. Nishi-OH!") to be saved.  I laugh sometimes - not at her prayers, but at the way my children think!  You know, we work with the Deaf, and so Martha's natural question to me was, "Mommy, can 'Mr. Nishi-OH!' talk?"
My Two Little Missionaries
How I praise the Lord for the tender heart He has given her.  She has added her classmates from school, Mateo and Benjamin, to her salvation prayer list.  She was praying for a couple of the girls recently also, and one day very boldly asked them if they were saved!  I think they were a little shocked at the question, but they both said they were saved, and I rejoiced at the boldness of my daughter!
I count it a joy to teach my children the blessing of praying for others!


  1. Hey there, not sure if you remember me but we were at Harvest Baptist in Ft. Dodge, Ia at the conference the year you guys were there. We're missionaries in Croatia and you gave our daughter Hannah a book and she sat with you in some of the services. Anyhow, so glad to see you blog, me too! I'm gonna follow you so ill be back.

  2. What beautiful children you have. I pray for the deaf every day that they will be saved.After some serious prayer and patience the Lord has told me where he wants me in his will, with the deaf.
    Thank you for your encouragement.
    I hope you remember me it's been 3 years.

  3. Thanks for linking up with the Baptist Missionary Women blog! Love the photo of your two little missionaries.

  4. I found you on Baptist Missionary Wives. It is exciting to find other ladies all over the world. Thank you for sharing about your vision for reaching the lost and your love for souls. So encouraging! I'm glad to have found your blog.