Desires of my heart |8-8-15|

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
— Psalm 37:4

Lord your timing is SO perfect! wow. Today worked out so perfectly!! I got to see the birth of my niece without having WiFi all day and with the time difference it all worked out. With God there is no time difference His timing is… PERFECT! Today was the 35th anniversary for the Jocum (YWAM) base in Belem. We spent most of the day celebrating and attending classes. After that we drove to a church in Belem where Joy will speak tonight. Throughout the day I had to put my trust in God and let Him take control. I tried WiFi at the base.. but no luck. After arriving at the church, Igor happened to ask if they had WiFi and yes they did.. Not only WiFi but FAST internet. Calling at 7:10pm (3:10pm medford time) the baby was about to be DELIVERED, wow I’m so blessed by God, only 2 4 minutes later baby Mackenzie Marie Vargas was born. 

 

He made everything come together for me, for my desires to make me happy. It goes to show you every moment in life has been planned. Down to the second you take a gasps of air, God is behind every step I take. God has planned my w h o l e  entire life (insert mind blown). From knowing this I can put my trust, hope, and faith in HIM and only Him.

Mackenzie Marie Vargas- A c o r u a g e o u s  lover. This is the Lord’s baby, and I saw Jesus wrapping His whole body around her protecting her from the world. Wow what a precious sight.

Now that auntie is back in Southern Oregon, I get to have fun with Kenzie. Which means photographing and kisses these sweet cheeks all day long. 

Moju Morin (July 24th- 27th)

“Put on the full armor of God” -Ephesians 6:11

The white VW passenger bus pulls up and the adventure continues. Loaded both cars and off we went on a two hour drive to the village of Moju Mirin. This short trip was a challenge for all. We stayed in the communities local school which was all closed in (bathroom, kitchen, and shower). After talking to a few locals to figure out the dynamics of the village. We discovered that we (my team and I) were the first white foreigners in that village.

The VW wagons are a popular car in Brazil. Just last year (2014) the company stopped making the vans. 

Before arriving my school leaders (Philip and Lily Lin) flew into to see us. To have a one on one with each of us. The morning before arriving in the village we gather and prayed before heading out. The Lord highlighted some words, and visions. Each one with a different purpose and meaning, H O L Y|S P I R I T    The color orange, a word ‘rider’, turkeys, vision of a young man, and for me a vision of me telling the gospel to a house full of people! 

Day 1: A team of dental hygienist came and cleaned teeth at no charge. This gave wonderful opportunities for us. To build relationships and share the gospel. While the adults went first for the teeth cleaning the kids needed to be entertained. BB tash, Joy, and myself taught games and bible stories to the kiddos. While playing sheep, sheep, Shepard (duck, duck, goose) half the group of kids ran down to the swimming hole stripped down and jumped in! Following after joy and myself lived in the moment and joined. Fully clothed. Splashing around a girl by the name of Carol  l o v e d  me. How I miss the joys of being a kid..with no worries. Carol and I shared something special this little girl captured my heart from sharing laughs and giggles, to embracing each with many hugs, to exchanged a few words in Portuguese. Thank you Carol for reminding me to have a child like mind set when loving others. 

Day 2: Home visits. From house to house we would share the gospel and would offer prayer to people. Each household we visited loved to talk and visit with us, coffee was offered along with greetings of hugs and kisses. We ended the night with a giant christian dance party ‘giant meaning Tash, Eline, and I’. If only we knew 3 hours later half the team got the flu virus. From the stories I heard violently sick. (Praise God I slept through it) 

Day 3: Just like that h a l f of team brazil was sick and ended up leaving the next morning to return back to base. Plans changed all the time in brazil. At first Eline wanted everyone to return home, but God had other plans. Now the Holy Spirit came into this village. Breaking into smaller groups for house visiting I was the only green-go (white person) along with 3 other Brazilians. Now the fun stuff. My vision came true. Each house we attend I shared the gospel. The last home I attend hit the ‘home run’. Walking up to this house I felt something different a good different. As we entered the home we started to chat. The father of the household knew Jesus, but was thirsty for more. In this moment I shared my testimony and a man whom was handicapped started to cry. I asked if anyone wanted pray and this man looked me in the eyes and nodded. He wanted prayer to press on, to be strengthen so he could impact and strengthen others. After ending the prayer I felt the presence of God and the room felt lighter and brighter. 

Here's the photo of the family I had a vision of! How exciting to talk things of the Lord, and agreeing and releasing of prayer. The Kid in the Kiss shirt later came to talk to us on how to get involved in YWAM. 

Thinking to myself..wow this is what life is about. No mater what age, color, status, or language. At the end of the day we have the same wants/needs. To be loved, and that love come from Jesus. We as Christians carry his love, and carry that love to others. That my friends is called revival.  Walking home before 6 o clock (that’s when the snakes would come out) I had a HUGE smile on my face.The next morning we packed our things and heading back into the VW bus and returned back to base. I did it, I conquered the challenge and God showed up in a radical way. When you commit and say “Jesus here I am, send me” He does. It’s a dangerous prayer but that’s when heaven kisses earth. Amen?!

Arapapucinho (July 13-July 20th)

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart!
— Jeremiah 29:13

We spent seven days in a small remote village by the name of ‘Arapapucinho’. A total of 70 families live here. From car to bus, from bus to boat we made it. About the community you can only come in and from the village by boat, and only when the tide is ‘in’. That’s why the people have stayed hidden years ago. Run way slaves from Africa passed down from generation to generation. We (Igor, Hailey, Ryan, Natasha, Joy, and myself) lead by the community development school leader Wellington and his team. Elline, Bianca, Raissa, Thiaco, and Cassico. Each night we slept in hammocks with mosquito netting to protect from all the creators and bugs. In the day time we SWEAT like crazy. Being right on top of the equator the sun is HOT and humid. 

All the jungle- rain forest books I listen to as a child.. has come to life! On the last night being in the village of Arapapucinho as I swung in my hammock before bed the stars popped. Right before my eyes was the big dipper. So crisp and clear no city lights to distract. The moments before my eyes.. its a dream.. something I’ve wished for.. for so long. I have asked the Lord for a crazy life.. and here’s just a taste of whats to come. If I continue to pursue and dream big with Jesus. 

The relationships we’ve built with the people have been life changing. Communicating by a smile and laugh has opened and captured my heart. As a team we came here to love… to build relationships and to become like the culture. Slowly we are learning the language. 

The river is S O peaceful and not scary. Like i thought it would be. I swear my imagination makes things 10 times worse. Every time I ride on the small boat’s my heart races with such excitement. Words cannot describe this place. It is magical. 

Our fellow captain to take us back to base. The vibrance in the jungle is so bright and g r e e n! 

What my life for the next 6 months will look like this. We spend 1/3 of the time at the amazon reach base. The other 2/3’s we will be going into other villages. Establishing relationships and pouring blessing with each step we take. We pack up our backpacks and head out by boat. Each community we attend is a mystery. Let the Holy Spirit games begin! My heart is SO happy here. I see the beauty all around me and I reminds me of how beautiful and creative our Father in heaven is. So honored to be chosen to see and expericence Jesus in such radical way. 

Embraced with love

My first week in Brasilia has been incrível (amazing). I didn’t know what to expect from this culture. I’m in  l o v e  with the people. Arriving from the airport Igor’s family greeted us with a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. His mother Celica is wonderful, she may not speak much english. But she feels like another mother to me. His dad Jay is a wise, genuine, and funny. Carol his sister is beautiful inside and out. The very moment we met she offered her room to us, and even offered her bed. Carol has show us around her city, and has taken the time to teach us about the culture. His family has embraced us with such hospitality and FOOD.

Beans, rice, farofa, and MEAT. The few main staples for the Brazilian diet. 

Now in being in brazil for one week. I’ve learned many things. But the love language for the Brazilian’s is food. All sorts of new and different food and traditions. Almost everything is f r e s h. Every meal that is served has some sort of cheese and bread. Queijo minas (Minas cheese), cream cheese, and Requeijão (cheese spread). Now a mix of both worlds. Cheese bread is HUGE. The cheese is baked in the inside of the bread. Even McDonald’s serves and sell this delicious and tasty treat! Meat is another staple. From all sorts beef, chicken, and pork. All seasoned so well with many different favors from rosemary to garlic. Last but not least rice and beans is another tradition sprinkled onto with farofa. The Coffee or café is strong you only need half of a cup to drink. Compared to the coffee at the YWAM base we are completely spoiled.. haha.. When they make the coffee here, they don’t use a ‘coffee maker’. It is all hand made from boiling the water to straining the coffee grounds. 

Fresh STRONG cafe, a sweet treat prepared for us daily. Brazilian coffee is by far the best tasting coffee I've ever tasted. 

This week has been JAM packed with some many activities, gatherings, ministry, and evangelizing. I have SO much more to blog but have such limited time. So cherish every post.. ! I love and miss you all! Keep the prayers coming our way. Next Saturday we will be in Belém aka the A M A Z O N. A long 56 days it will be… but I’m SO excited! 

tchau!