Luke 24:13-32
This is Jesus heartburn(I have to credit Dallas Willard for this term!)...31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Aunty Alice aka HM

Aunty Alice

I'm without notes from my reporter-friend, so I get to share with you about Aunty Alice on my own. Aunty Alice moved into the basement of the Guest House in January with her youngest son Daniel (4 years). She is a strong woman and we asked her to come and minister to our teen moms and help them to care for their children. I went to the other aunties at the center and asked them, "who can handle teenage girls?" She was the immediate answer…she's uncompromising but full of love for them.

Aunty Alice has many children. Some are her own biological children; some she has adopted and others she has pulled from the streets and nursed back to health and the Lord. To come and stay with our girls she left a 10 year-old daughter with other family members to finish school. Gifting is her name and she is a beautiful, intelligent child. 

A while back Aunty started talking about giving these teen moms practical and creative skills so that they would learn to use their hands and have something to sell. After some loving donations, they now have their own sewing machine and another aunty coming in to teach them how to sew. Today they have been learning to tie-dye, or gar as it is called here. Here are some pictures! The finished products will be for sale and be used to help these moms buy more materials, contribute to the cost of feeding and clothing themselves and their children, and create a savings for them to take wherever God calls them next. 

Every night Aunty leads us in prayer and praise and we never go to bed without being reminded that God hears our cries and that to truly follow Jesus we must give him our whole life…and she recites Psalm 121 to us all 
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 
2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.