By Jill Dillard
A gift given to us by a local family, "cacao"...unprocessed chocolate. :-)
I (Jill) was able to help at a midwife clinic one day this week.
God did not call us to convert Catholics.
God did not call us to convert Catholics, but God has called us to follow His example. He has not called us to convert Buddhists, Muslims, Baptists, atheists, Mormons, Lutherans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Methodists, agnostics, or Hindus. God has called us to Central America to preach the good news of the kingdom of God. My desire is to preach good news to the poor and to proclaim liberty to the captives. I have the greatest treasure in Christ, and I want others to know that hope as well.
Jesus Christ’s great commission to the church to make disciples of himself, is a commission to all those who put their faith in him. This is the call God has predestined for all of his saints, whether they follow Him to a foreign land or not, whether they are students, doctors, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, pastors, accountants, teachers, missionaries, engineers, businessmen, politicians, waiters/waitresses, etc…. As was Paul’s ambition in Philippians 3:14, let us also “…press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Look to Jesus and be changed this week.
It has been one week since we returned to Central America to continue our study of the Spanish language, and we’ve already taken advantage of many opportunities the Lord has given us to be on mission for Him where we are now. We are in class 20 hrs per week, learning one-on-one with local Spanish teachers. There is a great, Bible-believing church near our apartment that we’ve gotten plugged in to. They’ve provided us with most of the Spanish materials we’ve used for ministry since we’ve been here. When we aren’t studying Spanish, including homework assignments, we’re able to put what we’ve learned into practice as we navigate the local market for our necessities and as we serve in the community. This past week, we were blessed to serve in a birth center, an orphanage, and visit in the home of a local Mayan family. Israel has loved spending time with his grandma Cathy, as she was able to travel down with us to spend a week as we’re transitioning back.
Please keep the following prayer needs in mind as you go before the Father:
• That the political instability and violence of the region would be such that we could make the transition effectively.
• National and local elections – that God would put authorities in place who would honor the Word of God and His people
• Prison and gang ministry. Many of the men in Central America are in custody for gang involvement, leaving the gangs themselves as the primary influence of many children, especially young boys, who, sadly, tend to follow in their fathers’ footsteps. By God’s grace and the prayers and fasting of his people, this deadly cycle can be broken and this land healed.
We are deeply grateful for the love, prayers and support we’ve received. Thank you for being our friends and our partners in the faith.
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Here is a recipe for sweet and sour rice we made tonight. I found a similar recipe online and adapted it to what I had. Here's how we make it.
Sweet and Sour Rice
3 tazas de agua (3 cups of water)
1 1/2 tazas de arroz (1 1/2 cups dry rice)
3 pechugas de pollo (3 chicken breasts)
2 chile pimientos (2 bell peppers)
1 cebolla (1 onion)
1 taza de agua (1 cup water)
2 tazas piña de la carreta (2 cups or one 15.5 oz can pineapple)
Optional: 1-2 manzanas (1-2 apples)
8 limones pequeñas (juice of 8 key limes, or 1/3 cup lime juice)
2 tazas de agua (2 cups water)
1 taza de azúcar (1 cup sugar)
1/3 taza salsa de soja (1/3 cup soy sauce)
Hot sauce (optional)
Rice: Boil water for rice then add rice and cook on low heat for 20 min.
Sauté: Dice and sauté chicken, peppers, onion, pineapple and apples with water.
Sauce: Heat lime juice, water, soy sauce and sugar. Add sauce to sautéed veggies and chicken. Serve over rice.
Add hot sauce for added spice (optional).