Monday, October 18, 2010

14 Marks of a wise woman

Got this from one of the blogs I follow. I am working on planning our first girls leadership retreat at Hidden Acres. This is good stuff to share with the girls.

14 marks of a wise woman. She...
from A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Homeschooling quote

"Many folks support our decision to homeschool. Others think we're crazy. I happen to agree with both camps." -Ree Drummond

Thankful for missionaries

"Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein

While I was in Africa in September having breakfast with my hosts Ben & Candi. Ben was talking about a time he was really encouraged during a missions week at Baylor. He said one of the college professors who invited him to speak at her class said she was very thankful to missionaries because her parents became Christians through the work of missionaries in China.

I told them that I could easily relate to that college professor.

You see my mother's immediate family became believers through close contact to missionaries. My mother's paternal uncle who lived in the rural parts of central Mexico was the first to become a believer because of the witness and outreach of missionaries. My mom's uncle then came back to his family to share the good news of how Jesus Christ had changed his life and then my grandfather and grandmother became believers. Through their lives, teaching, and example my mother also became a believer as a young girl.

My father was the first believer in his family. He happened to walk past a church on a certain really bad day and heard people singing. He stopped and went inside to listen to the singing and then ended up hearing a missionary preaching. This missionary would end up being my dad's spiritual father, a great friend, and role model.

My family has been blessed by the labors and sacrifices of men who feel the call to leave their homes to reach others in the name of Jesus.

I would not be here if it were not for the work of missionaries.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

North Africa Trip Issue 3

North Africa Trip Issue 3

by Rebeca E. Carpenter on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 1:00pm

Went up a mountain by the town we are staying at overlooking the city to pray for the people group our M friends are serving. May these precious people come to know Him. May God reveal Himself to them.

We enjoyed a meal prepared by a national which was a typical meal she would make at home for her family. It was quite good and reminded me a little of Mexican beans and rice though it was mashed peas and an oat type grain.

After lunch we watched "Faith like Potatoes" a movie I brought as a gift for the Ms. I cried during the sad parts. I have been very emotional this week and I think have cried every day. I have just been moved by many happenings.

I enjoyed sitting outside of the home and watching people walking down the dirt road. A lady tried to talk to me but I have no idea what she said. She kept going on and on and I just had to smile and tell her I did not understand. She was carrying a baby on her back and I touched and prayed a blessing for him that he may know our Savior. A little girl just stood there watching me and being very curious I gave her some jelly beans.

It is raining again. It is definitely raining season. Pray that our M family across the street will get their electricity back. Oh and we just lost ours so pray for both M families to get their electricity back

Gotta go before the Internet connection goes too.

North Africa Trip Issue 2

North Africa Trip Issue 2

by Rebeca E. Carpenter on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 2:25pm

Thank you to everyone who is praying for me to feel better. I think your prayers are working. We had a great day today. We were excited to learn about the work of the M's in the area. We were able to see more towns and actually meet two national believers who work alongside of the M's. They were two wonderful men in whose faces you can see the joy and the love of Christ. Even though we could not communicate very well we felt a closeness to them and were excited two meet them our brothers in Christ from the time we met them.

These two men have such a heart to reach their people whom are 99.8% Muslim. The work they are currently doing is a radio broadcast Bible presentation to their people. This people group as you can see are unreached and the Bible is not translated in their native language. Meeting these two men whom have suffered persecution was such an encouragement and such a good time for my spirit. I was very moved emotionally and as we prayed together we all felt a great connection and their heart for their people made us love their people all the more.

We shared a meal with them and ate one of their national dishes which was very good. I was not sure how the meal would sit in my stomach but I think the hot tea we had after lunch settled my stomach and helped my headache to go away. Well, I better get off b/c I need to go to bed. We have an early breakfast today. Thanks again for your prayers. -Rebka

Friday, October 8, 2010

trip to north africa issue 1

I am reposting my notes I wrote on Facebook from my trip to North Africa

trip to north africa issue 1

by Rebeca E. Carpenter on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 1:11am

hello friends,

I am sitting here after breakfast staying at my new m friends house. It is 9 am and I just finished my breakfast (I am thinking most of you are asleep while I am writing here since it is 1 am in the USA). Oatmeal and pumpkin banana bread. It has been an interesting trip thus far.

The trip was crazy long. I barely slept on the plane and the time change is one that I had never experienced and my body is still trying to get accustomed to. I am sorry to say that I got really stomach sick on the plane about 10 hrs after we left the USA and I still have not completely recovered. Please pray for quick recovery and full energy back.

I am missing home but fully enjoying every new experience. We are in the city we were destined to be and I am staying across the street from the m's house we came to visit in another m's home.

Last night I slept pretty good sleeping to the sound of hard rain on the metal roof. I am staying in a comfortable place and am very happy to be here and only wish my stomach would be just as happy.

Thanks for keeping up with me. hope to write a new update soon.

luv, "Rebka" is how they same my name here