Archive for September, 2011

from Maria: Rejoicing in the Lord always (September 17)

September 25, 2011

From Maria,

Here are some pictures from last week’s New Edinburg garage sale. It takes place every year and you find all kinds of interesting people and things you might need.

So wonderful to find happiness in little things and see your money stretching so much. I found lots of little treasures for the kids of our mission in Peru (shoes, toys, etc.)

Gillian and Emily are already teenagers. These girls went to Peru when they were 12 years old (Emily has gone 3 times already) and their faith has grown stronger.

It was a joy to see Lala so happy and to share in our joy with so many people.

Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!


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This online album has 6 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 24/12/2011.

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Maria – Mission in Ottawa (Sept. 8, 2011)

September 8, 2011

News from Maria (Sept. 8, 2011) – Mission in Ottawa!

I am sharing one of many experiences I have had in Ottawa when sharing the teachings of Jesus from the Bible.

I do this to encourage others to share personal stories that can strengthen the Body of Christ.

“A Place to Go” is a downtown Christian Ministry at St. George’s Anglican Church, that provides food for street people each Friday. I’ve been going there for near 20 years with some long periods of not going at all. Many people are no longer there. A few have died violent deaths…others have moved on in their lives and no longer come.

Last Friday I dropped by there. I went because I love these people and I see Jesus in them. They help me so much. This time, I ended up sharing mainly with three of them. One is a Dutch fellow that came to Canada in the 50s. He never went back to his home town (we’ll call him H); he is in his mid 80s. Another one is a fellow that used to be a public servant and left work after he felt unfairly treated. He is too proud to try to get any pension. He is like a gypsy, moving around and camping in various places near the river in the summer and sleeping in a garage in the winter. My Peruvian blanket, initially given to someone that didn’t need it, has become his winter treasure. He is in his mid 50s (we’ll call him G). The third fellow, in his early forties (he’ll be C) was part of the group. Each one of them has their own story. They are all so precious to me.

When I arrived there, H was talking without stopping, about all the mysteries of the universe, G was trying to save as much food as he could in his backpack, not to go hungry for a few days and C was just there, apparently not caring much about what was happening, but as soon as he saw me he gave me his chair and brought another one for himself.

Each one of these men has shared with me, in different occasions, their dreams, their fears, their sadness, their hopes. They are intelligent people. H used to work as a mail man and speaks 3 languages. G used to work as a public servant and he even went once to Mexico and taught English there and C had a breakdown and lost his job and he is now learning to cook at ‘The Mission’. The common thing between the three of them is that each of them has no family that cares for them and is materially poor.

This time G was upset about how they were treated there. “There is no love here, they just give us food”. This was an opportunity to talk about forgiveness. We prayed the “Our Father” at the initiative of C, forgave the “helpers” and asked God to change their hearts. So funny; nobody in the kitchen would have guessed we were praying for them.

Then I shared about the Sermon of the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12). There is so much power, in the Word of God to people like these, “for is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes”. Can you imagine the life that H, G and C received when I shared “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted,..Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God…Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you…I could see the light in the eyes of these men. Then H said, “Maria, I am afraid to die”. “Why”, I said, “You will never be alone there, Jesus has rooms for each of us”, and we laughed. G said, “Can you give me a hug Maria”. It is so wonderful that they are not afraid to ask me for a hug. What a privilege for me. I hugged the 3 of them and at that point C broke out in tears. Their spirits were touched with the love of Jesus. He did it all. Praise be to the Lord!

Maria Maria – Mission in Ottawa (Sept. 8, 2011)


This album has 1 photo and will be available on SkyDrive until 04/12/2011.