I was so excited to see the recent coverage of the ministry of Dr. Edmeia Williams in CBN news. I first met Sister Edmeia when she came to our church to share about her ministry in Rio called The House of Martha and Mary. Her ministry began after the death of her husband when she vowed to devote the remainder of her days to God’s work . She has been working now over twenty years in one of the many favelas in Rio de Janeiro. If you have the opportunity to travel to Rio and God puts it on your heart to visit the ministry it will touch your heart and encourage you to do great things for God. Most of the coverage in the past of this great work has been in Portuguese so I am so privileged to share this report with my followers today. Be blessed – be challenged and get to know something of the real Brazil that stays behind once the Olympic games have ended. You can follow the link below to the CBN report or go yourself to CBN news world coverage to see the video.
CBN Report on House of Martha and Maria
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about Acts 1:4
Spring is about new hope and promises. Our greatest hope is the promise of God.
We once visited Mystic Seaport in Connecticut and walked through the shipyard where the whaling ships were once built. There we walked through the shipyard where piece by piece the ancient ships were hand built. In our Christian walk we often think of ourselves as being in God’s shipyard where He is carefully fashioning us for the day when He will launch us on our maiden voyage. But in his letter to the Ephesian church Paul the apostle tells us something very different:
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil
God has created us to live, just as Toula’s mother tells her in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding;
“I gave you life so you could live!”
Jesus has given us His own life so we could live forever. Forever includes today! Our moments and hours today are not valuable because they are preparing us for some other time. The greatest treasure we have is this moment we are living right now! Nothing will ever taste better than today’s Daily Bread. God’s plan for us isn’t that we would be safely locked inside a glass case for others to admire us, but that we would launch out into unknown seas, with our eyes on the North Star of His will. Today is not a dry run, We were made for more than the shipyard. God himself has built us to sail through both calm seas and storms. If Jesus is our pilot then He will guide us home.