Encouraging Hostage Families

If any of you ladies feel led to send notes of encouragement to the families of the CAM hostages here are ways you can encourage them. This is from the CAM website:

  • Words of encouragement and Bible verses to lift them up during this difficult time. “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing” (I Thessalonians 5:11).
  • Written prayers we can share with the families. In this time of distress and tension, they find comfort in prayers written by others. We strongly believe prayers lifted to God’s throne in the name of Jesus are powerful. “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).
  • Personal stories of God’s faithfulness to you in times of great difficulty. This would no doubt be a great encouragement to the families of the hostages.

You may send your messages for the families to prayers@christianaidministries.org. Encouraging words and uplifting prayers will be forwarded to the families. It would be of interest to the families to know the state or country of the person writing.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

Christian Aid Ministries | October 22, 2021 2:30 p.m.

Scripture quotations from New King James Version

Some of My Devotionals

I thought I would share some of the devotionals in addition to Homespun Devotions by Cheryl Smith I like to use. I don’t use them all at once though. I rotate them periodically. At the top is Tea Leaves and More Tea Leaves compiled by Nancy Stutzman. These are devotions written by women on the mission field in Central America.

Journey Into Jesus by John Coblentz is a devotional exploring some of the names of Jesus.

A Woman for God’s Glory by Anna Mary Byler which covers topics such as being a godly wife and mother, marriage,forgiveness etc.

Beside the Still Waters is free devotional I use daily that gets mailed out every two months.

Becoming a Titus 2 Woman by Martha Peace isn’t a devotional but it has some good teachings and the chapters include study questions at the end.

And of course nothing beats the Bible! Mine is large, no make that giant print that I got from Through the Bible Radio network which is where you will find teachings of the late Dr. J. Vernon McGee.

I hope you all have a blessed rest of the week. I will continue to post updates from the CAM website as its more reliable than the press.

Day of Prayer for CAM Hostages

This the latest from Christian Aid Ministries:

Haiti kidnapping update

Oct 20, 2021

We are entering day number five since our workers and loved ones were kidnapped in Haiti. We, along with government authorities, continue to work hard to bring them home safely. We appreciate the work of those knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with kidnapping cases.

As CAM associates, we plan to have a special day of fasting and prayer tomorrow, October 21. We invite believers around the world to join us in seeking God for His mighty hand to work. As mentioned in previous statements, we invite continued prayer for:

  • The victims—for endurance, faithfulness, and a spirit of Christlike love. Pray for their release and that they could follow the example of Jesus who said of His enemies, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
  • The kidnappers—that they would experience the love of Jesus and turn to Him.
  • Government leaders and authorities—as they relate to the case and work toward the release of the victims.

This time of difficulty reminds us of the ongoing suffering of millions of Haitians. While our workers chose to serve in Haiti, our Haitian friends endure crisis after crisis, continual violence, and economic hardship. Despite the difficulties and dangers involved in working there, both our Haitian and American workers carry a vision to minister the love of Jesus in Haiti. Our goal is to seize opportunities around the world, even in difficult contexts, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38).

Christian Aid Ministries | October 20, 2021 3:00 p.m.

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My dear Christian sisters I want to say a word about fasting. If you are fasting from food please careful if you have medical problems. Some people will fast from perhaps sweets or caffeine. Some will fast from social media, TV just to give you a few ideas. I will most likely fast from Instagram. It takes up way too much of my time.

I want to thank those of you who will be fasting and praying. I realize some of you are a day ahead so please consider fasting and praying tomorrow anyway.

CAM Kidnapping Update and a Correction

This is an update on the Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) hostage crisis. The kidnappers are demanding $17 million for the release of the hostages and according but negotiations could take weeks according to Haitian Justice Minister Liszt Quitel.

The following is today’s post from the CAM website with age range of the hostages and ages of the children with the youngest being only 8 months and not 2 years old like I posted yesterday.

Those of you who are on the prayer chain will get this same information as while I was typing CAM recorded prayer request came in.

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Haiti kidnapping update

Oct 19, 2021

Many people, including CAM management and Haitian and U.S. authorities, are working diligently to bring our loved ones home safely.

The ages of the adults being held captive range from 18 to 48. The ages of the children are 8 months, 3 years, 6 years, 13 years, and 15 years. Today, we again commit our workers to God’s care. “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11). Pray that our workers could respond to hatred with Jesus’ love, overcome the spirit of fear with faith, and face violence with a genuine desire to bless their oppressors.

We request prayers for the Haitian and American civil authorities who are working to resolve this situation. We believe the command of the Bible in I Timothy 2:2-3—“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

This group of workers has been committed to minister throughout poverty-stricken Haiti. Their heart-felt desire is to share the love of Jesus. Before the kidnapping, their work throughout Haiti included supporting thousands of needy school children, distributing Bibles and Christian literature, supplying medicines for numerous clinics, teaching Haitian pastors, and providing food for the elderly and vulnerable. In recent months, they were actively involved in coordinating a rebuilding project for those who lost their homes in the August 2021 earthquake. When kidnapped, the group was returning from a visit to an orphanage that receives support from Christian Aid Ministries.

One of CAM’s largest programs in Haiti is providing support for Haitian schools throughout the country.

In recent months, Christian Aid Ministries has been coordinating a rebuilding project in areas devastated by the August 2021 earthquake.

God bless you for praying. We immensely appreciate the outpouring of love and support from around the world.

Christian Aid Ministries | October 19, 2021 12:30 p.m.

Scripture quotations from New King James Version


It would be very easy to respond with anger and hatred towards these criminals but I realize God loves them and as hard as it will be, I will pray for them. I just need to let go of the anger I’m feeling because children are being held and that just isn’t right!😢

Urgent Prayer Needed

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Some of you may have heard about the kidnapping of 17 missionaries from Christian Aid Ministries on Saturday in Haiti. The missionaries were on their way home after helping build an orphanage.

They are being held hostage by a notorious gang who are known for kidnappings, killings and extortion . Five of the hostages are children, with the youngest being only two years old. Please especially for protection of the women and young girls. We ladies know why.

Please pray for softening of the hearts of the kidnappers. On the Christian Aid Ministries website, they are asking to pray for salvation of the kidnappers.

I will post updates as they become available.

Homespun Devotions Giveaway!

I love using devotions with my quiet time with God so when I got the opportunity to review Cheryl Smith’s latest book Homespun Devotions Volume, I was thrilled!

Cheryl shares these devotions that are from her blog Homespun Devotions which she started many years ago. This is Volume 1 of Homespun Devotions and I enjoyed reading her writings in book form. I found her devotions easier to read in her book than online because my eyesight isn’t as good as it was in my younger days.

Each devotion has a scripture from from King James Bible but of course you can read the scripture from whatever version you’re most comfortable with.

Then you read an easy to read devotion. One such devotion on page 89 called Forgotten Benefits with the verse found in Psalm 103:2 ” Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”

In this devotion Cheryl shares the importance not just to pray but to thank the Lord for answers to our prayers and to see His hand at work through answered prayer.

Cherylbis giving a way a copy of Homespun Devotion to one blessed( I don’t believe in luck!) reader of this blog. To enter just share in the comments below what your favorite devotional is. If you don’t use a devotional share about how you spend time with the Lord.

Deadline for entries is 11:59 Arizona Mountain time on October 13th. Winner will be announced Thursday October 14th Lord willing.

I can’t wait to see what you all share!

Are We Really Being Persecuted?

I want to clarify in my last post about my daughters. What I forgot to say is they don’t share some of the same convictions they had when they were growing up. They’ve gotten weird piercings and one daughter has a tasteful tattoo. No odd piercings and tattos for this mama! Lol!

Thursday night at our online prayer meeting our pastor brought up the terrible crisis in Afghanistan and the persecution of Christians over there. What he strongly reminded us is having to wear a mask is NOT persecution. He went on to say having your limbs hacked off and being hung for your faith is persecution.

I think we as Christians we take our freedom to worship Christ for granted. And perhaps we are even spoiled. We can read our Bibles. We are free to worship God in our homes or in church without fear of getting arrested or even executed for being a followed of Christ. We are so incredibly blessed my dear sisters to be living in the U.S.

I’ve seen uproars on social media lately over pastors and youth pastors asking the ladies to be modest in their attire in church or not to wear bikinis at church sponsored swim events. The women and teens are screaming “persecution” and “body shaming”. Really? Are we really being persecuted? Try being forced to wear a burqa! Or not allowed an education.

We need to be eternally grateful for our freedom to worship freely. Christians in Afghanistan, North Korea, China and other restricted and hostile countries would give anything to be able to own a Bible or go to church and not get into trouble with the authorities .

On the heels of my last statement be very discerning on what your read on the news regardless of where its coming from. We know the media isn’t always telling the truth but sometimes Christian sources aren’t always reliable either. I’ve seen some skeptical stories and photos supposedly from Afghanistan that turned out to be false.I recommend handling everything you read or hear whether it’s by email, text or news outlets including social media with prayer.

And a word of warning. Do not, I repeat do not donate any money to an unfamiliar organization claiming to help Afghanistan! There are a number of ads popping up on Instagram claiming to be taking donations to help the Afghan people. Your better off donating to Voices of the Martyrs which has been around for several years now. That’s the first one that popped into my head and is not a sponsor of my blog.

The world already thinks we are gullible for believing in God and the Bible. Let’s not give them more reasons to doubt us!

Biblical Motherhood “Ain’t” for Wimps!

Let’s face it. Motherhood is hard but I think its especially hard when we are trying to raise our children with Biblical standards. In Proverbs 22:6, we are told the familiar verse “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

For some Christian mothers this may mean making “unpopular” choices that the world and sadly other Christians see as weird or cultish. Some choices may include homeschooling, no television in the home, and some families have chosen to relocate to be near a more Biblical church or to find like-minded fellowship.

We moms cannot be “wimpy” in training our children. Bad behavior needs to be corrected immediately. Our children need to be bathed in daily prayer! God has given us the beautiful but oh so difficult job of raising children for His glory. As a mentioned earlier some parents have prayerfully made decisions in their parenting choices that may seem like they are in a cult. Mom and daughters may wear dresses only. Some parents may closely monitor who their children’s friends are. This reminds me of the verse found in 1Corinthians 15:33 “Be not deceived. Evil communications corrupt good manners.” Or has my mother used to tell me when I was a teen and wanted to hang out with questionable people ” “Birds of a feather, flock together.” May I say to you it’s perfectly okay to say no to your child’s friendship with someone who may lead them down the wrong path and explain to them why . As a matter of fact, its okay for us moms to avoid women who may lead us down the wrong path spiritually. This may include avoiding very popular Christian women personalities that teach false doctrine. It may be true that all our friends just adore so and woman teacher but if she is a false teacher then avoid her like the plague. Even if you are the only one in your Bible study who refuses to follow ________( fill in the blank) it is better to be swayed by such women.

My daughters are all adults now and things are a little different from what my husband and I expected. As a matter of fact this post sat in my draft box for a few weeks before I decided to complete it because I was going through “Mom guilt”.

I wish I could go back in time with a copy of this post and give it to my younger self. I think she would appreciate it.

I want to end this post with a quote from Sally Clarkson – ” As mothers we are the conductors of the songs our homes will sing. Make it a beautiful one.”

What is your home singing?

Fault Lines by Voddie Baucham Jr.

I kept hearing about Fault Lines by Voddie Baucham from fellow bloggers so I thought I would buy a copy and read it.

I must say this book was a real eye opener. And I do mean a real eye opener regarding the social justice movement, the antiracist movement, critical race theory ( CRT) and BLM(Black Lives Matter) and how these movements are affecting the cause for Christ.

There is so much I would like to say about Fault Lines but there is simply not enough room but I will say this, the above movements are very anti-Christian and if you disagree with them you’re labeled a racist and if you are black you’re labeled a sell out.

It’s important to understand that Voddie Baucham didn’t write this book to be mean spirited but the truth needed to be exposed. He is very concerned about Christians getting caught up with these movements without knowing what they are getting into.

Every single born again believer needs to read this book regardless of skin color and I want to encourage all you to read it.