August 2011 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Welcome
Article – Lessons from Iquitos, Peru
Final Thoughts
 
 


Welcome

 

The Voices of Christian Working Moms

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Author Kimberly Chastain

How are you doing my sister CWMs? My prayer is you are trusting God in all things. Right now, if you listen to the news, you can certainly get depressed about the economy, famine in certain parts of the world, and various wars. Yet, as Christians we know that our God is in control and we know the end of the story. May we show others around us that we can be calm in the midst of chaos and that our peace comes from Christ.

Welcome to all our new CWMs who have joined us this month. You can check out all the many opportunities to meet other CWMs at www.christianworkingmom.com

Article – Lessons from Iquitos, Peru

A prayer request of mine, for several years now, has been to go on a family mission trip overseas. God graciously answered my prayer and last month my husband, 16 year old daughter, 13 year old son, and I traveled to Iquitos, Peru with our church for a mission trip.

Our family worked in the 2nd poorest area in Iquitos, Peru. Iquitos is a city of almost 500,000 people at the mouth of the Amazon River. It is also the largest city in the world that can only be reached by plane or boat. While we were in Iquitos we worked with a small church, Solo Con Cristo. We helped to paint the one room church, helped them add another small room, led a Bible school, and in the evenings worshipped at different churches.

We met some wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ and beautiful children. As a family we learned so many lessons on our trip:

1. Our Peruvian brothers and sisters in Christ really know how to worship. Most worship services we attended lasted 2 hours and they spent lots of time singing and praising God with joyful hearts.
2. Several churches we attended met in one room and they were running out of room quickly. These churches had almost nothing yet they reached out to their community and loved their neighbors to Christ.
3. I observed several women who totally lived out 1 Corinthians 10:31. A pastor’s wife we loved dearly would cook for us, unstop toilets, support her husband, and lead other pastor’s wives with the same beautiful smile. She truly glorified God in everything she did.
4. Children are natural missionaries. My children were magnets to the children around us. Part of it is because they stand out so much. My daughter is a red head and my son is fairly tall. Children have a way of easily sharing their faith with other children.
5. My Christian brothers and sisters in Christ, by the world’s standards have almost nothing, yet their faith in Christ is all they need. What a testimony that is to us who are wealthy Christians.
6. The pastor we worked with shared the following statement: “I have told my children I will not leave them financial wealth, but what I will leave them is God’s Word implanted in their hearts.” He has 5 children and they are all serving God in full-time Christian service. What an example to us all.
7. We as a family can do some really difficult things, in the power of God. No air conditioning in 90 degree weather (in the winter in Iquitos), sharing 2 bathrooms with 18 people, and many other adventures.
8. You can have plans for a mission trip and God often has different plans for you once you get there.
9. When you ask for prayers on a mission trip for safety to and from a location, make sure you ask for prayer when traveling while you are there. Motor taxis are quite an adventure (think motorcycle with a golf cart attached). Your prayer life gets serious real quick.
10.There are dear brothers and sisters in Christ, in Iquitos, that I may never see again till I get to heaven. When I do get there it will be such a sweet reunion.

Our trip was a good trip and a hard trip as well. We have memories as a family serving God together that we will never forget. I praise God for answered prayer and being able to serve Him.

Final Thoughts

My children are older now and international travel is a little easier (it was still adventurous going through airports). I encourage you as a family even with young children to find ways to serve together in your church or community? There are different organizations that even plan family mission trips for families with elementary age children. You will be amazed at what your children can do and how they open doors with people that adults cannot. As I have shared with you before I love Operation Christmas Child with http://www.samaritanspurse.org/. Even small children get excited about choosing gifts for other children for Christmas. I know some families that choose gifts throughout the year for their shoe boxes.

One of the greatest personal blessings from our trip is my children came back with a love for missions and sharing the gospel. My prayer is for us as CWMs is we will instill in our children a love for the things of God and serving God in all we do. There is truly no greater goal we can have for our children.

Thanks for allowing me to share with you this month.

Till next time,

Kimberly M. Chastain

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.