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Saturday, November 11, 2017

July 2017 Malawi Mission Trip




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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gracie is Home!

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Grace Sales
Missionary Midwife
Update
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Please forgive me. This update is going out much later than planned. The baby's haven't been giving me a break to write lately. Coffee is becoming a good friend and I'm perfecting the art of "power naps".  But I’m getting ahead of myself. Please grab a cuppa, and settle in, this update is going to be a long one!

First, I'd like to start by saying Thank You! Thank you for faithfully following my journey and supporting me every step of the way. Moving across the world to a foreign country has been very difficult but the response I get to my updates has kept me going.  I've been overwhelmed by the encouragement and support I've received from people's comments, private messages, financial support, care packages, and just letting me know that you’re praying. This was a team effort and you have been an incredible team! You carried me through the last 2&1/2 years.  Let me recap what we accomplished together……..

In January 2015, I moved to Davao City Philippines with 5 other "soon to be midwives" and one family with 2 little boys. We completed language school then began learning the ways of a midwife and serving in the maternity clinic. After assisting with many births, In July 2015, I got to welcome my first “catch”.

In September 2015, I lead a team of midwives to the mountains to live, serve, and share the love of Jesus for a month. During that month we showed the Jesus film, baptized 12 believers, hosted Bible Studies, and planted a church.  You helped plant a church in a remote village in the Philippines!  I'm so excited to say that this church is still growing and flourishing. A few other teams have been sent to follow up and encourage the young believers there and I was recently told that they are beginning plans for building their first church building.

I returned to Davao City with a new perspective and compassion for the women I was there to serve.  My miraculous time in the mountains profoundly impacted my walk with God and deeply rooted my trust in His provision and His faithfulness.

In the midst of 2 years of prenatal checkups, teaching health classes, hosting health outreaches and delivering babies, the Lord provided countless opportunities to share His love and mercy with the people of Davao. I shared their lives and I often shared their pain. We endured the news of a horrible kidnapping, terrorist bombing at our neighborhood market and most recently martial law.  I know it was your prayers that gave me peace and strength; I never felt afraid.

My commitment in Davao is complete.  However, I know this has just been another step toward preparing me for future work overseas. My long term goal is to be back serving the Lord’s treasured woman in the most vulnerable moments of their lives. Discussions with Sending Agencies have made it clear that I will need to be licensed midwife to enter many countries, so I continue working toward that goal.

I moved my belongings back to San Diego, and recharged for 2 weeks before the next phase of my preparation.  I am now in Washington State for a month to serve under a U.S. midwife, practice my birth skills in English (new concept!) and meet the “10 U.S. Births”, requirement for my certification exam.  After this I will return to my parent’s home, take a few required courses, look for opportunities to keep up my midwifery skills and work for Reaching the Hungry part time.

I am excited to say, that while I am preparing for my next overseas journey, I will continue to do what I love right here in San Diego. Working for Reaching the Hungry, I will be helping to plan outreaches, leading teams, learning from my father about sending teams, ideally discipling women, strategically encouraging missionaries, sending donations to missionary partners, and growing in my capacity to serve the Lord.

Many of you have been faithfully supporting me financially and in prayer for the last 2 ½ years. I cannot thank you enough! I want to ask you to continue to partner with me. I am not done.  I am really just ramping up and I need your support more than ever. The financial support will be used to help with expenses specific to the Midwifery License Exam, Courses and Training for my next assignment and salary to allow Reaching the Hungry to hire me part time.  I pray you will consider me an investment worth continuing.

It has been a privilege and an honor being sent by you to serve in Davao City, Philippines, I hope our relationship will continue. When I return from Washington my parents will be hosting a reception for my Team.  Please watch for the invitation.

I am astounded that I got to be a part of almost 200 births and I got to personally deliver 49 beautiful babies!  You were there with me!

With love, Grace Sales

P.S. I delivered 9 babies in my first 3 weeks in Washington!
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Prayer Requests:
  • It's such a mixture of relief and grief being back in the US, while missing my Davao family. Please pray for my transition off the field.  This is usually very difficult for me.
     
  • Please pray for my time with my brother Chase.  It’s very important that I invest in this relationship before I make my next commitment overseas. I am praying that he might go with me some day.
     
  • I will need to observe 2 U.S. Hospital Births, I will offer my services as a doula.  I have no agenda other than the chance to observe. Please pray for 2 willing families.
  • I will be moving back in with my parents and they are downsizing to a much smaller house.  Please pray for all of us as we adjust to living together again.
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  • Please pray that this time of rest and preparation will be blessed by the Lord. Especially pray that I will discern His will and be ready when the next assignment comes.
   Grace@ReachingtheHungry.org       ~    www.REACHINGTHEHUNGRY.org    ~      (760) 310-2324 
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Respectfully Somber Kind of a Day

A Respectfully Somber Kind of a Day

 By Lisa Sales


Carlos and I separated from the team, with Tabitha as interpreter, and set out to a village to install a well and minister to the women and children.  I prayed as we drove out to the village, “Lord, you know me.  I like to be a part of a team.  I’ll encourage Lori as she dances with the women or help Christine as she organizes the children coloring, or assist Elaine as she teaches the women to sew.  I don’t know how I’ll manage all of that alone. Show me what this village needs.”
This village was different.  No greeting of song and dance from the women and no playing children today. There was a funeral yesterday and the village was to remain respectfully, somber.
Tabitha and I sat where we could watch the women work, hoping a few might get a chance to visit.  A kind women suggested we sit on the front porch of one of the village homes.
Then, without a plan or a program, women started to gather and they seemed to want to talk. Tabitha, our Reaching the Hungry Partner, interpreted while we talked about the funeral the day before, what happens after death, what are their hopes, are they afraid.  “I have no doubt I’m going to heaven when I die.  Do you want to know how I can be so sure?”  The women listened attentively as I explained God’s plan of salvation for them and they eagerly agreed to pray with me. After the prayer the mood changed instantly and they were obviously in no hurry to leave. So I asked… “Are you curious about Americans? You can ask me anything!”  We talked for hours. We talked about the expected age of marriage, what women look for in a husband, what women do if their husband leaves and what women do if they can’t find a husband.  My favorite question came from a beautiful women who asked where my husband was, she said she was going to try to take him.  When I told her she couldn’t have him, she asked if we could share.  Everyone had a great laugh at that, even though I suspect her question was a real one.
The next day our whole team came back to that village to finish the well and play with the children and color with the women.  Today we had our time of singing and dancing!  The 30 women that prayed with me the day before gave the Angels in Heaven something to sing and dance about, they just didn’t know it.

The Lord knew I needed, “a respectfully, somber” kind of a day. The Lord knows us.   He graciously and lovingly stretches us and even uses us when we’re willing.  Please prayerfully consider going with us on a Reaching the Hungry Trip.  You won’t regret it, your life may be transformed forever.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Partnering In The Philippines



Contact Carlos@Reachingthehungry.org (760) 523-0777 if you have sometime to serve in our RtH Warehouse in Escondido, CA. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Witchcraft to Cult to Eternal Life with Christ


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 Nicaragua Team - March 2017     
RtH Team hits the streets of Diriomo, Nicaragua to reclaim the community
for Christ. God used these faithful warriors to lead hundreds to Christ
and to help launch a new church! 
Amazing Week 
Jose has been a taxi driver for over 30 years. As he shared the history of Diriomo, I can see the sadness in his eyes. He recounted what it was like growing up in a city known for black magic and witchcraft. He said, "We just got caught up in it. As a teen I went deeper and deeper into spells, sacrifices, and abuse. I watched the way this darkness changed my city into one of  prostitution, drugs, and corruption.  About 30 years ago hundreds of Americans came and shared their testimonies of God. Many of us grabbed onto the hope they gave us and were delivered and saved  from the depths of hell.

As we continued to talk with Jose and share Scripture with him we begin to hear discrepancies in his beliefs about Christianity.  He was confused as to why we placed such emphasis on Scripture.  By the time we read Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death and the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Jose was weeping. He said, "Now I understand the Truth.  I haven't been a Christian these past 30 years, I have been involved with a Cult."  We lead Jose in a simple life changing prayer that day. We believe he's going to be instrumental in reaching out to his friends who have been similarly deceived. 

Each day our team divided into 6 smaller teams. Two Americans and a Nicaraguan  translator.  We canvased hundreds of homes sharing the Gospel and we were led to pray with many.  Several evenings we hosted outreaches to bless the children and we saw a huge number of children respond to the Gospel.  The people of Diriomo were so receptive!  Each evening, the debrief time sounded like a chapter out of the New Testament, conversions, healings, dangerous adventures and divine appointments!   

Thank you for your prayers... your prayers paved the way for our team! Now, let's pray together for the church launching team as they follow-up on all those that gave their lives to Christ.   And, please pray for our friend Jose.  Pray that the Lord will use this 62 year old new believer to reclaim his city for Christ!   

Pastor Carlos Sales
Reaching the Hungry
www.reachingthehungry.org

(760) 523-0777  


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