Friday, February 03, 2012

Girl, if only this chair could talk...


Each week we have clients who sit in this chair.
Male, female, young and old...all with one thing in common...pain.

If this chair could talk you would hear it gossip about the intimate details of those who have suffered through various traumas.  Thank goodness that chair keeps the confidence of those who sit for an hour or so seeking relief.  

We cannot talk about the details either.  However, to update you and to ask for prayer I can say that this was a tough week.  We had a few new people in the chair.  Word of the counseling center is spreading and we have gotten referrals from schools and other programs in the area.  And we are grateful for that.  

Please pray for the teens here in Belize.
Pray for the children.
Pray for those struggling underneath the weight of a secret that they feel could destroy them or their families.  
Pray for more social workers to be appointed in our district. 
Pray for the lone social worker here in Cayo and her staggering work load.
Pray for students that Tom is currently training in the Christian counseling class he is teaching on Saturdays.
Pray for us to have wisdom, insight and compassion to relate with each individual who sits in that chair.  

We truly appreciate your prayers...we are already seeing the payoffs of working here.  
We give praise for the referrals we have received.
We give praise for school principals who see the needs of their students and take action.
We give praise for foster moms, youth workers and teachers who care enough to intervene.
We give praise for the breakthroughs a few of our clients have experienced.
We admire the courage of those who choose to sit and share their pain with us.
We are grateful for each one of you who are supporting us with prayer.
Those petitions are truly valuable...and we cherish them!

18 comments:

  1. Praying Alida !!!Not an easy job..you must get compassion fatigue..especially hearing sad kid stories !! Big hugs to you for following God's call on your life.May He keep refilling you as you give out...and use you to touch these precious hurting hearts with God's great love.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement!

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  2. this is so great Alida! I hope you continue to do all that God has to bring out of you and your ministry!

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  3. praying, Alida, as you point them all to Christ, may He fill you up with grace and strength to be His open arms to hurting hearts...

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    1. i truly appreciate your prayers for us...thank you!

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  4. It takes a lot of courage to grow and I love that picture. I love you and your blog already! Love that you help children - they are near and ear to my heart. sandie

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Sandie! The youth here in Belize are so important and so precious. And they make up 45% of the country's population.

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  5. May the Lord bless you and your ministry. It must be very draining for you at times. Joy and Strength to you.

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  6. Agreeing with you in prayer Alida and love the quote you shared.

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  7. May God continue to refresh you as you pour out to the hurting and may He comfort them through these hard times. God bless you

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    1. Thank you for those words of blessing!

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  8. May God continue to strengthen you and your sweet hubby in the work you are doing ....may each person that sits in that chair experience the loving mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ....praying for you guys here in Arkansas USA

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  9. That chair, with your post, is a powerful image. May all your prayers be answered...and more.

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    1. Thank you so much, Galen!

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