Monday, April 16, 2012

the gifts of Tuning In...

CDF had such a great turn out on Saturday.  30 pastors and youth workers showed up for the seminar.  Many of them had never attended a CDF event before and it was exciting to see new faces and make new connections here in Belize.  

The three speakers for the day, Diana, Tom, and Jadine, covered several topics; what sexual abuse is, reporting requirements and laws, the effects of abuse and how to help, and how to talk to young people about sexual issues.  We were impressed with the types of questions that were asked throughout the day and the strategies that the small groups came up with for dealing with children, parents, the police, and the church.  

God truly blessed this event and we pray that lives will be touched through the educational efforts of CDF and through the participants as they use what they learned!

As I reflect on our weekend I have these gifts to cherish:

651.  The well used Bible of a youth leader...

652.  lively small group discussions...

653.  listening to the various groups make their strategy presentations...

654.  Tom teaching on the effects of abuse...
655.  and how to help

656.  a child who was able to occupy herself while her mother attended the seminar...

Gifts from the week:

657.  a friend of Tom's stopping by to play in the office

658.  stepping out to learn Spanish.
659.  enjoying time with my classmates.
660.  understanding that mastering Spanish would allow us to work with Spanish speaking clients without needing an interpreter.
661.  working on articles for the CDF blog.
662.  a change in my diet that gives me more energy and less pain.
663.  the gift of surrendering to the discipline of eating to feel better.
664.  Listening to my brother's reports on KFDI as he was out chasing tornadoes in Kansas on Saturday.
665.  talking with my parents in Wichita and knowing they are safe.  They had a small amount of water leak into the basement and nothing else.  
666.  the technology that allowed me to stream a Kansas radio station online here in Belize.
667.  an inspiring and challenging message from Pastor Dan on Sunday about the purpose of suffering along with Philip's presentation on the persecuted church.
668.  a quote from Sunday's message:  Being religious is easy...being a Christian is hard."

and some gifts found during my time in the Word:
669.  He will not leave us as orphans  John 14:18
670.  His example of humility  Philippians 2:5-8
671.  His word equips us to work for Him  2 Timothy 3: 16-17
672.  He prayed for us John 17:20
673.  He nailed that which stood against us to the cross Colossians 2:13-15

 joining in with the gratitude community:


  1. So glad you had a great turnout.

    1. Thanks, Glenda! We are excited to be in contact with so many new people to help spread the word to others!

  2. It looks AWESOME!!! I am doing a link-up tomorrow for moms that have lost babies/children. I hope you will join in. You do not have to write a special post, just link your home page. I know that I am so encouraged by your testimony and other mommies would be also!

    1. What a great idea...looking forward to linking up with you! Thanks for letting me know.

  3. This looked like an awesome event that brought out many from the community. Hopefully the conversations will continue and I wish you and Tom all the best in continuing with your work and gaining more supporters/teachers along the way to continue to help spread the message and bring about greater awareness.

    1. Thanks Chandra...from your lips to God's ears...we are praying for the same things!!

  4. Your gifts from the Word are such a blessing. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Katie, I am so glad that those are a blessing for you...they truly touched me as well!

  5. Lovely list. Enjoyed my visit. Have a blessed week ahead.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tammy!

  6. Oh, Alida, "the well worn Bible of a youth pastor".... this praise brought tears to my eyes. So many hours of sowing.. often without knowing how God will reap... that's what I know of youth pastoring. Praying today for all the lives that were impacted by your event and for refreshing winds to blow over those dear pastor's ministries. Our favorite babysitter just returned from Belize and we sat enraptured by her photos. Beautiful! Beautiful! So glad we've met!

    1. Thank you for your prayers! I hope that you get to visit Belize really is a beauty country...the land and the people!

  7. Such wonderful gifts!