This puppy has nothing to do with this post, but isn't it just adorable in that sweatshirt? It's my neighbors dog. He obviously has two little girls looking after him. Poor guy ;)

You guys. It has rained every single day since we move to the Mexico/South Texas border.

What's strange is that the locals are happy about it!
Something about being in a drought.. blah blah.

Here's where I get really transparent and admit that I have not been the happiest of campers when it comes to this rain business.

It's been impossible to go anywhere without mudboots (please picture me carrying all of my "stuff" + an umbrella + an extra pair of shoes to change into as I swim to the car.) Add in the swarm of mosquitos just waiting for me to take that first step into the lake surrounding our current home, and well, let's just say I wasn't praising Jesus for the rain.

(rain = lluviaspanish word for the day. pronounced, "you-via")

Like I was saying, mosquito bites to the neck and face galore.
And right before the Influence Conference!

It wasn't until I read my morning devotional (those things always end up giving me a swift kick in the rear) when it literally said to stop complaining about the weather.
God? Is that you?

"Give your mind a break from its habitual judging. You form judgements about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself, even the weather -- as if judging were your main focus in life."

"Relate to Me as creature to Creator... Allow Me to have My way in your life. Rather than evaluating My ways with you, accept them thankfully. The intimacy I offer you is not an invitation to act as if you were My equal. Worship Me as King of kings while walking hand-in-hand with Me down the path of Life."

Excerpt from Jesus Calling, Sept. 13th.

I should note that the kids were loving the rain last week.
Jumping on the trampoline in the pouring rain? Good times, indeed.

With the risk of still complaining or judging (which I'm obviously struggling not to do), the saddest part is that we weren't able to cross over in to Mexico at all this week. There have been major flash floods and we were worried that we would be stuck over there and Wade would miss work here in the states. In turn, we've been worried sick about our friends on that side whose houses still catch water and whose streets are made of mud. I'm counting down the days until Sunday when we can cross back over and check on everyone. I find myself worrying that the babies will catch pneumonia or some other horrible illness!

In the end, we just have to trust God. Like the devotion pointed out, I am not equal with God. It's not my job to save the people in our village or to protect them. Only Christ can do that. When He chooses to use me, I'll gladly be used. And, as hard as it is, when He sits me on the sidelines, I'll choose to gladly be used there as well. One thing I can always do is pray. It's much stronger than anything my hands can do, anyways.

You guys, this rain is good. This is a very dry land which, until we moved here, had been in serious drought. But if you would, would you please pray for our friends on the canal that the Lord will spare them from sickness that could come from standing in several inches of water and the chilly air that comes with the rains? And while your praying, go ahead and pray for our sanity in regards to the mud and mosquitos. It's that bad.

Many people have been asking for a list of needs/ways they can help. Here is a list we put together:

  • Coloring books/pages/or activities for us to do with the kids in the afternoon. My dream is for one of my talented friends out there to create some Spanish and Jesus centered coloring pages where they will see scriptural truths such as "God loves You" and "God can use You." I want our time with them to be purposeful.
  • Diapers, wipes, and feminine products.
  • School shoes, backpacks, and uniforms (or gift cards to Payless and Walmart where I can purchase these things on your behalf)
  • Beans and rice (or gift cards to Sams where we can purchase these things.) We have families come by almost every day asking for this.
  • Ensure and Pediasure for the kids with physical disabilities. There is no cold, wet milk in our village (only the powdered kind because there is no way to keep milk cold) and they really need the nutrients from these drinks.
  • School Bus sponsorship. For $5 a week a child can take the bus to school instead of taking a very risky mile+ walk alone. There are several kids who need sponsors for this. If you would like to sponsor one of these children, you will receive a photo of your child as well as occasional letters and updates on their grades/accomplishments!
  • Full School sponsorships so that families don't have to choose which child gets to go to school and which child does not.
  • Anything creative that you can think of as far as DIY activities to engage the children or adults that teach them a skill and share the gospel. Supplies and instructions please ;) Or, better, yet, come and teach us!

Paypal account || thewilliamspost{at}gmail{dot}com. 
Every penny sent here is used for missions.

Kerrie Williams
PO Box 1973
Pharr, TX 78577

Do you find yourself (like me) spending your efforts judging the way things are going rather than striving to trust God through it?