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Watching Him at Work December 21, 2013

Filed under: Hope — Brooke F. Sulahian @ 5:40 pm
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Rivers_wallpapers_3God is moving mountains right before my eyes.  He is changing hearts and lives through the vision and message of Hope for Our Sisters.  God is showing us His presence on a daily basis and I am having a blast watching Him at work.

One way to see Our Lord in action is to follow His lead into His will and serve there.  Serve where He plants us with our whole hearts, as if working for Him. (Colossians 3:23) The Hope for Our Sisters team is serving in this way.  Those who support us on a regular basis are doing this as well.  Sisters in need are being put first and eternal fruit is being harvested.  We get to watch our Lord change the world one woman at a time. He does not need our help but He invites us to join in with Him. 

The Hope for Our Sisters team and supporters have done all they can do for 2013…our last event was held on Wednesday, December 11th, yet the fruit has been coming in like a mighty river. As recently as December 3rd of this year, we had funded 175 fistula surgeries.  How can it be that as of December 21st we have funded 190?  With each surgery costing an average of $450, the answer is God.

Not to take away from what we as a team have done and not to reduce the impact of our regular donors and Partners in Hope members, but the ripples of our efforts this year are reaching farther and wider than we could have caused on our own.  Individuals are catching the vision and joining in.  Our volunteer team is up to 43 members!  Our Partners in Hope program is expanding.  Our regular donor list is growing.  New supporters are accepting their role in the fight to eradicate fistula and causing ripples of their own.

200 fistula surgeries.  That was the goal we set for the end of this year.  Will we reach it?  Only God knows.  What I do know is that all of us who support the mission of Hope for Our Sisters are enjoying the ride as we wait to see other hearts moved to give.

There are so many worthy causes to support…we at Hope for Our Sisters are extremely thankful for any support that comes our way.  Our precious sisters…Maria, Celia, Joaquina, Luisa, Ana and others…await the gift of life, the gift of being in others’ presence without being scorned, the gift of renewed hope.

As I wait to see what else God has in store for this year, my heartbeat is quickened with anticipation and I walk with a lighter step, as I am reminded that it is God who is doing the work through us. What an honor to be used by Him.

Will you join with us to watch and see whose heart He moves next, to see who will enable us to change the lives of women, one woman at a time? 

God is at work in the world and for that I am most thankful.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Follow our updates on our webpage (hopeforoursisters.org) or Facebook page (Hope for Our Sisters, Inc.).

© 2013 by Brooke F Sulahian


Have Your Way December 6, 2013

Filed under: Hope — Brooke F. Sulahian @ 11:35 am
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Walking through a dark cave, more like a tunnel, for weeks…where is He leading me?

No answers along the way, but a strange sense of peace made residence in my heart

Thought I had left my family outside (trying to protect them?) yet I found them at the end

Knew God was behind this…I have been on similar journeys before

However, this one was different…

Before going in, a few months back, God told me that I would need to trust Him like never before

I would need to walk with Him in a new way…giving all of myself and all I have to Him

Had I not given Him everything before?

What was I holding back?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you know that once you stand up to leave the place where you have been sitting, everything is going to be different?

That once you move from that very spot you can never go back to where you “were” before?

That is how I felt a few months ago…it took awhile for me to physically move, stand up and walk away from where I had sat with God that morning

What would trusting God in a new way mean for my family and me?

One answer to that was this recent journey…a slow, intentional journey

Not filled with fear, but lack of immediate answers to the questions running through my mind

Reading books that shook my core and challenged my faith

Never did I question God’s presence

However, I was forced to question my trust in Him

The questions He kept in front of me were:

Is my faith real?

Am I willing to get my hands dirty?

Am I willing to trust all I have and am to God?

The end of this journey came as suddenly as it began

Surprised to find that my family had been there with me all along

Had I really thought I could keep them out?

Had I actually wanted to protect them from God’s plan?

Doesn’t make any sense, but I had tried it

At one point along this journey I actually caught myself saying that I wanted to secure our children’s future

That there were some “roads” and “places” I was unwilling to go

Was I trying to be my own god and create my own plan?

As I approached the end of the tunnel, God told me that I needed to close the door

Just as He won’t wrench things from my hand that I refuse to give to Him, He was not going to shut the door

That was my doing

Again, hesitation…

Once closed I could not go back…

I love God and have been walking with Him for a long time

Why did I feel that if I really gave it all to Him the floor would fall out from beneath my feet?

I chose to leave with my family and God showed me something that was beautiful yet heart-breaking

My husband, 7 year-old son, 5 year-old daughter and I held hands

Jesus then took my husband’s hand and we left together

We were walking along a path God designed for us…. beautiful

What surprised me is howmy heart stung when I saw Jesus simultaneously take my daughter’s hand and lead her along a path of her own and do the same with my son and husband

I want them to walk with Him

But it stung because, for that to happen, I need to let go of what I treasure most…my family

God was reminding me that He has a plan for each of us…as a family and individuals

He was showing me that my plans pale in comparison to His

That I can have desires for my family, but I need to let God guide each of them for they are His

I prayed for my husband and kiddos very differently this morning

I sat where each of them sleep and asked God to walk with them, watch over them, and give them His courage, wisdom, and strength to live this day for Him

I prayedthat I would let God have His way in my life since nothing in my life is of my own doing…

Everything is from Him…My Lord, My Protector, My Healer, and My Guide

The three questions are still before me…answers will come in His time

God, Have Your Way this day…

© 2013 by Brooke F Sulahian