will you visit me?


527311_432272973488123_114719425_nIn three weeks we head back to India.  On the schedule are well dedications, medical camps, eye camps, and the beginnings of an income generating cattle project at the LoveManifest Home & School in Rathinangudi.  All good stuff.  But there are two days that stand out to me as the most exciting.  The “un-schedule” at Sahayamatha Hospital, and the full day at the LoveManifest School.

One of my favorite things to do is visit the leprosy unit of Sahayamatha Hospital to see our friends who have been there for so many years.  This will be my fourth visit.  There is really nothing for us to “do”.  It’s all been done.  They’re being cared for… some for the remainder of their lives.  They don’t “need” any thing from us, but to be spoken to, heard, seen, touched, prayed with, and loved.  Don’t we all?

Another, is a day hanging out with the kids and adults at the LoveManifest School (I just want to keep writing this over and over) with absolutely no agenda at all.

What?  No agenda? Nothing to “do”?

nandanaJesus was about reconcilling relationships.  His relationship with us, our relationships with one another, and theirs (and ours) with God.  Sometimes along the way, he restored sight, healed the sick, and fed people, among other things, but even in those acts was a deep, undeniable love for people.

One of our team members, Melissa, gets to see her Compassion Intl. child while we’re there.  How cool is that?  She’s already bursting at the seams knowing she will be face to face with the girl she has loved in pictures and letters.  The girl, who in every letter asks, “will you come to India and visit me?”

She doesn’t ask for any thing.  She asks for a visit.  She desires a relationship.

IMG_5852LoveManifest is about loving people as Jesus does. Sure, sometimes this looks like eye surgery, or clean water, or health care, but sometimes it looks like any other day hanging out with friends.  Singing, dancing, talking, laughing, crying.  It’s easy to get distracted from this in the fast paced world of missions.  But we don’t “do missions”.  We love people.  This may mean we accomplish things a little slower.  Achieve less.  But in the end, I pray everyone we come into contact with sees Jesus in a personal way.  A way which draws them to Him, no matter where they are, or what they’ve believed about Him or themselves.

If we are honest with ourselves we will remember that aside from the occasional medical assistance, everything else we do is being done without us there.  Love is all we’ve got to offer.

Desperate to do something big for God?  Scrap the agenda, and Love His people.

Love, Val

I Need A Hero


It’s been a week of restless nights.  One month from today the LoveManifest team will board a plane for India, and with it, comes the usual check list that plays (and replays) in times reserved for dreaming.

Each day I’ve been awakened by a song in my head.  Today a little earlier than usual.  5am.  But waking up to a song is not unusual at all.  The song… maybe.  It goes like this:

I need a hero

I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night

He’s gotta be strong, he’s gotta be fast

And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight

I need a hero

I’m holding out for a hero ’til the morning light

He’s gotta be sure, he’s gotta be soon

And he’s gotta be larger than life, larger than life

This is a common theme for me.  In essence, Lord, I need You.  My great prayer.  The best I’ve got.  When push comes to shove, I don’t get too complicated or wordy.  I just sing, “Lord I need You”.   I need a hero, and He’s gotta more than a “white knight on a fiery steed”.

A gentle King on a donkey is perfect.

I love how David Crowder puts it.  “God I need a Savior.  Come, Jealous King.”

Tuesday, after one of these restless nights, I prayed that prayer, and opened my Bible to Mark 6:31.  “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

An invitation for the disciples (and me, and you) to come away with Him.  To rest in His Presence, and be refreshed.  What a loving God He is!  Yes!  My answer is YES!

The pre-India battle cannot be won by me, but only for me, by Him.  I’m continually brought to my knees, and thanking God as He reminds me He will provide everything I need, when I take the time to talk to Him, listen, and follow His perfect instruction.  It’s a time I’m learning to love, because I am forced to be in constant contact with Him.  My other choice is to live in turmoil.

Do you ever feel alone in your battle?  We all do sometimes.  But you’re not.  I’m not.  Take a step back and think about this for a minute.  Then pray the simple prayer.  “Lord, I need You”, and take time quietly resting in His Presence.

Love, Val


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