Judy Vliestra

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  1. What an amazing day we had yesterday. We did our first medical clinic in a VERY remote village. The enemy was at work even before we left the base. As I said it was very remote. The roads were quite impassable at times, but through prayer and muscle we arrived at the village. Our van was stuck in the mud and a rut. Many of the children reminded me of our Natali when she was first brought into our family. While dispensing meds we painted fingertails, made beaded bracelets, colored, played frisbee and ball, etc. The Jesus film really held the attention of the people in the village, most of them whom have never heard of the name of Jesus. Most of the village gave their hearts to Jesus at the end of the night. Many tears of joy were shed. Sleep is in short supply, but love and joy abound. We do another medical clinic today and tomorrow we will start building.
    Thanks for all your love and prayers. Our God is an awesome God. The country here is beautiful.

  2. What an amazing day we had yesterday. We did our first medical clinic in a VERY remote village. The enemy was at work even before we left the base. As I said it was very remote. The roads were quite impassable at times, but through prayer and muscle we arrived at the village. Our van was stuck in the mud and a rut. Many of the children reminded me of our Natali when she was first brought into our family. While dispensing meds we painted fingertails, made beaded bracelets, colored, played frisbee and ball, etc. The Jesus film really held the attention of the people in the village, most of them whom have never heard of the name of Jesus. Most of the village gave their hearts to Jesus at the end of the night. Many tears of joy were shed. Sleep is in short supply, but love and joy abound. We do another medical clinic today and tomorrow we will start building.
    Thanks for all your love and prayers. Our God is an awesome God. The country here is beautiful.
    I am learning how to do this and it got posted under another name. I will try this and see what happens.
    Love and miss you all.

  3. Now that I have a little more time, I will tell a little more. Sorry about the first post that says Amanda says. I did not realize I had to sign in under our home e-mail.
    We started out with group devotions. Then we headed out for our medical clinic. We had to go approximately 80 miles. It took us just overf three hours to get there. We had a caravan of 5 vehicles. The vehicle I was in got stuck. We were on roads that I would not even call a field driveway. While the guys picked up dry twigs, leaves, etc., to put under the wheels, the rest of us circled in prayer. After pushing, etc., they finally hooked a two rope onto our vehicle and pulled us out. We just knew this was Satan trying to keep us from reaching these people who have never heard the name Jesus. It is unbelievable that there are people in the world who still need to hear about salvation. The children stole my heart. What beautiful people. They just wanted to be loved on. It was just an amazing day. God is good. Thanks for all your prayers. We can certainly feel those prayers. Not sure how often I will get to a computer, but will try to keep you posted everyday or every other day.

  4. Judy, I just know you will love this trip-I am praying for all of the team and really thinking of you and Bill. You are never to old to love, I am so glad you were brave enopugh to say “yes”. Jeanne Dykshorn

  5. Mom,

    It was so awesome to read your post and know you made it safely. We are praying for you guys and can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home. Know that we love you and think it is so cool that you are on this mission trip!

    Love,
    – Travis & Colby

  6. Praying for you! Enjoy your time being used by God in a new place. Al says Hi…Love, Marlys and Alison

  7. Thanks for all your love and prayers. It was another awesome day. The village we went to today was not quite as remote as the one yesterday. The adventure came in the winding climb up the mountain and then back down into the village. It was another medical clinic and evangelistic night. What an awesome night to see so many people give their lives to the Lord. Tomorrow we start building. It is so amazing to see the contentment of these people with so little. Pray that we will continue to be “Bold” for the Lord.
    Thanks again for the encouragement.

  8. Judy,
    We are praying for you and Bill as you continue to see God working where you are. Praying that you will be blessed as you are a blessing, not only in the building of new homes, but in the time that you spend with the people there. Praying too that you remain healthy through your trip. LaDonna

  9. Just back from another awesome day..We had our first day of building and met the family who we are building for. We say a mother with her two children. Not sure her husband was working or not. We had a marvelous meal of beans, rice, and tortillas. It was delicious. Just ask your father. I certainly did things I had not been doing before. I put screws into metal to attach them and also to attach the sheetrock to the metal studs. I did some mudding. The children are so precious. We could just feel the power of the Lord working in these people. Thanks again for alol your love and prayers. The roads are an adventure.
    We have been blessed to see how God works in these people. They are all so appreciative of what we are doing. Time to let someone else on the computer. We get to shower and then go to the orphanage if we want to.
    Love, Judy

  10. It is fun to read of your adventures! I will try and read these to the kids when they get home from school. They continue to lift you up in prayer. They too will enjoy seeing some of your pictures and hearing some of your stories when you get back. We will pray that they Lord will continue to give you the words to spread HIS good news. We will also pray for safety and then when you are able to sleep that you will awake rested and ready for the day. The meals reminded me of your AZ trip…..is Bill as excited about Mexican food as dad? I bet he is starving!! I’m sure dad will be more than happy to go out for supper with you for a good meal when you get home:)

  11. Hi Judy
    We are praying for you through this time and place as you are being the hands and feet of Jesus. We pray for health and safety for everyone. Thank you for your posts as you share what you are doing. Hope the lack of sleep doesn’t contribute to not feeling well.
    blessing
    Evelyn

  12. sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Praying for you, dad, and everyone else on the trip!
    -amber, bill, and Caellum

  13. Today was another building day. We experienced stucco today. It was just another amazing day. On the first day we were here, I saw proverty. Now you see the joy and contentment in the faces of these people. They are so grateful for everything. We also mudded, sanded, etc. For lunch today we had chicken salad tortillas and glaucamole and red sauce tortillas, plus rice. Yes, Amy, Bill is surviving. He even had 2nds today of the chicken salad tortilla. I know, I was surprised too. When we got back, I helped do some priming to get rooms ready for paint. I took a shower in the dark–a first for me. Not sure I used the shampoo and conditioner in the correct order, but I do feel better and hopefully, look better than I did after our building painting day. The mother and children who will receive our house tomorrow came and checked it out today. There is a father, but we have not seen him yet. I have heard the dedication days are awesome. Can’t wait. Some of the team have had trouble with fire ants. I have not. Praise the Lord for that also. I read the beatitudes in a way different light a while ago. Wow!!! God is amazing. Anyway, there is a line for the computers. We temporarily have electricity again. Thanks for all your posts. Sorry I cannot respond to everyone of them.
    Love you all, Judy

  14. What an amazing day. We are all exhausted. We dedicated the houses today. Souls won for the Lord. I write more tomorrow.
    Love you all, Judy

  15. This may be the last post I leave. We are heading to the market later this morning. I convinced Dad to go along. If I understood correctly, we are leaving the base tomorrow morning at 3:30, so I doubt I will be on the computer tomorrow morning. Yesterday was undescribable. Our house was the first house dedicated. Ours is a house for a mother, father, and a 5 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. The kids just melt my heart. The father was not there. The mother was a Christian, but her husband is not and has no desire to be a part of that. We first presented her and her children with gifts–clothing, household things, toys, etc. She was so grateful. We prayed over her. It was amazing. As we were in the house, the rest of the team was surrounding the house and praying. It was just amazing. Now I know what people are talking about that have been here before. It was very difficult to leave the village knowing I would probably not see these people again until in heaven. But that is a comfort also. We got back to the base around 8:30 last night. It was an emotionally draining day. I just so appreciate the prayers of everyone. Bill and I have had a life-changing experience. We have lots of pictures. Bill is walking around the base now video-taping for our kids that have been here before. I am excited about visiting the market. Amber, we did get your e-mail through Dan. Thanks much. If I have time I will let you know more about your visit to the market, but not sure what the rest of the day has instore.
    Love, Judy
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