Thursday, November 24, 2016

THANKSGIVING.....outside of the USA...In CHILE

I know on the calendar it says, "THANKSGIVING DAY IN USA" But here in Chile, it's just November 24, 2016. It feels really weird knowing that my entire USA family is together giving thanks to God for all HIS goodness and enjoying the BOUNTIFUL food blessings in each place. Texas, Florida and North Carolina. Oh YES I wished I had some Turkey breast (with your brine Uncle Tom Dooley) and cornbread stuffing and pumpkin pie (jack-o-lattern pie) and green bean casserole and a large tossed salad with all the fixings OK I'M DROOLING HERE!! What am I thankful for this day? So many things ... 
               ONE :   GOD IS FAITHFUL AND TRUE
               TWO:   I have parents (Bob and Margaret Derebery) who Love HIM and all of us kiddos                            and grand kiddos and GREAT grand kiddos
             THREE:  That even though my brother, Randy, is in prison, his chains have been broken
                               and  he has been set free IN JESUS. 
            FIVE:    The sun is shining in Santiago Chile and I LIVE HERE!!! 
                         OF MINE!!
            SEVEN:    Lucy, Ramey, Liam and WONDERFUL GRANDCHILDREN!! 
            EIGHT : Will and Mandy Dooley Brian and Joy AMAZING adult children 
                              who Love Jesus!! 
            NINE:  Being a part of W.A.R. International (


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

IN THREE SHORT YEARS ........... 2013 THRU 2016

I still remember when I received my first phone call from Becky McDonald, president and founder of W.A.R. International was so awesome to re-connect with her after about 15 or 20 years.  I knew that she was involved in some type of new ministry, but wasn't quite sure what it was.  I had been praying and asking the Lord if HE wanted me to go into some type of ministry...sort of unsure and shaking in my boots for real.  Becky extended an invitation to me to come to Grand Rapids, MI. and see the ministry (and her too!) with my own eyes.  I told her that I would love to, but also explained that I would have to bring my equipment to work some hours as an Over-The-Phone English/Spanish Interpreter while I was there as well.  
 I have to say my experience of working over the phone while I was there was nothing short of unique.  I had to use a landline phone for my work and they only thing they had was the line IN THE ELEVATOR.  Seeing this ministry with my own eyes  began a stirring in my heart for this  ministry to help abused and trafficked women and children...but I wasn't quite sure HOW that would happen.  I came home with THIS TOTALLY ON MY MIND...

"ADVENTURE IS CALLING AND I MUST GO" I had NO IDEA that in less than 2 years I would be returning to Chile to live AND MUCH LESS that in January of 2016 I would be accepted as a Bi-Vocational Missionary with W.A.R. (see right side bar on blog please)
Stay tuned for more "adventures" as God and I, with W.A.R. reach out to help these women and children in CHILE, SOUTH AMERICA..

UNEXPECTED death of a Son...Please Pray

Anthony Mollano is the son of one of our dear brothers in Christ (Enrique) at the church. He and his other son Jonathon are the only believers in the family. Please pray for this family as the funeral is today and Tio Oscar is going to preach tonight. This young man had been involved in narco trafficking and gang stuff. Just last Thursday at church Enrique asked for special prayer for his family as they were going through a very difficult time. I had no idea that his entire family had been threatened by opposing gang members of impending death. Enrique went to talk with some of those gang members pleading for his (Enrique's) wife, his grandchildren and his daughter. They told him they wouldn't kill any of them, but his son, Anthony was a marked man. Because all of the government offices here in Chile have been on strike (the county morgue as well) it has been difficult to get the body released, but it was finally done this AM and Pastor Oscar had to go and recognize the body as well as dress him as Enrique nor Jonathan could do that (due to grief). Since Sunday night I thought I kept hearing a bunch of fireworks going off close by and they haven't stopped. IT WASN'T was gunfire as the gang members of the deceased son show their grief and remorse at what has happened while  screaming out words of REVENGE. The opposite gang members are answering back with the same gunfire.  I can't believe this is happening AND DON'T BE SCARED...we are safe...but our MAIN PRAYER is for HIS LIGHT TO BE SHONE IN THIS WICKED DARKNESS. And for strength for Enrique and Jonathan.  Anthony's Mom's name is Raquel and our church has been praying for her for years and you can imagine that she is broken completely. Up til now she hasn't wanted to have anything to do with God or the church...we are praying that this tragedy may change her heart.