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Perspective is Everything

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Life is all about perspective. While I have always known that perspective matters, I learned on a recent mission trip to Curahuasi, Peru, that perspective is everything. Curahuasi is an isolated, rural area nestled in the Andes Mountains. Colorful fields of grain, anise, flaxseed, and other crops cover the rolling mountains. When you look at the landscape, it feels like God threw an elaborate patchwork quilt of colorful fields over the hills. Due to the high altitude, thin clouds often float among the mountain tops, and when the sun shines, Curahuasi is so beautiful that it takes your breath away. Yet, despite the rich beauty of the area, Curahuasi is referred to as the “poorhouse of Peru.” There are very few jobs available, and villages are isolated, remote, and difficult to navigate. When I arrived in Curahuasi, I was immediately struck by the beauty in the midst of the harsh reality of life here. After an exhausting day of travel, I wanted nothing more than to sleep. When I entered…

Deliverance

July 3, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion
“For I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”   Philippians 1:19-21 (NIV) Pain is something I would prefer to avoid.  It doesn’t matter if the pain is physical, emotional, or spiritual – I do not want to feel pain.   Despite my best efforts to avoid pain and to flee from it, I have endured a lifetime of pain in the past two years.  When the pain is most intense, the feelings overwhelm me. I do not know what I want and I cannot think of anything that will ease the intensity of the emotions.   My chest constricts and a heavy weight is on my heart.  I want to curl into a ball and be alone, yet I want to be held and …

Remain In Me

June 29, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”  John 15:4-6 (NIV) In two weeks, I will be traveling to Curahuasi, Peru for a mission trip.  When I initially planned the trip, I was overcome with excitement. I could not wait to meet the people of Peru.   Over the past few months, I have talked to the missionaries that we will be assisting.   I have learned that many people in the area where we will work have never heard of Christ.  Our team will have the opportunity to share Christ’s love as we minister at orphanages and lead Bible studies.   We will also g…