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Blessed Beyond Measure
by Lucy Cain
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Blessed Beyond Measure

In November of 2005, God led me to participate in a short term mission trip with a dental team to Belize, Central America. I had a lull in activity during a lunch break, and decided to venture upstairs at the hospital to the pediatric ward to see who I might be able to encourage there.
At this hospital all children were in the same ward/room. I scanned quickly around the room and saw six Mayan mammas hovering over their sick infants, distress filling the room. All six women were dressed in the exact same dress, but in different colors - bright colors as was typical of the Mayan culture.
I went to the first woman to my left. She spoke English! Pain filled her face as she told me of her sick little baby girl - "she cough so bad." I asked her if we could pray together and we did, with her quietly weeping as I prayed. She then proceeded to tell me about her family back in the village and wondered who was taking care of her other children, making sure they were fed and in school every day. She lived many miles from little Punta Gorda Town.
I asked about the other women in the ward...she said none of them spoke English, but just the Ketchi Mayan language. I asked her to walk with me to tell them I would like to pray for their babies. As SOON as this precious mamma started to tell them, they all reached for me in desperation and in tears.
What followed was a gift from God that I will never forget! It was gift I still carry with me to this day. We gathered around the beds of each of these quiet, and still infants. As I prayed out loud in English to my Father in Heaven, so these women also prayed out loud to the same Father in Heaven...but in their Mayan language.
It startled me because I expected them to be silent in thought and prayer as I prayed out loud! What a powerful experience this was, for us all to be praying to the same God Almighty in different voices, but heard and understood all the same. The Holy Spirit was in that room - and no one else on the mission team experienced what I did that day. That was for me to do. That was His assignment for me, on that day, at that hour. They felt blessed...but I can guarantee you I felt like I was the one being blessed beyond measure.
I could not fully describe my experience to the rest of the team. I did not try. It was one of those moments He meant for me alone. All I could say was, "You just had to be there to understand the fullness of what just took place."
I ask you today. Are you willing to "be there?" Are you asking the Father to use you in ways only He intends, and in ways only He can design? Step out. Look for opportunities. Look for ways to help. I can guarantee you that He will give you little gifts along the way that simply amaze you. All He asks is that you be willing. He will do the rest.
Lucy Cain 8/2007

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Danette Kettwich 10 Aug 2007
Lucy, this is awesome. The power of God is awesome! Did you pray Jabez's prayer? "Lord, Enlarge my territory..." The Lord surely did bless you Indeed! Love Danette
Julia May 10 Aug 2007
Lucy - This article ministered to me this morning. Thank you for sharing. In Christ's Love, Julia
Lucy Cain 10 Aug 2007
Thank you dear friends...it was on my mind as my daughter prepares to leave again for Belize on Sunday! :) Lucy
Helen Dowd 10 Aug 2007
Lucy, this story was such a blessing that before even commenting here on FW, I went straight to work and put it on my website (you have previously given me permission to use your things--thanks!)"Blessed Beyond Measure."...I am glad you like the little children I put with your story...I want to share your comment about them with the readers of this article. You said: " The children are so cute...THAT reminds me of the village schools and LUNCH BREAK PLAY TIME we had with them for an hour every day! They wouldn't scoot home to eat...but stayed and played. How precious. :)" ...God bless you. I know He has....Helen
Helen Dowd 10 Aug 2007
Sorry Lucy. I forgot to close off the link I put on, to your story on my website. But it takes you there anyway....Helen
Lucy Cain 10 Aug 2007
Helen, I am humbled that you and Thomas both used this piece. Thank you...Lucy


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