I found it again today “hidden” in my quarantine files another email from Tami now an adult thanking me for our ministy’s part of her survival. You see she was with us for 3 years back on our first home for these amazing kids…
Tami is a survivor of being in a situation where her younger brother was killed by their” adoptive” mom.. she has written this note to me today and I am not posting it all as I do not have her permission but this is what part of what she wrote
hey carla, my name is tamara ( took out last name ) i used to stay at the old Yahweh center, and i loved it, and am so grateful that you helped me out!!! i will never forget all that i learned there. anyways i have my own family now, i am married with a year old little boy and another child on the way (due in october) and really love my family. here is something that i wrote yesterday that i thought you would like. my husband and i want to start a safe home for abused children but right now we do not have the funds but we pray on it every day, and feel that this is the Lords will for our lives, and that he will allow us to recieve the means to do so, in his timing. if you have any suggestions ar comments please let me know, i could use all the help i can get!!! thankyou.
This is an open book friends… all transparency here in this post tonight. I am pulling from the depth of emotion today. Where is the mission field for these children? It is indeed here at this moment. Yes, I know much travail is in the world.. but my “call” is to this little patch of earth on Lamb’s Path Way where children’s futures are in the balance. This is a battle cry…
Arise, cry aloud in the night At the beginning of the night watches;
Pour out your heart like water Before the presence of the Lord;
Lift up your hands to Him For the life of your little ones
James 1:27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Is the Body of Christ on the fence in their behalf ?
My coming to you in this post is because of the absolute need for prayer as I see our ministry sliding over the edge in deep financial need. This is going now , I have let sit for a day because when one pours out of me in a deep lament, I feel a release to continue by the Holy Spirit. I simply could not write the words to go forward because the weight of it was so oppressive, I had to just stop. Sleep has eluded me and so when I came home from the ministry today, we ate supper and I just went into a deep sleep. Upon rising and being alone with the creation of the universe outside my window in the night—the release to share has come. So I share my heart, my prayers, my passion and my questions with you.
I want to thank you all very much for your prayers, encouragement and all levels of support for the Yahweh Center Children’s Village. I have been spending time reading about people of great faith, those in the Bible and those whose life in ministry, missions and in the workplace, whose faith and testimony glorify the Lord.
Some of my non-biblical favorites are: Amy Carmichael, George Mueller, DL Moody, Watchmen Knee, Elizabeth Elliot, Hudson Taylor, George Washington, and some of you. What they shared in common was the unfailing time spent in reading God’s word and then deep abiding prayer, and praise for our Lord. They totally put their trust in Him. This was their way of life and it inspired and influenced the world for Christ.
They were above all people who knew the value of prayer…. and it is that gift of prayer which I seek from you in writing this email…
The Lord gave me vision to for these children over 22 years ago , I have been trying to go back and review this vision which came from inquiring of the Lord in fervent crying out that HE knew what these children were going through. In my lamenting back then, I was pacing the floors in my living room, just broken, tired of the continual and disturbing daily trauma of children I was then working with as a frontline Dept of Social Services social worker. I cried to the Lord specifically from Matthew 18:10-11.
10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
As you may remember from my sharing this story when I was crying out saying to God I said to Him “ your angels for these children come before you face to face EVERY DAY!!! I said, to Him you know, why are you not doing something and He said, why don’t you do something? Not the answer I expected but I heard Him most clearly and it birthed a response in me.
The doing something is a long journey in the continual school of prayer, praise, learning, developing faith muscles, victories, failures, warfare, fruit and victories that s that is now the Yahweh Center Children’s Village. A review of our history in which thousands of children found Jesus Christ and healing from a world of hurt and betrayal. The healing resulting in abundant laughter of children who were so broken they could not speak echoes in my mind’s hearing. Those set free to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. His great victory to the one lost now found – a testimony of your hearts, the work of the staff, the prayers of the saints for the “least of them”
This is a partnership of celebration….
I am trying to recall the vision and the scriptures leading to it because my friends it appears there continues to be an expectation of some standard for this ministry that we must have help to achieve. Our problem is that we simply do not have a financial cushion—none—on the complete edge financially because of never having had enough funds at one time to build one. We have made it day by day minute by minute sometimes. We have had to do this for over 22 years but it is time to quit going around that mountain, the numbers are too big….
I have to think what we need most right now is the commitment to pray from an army of the LORD’s people —the real body, who will come along side of us in prayer to break down this stronghold of continual poverty. Rest assured we have been seeking godly counsel and have sought a plan that will lead us into the future but I cry out for the here and now to get us through to that broad place that is still developing. Did not the children of Israel, all the early church go through tribulation? Most missionaries had times of despair and the questions they had—echo mine do we struggle for the lack of prayer to fight this battle? I believe we need not only prayer but fasting as well.
We have repented of any known sins in the camp and even of the ones that we might not realize. Who can come on His Holy Mountain? Those with clean hands and pure hearts. Psalm 24: 4
We fall down before Him pleading for a pure hearts and hands so we can come …
Please review with me the scriptures below because when trying to find the words to say, I humbly do not know what else is to be said but these scriptures say it all.
We need you to read them, let the Holy Spirit speak to you and then please commit to pray for this ministry. There are those out in the world, and in the body who could help and just have not while others have been so faithful… some in fairness do not understand or know our need. They do not see the faces or see the child who is a new creation. One little boy who recently said ,” just give me Jesus and I will be safe.”
Are we the body not Jesus on this earth through His spirit and example? If we cry out in one accord, lament and plead like the woman in the scripture below will not the heavens open for the fate of these little ones. Will not our prayers be taken to the throne room and placed in the bosom of our Father, our Abba , will we not cry out for them? His word says so…
Matthew 18 (New King James Version)
New King James Version (NKJV)
Who Is the Greatest?
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
Jesus Warns of Offenses
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.[a]
12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Luke 18 (New King James Version)
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”
6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Jesus Blesses Little Children
15 Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler
18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’”[a]
21 And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
23 But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.
<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><
Please oh please make prayer for this ministry a priority. Take just a minute to visualize the children we serve, see the those little ones on the fence above, please do not be on the fence of delay in prayer –
Thank you in advance for hitting your knees in prayers for us. We can feel it when you do~
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is
too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom
In His Hope Abiding,
Give online and help us overcome for these little lambs ~
PO Box 10399
Wilmington, NC 28404 -0399
Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
01 In Better Hands by Natalie Grant– Listen and consider what your hands can do for Him
“The Yahweh Center Children’s Village is dedicated to providing hope, healing and restoration through the power of Jesus Christ to traumatized children and their families. We accomplish this through residential care, child placement and outpatient services using prayer as a foundation