In Remembrance: Sharing of Memories related to Janie Blake

My thoughts have been many since Janie Blake started her new day and left us behind. It has been hard to focus and write anything, yet there is much to write and process. It is though time to start putting down words that are on my heart. The best place to start is sharing a bit of the impact that Janie Blake had on my life and in the life of others. Yet, for me the sharing of the memories that is the story of Janie Blake and how she touched my life is not easy. See, Janie Blake in my life from the start is a mix of pain and hurt along with blessing and healing. The two really go hand in hand and are hard to separate. The elements of pain are not appropriate to write about as there are other people involved and they need to be considered and honored. So, my sharing of memories publicly is limited. However, the limit is on me being able to share the fact that God did use her in people’s lives to build them up and help them grow in love and truth by sharing love and truth.

Ultimately, the core of my relationship with Janie Blake can be summed up as a mutual sharing of love and truth. No matter what was going on with each of us being who we are, there was love and truth in operation. And honestly, most of the time, most of the memories are just us being who we are, together. This was whether sharing meals, playing games, or just having conversation. There are stark differences in our personality despite sharing that core of interacting in truth and love. Her personality was more active. She would find a way to be involved. She had to be part of the “action.” If there was something going on, rest assured Janie wanted to be a part of it. Now, my personality is one that is more observant, watchful. I want to be where action is but will often be at the edge, watching what is going on, always looking to grow and understand. Recently saw a picture from during my sophomore year on college, it was me as always on the edge, watching & observing. My nature is to meet people where they are and come along side.

Janie’s nature is that of going after someone and pulls them in. It is because of Janie that have met and cared for several people that otherwise would not have. It is even in her active pursuit that the healing, blessing, and growth that occurred in time, happened. She actively pursued with love and grace. Part of the healing pertains to my dear wife. We had a period where she ran from God in response to deep pain and disappointment. One related to a young man dying of brain cancer, the other a disappointment over a hope for job situation. Janie loved her, spoke truth, and pursued her with not knowing anything more than my wife was hurting and angry. She provided an accurate reflection of God’s pursuit, for ultimately God pursued my wife through Janie and others until she returned back to God. Janie was consistent in her pursuit and building up of others, reaching out with love and truth. She was faithful to God’s call on her life and produced much fruit. She lived who she was before God and man. She let her light shine in her actions and deeds and brought Glory to God the Father.

I hope folks take the time to share memories of Janie there are many places to do so. There is the comments section here on this blog article. There is here Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=828554733. There is my father’s Facebook page as well: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1128826601. There is also Janie Blake’s caring bridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/janieblake. There is also the option to share thoughts at the online obituary at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/startribune/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=147504299. You also may have own resources, but please do share. I may add folks thoughts to comment sections as run across, so please subscribe to the comments in this article. I know there are many folks who have prayed for Janie and did not know her, by sharing others can know and the harvest and impact will continue.

Evidence of God’s provision in Haiti with the Livesays.

This missionary family and many others are in the midst of crisis. It is draining and difficult.  Tara is a marathon runner who now is running a different sort of marathon, one far more taxing than anything race she has ever run.  Tara and Troy are running the good race, shining the light of Jesus and impacting people with care and love.  Now certainly they have been drained and taxed.  They are going through the varied emotional responses that come with the psychological trauma. They are going through grief and the assorted symptoms that correspond with acute stress syndrome

Now given the difficulties and stress going on, Tara at her blog and on Facebook acknowledged that today was worst day for her emotionally. It included conflict with someone else with another agency trying to help there.  Yet, in the midst of the worst day for Tara, God showed His provision.  On their website they posted an article: Day Eight. In the article they report how eleven seriously injured people including Collette (a 7 month pregnant woman with a broken pelvis) came to be one of the first people sent by helicopter to the USNS ship Comfort.   They chose to leave on faith that they would find and get the  help needed, found the US camp, and had the patients sent to ship by Helicopter.  God provided and answered their step of faith. 

There are other stories of God using them to touch the lives of Haitians in their Short Stories  blog post. Some other areas of God’s provision include Troy being able to get a Coke when expressing a need for it.  The ongoing provision of fuel and supplies  has occured.  So God clearly has answered prayers. It is certainly God moving. There is clear ineffectual provision for varied US sources including boxes of blood pressure cups without squeeze bulbs and other factors.  God’s provision is ongoing and real.  So continue to pray for that provision and praise God for what He is doing in the midst.  Continue to pray for that ongoing provision.

Prayer requests and ways to tangibly help the Livesay family

Today at New Joy Church during the adult education portion time was spent in prayer for the Livesay family and their ministry in Haiti as well as the well being of their children who are now in Texas.  Please take time to pray, as the requests are ongoing. I know the Livesay’s did receive 10 gallons of diesel today. Also today some Doctor’s that are to be  helping run the Rescue Center arrived. Troy led a worship service today and have not yet read how that went.  Also included is information on how to specifically help the Livesay Family in a tangible way.

My requests for the family in addition to those listed and prayed for this morning in church are for God’s ongoing provision to the point even of supernatural provision.  Also pray that they are given strength and are able to demonstrate God’s peace and joy in the chaos around them. May they learn deeper what it means that the Joy of the Lord is our Strength.

 

Prayer Requests for the Livesay family and Haiti -January 17, 2010

PRAISE GOD

for all He is doing

for prompt, safe evacuation of the Livesay children

for Heartline Ministries and its people who have sustained relatively minor damage, especially compared to others

TROY & TARA

Safety, provision, strength, stamina, wisdom

Children: Paige 15, Isaac 8, Hope 8, Noah 5 and Lydia 2 arrived in Waco TX Thursday evening. They are staying with their big sis Britt & her husband Chris; Tara’s parents will be helping to care for them there.

For parents and children as they are separated from one another

Daughter Phoebe 3 and niece Annie 2 are still in Haiti because they are not US citizens

For Jerone, their nanny as she cares for them and a couple other children o   

For US government to quickly make provision for children in the adoption process to be allowed to come to US. Adoption records were in a building now destroyed.

Troy is leading worship today at Port au Prince Fellowship.

Pray for the congregation and an outpouring of His Spirit

HEARTLINE MINISTRIES and WORLD WIDE VILLAGE INC.

That they may show a tiny piece of the face of Jesus to this suffering and devastated nation and her

beautiful and resilient people. May heads be clear and tempers be calm and peace be known.

For the staff will stay strong and not allow fear or discouragement to creep in.

That they honor God by working hard to make a difference as they endeavor to be the

hands of Christ in Haiti

Praise that in God’s infinite wisdom and provision, last month World Wide Village partnered with Pure

Water for All to provide WWV with water purification systems. Each system is capable of purifying water for

up to 5000 people per day. Livesays are using it to purify water for their family and distribute to

others in the area.

Plans are underway to set up a medical clinic through the WWV Community Health Initiative

early next week to treat the injured.  

Pray they will arrive by Monday with doctors and supplies;

o    that they will have the ability to stay stocked up on medical supplies needed;

o    that they can keep the electricity on as there is no city power and getting diesel for

the generator is difficult to impossible.

For the people that will be specifically in place to pray with and comfort the dying at the clinic. For sufficient food and water for the children at the Maranatha Orphanage. For our nannies as they continue to give care to the children.

Praise that they were able to get cement, steel bars and other materials for rebuilding the walls of the creches.   Pray that cement blocks, sand and gravel will become available.   Also that trucks become available to remove the debris spread across the street.

HAITI

For aftershocks to cease;

For sanity to prevail;

That God will be sought and found during this tragedy.

For those still trapped, those suffering with wounds (physically, emotionally, spiritually) and

those who lost loved ones

For those who have lost homes or have had them severely damaged.

For health, stamina and direction for the aid workers that have come to help.   The task is

enormous and it can at times be frustrating and for sure stressful.

Pray for ample supplies and that they be distributed quickly and safely to where needed.

Pray for the US Embassy employees who have also lost homes and friends are doing an AMAZING job on

little to no sleep and dealing with a lot of hostile and rude people.

For the aid workers and the teams of search and rescue workers to be able to do their job; for all people to

lay down their own fear and personal need and allow the help to get to the worst off. Pray that people will

think of others as best they can and that relief will begin to get to the places it is needed most.

For gasoline and diesel to run the generators and vehicles

For electricity and communication lines be quickly restored—cell phones, internet

REAL HOPE FOR HAITI

(1/16/10) We are asking you to pray about:

•    The Rescue Center location. The damage is getting worse with each tremor that
we have. We need to make some decisions soon. The kids have been living and
sleeping outside since Tuesday night. We are thinking a new location that is not far away.

  • Infant formula and food for the kids
  • fuel for generator and vehicles
  • the kids in the RC and my kids peace in their hearts
    • some way to be able to get some Haitian cash. All banks and places we usually
      exchange money are closed.

Ways you can tangibly help the Livesay’s

 [From the blog of Christine Deadman Moers ] I know that many of us are in-real-life or cyber friends and readers of the Livesav family.

  • Tara and Troy have now been able to send five of their children to the states, to stay with their oldest daughter and son-in-law. Britt and Chris will be caring for them in a safe environment so that Troy and Tara can continue to serve the people of Haiti.
  • We will be helping and supporting the Livesay’s in Haiti by also supporting the Livesay’s in the states. Chris and Britt will need to provide for the added expense of having the siblings living with them. They are asking for monetary gifts. While we all have items we could donate, they are having to focus on giving the kids normalcy (buying the food items they are used to which will bring them comfort) and keeping things simple and organized. They will not have time to go through donated items. We can help them TREMENDOUSLY by giving them gift cards and cash.
  • You may make a tax deductible donation for the Livesay children via World Wide..Yj.lla.ge. Make sure you state that it is for “The Livesay Children” in the “notes” section.
  • You may mail gift cards, as well. Ideas for stores in their area are: H-E-B, Wal-Mart, Target.
  • Target and Wal-Mart gift cards can be sent ONLINE. You can do so to Britt’s older email address: dudeiminhaiti@yahoo.com.
  • Britt does not currently have a PayPal account, hi the meantime, you can send it to my PayPal account at christinemoers@hotmail.com. However, PLEASE make sure you clearly state that it is for the Livesay children, so there is no confusion.
  • You may also mail any monetary gifts, notes of encouragement or gift cards to:
  • The Livesay Family c/o Hill Shade RV Park 336 County Rd 90B Gonzales, TX 78629
  • These will then be forwarded to Chris and Britt. Their family has received quite a bit of media coverage, and this will give them more control of their privacy.
  • PLEASE feel free to link to this post:
  • http://www.welcometomybrain.net/2010/01/ways-you-can-tangibly-help-livesays.html  tweet it, Facebook it – whatever. Share it at church. Some people really are looking for a very personal way to connect. The Livesay’s do not want to turn away any help, but also have to put their children’s needs at a high level of importance. Right now they need quiet, time to process the trauma and time to adjust to a new country. We can give them that by helping to make up the slack in added expenses.

 

Update from Troy with Praise report from blog: http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/2010/01/report-of-praise.html

January 17, 2010

Report of Praise

All of our people are on the ground. Tomorrow is a go. I finally feel totally emotionally done … I think having one of my best friends (Dr. Jen Halverson) landing here is what it took to bring down the wall that is separating me from feeling things.

I just wanted to quickly report this great piece of news.

Lord –
We need you. Help the people of Haiti. Help them see pieces of hope in this nightmare. Help us connect with people on a personal level. Help us know what it is they need from you today and guide each person on this island that is attempting to be love today.