It has been literally four years since I’ve last blogged. I can’t remember what it was that caused me to discontinue blogging as it has been so long. I just read my last blog post and said to myself, “I’m an amazing writer!” When you are inspired by God to write, it comes easy and naturally. I can remember while on the mission field feeling like I would be scrambling for the words to describe particular episodes of our lives, when in reality I was pouring out my heart and soul on my blog. I sit and reflect on how 4 years ago I was battling depression while serving God’s people. I’m in awe on how my life was a dichotomy wherein I was sharing God’s love and selling hope, all while battling hopelessness. I felt the moments were endured while reading my last blog post. The feelings were of desolation and hope at the same time. It’s difficult to explain but the best way that I can explain it is that while helping others and feeling helpless , God was reaffirming to me that He is with me even when I felt alone. It’s a weird experience to feel so alone, but still know He’s with you. It was more of a battle of the enemy wanting me to acquiesce and say that God left us all out there to die. I was at a place where I almost did not protest what the enemy was trying to convince me about God and His purpose for my family and give in to defeat. I thank God for a praying husband, friends, and family. Their prayers really carried me and my family through, and now I can sit and reflect four years later on how awesome God is!!! I am so grateful for every trial and every bit of turmoil we encountered because I believe had we not encountered those things we wouldn’t be who we are today. We are all still a work in progress, but I must say I truly, from the bottom of my heart thank God for the afflictions. Our yes to Him cost us a lot, but I have to say what we gained is far better than anything we ever loss. We are continuing to pursue God and His purpose for us in our new location as we know He has work for us to do here as well. I now see that it is imperative when you’re going through to keep going because He has an expected end!

We hit our 4 year mark in Laredo back in August and I am amazed that we have been on assignment here that long.  I have wanted to jump ship so many times.  Being homesick is literally no joke!  Laredo has been home to us for 4 years, but there is absolutely no place like home.  I will always and forever be a Florida girl no matter where God sends me!  


Updates about our life journey here in Laredo:

We are still where the Lord planted us, but have had some difficulties blooming where we have been planted.  We have identified some inner issues that we have had to have assistance from God with on why blooming has been an issue, but also have struggled with why it has been so hard to receive continued support while out here.  I believe that many look at time schedules and feel or believe that by now our family should be settled and situated.  Unfortunately, in the life of a missionary it never seems to pan out the way people envision it to be.  It was extremely hard to leave a life where we both worked to support our family, and turn into full-time missionaries.  The full-time status was unfortunately short-lived as we were unable to obtain the monthly support that was needed to sustain our family of five.  My husband had to return to the work-force where he struggled to take care of us due to the wages in South Texas are extremely low, and most people have to work 1 1/2 jobs to keep their head above water.  We went through a series of losses while my husband worked full-time, such as him being laid off and not being able to find employment for about 6 months.  During that unemployment stage, we lost our second vehicle and several other things due to loss of income.  I went to a dark place mentally and questioned literally everything that I had said yes to God about.  I stayed in a dark place for almost 2 years and finally decided to seek counsel from my Pastor here in Laredo.  He walked me and my husband through some profound counseling methods and had us dig deep on things we needed God to help us be delivered from.  I know for myself, I needed to be delivered from resenting the very fact that I decided to become a missionary.  I’ve known since I was 19 years old that I was called to travel the world and minister/help God’s people, but I never envisioned all of the obstacles that would be faced in doing so.  I never imagined going without simple things like a refrigerator, a car, and sometimes furniture.  Many have no idea of the extremes we faced as I battled being embarrassed and having people tell us that we missed God (which we have been told before, but thank God we didn’t listen).  I know many do not understand the extremity of missionary callings, but we know that God ultimately is our provider and guide.  I am asking for all that can to please keep us in your prayers as we continue on our journey here.  We have learned over the past few years that your calling into ministry may not look like others who are called to do the same thing as you.  We are to compliment one another in whatever way that we can, and not judge just because we don’t see what we think we should see.  I have embraced that my life as a missionary here in Laredo is more of an intimate one wherein we meet people and they can show us the most vulnerable parts of themselves with no judgement from us.  We have been able to encourage marriages, children, and young adults in ways that we never imagined we would.  I have had prominent people say to me, “how do you do it?” Meaning, how do you do so much with so little?  Little do they know that it is the Lord’s supernatural strength that keeps me and my family doing what He has called us to do, and that is to show LOVE!  I love that fact that God has selected my family to come to Laredo and show genuine love to His people.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers and please share our story with others as we are in need of constant prayers and support. If you have prayer requests of would like to sow into our family/ministry.  You can do so through PayPal.  Our username islakeeshaadams@yahoo.com.  Please remember no amount is too small to assist.  We love and appreciate all who took the time to read this.  God Bless you all, 

Devonne and Lakeesha Adams (Adams children)

I just want to say that stepping off the boat to walk on the water with Jesus is quite an experience.  I, too have sunk a little like Peter did because I took my eyes off of Jesus and looked at the winds and the waves.  Being so far away from home and all of its’ comforts is beyond hard.  To be away from friends and family is unexplainable.  I will say that by and by I will begin to see the fruit of my labor that forsaking my comfort for the gospel is Christ is well worth it.  I ask and pray that you all keep me and my family in your prayers as we continue our God assignment here in Laredo.  We need the prayers really bad!!!  I don’t want to give up when I know there are many more we are to impact for the Kingdom of God.  We love you all and Lord knows we miss Florida!!!  Be Blessed and please let others know that we are not only in need of prayers, but partners to sow into our family/ministry.  No amount is too small to assist!

We’re embarking on our three year anniversary in Laredo as missionaries.  I’ve said it before in previous updates that what others think missionary work is have no idea that it entails more than feeding the poor, clothing the naked, and teaching others about Jesus.  It entails a lot of prayer, preparation, and networking.  There are a lot of opportunities to minister and serve not only in Laredo, but all over the world; however, we have to stay in prayer to link up with the right agencies/ministries.  Many are unaware of the hardships that we have encountered to share our services of love.  There are a lot of obstacles that we have to overcome and many of them are overcome by prayers.  This has been a season of intercession for Devonne and I and those who are prayer partners with us.  Through intercessory prayer, God has given us more insight on who to link up with and when.  When we initially moved here, we were linking up with various ministries and agencies and not particularly getting confirmation from God on whether or not to work with them; because of that we encountered heartache and disappointments.  I am learning day by day, that we are to seek God before doing ANYTHING!!!  I love my new found prayer life and ask and pray that you all join along with us to pray for more open doors to serve and minister to God’s people here and abroad.  There is still a desperate need of funds as we are doing this full-time and do all that we can to raise funds to not only take care of our family of five, but also to be able to assist other ministries/agencies.  We love you all, and be blessed!!!

2 Years as Missionaries!!!.

We have officially hit two years as full-time missionaries here in Laredo, Texas! We are super excited for this announcement because when we first moved to Laredo we were told by some notable missionaries who had been here for several years that statistically speaking most who come to Laredo as missionaries don’t last two years. They are normally burnt out, run off by non-support, or just plain out of ideas. I have learned when people give me information, even though it may not be of significance initially to store it for future reference and go back and reflect on how their statements have impacted me. Their statement of the two year staying length has impacted me immensely wherein we know that it was indeed God who kept us here. I have kicked and screamed, had complete temper-tantrums and been completely depressed about my stay here. I will definitely expound on the depression statement later in the blog. Thanks be to God for praying friends and family that helped me get through those tough times I went through these past two years.

Update on our journey and work in Laredo:

For the past year my husband and I were spinning our wheels trying to see what God wanted us to do here. We were praying, fasting, and crying out to Him, but missed the most important element of prayer which is making our petitions made known but also listening and waiting from a response from God. We thought as missionaries we had to be busy-bodies staying on the go doing things like feeding the homeless and building churches. We were so caught up in the acts that we forgot about the true part which is spirit building. We were depleted spiritually and were running on empty trying to come up with things to do to show people we were truly called by God to be missionaries. (I say we a lot, but it was more mainly me who was doing all of the brainstorming.) We did so much brainstorming and had exhausted all like the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:26 where it says, “She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.” “Grew worse,” those words make me cringe as I type right now because that’s exactly what occurred when we were doing things in our own strength and not relying on answers from God for the prayers we prayed.

Earlier I stated that I had a bout with depression, and it all stemmed from the “grew worse” scenarios in our lives. I feel free enough now to even say that I was depressed. For a while I convinced myself that I was just homesick. I know homesickness can cause sorrow, but I was way past the sorrow that many experience when they’re away from home for long periods of time. I literally cried every day. I had happy days, but during some time of the day I had a down moment and cried uncontrollably. My condition had gotten so bad that at one point I decided I did not want to do this “ministry” thing anymore and just live my life. Crazy part about that decision was that I started encountering others who were on the verge of giving up and I had the audacity to convince them to continue to persevere through their challenges. Many of those same people came back and reciprocated the encouragement and helped me fight through the demonic forces of depression. The fight was not an overnight thing, but the deliverance I received has caused others around me including my own children to see how severe demonic attacks can be. My daughter told me that since I received deliverance she sees a whole new me. She told me that I stayed locked up in my dark room and was very somber. It broke my heart to hear her tell me those things about myself; Nonetheless, I thank God for her honesty as it assisted with me really seeing how negatively impactful the depression spirit was on me. I truly thank God for His freedom, and that Christ defeated depression and so many other destructive demonic spirits on the cross!!!

I pray my testimony has been a blessing to all who have read it. We are still pursuing the Lord for more insight about our assignment here in Laredo and are excited to hear the plans He has for the Adams Family Ministry. If this has been a blessing to you, and you feel led to sow into our family/ministry, please go to Paypal.com and under lakeeshaadams@yahoo.com you will be able to make a donation, or you can mail a donation to The Adams Family Ministries at: P.O. Box 450514 Laredo, TX 78045. As stated earlier, we are full-time and my husband is currently the only one working in our family which is limited income. We rely on the support of those who are inspired by God to sow into us to meet the deficit that we have on a monthly basis.

If you ever have any prayer requests or would like for us to speak at your ministries, we can be reached via email at lakeeshaadams@yahoo.com or via Facebook on our page titled, Plant a seed reap a harvest.

We love you all. Be blessed.

Yours in Christ,

Lakeesha Adams

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I know that a New Year encompasses many things such as resolutions, new goals, and new aspirations.  Coming into 2014 I asked the Lord to help me to attain all of the God-inspired goals He has given me.  I have asked this request previously and was in sort of a state of confusion as to why some of these God-inspired goals/desires weren’t manifesting.  God answered this very question yesterday by speaking through our guest speaker at church yesterday.  The Bishop made a statement yesterday where he said, “2014 will look just like 2013 if there isn’t a change in your heart.”  I sat there for a while asking God what does He mean by that statement.  The Bishop began to expound  more and he said that there are hidden sins in our hearts that only God can see that hinders us from receiving all that God has for us.  I kept asking God exactly what have I hidden in my heart that has hindered me in years past.  One of the major things He pointed out to me was the sin of unforgiveness.  I couldn’t believe that I had harbored such a horrible thing in my heart for the past year and 1/2.  There were so many unfortunate situations that occurred to my family since moving here and the majority of the situations that occurred were due to people not fulfilling their promises and commitments that they had made to my family.  Coming into full-time ministry took a lot of faith and trust that those who said they would be there would actually do that, and be there.  To no avail, many failed at their commitment which left me feeling hurt, abandoned, and full of offense.  I did not realize that harboring unforgiveness in my heart hindered my effectiveness in ministry also.  Seriously, how could I assist anyone with breaking free from bondage when I myself was bound?  I thank God that He loves me so much that He sent a corrective and direct word that spoke directly to my broken heart.  I gave all that was in my heart to Him yesterday at the altar, and now I am free from every yoke of bondage and sin!!! Hallelujah!!!  I give God all the glory for His faithfulness.  I declare that this year will be one of freedom, goal attaining, and prosperity due to my willingness to allow God to see my heart and cleanse it.  If Devonne and I have been a blessing to you and your family and you would like to sow financially into our family/ministry, please click the donation link and know that no amount is too small to help.  We also ask that you all continue to keep us lifted in prayer as were are out here in the battlefield praying and lifting God’s people up to Him. 

We love and thank you all,

Devonne and Lakeesha Adams

P.O. Box 450514

Laredo, TX  78045

PayPal:  lakeeshaadams@yahoo.com

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