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Really Helping

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Tonight as I sit before the computer screen and look through pictures of the week, the question crosses my mind as to whatreally is helping and what really is not.  Today Gunner helped me peel three piles of carrots.  Thatreally helped me.  The other day, I asked Gunner for help to wash Brian’s socks, which he happily agreed to.  He made a bigger mess than I would’ve and I had to wash all the socks again anyway.  However, did thatreally help?  Not with the task, no, but with MY Attitude while completing the task?  ABSOLUTELY!  So was itreally helping?  I would say 'yes!'  
I was challenged in my quiet time with this thought too.  I am working through the book of Matthew, but I read a story that is found in Mark and Luke too.  It’s a story in Mark 5:21-43.  There was a ruler named Jairus whose daughter was sick....very sick for she was near death.  Jairus approaches Jesus and asks Him to heal her.  Jesus agrees to go to her, but on the way, a woman who has been sick for twelve y…

Bena Men’s Meeting (#2)

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This last week we had the opportunity to take part in the second annual men’s meeting in the Bena district.  I say “we” because while Phyllis and the kids did not attend it was definitely a family effort.  From the computer work to the scheduling of things before it happened and the long nights of being away last week....it took all of us.  This year it was hosted at a new church called Kenimaro Light House Baptist Church.  I watched the very first church members get baptized this year on Easter and it was a privilege to watch them take on an event of this proportion!  The topic of this men’s conference was Servant Leadership.  While in name that sounds like an oxymoron, it is very far from it.  It is taking the example of the greatest leader that ever walked the earth...Jesus Christ.  It is very counterintuitive to think this way given our world view and who we believe to be great leaders.  Yet the God of the Universe, The Creator of all things came to this broken and twisted world a…

One job down....dozens to go!

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This week was a mark of victory....we made it through the goal of finishing a fellow missionary's house remodel!  Whoooo-hooooooo!  To God be the Glory!  Now, while from the outside it appears to be for someone else, let me just share that it was really done for the Lord.  He called, He equipped, He upheld and sustained and He gave the time and resources needed to see it through.
As the cheerleader, I can see it was a win no matter how the 'players' feel post game.  It was thrilling to sit on the sidelines and whoop while little plays turned out great.  I would be lying if I said it was a surefire win though.  There was opposition.  There was more than one hiccup.  And?  It was a team effort.....no one man show on this project!  All hands on deck!  But oh, what a sight to behold! One of the greatest privileges of being on the mission field is that we are put in situations that demand our God comes through.....somehow and/or some way.....because we, in and of ourselves, are h…

Answering the Call

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God’s call is not always convenient.  God’s call is not always easy. God’s call is not always expected or planned......but God’s call?  Is always right.  When answered, God’s call is timely and perfect.  
Four years ago, when my husband and I received our 'call' we were full of confirmation, peace and settledness that we knew what God wanted from us and it was time to follow Him.  Wow.  Had I seen all the details that God's call entailed then, I would've been cowering in the corner afraid to face the future, but God is SO kind.  Obedience is ONE step at a time, not scaling a mountain with that one step.   Today?  Obedience looked like making a pot of soup and then sharing the whole thing.  It looked like playing Uno with my children as one of them was under the weather and needed some attention.  For Brian?  It looked different.  It was leading a team of men to complete a started project within deadlines and giving time, knowledge and resources to see it through.  What m…