Posts Tagged "Blessings"

Bags, Bedtime, and Blender

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

These three B’s have been the theme of the last two weeks and summarize some recent answers to prayer.


We are in active packing mode at our apartment, reducing our stuff to the absolute necessities, and estimating how much it will cost to ship a pallet of boxes over the Thailand. Our initial plan was to travel with just what we could hand-carry. However the more we discussed our options, we have decided that shipping a pallet of our own things is probably one of the best ways to create a sense of home overseas. As they say, “home is where your stuff is.” Last week, we found a tremendous deal on luggage at Kohl’s (Gotta love those discounts), allowing us to fill the gaps of what we need for our flight. With new bags in hand, the excitement and reality of November’s move is growing every day. Please pray that we would have wisdom to fit in the priority items and for the details of shipping the rest of the boxes to Thailand.


We’ve asked many to pray for Paul’s sleep schedule and are pleased to report that progress has been made. Our latest battle has been to wean him off of night-time feedings, which translated into hours of weeping and wailing. However, we have seen Paul settle down over the last few nights without a fuss and sleep most of the way through the night. Praise the Lord! We figure that Paul has had ten months to teach his parents patience, and so it’s high time that his parents get some sleep.


Watch out! Anne and I have a new blender and we know how to use it. The blender’s purpose has morphed from baby food to smoothies, but it does both well and we are having fun whipping up some special treats. It’s fun to see Paul’s expression as we introduce him to real food, one strange combination at a time. One of my recent concoctions was pulled-pork bbq, rice and beans, with mashed potatoes and a banana. Yes, it looked terrible, but it was nutritious and mostly delicious.  The answer to prayer here is that Paul is eating and growing well. He is a very active little guy and loves to walk with help.

Thank you for your continued prayers for us as we pack and prepare over the next few months.



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Flipping the switch

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

It was one small step for the average American, but one giant leap for James, my refugee friend.

The lights in his apartment were out and so he called me to see what he should do. This had happened before, and I was almost positive it was a tripped breaker. It wasn’t a difficult fix, but through the communication barriers of culture it was much easier done than explained. However, Anne and I were on a date and I couldn’t fix it myself this time.

So, I walked him through it over the phone. 6 months ago, this would have been impossible, but with just a little confusion between the Asian and American version of Closed (Off) and Open (On), we flipped the switch and restored the lights.

Simple stuff, I know, but it was a milestone event to actually solve a problem over the phone through coaching in English.

Good timing as well, since we start deputation in a few weeks. :-)


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Burmese Bible Blessing

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments


A few months ago, Anne and I received a special love offering to buy a
Bible in the Burmese language. This offering of 86 Rand or $10.58 was
given by a group of believers in Digkale, South Africa. A couple weeks
ago, I ordered a couple of the original Adoniram Judson Burmese Bibles
from Bearing Precious Seed, Milford, Oh. They arrived last week with a
total of 25lbs of Burmese NT and John/Romans. I pulled out the invoice
today, to cover the shipping expense, and was surprised by what I saw:

Dikgale donation: $10.58
Shipping cost: $10.41

Of course, I’m going to send a little extra for a donation to BPS, but
what a reminder of the Lord’s Provision. 25lbs of Burmese Bibles with
17 cents left over.

Thank You faithful believers in South Africa! We haven’t even begun to
see the eternal impact made from your giving to the Lord.

Nat and Anne

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