Posts Tagged "deputation"

Tickets for Thailand

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

We just booked our tickets for Thailand and are rejoicing in another milestone along our path of preparation. Tuesday Nov. 5th is the day we move to the other side of the world! We’re just a tad bit excited. :-)

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Beautiful Bellingham

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

We have greatly enjoyed our time here in Bellingham Washington and are soaking up the weather of the Pacific Northwest. Literally. It has rained every day, except last Saturday, when we had a wonderful opportunity to see Bellingham Bay and got a glimpse of the mountains in the distance.

Fellowship with Pastor and Mrs. Carter and Bellingham Baptist Church has been sweet. They have been so gracious to us, making us feel right at home and meeting every one of our needs. We even have a car to use for the week – Thanks Bro. Jonathan! Bro. Ron Marshall, took us on a unique history tour of Whatcom lake and Mt. Baker National Forest. It was too cloudy to see Mt. Baker or Mt. Shuksan, but we enjoyed driving through the foothills and hearing some fascinating stories about the history of this region. We also stopped to see a raging waterfall and plenty of huge cedar, fir, and hemlock trees.

From the bay to the lake to the forest, Bellingham is a beautiful area. We are grateful to make new friends and visit with a faithful church in this city that stands for the truth.

Nat

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Seattle and Beyond

Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Yesterday marked the first airline flight for Paul and the beginning of a new set of adventures for us.

Our first adventure was challenging Memorial Weekend traffic on the PA turnpike that ground to a halt about 30min from the airport. Our generous buffer of travel time was insufficient for the jammed interstate before us. A quick phone call to Anne’s sister provided an alternate route that allowed us to bypass the worst part of the traffic. We arrived at the airport with just enough time to check-in, clear the hurdles of security, and grab a quick bite to eat before boarding. I am extremely grateful for our calm driver, Don, Family lanes, pre-boarding, and friendly airline personnel. It made all the difference in us making our flight.

The five and a half hour flight was smooth and uneventful. Paul worked off some energy in the first hour on board, which allowed him to take a good nap. I think he actually enjoyed the flight, since he had Mommy and Daddy’s full attention and plenty to eat.

On the Seattle side, we rejoiced to find our luggage in-tact and waiting for us at baggage claim. We grabbed our bags and met up with Pastor and Mrs. Josh Carter from Bellingham Baptist Church. They were such a blessing in driving 2hrs each way to provide us a ride, and we had a great time of fellowship on the way up to Bellingham. We, as in everyone but Paul. He had run out of endurance by this time and cried most of the way. The poor guy was completely worn out by the time we made it to where we were staying. We weren’t far behind, as it was 2:30am EST (11:30pm PDT) before we bunked down for the night/morning.

We praise The Lord for answered prayer, caring friends, and several hours of sleep. Jet lag has me up a little early this morning, so I’m tapping out this quick update.

Thank you for your prayers. We look forward to how God directs our steps over the next few weeks in Washington.

Nat

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Double Blessing: 85% support

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Here’s a double blessing from Wednesday. I had stopped by the church office to check our mailbox and our secretary directed my attention to a letter from a church in Oklahoma. They were writing to let us know that they took us on for financial support. Yippee.

After that, I returned to my desk and saw that I had a new e-mail. It was a pastor in Illinois, writing to say that they also had just voted to take us on for support. Amazing…two in one day! I punched the numbers into my spreadsheet and see that we are now at 85% of our monthly support, and 36% of what is needed for our passage fund.
Isn’t that just like the Lord to encourage our hearts and remind us of His faithfulness? Thank you for praying for the remainder of our support. I am confident that the Lord will fit the remaining details into place, as we trust His hand of provision.
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Dents, Delays, and Divine Appointments

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

In our last episode of Car vs. Snow, we battled with ice and slush in central Illinois. Round one ended with our car tired, but on top. Round two of our snow saga took place near St. Paul, MN, and ended with dents, delays, and divine appointments.

Dents: Round Two: Snow 1, Car 0
Just when I thought we were through the worst of the storm, we hit a patch of ice that changed everything in an instant. As the rear end of our vehicle overtook the front end, I realized we were headed for the concrete barrier. At that point, there was nothing to be done but pray and prepare for impact.

Our car spun a complete 180 degrees and took a hard hit to the right-rear corner. The force of the collision shattered the rear windshield and skewed the rear fenders. fortunately the trunk remained closed.

Anne was sitting in back with Paul and instinctively shielded him from the glass that littered the back seat. We Praise The Lord that none of us were hurt and that we didn’t involve any other vehicles in the accident.

Delays:
I did my best to clean up the broken shards of glass as snow started to invade the inside of the car. The car was still drivable and we were right across from an exit that had a 24hr Wal-Mart. That was essential, since it was now after 10pm with most stores closed due to the snow. We were delayed about two hours as we covered the rear windshield, but you have to hear the blessings along the way.

Divine Appointments:
Little did we know, that The Lord had a couple of divine appointments waiting for us in this trial.

Darlene:
This lady helped Anne remove some glass from Paul’s car seat and immediately recommended a service station that “just happened to be open late that night.” It was only two blocks away.

Howie and Derek:
I believe this father and son team were angels disguised as red-necks. They cheerfully unloaded their heated garage bay so that we could work on adding tape and plastic to keep the elements of our beat-up car. They were quick, creative, and thorough as they patched up the hole left by the missing glass.

They weren’t supposed to be there that late, but they had some extra remodeling work that night. I shared how God had brought them there to be a blessing to us and to here how He had transformed our lives. I was able to share my testimony tract/video card with Howie and Anne passed along her testimony tract to Darlene.

As we marvel at the Lord’s goodness and provision, we can’t help but think that God allowed this accident for the sake of that witnessing opportunity.

Yes, we’re saddened by the twisted, broken temporal possession, but we rejoice in the chance to point others to a eternal relationship with Christ.

Nat

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