As we reflect on God's blessings for 2009, We would be remiss to allow the year to end without acknowledging God's grace and mercy toward each of us and to our family throughout the year. In fact, God has been most gracious over the past decade even as we look back at the losses we have experienced as a family. Both James and I experienced the deaths of siblings within 2 months apart a few months ago. We have also witnessed the homegoing of one aunt, 2 uncles, 3 cousins, an infant nephew and several friends and loved ones over the past several months. These deaths remind us of how important family is and the importance of cherishing these relationships while we have time. There is a song from my childhood that emphasizes this point. It states: "Give them the roses while they live, striving to cheer them on their way, for useless the flowers that you give, after the soul has gone". We therefore give the flowers to my parents, our sons and their wives, our siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members. We also acknowledge the outpouring of support and care to our family by other very special persons in our lives. Much respect and thanks to our pastors and mentors :Lawrence Hudson, Doug Munton and Skip Leiniger. Thanks also to special friends who helped us through these last few months of transition: Ella Duncan, John and Charlene White, Johnnie Johnson Day, Gailyn Moore, John Black,Monica Haynes, Renee Krebel, Elizabeth Adams, Bill and Joan Malone, Terri and Nina Dunning, and our friends at Jerome Lane Baptist church. We thank God for every rememberance of you... Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Monday, December 21, 2009
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
She had travelled a distance into the village, an old lady stooped over and walking with a cane was a seeker."I came to find you", she exclaimed to the ladies who were part of the mission team. "I heard you were here telling the Good News. My husband did not tell me this before he died, but I came to hear the Good News before I die." That day, the old woman heard the Gospel and received the Lord Jesus into her heart. There are others still seeking in this old woman's village. Please pray for the mission team serving the people on Buvuma Island in Uganda East Africa.