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Storm Slams Philippines

Storm 2013

We have initial reports from the village and the people are joining us in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for the answers to all the prayers. Our partner was there working on the revisions to the Bible and was able to share news of the storm. Preparations for the worst occupied the people but their trust was on the One who controls the storm.

God answered by mercifully slowing much of the winds and rain in our villages area. News has filtered in about devastation and death from that same storm in other areas and we continue to pray and look to the Lord as real help to the worst hit is coming from His people there. Our missionary families and friends tell us they sheltered through the storm and are all OK.

Our hearts rejoice that so many we know and love were spared while at the same time we are heartbroken for those who are struggling with the aftermath of the storm and loss of family.

Please continue to pray as rebuilding will slowly begin in the areas hardest hit. Pray for the families experiencing grief. Pray please for the people bracing for the usual landslides and other earth shifting that follows these giant storms.

We’ve shared that so many of you wrote expressing your concern and continued prayers. We’ve been able to pass these along to our families there. Albert shared he was able to continue working on the translation with little disruption.

We are so thankful for God’s continuing mercy and work there. We praise Him for the great relief efforts carried out in the areas hardest hit by His people there. We pray for His comfort to envelope them and bring them peace amid the pain. We thank Him for each of you who continually prayed.

More as news comes to us,


Bible Camp!

Camp Eating Frenzy!

Camp Eating Frenzy!

Even (ahem) somewhat older folk get all “goose-bumpy” about summer camp! Chris is resident missionary for the week at Mount Hope Bible Camp tucked away near Wayne National Forest in Otway, Ohio.

Christian Camp is for EVERYONE! Most reading this post will be outside the “camper age” unless you are as fortunate as Chris. Some might be in the “camp leader age” and I’d like to encourage those to consider serving the Lord for a short time at Christian camp. And don’t feel too limited because many might not realize it, but Christian Camps are worldwide. When last I checked they are found on six continents. SIX! It is a very worthy service when your faithful commitment to the Lord impacts fellow counselors, kids from all over and their families. Very worthy service. For those readers whose children are in the fortunate “camper age” years – budget and plan Christian summer camp for some of their time this year. Go all out and plan for each year to follow. They are only kids once. Kids all out of the house? Consider donating a week of Christian Camp for some child that couldn’t otherwise attend. Involve your church group to get together and donate enough for a whole group! See? EVERYONE!

Christian Camping might be one of those few places left, at least here in the USA, where Christian kids are out of their comfort zones and free to encourage and support each other. Away from distractions like electronics, sport events and even family, the young camper can meet the Lord, or grow in Him and consider His plan for their life. Trained, cool, young people can come alongside to Biblically guide them through some pretty tough situations they face back home. Lifetime changes can occur. Testimony abounds that Christian camp is where decisions that alter the course of a life form and set up in the heart and mind. Many couples met under the stars at Christian camp.

We love when the young people we meet along our travels keep in touch. Our lives are enriched every single time without exception. We met Brett and Sara Wilson, the couple managing Mount Hope Bible Camp, before we left for field ministry. They were both single serving in music and cabin counselors that year. Sara made the long, expensive trip to the Philippines to help our church team rebuild our jungle home. On her return, she and Brett married and began ministry together in music and camp. Now they are intern-missionaries with InFaith at the camp where they met each other and us! As an added bonus, Chris made it to Christian camp this year :-)!

Oh I almost forgot – It’s loads of FUN!

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On the Road Again…

We passed along our family tradition of MOVING!

Brent and Tonia had a move this year and God allowed us to help! We are so grateful to be in the States during family times of need. We travel so much for meetings we miss some of the events in our family, but this time we passed on an organizational retreat for some muscle-building.

While we would loved seeing everyone at the New Tribes Mission Refresher course, it was a case of “Home Assignment Calendar Madness” so the family won out (and GRANDdaughter time was had) in order to help Brent’s family hit the road to the mountains.

Please pray  for them as they seek housing and employment in their new area! We so appreciate YOU, our partners’, for  praying for our family.

Thank you!

A few photos from the day:

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Eye Will Trust Him

article-new_ehow_images_a06_52_fd_corneal-ulcers-laser-eye-surgery-800x800News Flash: Surgery
I thought my doctor would tell me I had to start wearing glasses… but he didn’t. At his little news flash, my mind went into overdrive and the challenges began.

You need surgery on your right eye. It’s a complicated procedure where three tiny instruments are inserted inside your eye to fix the problem – removal of an ERM (wait! what did he mean by TINY? – THREE???) but we do this surgery often and with great results. First we remove the jelly that shapes your eyeball…,” he continued on but now my ears were not working any better than my right eye. 

My mind quit and the prayers began. Lord, help me realize that you have this in your plan for me. Lord, help me trust the doctors. Lord, help me not chicken out and call the whole thing off. Lord remind me that I am trusting You and when I fear, then I’m not anymore.

I’ve had some stupid moments like when I looked up the surgery on YouTube. Another one when I started googling wildly colored eye patches thinking I’d skip the surgery and just wear a patch the rest of my life – actually thinking that might be a plan.

I’ve had some wonderful moments when folk have reminded me how much my Father loves me and how much they love me too. My wonderful husband encourages me all day and makes me laugh to take my mind off the whole thing (I’m so much braver when he’s having surgery). My precious daughter in law sent me an audio book to listen to afterwards.

One dear fellow shared how he actually felt God’s arms around him as he had brain surgery. Let me confess that bit of conversation convicted me for my fear. After all, God gave me two eyes so even if his plan is not the outcome I hope for, at least He allows me a great left eye (and all those colorful eye patch options) in the end.

My incredible cousin is taking off work to help Chris get me back home afterward. My wonderful sons, grand daughters, family and friends are praying and asking how they can help. A dear friend even called from France to encourage me! My all-powerful and loving Father is hugging me all through it because He knows I’m basically a medical coward (even if I can’t feel His arms like Billy Ray did during his brain surgery, I will know they are there.)

DSC08031Often this week I think on the day I went into the operating theater with Inang, my friend from the village. The doctors let me wear surgical scrubs to hold her hand and translate their instructions as they did a procedure on her eye. I remember seeing her tiny little hand in mine and how brave she seemed in a scary situation so foreign to her. Now I think it was her lesson to me about trusting in our Heavenly Father.

Praise and Prayer Requests:

  • for God’s presence all the time and His working His plan
  • for the three wonderful doctors that helped find my problem
  • for the wonderful surgeon that will do the work next week
  • for all the family and friends who are willing to pray and help
  • for my trust in Him not to waver even for a nano second
  • for me to be a good patient and better witness

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