I had promised to keep you up-to-date. I have kept my word on facebook…but for those who don’t use facebook, this will be the official site for newsletter updates!
Wednesday morning, around 1:30 for the Tallahassee airport– we felt like two kids at Christmas–waiting for mom and dad to get up and open presents–in some ways–and then in another way, I had this pain in my chest. Not a medical pain, but an emotional one. Leaving my grandsons knowing they will ALL encounter growth spurts this summer–and if Rylan gets any taller, I will be looking way UP to see him! His shoe is already an 11N. He’s 15 and one of our 5 miracles of grandsons. But God has given us so many other miracles!
Can I just tell you a few? Well, the calling for one, at our age….then the approval…again, at our age, that was another miracle….then us both being ordained last May… Then my cancer came right in the middle of itineration. Someone asked me if I thought it was an attack of the devil or if it was just something that happened. Well, honestly I suppose it could be considered either one. If it was an attack from old slew foot to get us to stop in our tracks…sorry, didn’t work. We had a prayer team that was AMAZING and never stopped praying. And we didn’t sit down and feel sorry for ourselves either. We kept putting one foot in front of the other. THAT is the only way to get through anything. Do not stop. Stay in connection continually with Jesus and allow The Holy Spirit to do HIS work ….as HE did in my heart and life and in Jeff’s. Jeff was my hero (still is). He cared meticulously for every detail of my day–reminded me when he thought I was doing too much–of course my body reminded me of that as well.
But God had a plan through ALL of that. I met some amazing people; doctors, nurses, technicians, receptionists, other patients, and I was able to share God’s love and passion for the lost with every single one. Makes me tear up now just thinking about this marvelous journey. God walked me straight through 6 months of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments, ending it exactly one week before take off! He was true to HIS Word, Isaiah 43:1-2.
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
God also gave me a glimpse into my sister, Wanda’s life. That humbled me tremendously. If we ever, you and I, get to sit down and talk in real life, I will tell you about the humbling.
The EAGLE landed on Wednesday around 9:30 a.m. (we left Tallahassee about 6:30 but there was a time zone change). The heat slapped me silly. NO joke. I don’t mean silly as in funny, but as in not expecting it quite as brutal –and I’m told we “ain’t seen nothin’ yet”…..
We were met at the airport and taken to the school (quite a drive since traffic was a bit crazy), and we were introduced to our arrival coach family. Ed and Miriam Bosch. Amazingly wonderful people. LOVED them before we met them! Loved them more afterwards. Miram had bought us a few days of basic food to get us through until we could go to the store. Sweet!
My first day was an emotional one. I remembered the tears in mother’s voice the last time we spoke…and I remembered the last hugs we gave to our girls and their boys…and I remembered….until I had to JUST STOP. I knew that road was a dangerous one. We are here for an assignment and if I kept that up, I knew I would be a mess before we start! The assignment: LEARN THE LANGUAGE! This is a must in order to be able to minister in Bolivia.
God is good. The heat got to me the first day and I literally felt like I was melting. But God is good and sent breezes to cool us down. It was heaven sent. Reminded me of times picking peas and we would get so hot –but just before we thought we’d pass out from the heat, here would a breeze come and help us finish up. That’s God.
Today, I’ve nested and straightened everything up except the kitchen cabinets. But it’s a tiny kitchen and won’t take long…and we’ll tackle it maybe Monday. We will be out of pocket on Tuesday-Friday. No facebook updates or messages.
Oh, before you go, let me assure you, Jeff bought me two air conditioners. Not the kind we had at home, but two medium sized floor fans that the next student here will reap the benefit of. One for the living/kitchen area and one for the bedroom. God provided before we left home for these things. HE knew before we got here that there would be things we hadn’t planned on–like the extra $$$$$ needed for the extra luggage. I forgot to tell you about that! The little guy who graciously helped us get it in the airport at Tallahassee just shook his head and said, “I don’t even want to guess how much that will be”…..but God provided.
When I think of the things He did to get us here I just shake my head in disbelief…then I remember I am HIS child. What I would do to help my own ….HE would do that and more…
And because of HIS great love, He’s sending us and all these other students to THEM.
Can I tell you one last thing? Don’t think for one second that we are special. We aren’t. Get that notion right OUT of your head. We are just human. We encounter issues and problems and have reactions to them, just like others. We aren’t superhuman or super brave. I get scared about the same things you do. But God has proven Himself to both of us over the years and we know we can trust HIM. Jeff and I are here to learn, and serve- and to go forth and serve and do whatever we can to fulfill the burning passion and call on our lives. We can only do this by the prayers of the people lifting us up to God and He will empower us…and we rely on those prayers and HIS strength. Daily. Please don’t forget to pray for us.
And if God so directs your heart to help us in any way- we would love to connect with you! We are both on Facebook and I’m on Instagram and Twitter. We would enjoy having you on this journey with us either way! Hang on tight! I think the road up ahead is filled with interesting things!