Our Kansas team on their last night here. They needed a real "southern" meal and that's exactyly what they got! They loved it, right down to the fried pickles!
That's a baby wood duck we found while on the river yesterday. And yes, we let him go to scurry back to his waiting, and not so happy, mother! She had about 4-5 more waiting for this one to return also!
If you haven't read Isaiah chapter 61 you might want to. It is a description of why Monty and I are here. "Lord, annoint us!" is our prayer. It's so easy for all of us to get caught up in our daily agendas that we forget about putting time for God in those agendas. If someone needs "loved on" by us we should throw away that agenda and "love on" them, just as Jesus does us! We all get us such a hurry that we have brought that "hurry" into our churches, we need to have music, we need to have prayers, we need to get in the sermon, we need to get prayer requests in, and we need to get it all done in an hour! Wrong! We need to break those chains and let Jesus's annointing be our agenda! Too many times we stifle the Spirit of the Lord because we are to busy. This sure does apply to Monty and I. There is just so much to be done here, so many people who need help, so many people we talk with every day and every evening that are desperate and don't know what to do, volunteers that want to come and those who have questions about coming.....the days can get away from us, we get in to our agenda for the day, the things we need to get done, and then we realize----God time! God called us for this "God sized" mission and only He can give us the wisdom and strength to do it! God promises us that what He started in us (in all of us), He will bring it to completion! Don't forget to have your "God time" and don't forget that with God, nothing is impossible!
Forget about what people are saying about you! God will take care of you! Start each day with the realization that today is a new day with Jesus! Push aside the past hurts, the past betrayals, the past accusations and the past abandonments and pray "Jesus, I need Your annointing on my life!" He will not fail you (or us)!
Most of the afternoon was spent preparing for our next teams arrival. There are always kitchen area items to go through and organize, even though the outgoing teams do a wonderful job of cleaning up the facility before they leave! We are very thankful for their thoughtfulness!
We welcomed our incoming team all the way from Colorado this evening. What a long drive they had and what enthusiasm they brought on that long drive! They have one more member flying in tomorrow who will, no doubt, bring the same "ready to go" attitude! To have volunteers coming from such a long distance is remarkable! They bring the bare necessities with them. But they always bring their servant hearts! They realize the Lord's annointing on their trip here and they are not going to let Satan defeat them in any way! They are such wonderful examples for all of us to follow. We thank them for making the long journey and pray God's protection and blessing on them not only while they are here, but forever! This mission will be life changing for them! We thank God for sending them to us!
Tomorrow has a very busy agenda----but we will first thank God for the day and remember just why He has us here and thank Him for using us as his laborers!
If you would like to invest in the rebuilding of lives here in Mississippi, you can send your tax deductible gifts to us through Vineyard Community Church at PO Box 3277 in Bloomington, Indiana 47403. Please make a note of "Katrina" on your gift as all 100% comes directly to us and is used in this rebuilding. Without your support we would not be able to remain here and follow God's calling on our lives. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We pray that God will bless you in return!
Until tomorrow....we love you all and miss everyone! Susan and Monty