I start with a very special photo this evening. You all remember the prayers you prayed for the little 2 yr old who fell into the septic tank and literally drowned, was revived and then told by the doctors that he probably wouldn't live? Well, that little boy is pictured above, not only alive and well but so is his entire family. Mother and soon to be newborn are fine, dad has recovered from his foot surgery and they blessed us by sending this photo! They thanked each and every one of you who prayed for all of them. God is still in the business of miracles!!! Let us never forget it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, we are half way moved to New Orleans. As I write this Monty is outside trying to get our camper trailer ready to be moved tomorrow. We took the tool trailer today and had the opportunity to meet and visit with the staff that is already there. You can see our new home in the above photos, the white one on the far left with Monty waving in the yard. The other one is our kitchen. Yes, a kitchen -- the first one in nearly a year and a half!
The bottom two photos are our neighbors. Well, no one actually lives in the homes but that is what every house looks like. Yes, EVERY house! So you can see that we have "job security" as some would call it. God is, and has been, working miracles and He isn't about to stop now.
The exact words that God has spoken to me (and yes, it's definitely Him speaking) are to "go and take the city back" and that is exactly what we plan to work on! Your prayers and support are what will make it possible!
I also need to let you know that we will not have computer access for the next couple of days. Where we live has no phone, no TV and definitely no computer lines. We will be able to get to the internet from the church where we will be working from, in the 9th ward. So my blog entries will no longer be done as the last thing I do each night. They will be done sometime late in the day during work "hours" (what are those?). Please bear with us as we make this transition and get used to our surroundings and new "customs" that we will need to get used to.
We are about to enter an entirely new phase in our ministry and we are really excited! God is still in control and all we ask is that He use us as He sees fit. BUT --- we NEED your prayers! If only there were a way to fully explain how much we need them, how we can literally feel them at times (like the shirts on our backs) and how they sustain us just when we need it! Sometimes people ask us for specifics as to what to pray for. Being as we are entering a new era we don't have specifics to tell you. God knows what we need and that's all that counts!
I would like to wish an early Happy Mother's Day to my mother, Delores, and Monty's mother, Judy. If God hadn't blessed each of us with these exact mothers we would not be here and be living the dream that God has for us! Both Monty and I want to thank you for ALL you have done and ALL you continue to do for us! We only wish we could be there on Sunday to tell you in person but we also know you understand why we aren't there! God bless both of you!!!!!
For the rest of you --- love on your mother, let her know how much you love her, how much you respect her and how God has blessed you with her. She may not be the "best" mother (in your eyes) but she is the mother God gave you and God doesn't make mistakes!!!
Blessings to everyone and we thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for joining us on this mission and for continuing to "come along with us" for the ride of our lives!
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty