Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sad goodbye to Timothy

His team cancelled out on him at nearly the last minute but he was committed and came as a team of one.

He planned on staying for one week. God touched his heart and he listened and extended his stay for another week.

It was one of the first times his wife was without him!

He tiled floors, he grouted floors, he painted walls and he jumped in with Monty to work out the kinks in electric. He did whatever was asked and smiled and laughed and showed the love of the Lord to not only Hai but to her children who are crying for attention.

But most of all he ministered to both Monty and myself! He and his team came and worked with us last summer in Indiana and we knew from the start that he was a special friend destined to become family. Seeing him again, getting to spend so much time with him again, laughing together and working through some more than difficult times -- all were a blessing just because he was here with us!

To his wife, Lindsay -- we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for not only sharing your husband with us but for understanding the calling God has placed on his heart. He is a very special man with a very special talent for that calling. God has big plans for him -- for the both of you! He places us with our mates for all sorts of reasons, some we understand and others that leave us shaking our heads but realizing it's the perfect match to bring about the perfect balance in each others lives.

We miss Timothy already but we also know we will see him soon. God brought us all together as family and we are so very thankful!

For those of you who have emailed and commented and called with your response to Hai's salvation -- bless you for seeing the work of the Lord! Make sure you stay tuned for the pictures of her baptism next Sunday!

We pray you all have a wonderful and blessed Easter. I received a phone call from my daughter this evening and she was telling me my grandsons understanding of Easter. He is nearly 4 years old and in preschool. He came home with his colored picture of Jesus with the words "He is risen" at the top. She asked him to tell them the story he learned from school and this was it: Three bad men killed Jesus. They put him in a cave and some men came and put a lock on the cave so Jesus couldn't get out. An angel came and opened that lock so Jesus could get out. Then the angel went and told all her friends! Precious and just as Jesus says, "the faith of a child." It brought both a smile and tears as I listened to her and listened to him thanking me for the Cars stickers we sent him in his Easter card! My heart aches being away from them, not being there to see them grow and change. I pray they have a wonderful and blessed Easter!

To all of you -- have the faith of a child on Easter -- hearing the story for the millionth time yet hearing it for the first time! The awe, the amazement and the joy of what Jesus did for all of us!

Until next time . . . HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! Susan and Monty

1 comment:

Pastor Donald Andreasen said...

Hello Monty & Susan!

Happy to hear you are doing well and accomplishing much for the kingdom. Tim was quite the worker here in Columbus, now there in Texas and soon to be back here in Columbus again.

We are moving back in to our church for mid-week services this Wednesday...then on Sunday for Sunday School classes. Everyone is pumped about coming home!

Don't forget our big Dedication Sunday on June 7th! It's going to be a moment to remember as we give God praise for His help throughout this faith journey.


Pastor Don Andreasen
Columbus First Assembly
Columbus, Indiana