Friday, April 29, 2011
Now comes the question we are already being asked and will no doubt be asked many more times -- "are you leaving to go and help?"
The answer is "not now." God calls us and He also releases us from things and right now we have not finished what He called us to do here.
When we started our satellite branch of our missions training school back in January we made a commitment to finish it -- and that will be the first week of July. God called us to do this and He has not released us from its completion.
We are also committed to the upcoming mission in Ecuador in July. He called us to be His hands and feet in the construction of the church and we said "yes, send us."
Where we go from there is up to God. He will release us from these two commitments and He will call us to another.
For some ---this is very difficult to understand. For others --- it's easy because they are also following His calling and His timing.
It's not always easy for us. Like I said, our hearts go out to anyone suffering from natural disasters! We WILL be praying for the survivors and all those that God does call into the service of helping them rebuild.
We thank you for your support, your love and your prayers.
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I want you to know she keeps her own blog and she wrote about Monty -- get the tissues as it's heartfelt, amazing and hopefully inspirational!
She knew him "then" and has seen the "now" after God's miraculous touch!
Just thought you all might like to read it.
God is all about relationships and I can't wait to see what He has in store for this one!
Until next time . . . blessings and love to all. Susan and Monty
Monday, April 25, 2011
Easter --- what a glorious day! These are our grandchildren after finding all their hidden Easter eggs! The rains forced us to hide them all inside but they didn't care. Luke even told me last week that he was "practicing" finding eggs! Kids!!!!!
Speaking of rain !!!!!! I do believe we may need to trade in our boots and get a boat! Heavy storm after heavy storm has come through over the past days. Roads are flooded out and streets are holding water like never before. And more is in the forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday!
Monty is on his 8th straight day of working. He started a big project of removing and replacing the skirting on a mobile home along with seal coating the roof. The roof is done, the old skirting is off and I took it to the dump, the rails for the new skirting are on and he is hoping to get enough break tomorrow to finish up the job! He worked all day Saturday in the rain and hopefully will get that break tomorrow?!
I took on the job of mowing lawns here in our subdivision. And with all this rain -- I think I might need to replace the tires on the mower with skiis!
But on the bright side -- I don't think I've seen things this green in years! It's beautiful!
We do hope all of you enjoyed Easter yesterday! Our church service was fantastic and even "more better" since we closed with baptisms! I love it when we close that way -- what a celebration to go out on! Some of the children's church did an Easter skit for us that was awesome -- and as always -- brought cheers and joy to all of us watching! Those teachers do such a great job and should get alot more credit than they do! I think God has special crowns awaiting them in heaven. Jesus had such a love for children while He was here on earth and they are our future! The kids in our church make me believe our future will be just fine!
Tomorrow is my Bible Study and hopefully a bit more information on our trip to Ecuador. I have all the forms ready to begin our Volunteer meetings. Putting this together has alot more details than planning something here on US soil! I picked up our donated tent and sleeping bags this morning. A couple in our church gave them to us and we are so thankful as we don't have anything like that! What a blessing!
My next project is to put together a few pictures and make some calls to local churches to see if we can come and tell their congregations about this upcoming trip. We are hoping to raise awareness, volunteers and funding. Please keep us in your prayers!
Until next time . . . anyone know where I can find the plans Noah used to build the boat?????
Susan and Monty
Saturday, April 23, 2011
MANY, MANY thanks to Cheryl for sending me this photo -- I am still kicking myself for not bringing our camera which meant Cheryl is the one taking this and not in the photo --- next time!!!
We arrived late afternoon which allowed us some time with the children -- and with 10 of them it takes some time! :) We were also able to find out just how Cheryl did find out about us after, well --- let's just say it's been almost 30 years since she and Monty had seen one another. The puzzle pieces were filled in as the room filled with conversation, questions and laughter!
Watching that many children do what they do was incredible! The older girls preparing the meal, a German feast!!!! made me think they should be doing a cooking show on TV!
When Dad got home dinner was served and the joy and laughter around that table had to be a small taste of what it will be like when we get to heaven and are seated at God's big table!
After the meal the children took turns singing songs and playing their instruments for us! They told us how they travel to churches to sing and play and now I see why they are in such demand! It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart hearing them! And what a way to celebrate Good Friday!
After dinner we showed them some of the videos we have of our disaster work. It was a great time to tell stories of how God shows up and shows out and that if you feel God has called you to do something -- no matter what the world says -- do what He called you to do!
Before we realized it the time was nearing midnight and we still had an hour to drive home. It was really difficult to leave -- that family spirit and closeness is contagious and it just felt really good to both of us. I know God knew just how much we needed that.
As soon as we started home so did the thunderstorms! Lightning like I haven't seen in awhile accompanied by heavy downpours. And upon walking in our front door nearing 1:00am the tornado sirens started blaring! All was fine, just ALOT of heavy rains and more of the same forecast for tonight!
What did we learn from last night? More things than I can possibly write here but the main thing is that God is truly all about relationships and sometimes when you least expect it, with whom you least expect, He will bring about a closeness and joy and blessing that will blow your socks off!
Thank you Cheryl and Terry and all the children for opening not only your home to us but more importantly -- your hearts!
Until next time . . . remember tomorrow is Easter and let's all go to church and celebrate our real Freedom! Susan and Monty
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monty is working on another mobile home. He's skirting and sealing the roof. Today I got to go along and learn how to remove old skirting -- I have a whole new appreciation of it, that's for sure! He also got the sealer on the roof -- an amazing feat to accomplish in one day. He said the sealer is like mixing glue and takes stirring for almost forever to get it to the right consistancy.
I had to leave him by early afternoon to come back to our subdivision and mow lawns. The gentleman who has been mowing for residents the past few years has a full time job now so I decided to try and earn some income by posting flyers on everyone's door offering my mowing services. In 2 days I had 4 lawns lined up for the summer! And with the rain we''ve had and more on the way everyone wanted theirs done today! I managed to get 3 of them done (one wants to wait till next week) and then our own.
By the time Monty and I both stopped the sun was going down -- and we were starving and filthy!
Now we are full and clean and exhausted!
But it was a good day, the sun was shining and it was such a blessing to be outside enjoying it all day long!
And now we wait for the storms forecast for tonight and possibly severe ones tomorrow!
Until next time . . . let's all take some time tomorrow -- Good Friday -- and remember what our Lord Jesus went through -- all for us! We will never be able to thank Him enough!
Susan and Monty
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The winds are nearing 80 miles per hour and we know well enough what high winds can do so we head to the concrete parking garage, park on the lowest floor which has us under ground level and wait it out. Yes, the dogs are with us -- they know the drill and expect to "go" as soon as the first clap of thunder hits!
It does seem it's nearly over so home we go and hopefully for some sleep.
What a way to spend the night after an amazing missions training class --- under the protection of God's arms!
Until next time . . . Susan and Monty