Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I was able to take the donations we've received thus far and turn it into Lowes gift cards. It was then that I needed to gather styles, item numbers and prices.
Accomplishing all the above would take quite a bit of time so I pretty much saved the entire afternoon to do so.
I was back and forth with my list, first this side of the store and then remembering something else and walking back to the other side of the store.
After over 2 hours I was on my last stop -- looking for a handicapped shower seat that would sit inside the shower. It was then that God stepped in for one of His divine appointments.
A young gentleman came up to ask me if I needed some help. He was able to direct me to the seats and then asked me if there was anything else he could do. I shared our project with him and he then told me his specialty was working with handicapped folks since both he and his mother had handicaps! He was able to make some suggestions to me that would be of great help to Michael. One of the small ones was to mount the hand held shower nozzle on a mount low enough for him to reach it without reaching clear up to the top of the shower! Something I hadn't thought of!
We talked for a bit and he asked for my business card. He said he knew alot about resources for the handicapped and would gather some information and get back with me. And then the real surprise --- he wants to organize a volunteer group of Lowes employees to come and help rebuild!!!!
I felt so energized as I walked out into the parking lot! Yet another affirmation from God that THIS is the project we are to be focusing on! It may not be a disaster like what is described in Webster's dictionary but it's a personal disaster that God has called us to do something about.
Once again -- rebuilding lives by rebuilding homes!
Thank you Lord!!!!
Until next time . . . and the next divine appointment . . . Susan and Monty
Monday, August 29, 2011
This morning was that kind of morning.
Our neighbor, Paul, has been in the hospital and nursing home and back to the hospital over the past few weeks. This morning he went to heaven. Good news for him but tough news for Evelyn, his wife of 62 years!
Would you please join us in prayer for the entire family.
We also ask that you join us in prayers of thanksgiving that hurricane Irene was not as destructive as anticipated --- and that the rather large "disturbance" brewing off the coast of Africa will not head our direction.
Welcome to Monday --- a good day to pray!!
Until next time . . . Lord, open heaven's gates and welcome Paul with open arms!
Susan and Monty
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
13 years ago I married the man of my dreams!
There's a song with the words "when God made you He must've been thinking about me" and that's exactly how I feel!
It does seem impossible that it's been 13 years as it feels like a life time -- in a good way!
What we have been through in these past 13 years most couples don't go through in a life time but each step has been God-guided and each step has brought us closer together and closer to Him.
Happy Anniversary Monty! You are the love of my life and I thank God for your faith, your strength, your steadiness, your support, your belief in me, your compassion and your love!
May God bless us with "umpteen" more years together!
Until next time . . . "and two shall become one." Susan and Monty
He doesn't even like horseback riding!
13 years ago today I married the man of my dreams!
What took God so long?
I first met Monty while I was managing a local employment agency that specialized in construction labor. One of the few things I did know about him was that he was quite a few years younger than me and surely he had a girl friend.
He was a seasonal worker so when December of 1997 came around I knew he would be off work for the winter and thus picking up his last check in early January. The thought of not being able to see him for the winter months hurt my heart. But --- for those of you who know me --- you won't believe this --- but I was speechless when he entered the room and just couldn't bring myself to say anything to him.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Life giving divine appointments that weren't planned at all -- but they were in God's plan all along!
Please allow me to introduce Michael to you. Michael attends the church in Bedford where I go to Bible study each week. That means I haven't known him all that long. But today . . .
Michael is in a wheel chair -- he's been in it for the past 17 years. I don't know how old Michael is but I would bet he isn't 40 -- which means the motorcycle accident he was in that put him in this wheel chair happened in his late teens or early 20's. His survival depends on disability only -- imagine!
Every single week Michael is at Bible study and every Sunday he's at church. I watch him pull up in his rather elderly Ford truck, open the driver's door, somehow spin himself around and grab his wheel chair out of the bed of the truck and struggle to get seated before closing the truck door. He has some pretty amazing upper body strength.
A few weeks ago Michael was excited to tell us he was able to purchase a "newer" mobile home. He purchased it for a dollar! Yes, one dollar! But . . . it needed alot of work!
After Bible study today I was so very hungry so I stopped to get something to eat before coming home to have some blood work done. As I was eating 2 other Bible study women came in and I asked them to join me. We started talking and the subject of Michael came up. He needed someone to relocate this "new" trailer to his current location. Knowing that Monty does this sort of thing they asked me. All I could say was that we would see what we could do, make some calls and such.
During the cource of the conversation I learned about how Michael has been living over the past years. Not to be cruel but in this day and age I think most of us have better accomodations for our pets!
The 3 of us decided to call Michael and see if we could go and see this "new" trailer. Since restoring them is what Monty and I do in disaster relief we do know a thing or two about them. We called, he met us and off we went.
When we pulled up I will admit thinking that it was in alot better shape than I had pictured. After all, paying one doller -- my expectations weren't very high.
The exterior is in good shape. The interior --- it WILL be in super shape when we get finished and God sets free all the miracles He has in store!
The floors need gutted, the walls need gutted and most of the ceilings need gutted. The kitchen cabinets must go, the 2 bathtubs need to go, there are no toilets (thankfully), a wall needs removed to allow Michael wheel chair access to what will be his bathroom and both entry doors need replaced.
Impossible? No way! As I went through and looked and measured and thought and planned and felt like I came to life I realized --- some wouldn't classify this as a "disaster" by Webster's definition but I know as well as I know anything God has called me to help rebuild this trailer and in doing so help Michael build a life!
So here I am . . . asking for volunteers to jump on board with this project. The trailer is being moved this Thursday (someone already volunteered to do it before I could even talk to Monty) and after getting it blocked and anchored it's ready to start gutting.
The VERY first thing we will need done is the construction of a ramp so Michael can get in and out as he wants to be as hands on as possible. I asked him to make trips to Lowes to start looking at flooring, cabinets and counter tops as I KNOW the funding will come! God has promised and I choose to stand on that promise!
I have been blessed to see and experience and feel the miracles and blessings that God pours forth in times and situations like this! I want Michael to see and experience and feel the love of Jesus pouring forth through all the volunteers who will come and be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus for him!
Won't you think about it? If you are coming for a day --- thank you!
If you are coming for a week-- we will house you and make sure you have a wonderful week of work and fellowship and life changing miracles!
Michael, hang on as God is about to open doors (literally) for you and show you things as never before!
Pastor Martie challenged us this morning to stand up and take hold of God's promises. She said we need to speak as if things already are, to not settle for lack, to expect the best! The 3 of us women today took that literally and are ready to go!
As we pulled out of Michael's driveway I saw a new Michael --- already!
Let's get on board and make this happen as quickly as possible!
Get ahold of me and let me know when you are coming to help!
Until next time . . . what an awesome God we serve!!!!! Susan and Monty
Monday, August 15, 2011
It was a freak accident and caused the fair to be closed yesterday. Although it has reopened today all further scheduled concerts have been cancelled.
Would you join us in prayers for the family members who have lost a loved one and for those still recovering, whether physically or emotionally?
The TV coverage continues to talk about how people came together to help, how some folks actually turned around and headed towards the stage instead of away -- just to start helping others. The reporters seem shocked by these actions --- and yet Monty and I have seen this continually over the years!
We know how God reaches in at our most desperate moments and touches our hearts -- your hearts -- with the desire to be His hands and His feet!
Our deepest gratitude to ALL of you who have volunteered over the years! You turned toward the need and not away, you opened your hearts and extended your hands to those who just needed someone to care, someone to show them God's love.
Monty and I look forward to working with all of you again, wherever and whenever God plans.
In the meantime, please pray for healing, for peace and for comfort for all.
Until next time . . . count your blessings today! It will take you all day!!!! Susan and Monty
Friday, August 12, 2011
I was mowing my second yard when I bumped the mower into a nest of ground hornets! They were NOT happy with me and let me know in a BIG way! First my leg, then my hand and finally my face! It's a miracle I don't have more stings as when I finally looked down at myself I was covered with hornets!
At that second I remembered what my 10 years in pest control husband told me a long time ago. "If you run into hornets -- just run as fast as you can for as long as you can." Guess what, my runnin' days are NOT over after all!!!!! I was able to outrun them and after screaming loud enough to bring the homeower outside they finally went back into their hole and another neighbor was on his way with gasoline to give those hornets a good "bath."
One of the perils of mowing yards for the summer! And I did pick up my 9th one last night so I don't look at stopping anytime soon!
But I will be watching a bit closer from now on.
Until next time . . . what in the world can stop the stinging sensation? Susan and Monty
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Saturday, August 06, 2011
We are really excited about this and hope to use them as a fund raiser!
As soon as we have it ready I will post pictures of both the front and back so you can see for yourselves and order one -- or two -- or more!
Every relief organization is always recognized by their shirts and since we are watching the weather and making every preparation we can to be ready to go --- these shirts will be our "uniform" daily and we hope will be an awesome fund raiser as well.
Stay tuned --- and don't forget to thank God for all your blessings in church tomorrow!
Until next time . . . love to all. Susan and Monty
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Monty is nearing the completion of the mobile home he has been rebuilding these past few weeks. The new owner loves to stop by and check on his progress. She is ready to go and he's ready to be done!
Today was my powerwashing day. I had planned on doing Ms Betty's mobile home and when I got in the swing of it I did our whole house after doing hers! Yes, I am nuts and yes, more than a bit tired but our white vinyl siding is once again white! It's things like this that just don't get done when we are out in the field and with this hurricane season bearing down on us I just figured . . .
Speaking of which, seems like tropical storm Emily has dissolved and will only bring the threat of some heavy rains. Praise God!
And speaking of rains --- we tied the only existing record for consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher == 19 in a row! And believe it or not tomorrow is forecast to be a high of 89! I think I might need a sweatshirt! :)
Tomorrow I have an appointment with the store who is helping us design our new IGO Disaster Relief tshirts! Every disaster organization is known by their shirts and Monty came up with a great idea and James turned it into a design. The back has the logo just like our truck magnets (you can look back and see pics) and the front has an arrow across the chest area with the top line saying "IGO" and underneath printed in the arrow "where He sends me." We will work on colors tomorrow and hopefully get things nailed down.
If you would like to purchase a shirt just let me know. I don't know the cost yet but will let you know if you're interested. I will put a pic on here as soon as I can.
Until next time . . . blessings to all. Susan and Monty
Monday, August 01, 2011
We are approaching a record of days in the 90's and I just had to post a winter scene to remind myself (and others) that here in Indiana the seasons change rather quickly so . . .
I just had a "conversation" with Mary via Facebook and wanted to ask that we all strengthen our prayers for her. She is feeling a bit rough after her emergency appendectomy a couple of weeks ago and hasn't gotten much of an appetite back yet. Her host family is pushing food and she isn't up to very much yet so . . .
She is also struggling as she hasn't started teaching at the university yet and so time can be a bit long! She is feeling very alone right now and needs to know we are all thinking of her and praying for her.
Remember that she has her own blog ---- www.maryenecuador.blogspot.com and it would be awesome if you could leave her a positive comment. An uplifting scripture would be great! She doesn't have to know you -- she just needs to know we care.
Life in missions can be tough at times and yes, lonely. We are away from family and most everything familar to us. Yes, it's exciting but satan is always on the lookout for a way to jump in and charge our emotions! Let's use the Word and send satan packing!!!!
Until next time . . . blessings to all. Susan and Monty