Monday morning started with a bang -- a couple of bangs -- and all good surprises!
First of all, looks like the mission trip to Maui is nearly scheduled. We will be leaving on Thursday, August 16th and returning the following Thursday.
I will be going, Monty will not. He has too many responsibilities here. But I will not be going alone. Bev, from the Tuesday morning Bible study, will be going with me. Along with the both of us we have two young adults from our church, Bobby and Hanna.
Each one of us is trying to raise the funding to purchase our plane tickets and to be able to eat while there. Our transportation to and from their local airport, housing and tools needed to do the work will all be provided. With plane tickets right around $1,000 round trip we have our work cut out for us.
If you would be interested in helping me out -- see how to donate in the above bio area. Rebuilding this teen rehabilitation facility is critical. This program is Biblical based and has a success rate of over 90% -- totally unheard of in any other rehab program. We are all excited about going and pray our funding will come in within the next couple of weeks so we can get our reservations made. If you feel lead to help out --- my deepest thanks ahead of time!
Now for today . . .
As I said, the first call I got was from Bobby's father telling me that he and Hanna are definitely going to Maui. Bobby had to get some things cleared up and did just that and is now ready to fund raise and get planning. Since he and Hanna have been friends for years they are working together and so excited about being able to go and help out youth their own ages. It was great to start the day with that phone call.
The next thing . . . I had to call Jane with Catholic Charities to see if I could round up some "outside" funds to replace the window pane that got broken at Don's house. Those old wooden windows are ancient and have about 20 coats of paint on them. Getting them open last week was one thing, closing them was another. One of the panes broke and as Jane and I were talking she decided we need to replace all 4 of those nasty windows and not only gave me the approval but also said she would come up with the funds to do so! What an amazing surprise! And when I called Don I could feel his smile clear through the phone!!!!!
Next came the issue of my neighbor's son and his broken down car. My neighbor has cancer and her son is staying here to help her out. Having car trouble was the icing on the cake so to say. He wasn't even sure what the trouble was. Monty spent last night charging the battery and when I took it in this morning for the alternator test -- it failed. So now we knew what was wrong. Our other neighbor, Steve, said he would take care of replacing it.
And then he raised the hood and realized that there was no way to work on it without putting it on a lift. So . . . he called one of his friends who has his own shop and he agreed to take care of it. Should be all done and ready to run by Friday.
So . . . the "moral" of today for me was: satan, you just don't win ---- ever! You might have tried with stopping Bobby from going on this mission trip --- but you failed. In fact, God stepped in and changed your nasty little plans into awesomeness!
You also tried to upset Don and all of us with the broken window. NOT! God once again said that He would top your nastiness with a load of blessings times 4. Again, you lose!
And when you tried to add to the anxiety of Evelyn's son, Michael, with a broken down car --- well, God used a group of folks to come along side and get the car repaired.
So . . . satan --- your plans and goals of steal, kill and destroy? God is an awesome God and I've read the end of the Book and WE WIN!!!!!!
It's been a good Monday --- for alot of people. I am blessed to be able to see the hand of God in so many places at once!
What about you? Have you seen His hand? Or are you even looking??????
Until next time . . . "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Susan and Monty