Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tom's Mission's Trip To the Ukraine ~


Tom recently spoke nine times at a Men's Conference in the Ukraine. The conference was attended by missionaries to the Ukrainians, as well as national Ukrainian pastors. The conference was hosted by Missionaries Bob Van Sant and David Sloan. Tom was tremendously blessed to be able to minister to these good men.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

CONTENTMENT ~

Philippians 4:11–13 –Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound; every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I admire Paul in so many ways, but none more than in his commitment to be content no matter what his circumstances. This is my desire, but I know I often fail. My discontentment leaks through in so many subtle ways: complaints, irritations, frustrations, impatience – all are evidences of my lack of contentment. One definition of contentment that I read said “a state of calm, peaceful satisfaction.”I have asked God to help me to be a satisfied, contented Christian, especially in four areas. 1. With who I am. I am who God made me to be. God can use me just as I am. 2. With how I am. Even if I am not feeling well I can be pleasant and not complain. 3. With where I am. Wherever God leads me – no matter if it is the most remote place on earth, I can be satisfied. 4. With what I have. Paul knew how to be abased and how to abound and to be full and to be hungry. I can be satisfied no matter if I have much or little. It is my choice.

Friday, March 25, 2011

WELCOMING A SOLDIER HOME ~


Brianna and little Isa (and little friend) waiting for daddy to arrive.

It is always so sad to see a soldier leave for deployment. Separation from family is so difficult. But when the reunion comes it is such a blessing. Tom and I have been a part of many of these reunions - most recently we were with Tiffany, Brianna and little Isa as they waited in a military gym for the arrival of their husband and daddy to return from a year's deployment in Afghanistan. What made it out of the ordinary is that we waited at 2:00 a.m. in the morning. But no one seemed even aware of the time - other than being anxious for the soldiers to arrive by bus. They marched in, single file, while family and friend clapped and cheered from the bleachers. I still cry at every one of these!!!


They have finally arrived. After 12 months of waiting this is the first glimpse the families get of their husband and/or father.

The soldiers must stand at attention until the welcoming speeches have been made.

The soldiers are finally dismissed to find their families.

Here is Tiffany...she has been so strong this last year.


There were signs like this all over the gymnasium.

WAITING ON THE LORD ~

Isaiah 30:18 – And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord Is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Patience is a virtue that most of us struggle with. Sometimes I think it has to do with control. Often our flesh wants what we want, and we want it now! Patience involves acknowledging that God is in control and that he knows what is best for us. Patience also involves waiting and oh how hard that is for those of us who are so impatient. But looking back over situations in my life in the forty plus years that I have known the Lord I can see that waiting was the best thing. My husband, Tom, was saved immediately after he joined the marines in 1962. Very shortly after God called him to preach. He wanted to begin Bible College right away so he put in a request for an early out from the Marine Corp. The request was approved all the way to the commandant of the Marine Corp and then the Vietnam war escalated and ails requests for early outs were denied. We were so disappointed, but as we look back over the four years “we” spent in the Marine Corp they were invaluable years in terms of our Christian growth. Even though we went on to Bible College later we learned lessons in those four years that could never be learned in Bible College. And God put a love in our hearts for the military that finally led us to serving our U.S. military full time as missionaries to the military in Germany for nearly twenty years. We can see how gracious the Lord was in making us wait and how He was exalted through it all.

SOME MEMORIES OF OUR 2011 MISSION'S CONFERENCE ~

Our mission's conferences are always the highlight of our church year. Below is Dr. Ray Thompson, vice-president of Baptist International Missions, who was our keynote speaker.



Here are some of the missionary wives who were with us in our conference and some of the wonderful costumes that were worn at our International Dinner.








OUR EMMY TURNS NINETEEN ~

Our Emily Joy celebrated her 19th birthday on February 2. It's hard to believe that she is practically grown. She has been such a blessing to her Opa and me and we love her with all our hearts. She is a freshman at Crown College in Powell, TN, and is an excellent student and loves the Lord and has a heart to serve God. Happy birthday, Emmy. We love you!