Monday, January 28, 2013
Mark and I have been busy with all the beginning preparation for our trip to Belarus this summer. 2 Sunday's ago we had a Missions luncheon where we had a display table and signup sheet for those who might be interested in the trip. We have started a Belarus blog which you can view.
The last few months we have been busy with lots of singing. Leah recently sang a duet in church. It was very beautiful. Since I am in the Adult Worship choir we had many hours of practicing for First Family Christmas Music special. Leah and Deborah were toy soldiers and Deborah also had a solo. It was great!
Friday, January 18, 2013
Mark and I are very excited to be leading a short-term mission team to Belarus in July. We start this Sunday with a mission luncheon where all the team leaders can introduce the trips and meet prospective team members. We are praying for the team that God wants for us. We will be working in an orphanage, and participating in home visits, church services, and speaking in a public school. We will primarily be in the cities of Bobruisk and Gomel. We are partnering with our dear friends Andrew and Inna Ryzhkov and Byelorussian Mission. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7gW6N9iaPg
We had a wonderful time going to Louisville Kentucky with Harmony Trio. Clay Mote, Joy Mote and Deborah were invited by Gerald Wolfe of the group Greater Vision to sing at NQC. What an honor for them to sing in front of about 16,000 people. They did an awesome job performing, "Doxology" and the crowd responded with cheers and a standing ovation. Gerald Wolfe joked and told the crowd that they would take up a collection so Harmony can buy a bus! Pictures don't really do this justice. You just had to be there!!
This Fall we had such a treat when we had a Ukrainian couple come to stay with our family for a week. What fun we had!! We even went to an Atlanta Hawks game - a 1st for me. I was surprised when I actually got into the game. The Hawks won in overtime and I had a blast. We did so many things and God directed our steps and led us to people who could help them and pray for them in their sports ministry. I do believe that God allowed them to come just to encourage me! It was such a blessing getting to really know them and hear their heart for winning the lost to Jesus and ministering to new believers. I now have another "family" in Ukraine!! Oh how I do love and miss my Ukrainian family and friends.
Yesterday the media told all of us in Atlanta to expect some snow and possible ice. In Atlanta that is a big deal because even a small amount of the white stuff can shut down the city. This morning the sky was so clear and there was no snow at least not where we were. Today the sun has shown brightly as is God is shining down beautiful rays of hope that after winter the spring will come. The last months I have been working as a nurse for a home health care company. I have actually been employed since September of 2011. It has been nice getting to use some of my RN skills again but my heart still is and will always be in missions - loving on people and telling them about Jesus. The last months we have had several opportunities to serve in various ways. I still keep in contact with several of the families at The Falls. It saddens me to drive there and see our mission door locked and no one there. I love those families. I helped to give a baby shower to one of the sweet Mom's a few months ago and in a few weeks we will be doing another baby shower for a different Mom at The Falls.