Saturday, August 8, 2009

Blessed Rest

A second full week of classes has past. This entire week has been Personal Evangelism training as they want to really prepare us for the door to door work to come in a couple of weeks. We actually got our feet wet in that this last wednesday. We were given maps with a specific area assignment and asked if we would go door to door asking people if they would like any yard work, cleaning or painting done for free as we are trying to make a list of things we can do to be good neighbors to the surrounding area. The scripture states "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me", but I may now include the phrase "as long as I take dog treats". One house had dogs coming out of two different places. There were six total and each was followed by a larger, madder dog. We fended them off well enough to get back in the van and then a young man came out and corraled the dogs and talked to us, he didn't need any work done but thanked us for the offer.
We saw some houses that a neighbor down the road called "starter castles" and I kid you not, they were more castle than home.
Finances are very tight, we miss friends and family back home, and especially miss getting to see the newborn puppies (hoping to get pics sent from someone,...hint, hint). Though we miss everyone, I already would not trade this experience for the world. God has reaffirmed that this was where we needed to be and I can honestly say that after only two weeks, I know life will never be the same as it was. God has a call and purpose for each one of us, and my family and I intend to follow His call wherever it may lead us. If it is back home or far away, we know the Lord will not leave us or forsake us if we follow His will for our lives. We look forward to working for Him in whatever capacity and whatever manner He presents for us.
We get Fridays off as well as Sabbath, so that means back to work tomorrow. So I had better get some sleep.

Seek His face, follow His call, Live the adventure.
God bless

Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Puppies!!!

New Mama Sadie

We have new puppies!!! Our dog, Sadie, whom we found out was greatly pregnant the day we left Illinois, had her puppies on Friday, July 31. Thankfully there are just two of them. Tim's mom, who is taking care of Sadie and her pups, tells us they are cute and that Sadie is being a good mama so far. There is a male that is all brown and a female that is black with a white ring all the way around her neck like a necklace. Their eyes are not open yet and they aren't moving around much yet either, but she said their legs look short and their bodies big and round (roly-poly in other words!). We are thankful and happy for the new puppies, even though we can't be there to see them. Hopefully someone will take pictures and send to us and we will post them when we get some. They will be almost four months old by the time we get back, which disappoints Ethan, and me too I have to admit. I guess they will have to wait to get their names. That should be Ethan's joy.

Well, I just wanted to share our glad news with you. As always, Tim and I covet your prayers for our adventure in following God's will, and now we ask for prayers for healthy puppies so we can enjoy them when we return home. God bless!!!