- October 10, 2018
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About Tell of His Wonders
Last Sunday at my sister’s church was “old fashioned day,” and they chose hymns from earlier days. I loved it when they chose one of my favorites from all the way back to my teen years called, “What a Day That Will Be.” This song remains a favorite of mine and I wish it were sung more often! One of the verses says
I’m one of those people that gets motion sick if I ride in the back seat of a car on a curvy road. I’m thinking I’d get pretty seasick if out on a boat in a storm—not to speak of super scared!
Jesus could actually nap in a boat in a raging storm! He slept the peaceful sleep of One who knew Who is in control. And this is beautiful—He offers the same peace to us: “I give you My peace,” He says. “Not the peace like the world gives—don’t allow your heart to be troubled!” (my paraphrase—see John 14:27.) What kind of peace does He give us? The kind that can lie down and fall asleep while out on the sea in a big storm. How sweet that He cares enough about what stirs us up to remind us we can completely trust Him!
What might be going on in your life right now for which you need peace? He offers it freely. For me at this moment, I’m thinking of my mom and dad. In a few days, I’ll be flying to the USA to help my sister as we assist our parents in moving to another house. We want to be a help to them as they have a crazy number of details to attend to, and there are many questions for which they need wisdom to answer. All of this might tempt us to forget that Jesus gives peace in the midst of the storm. We would appreciate your prayers over the next few weeks as together we seek His will and as they decide on the best house and location. My dad’s health is declining somewhat; this is hard to see. We are thankful for your intercession. We are grateful for the Lord’s peace that rules in our hearts when we allow it to! (See Colossians 3:15).
Here in Togo, I’m so thankful for the amazing Togolese staff who keep the bookstore and print shop going, and for a missionary colleague that is stepping in to handle finances for this period of time. I can leave this work in the Lord’s hands with confidence that He will take care of it.
Panama City Beach, Florida. A lovely stretch of beach near a dear friend’s beach house.
Have I ever mentioned how thankful I am for our ABWE hospital in Togo? This 50 bed surgical hospital helps thousands of people each year! The reason for medical ministries is to help people feel better so they can be open to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of medical ministry in Togo, so many people have come to Jesus, and a number of local churches have been started.
My first snowflake macros have given me much joy! I love the beauty in these tiny flakes–they point to an awesome Creator’s infinite creativity down to the smallest detail! Here’s a composite of images and thoughts. There are a lot of great photographers who do wonderful snowflake images. Perhaps I can get some better ones at some point. For now, I’m thankful to have these!
Yesterday I had the delightful privilege of photographing the nursing students as they each received a French Thompson Chain Reference Bible in preparation for their next Bible class. I absolutely loved watching their responses and expressions as this extra-special gift was presented to them! I observed as Godwin, the young man pictured below, positively glowed with joy as he hugged and kissed this new Bible. Truly the living Word of God is our greatest treasure, and I love it that the students recognize that. Please pray that these 17 students will learn and apply as they study their brand new copy of this excellent study Bible.
I’m sitting on my screened in porch, reading the Word, thinking, praying, and I’m so overcome I really don’t know what to say. So I’ll just start in.
I love milestones, and this special year in Togo is no exception. I’m filled to overflowing with gratitude to my faithful Lord who has helped me thus far—all the way from the mission’s candidate class in 1988, to language study in Quebec in 1990, to Togo on March 2, 1992, and to this day in 2017.
“Thus far the Lord has helped us.” The phrase was uttered by Samuel the prophet (see 1 Samuel 7:1-15), as he named a stone “Ebenezer.” The word means “stone of help.” Samuel was acknowledging the Lord’s awesome power to help subdue the Philistines and bring peace to the Israelites. Presupposed in Samuel’s memorial is “He’s helped us this far; He is able to continue to do so as we follow Him.”
So I’m thanking the Lord (I even named a rock!!) for helping me thus far as a missionary in Togo, West Africa, and by His grace, I’m trusting Him to keep right on helping me do what He wants me to do. I look forward to seeing Him continue His work to strengthen local churches through the bookstore & print shop, camp ministry, audio/visual materials, community health evangelism, and of course, creation photography. He is at work and it’s a delight to be a part of what He’s doing.
Here’s my first prayer card and first passport, with the dates of the end of language study and arrival in Togo. Thank the Lord for His faithfulness!
To you who are co-laborers with me in prayer & financial support, the Lord has used YOUR faithfulness to keep me going! What can I say, but thank you, thank you, thank you! Please keep on praying, and together, we’ll keep following what the Lord wants us to do.
This is hard to say, but I have to tell you that for the first time in my 29 years with the mission, the support required to keep me out here is significantly in deficit. Please pray about this on my behalf, and if the Lord wants you to step in to help keep me out here for however long He wants me serving in Togo, please email me and I’ll give you more details. There are two main reasons for loss of support for missionaries that have been at it for along time. One is aging supporters being promoted to their Real Home, and the other—in today’s world—is the shrinking membership in our churches, forcing them to decrease or end missionary support. The Lord knows the needs and He is faithful.
Celebrate His goodness with me! Get a rock and a Sharpie and name the rock Ebenezer, and thank the Lord for His awesome help thus far, and trust Him for that same help as you follow Him a day at a time. He never changes.
How interesting it is to be right here at this moment: 2017, Day one, Week one, Month One of this new year. Looking back at 2016, I rejoice over huge milestones (the restart of camp here in Togo with 84 children coming to the Lord, and seeing my colleague and friend, Magguie, walk again on her new prosthetic foot), and I feel again the sadness over distressing times (deaths of our brother & colleague Todd and others, including three Togolese that were dear to many). It is a joy and comfort to look ahead and remember this: