Sunday, April 25, 2021

Spring brings new things.

 The last few weeks have been busy with plans for new ministries and upcoming events. I have been working on an ESL class to help two of our African refugee ladies with English. One has attended church for several years and gets very little out of it because she cannot understand. She comes so her kids can be in church. We will begin classes next Saturday.

Yesterday, my dad had the kids practicing music and working with puppets. We hope to get the puppet ministry up and running again soon.

We have a ladies luncheon coming up in May. We are having an under the sea theme. The ladies are excited to have some fellowship.

At the end of May, we will have a revival. My dad has been preaching about preparing for revival for several weeks. Please pray that we have some life changing decisions happen that will effect our church's future growth.

In July, we will host a conference for millennials. So far, my dad has found no one else focusing on this group of people in our society. Please pray that God will allow many people from our area to attend.

Friday, April 9, 2021

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Except in Maine, the flowers may not bloom until June. I started some seeds from various vegetables, and I keep hoping the weather will be warm enough to plant the sprouts in the next week or two. Nine months of winter is not my cup of tea. It was warm enough today to go up to Popham Beach and watch the seals for awhile.

Mom is doing much better. We are still watching out for her due to the blood clot and her heart. She is doing more natural things now, so please pray these will disintegrate what is left of the clot. 

Throughout the last year, we have continually had visitors to our church in spite of all the fear and mandates spread  by our governor. I am teaching the teen and young ladies' Sunday school. In the next few weeks, we will begin an English language class for two African ladies who attend the church. We hope to expand this for other people needing help with English and use the class as a way to witness. I will be teaching, and as needed, we hope to find interpreters.

Please continue to pray for our state. The libs have decided to violate Maine law again. They are ignoring the budget voted on by the entire legislature and voting in a majority budget. They also plan to shut down the legislature and basically leave the governor as a dictator again. Maine lost 100,000 businesses between March and May last year. I have no idea how many more since then. I have read of many people leaving the state because they have homes elsewhere. Please pray that the people will take a stand against any more measures issued by the governor which violate the freedoms guaranteed the Maine and US Constitutions.

Please pray for me as several pastors have expressed interest in using me to teach English. There are several things that would need to happen before I would feel free to do this. One of those is that mom's health situation would need to be better.

Please pray for missionaries in Myanmar and Haiti as the political situations are dangerous at this time. Pray also for my friends the Coblentz family. They have a daughter with some health issues.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Spring has Sprung

 I cannot believe it is already the middle of March. Please forgive me for not posting an update sooner. Mom finally got all her blood tests results back. She has no medical issues which could have caused the blood clot in her leg, south had to be the Flexarill she was put on for her back pain. Let me just say, if you go to the doctor or hospital ask for an MD not a practitioner or assistant. Mom also spoke with the hematologist about continuing or discontinuing the blood thinner. He told her she could decide since all the blood work looks good. Her plan is to take the blood thinner a few more days and then go back to her natural heart medicine. She does still have the clot in her leg and pieces do still go to her lungs, so please pray that all of those will go away very soon. We did get to go to church Sunday. Mom and I have only been  in one other service at another church since January 12. It was good to be back.

Please continue to pray for me. Places still aren't open for me to travel, and I just saw where Walmart will be offering immunity cards if you get a vaccine. The world is not going to be a very freedom friendly place if we do not get some freedom loving Americans to take a stand. 

Please pray for our church as we are continually having visitors. We are preparing to start an English language schools for some of the African refugees we have coming, and we hope to expand this to reach many other people groups in our area. We also have a revival being planned as well as a meeting geared to reach millennials. The average age in our city is 35, and the millennials are ripe for the picking. They are hungry for the truth.

Please pray for our state. Our governor continues to hd us hostage. Everytime she extends the emergency orders, she gets federal money. Right now the legislature is controlled by Democrats, and they all voted to keep the state closed. Please pray that this will wake up the people of Maine. We have been living under a dictator who implemented a police state as far as the covid situation is concerned.

I am still praying for direction as to what God would have me to do if I am not able to travel overseas anymore. I am also waiting for a job opportunity to send me the next step of the hiring process.

Please remember to pray for missionaries. Many are dealing with extreme stress, health, culture, and political issues. Myanmar is getting a bit dangerous due to the military coup which took place recently.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mom's Health Update

 A month has passed since my last  update. During the last month, Mom has been to several doctor's appointments, had CT scans of her lungs, blood work, and ultrasounds on the blood clot on her leg. Today's ultrasound seems to show very little change in the size of the clot, and it appears it may have moved further up the leg. She had a small piece break off and go to her lungs a few weeks back, but thankfully her body did what it was supposed to and removed it. She still has another piece of clot in her lung which the pulmonary doctor is keeping an eye on. Friday, she will finally get an MRI of her back, and hopefully that will reveal what is causing her severe pain. She will also see her heart doctor again.

Since January 12, neither my mom nor I have been able to go to church. I spend my nights sleeping on the couch because it is hard for my dad to wake up and care for my mom. I then sleep most of the day, and Dad cares for mom during that time. The weekends are the hardest since Dad is gone most of Saturday and Sunday for church, and I get very little sleep until Monday.

Until last week when we finally got a recliner as a temporary fix until a motorized lift chair arrives, mom had only been getting about two hours of sleep  a night due to her pain. I'm thankful my brother-in-law organized an online fundraiser which raised enough to cover the temporary recliner and the lift chair, and I'm so thankful  to all who gave towards the chairs. Mom still has to switch between the chair and couch because of her back, but she has been getting much more sleep.

Right now, mom's  health and the covid situations around the world are keeping me home. Thank you to all who continue to send support. I am still putting it into a missions account, and hopefully soon, God will show me what new doors He wants me to walk thru. Please continue to pray as I waiting for some online work to be sent to me.  I have one more step to complete before getting started.

Please remember to pray for your missionaries and don't stop supporting them during this time. Many are feeding their churches and communities as well as providing for their families. Some have had to totally change their place and way of ministry. Some are struggling in other ways due to the fear, pressure, and even threats in their fields.

I don't usually post much about politics on here, but please pray for the state of Maine. We have a governor who has broken state and US Constitutional laws. We are basically living in a police state with the covid mandates she has placed on businesses. Since early December, the Governor has had a mask mandate which is enforced by the police. No one can enter any business without a mask. If a person does enter without a mask, they receive a $1000 fine and a felony trespass charge. If the business allows the person to enter, they also get a fine. People, like my mom, with health issues cannot shop. Some say shop online, but most stores have a waiting list or do not have the online ordering option. Although my dad should not be wearing a mask either, he has been doing the shopping. Even I get migraines after wearing the mask for more than a few minutes. I wear it only when I go to my mom's doctor's appointments. The governors mandates have done nothing to stop sickness, instead illness rates, hospital rates, drug overdose rates, and suicide rates are up. 

 Last year starting in March, the legislature stopped meeting, and the governor took over as basically a dictator. It seems this year they are doing zoom meetings, but nothing to remedy the governor's overreach is being discussed. Instead, the Governor is trying to push for mass vaccinations, she is even getting large corporations to push this agenda. Thankfully, the Supreme Court last year told the governor she couldn't do anything to churches, and our church has remained open except for two weeks when two members had sickness. Please pray that Mainers will wake up to fact that our governor and most of our legislators are pushing us towards communism at rapid speed, and please pray that businesses, politicians, pastors, and individuals will get involved in getting our state back on track. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The World is Changing.

 Much has happened in our nation since I last posted. God saw fit to go be America what she deserves as far as a president and those who are now making ng decisions about the direction our nation will go. We Christian Americans squandered the eight years of warning under Obama and the four years of freedom under Trump. We now have an administration of marionettes whose strings are being manipulated by money and power behind the scenes. We Americans allowed fear to restrain us from taking a stand against communistic measures implemented by communistic governors. While watching my country, which was built on God's Word by people who at least believed in God, and many who have clear testimonies of being truly saved, fall into antiGod, antiAmerican policies and ideologies makes me angry, I know that God is in control. I will continue to pray, write, and share truth so long as I have the means to do so.

Since returning home from our 3500 mile trip, my mom's health has not been good. She has been dealing with back pain for two weeks, a blood clot last week, and now an ankle which is giving her trouble. All these pains have also effected her heart and blood pressure. I have been caring for her almost 24/7. Dad helps some, but because he is working on church things, he is getting ne during the day. We took her to two hospitals, but, because they would not allow me to be with her at the first one, and the second one wanted to put her in covid isolation even though she had no symptoms and they had not given her a covid test, we did not leave her. Please keep her in prayer.

Because of my mom's health, I have not been able to be at church, but the church is doing well. We have had visitors every week. The kids are excited about being back in Sunday school and church. We did close the church for two weeks because we had two people who got sick outside the church. Thankfully, no one else got sick, and both people who were sick are doing better. Please pray as my dad continues to bring the church forward even in the midst of the measures evil politicians are trying to implement.

I am still waiting and praying about what God will allow me to do as far as my mission work. Right now, England and Europe are closed for travel. I am in the process of working remotely for ABEKA, so I would appreciate prayer that I will get enough work to continue to make ends meet. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Christmas Vacation

 It has been a busy week and a half for my parents and I. We left for Alabama on Dec. 20. It took 3 days of driving since mom and dad have a hard time riding for extremely long periods. We spent Christmas with my sister Jacqueline and her husband, my brother Justin and his family, and some friends. We are currently at my brother Josh's house in Tenn. spending a few days with him, his wife and their twins. Tomorrow, we head for my sister Julie's in Iowa for a few days. We will then head to Ohio to spend a few days with my aunt's family and my sister Janna and her family. 

Please pray for safety as we travel since snow and ice are expected across the Midwest.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Tis the Season

 I cannot believe it has been a month since I last posted. Since my last post, my days have been filled with preparing for Thanksgiving, a Christmas Play, and a Christmas trip. Tis the season to be busy.

My parents and I spent Thanksgiving with my sister and her family as well as some of the people from their church. We had so much food and so much fun.

Our kids program has been held on Saturdays, and for the last seven weeks, we have been working on a Christmas play. About four weeks ago, our choir began working on the three main songs, and several families worked on other individual songs. We held the play yesterday, and what a blessing it was. The kids did so well, and the helpers did a great job getting the kids into position.

I am thankful my dad decided to keep our church open. We had a visitor yesterday who has been contemplating suicide. He remembered the church on the hill and came. Please pray that he will continue coming. I believe he is saved, but has strayed from the Lord. We also had one of our kids trust Christa after my dad's message.

This week, we are finishing up Christmas gifts and prepping to go on a trip to visit most of my siblings. This will require a lot of driving and expense, but my parents feel we should do this now as there may not be opportunity to do so again or at least for a long time with the way the country is shaping up. Our governor has again overstepped her role as governor, and no one is holding her in check. Please pray that our legislators will take a stand and reconvene to end the communist measures our governor has implemented which effect freedom and health.

I have been and continue to pray about direction for the future of my helps ministry. So many countries are closed and closing even tighter. Please pray that God will allow me to at least fulfill the journeys I had planned for this year, and that He will show me the door He wants me to go through next.

My mom's health is improving. I plan to give a praise report closer to January. 

Although some of my support has lessened, the five remaining churches continue to send their support. I have been trying not to use any of my support for personal needs while home, so please pray that I can find an online job which does not require a set schedule since my moms health can change without warning.

Please pray for our safety as we travel. Pray for the truth about the election to be found and settled, and that the truth about the covid situation will come out and those responsible for trying to destroy America through fear will be held accountable.