Did you ever notice
that the first piece of luggage
on the carousel
never belongs to anyone?
Lookie who I got to hold Wednesday evening...
Let me back up...
Before we left Manila, last Saturday (09 August) all the missionary wives were afforded some lovely fillyship, first, at Chili's for lunch below.
in front from left Lolita, Becky, Donna, Nory
Next to me is Kathy right.
Lolita, Kathy and I then walked to Foot Zone where we met the rest of the ladies and each endured a 1.5 hour massage for P500 (US$12). What a treat!
We flew to Guam the following Wednesday (13 August) where Purpose Institute's semester 6 began. This was my first semester to teach as a "full fledged" instructor and 12 had registered for my class!
I'm an avid admirer of the Old Testament, so I embraced the challenge of teaching "Harmony of the Four Gospels" in the New. It has been thrilling, to say the least, studying the life of Jesus from the "slideshows" of the Gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
In these photos above and below, I am sharing the testimony I recently heard about a minister who travels from underground church to underground church. He said that most pastors of these underground churches do not possess a complete copy of the Bible.
You need to stop and let that sink in. Think how privileged we are. Many of us possess more than one copy of God's Holy Writ.
The minister also stated that often he is approached by the members of the underground churches, staring at his Bible. They look upon the Book in his hands and meekly ask, "Would it be too much trouble for you to let us just look in your Bible? I've never seen a whole Bible before."
He said he is occasionally asked after an underground church member has looked through his Bible, "Would it be possible," he or she begins, holding one or two pages between their fingers, "for you to tear out these pages and leave them here with us?" This account moved me so, I couldn't tell the story without crying.
At the conclusion of my class, I ask three questions:
-- What is something I learned tonight?
-- What can I apply as soon as I go home?
-- What can I study further?
During class, I noticed one young lady, McEllen, read our scriptures by looking at her classmate's Bible. I remember thinking, McEllen didn't even bring her Bible tonight. When I asked the students to share an answer from any of the concluding questions above, McEllen shared this personal testimony.
She said, "It's so true, this Treasure we have, this privilege of owning a Bible. I recently went back home to my island of Chuuk (chook; a Federated State of Micronesia) and of course I took my Bible. My cousin oo-ed and ah-ed over It. As I was packing my suitcase to leave, I felt a prompting in my spirit, Give her your Bible. I argued with the Lord over that," McEllen admitted as she tearfully told us her story, "but I obeyed and left my Bible with her."
My husband's teaching a class for ministers below, and Lesson 1 was on prayer. I attended his class and What I learned and What I can apply as soon as I go home was to pray with a list. I used to always pray with a list, so the very next time I prayed, I had my list. It was amazing the difference!
Tuesday, August 19, our Boytes closed on their first house. They are so excited!
Speaking of... Handsome checked off our apar-tel list the installation of this shelf in the closet cabinet. Thanks, Babe!
Earlier this year, I shared that these were to be the colors in our 2014 fam' photo.
They were changed to "colors of the sea." Fortunately for me, I had this pretty aqua print in my fabric stash, perfect for a simple dress. I used two patterns to make it just like Mother's 1956 Football Court Dress I replicated.
In the photo, the sleeves nor the skirt are hemmed, and I can't wait to show you the most remarkably-installed invisible zipper you ever cast your eyes upon! *wink*
Finally, an encouraging update you've been waiting for regarding our sweet Amber Sullivan Todd. Thank you again for all your prayers for her.
We visited her Wednesday evening, the night we arrived on the mainland. However, I didn't feel right asking to take her picture; thanks for understanding. Happily I report that there is breath in her lungs, tubes no longer on her face-- Hallelujah!-- nor down her throat or nose, and she is chuckling and smiling and making everyone's life brighter!
When we entered Amber's room, I went straight to her bedside and began kissing her beautiful face. My voice caught when I whispered, "I'm pretending I'm Carolyn [her mother], and she's here, and this is what she would do." (Tearing up...)
After all that kissin' was done, Dave parked a chair at her bedside for me. "I just have to touch you, honey," I told her. "I have to feel you." Every so often I reached up and caressed her brow or cheek and I'd think, For Carolyn.
Prior to her emergency surgery last Saturday to repair the hole in her colon, Amber and her mother Skyped together, to say their goodbyes. (Remember Amber was not expected to even make it as she was prepped for surgery, much less make it to the other side of surgery.) Mother and daughter still have not been able to be with each other as Carolyn is at home recuperating from knee replacement surgery. My thoughts kept going back to that fact, to Carolyn, for Carolyn. This is what she would do. This is what Carolyn would say. (Here come the tears again...)
Jason continually relayed the goodnesses and blessings of the Lord through his family's harrowing ordeal. He said he felt the Lord impress upon him two things: Jaselyn would be born healthy, and Jaselyn would be paid for.
WHEN Jaselyn's mother's liver transplant takes place-- AND IT WILL!-- the cost for that organ will be at least $350,000! We're so thankful for their insurance! We will not fear; we put our full trust in an able God Who knows the beginning from the ending.
SPECIFIC PRAYER REQUEST:
that the liver's enzymes will decrease.
When that happens, Amber's name will be placed on the liver transplant recipient's list.
Here are some pics of the fillyship I shared with Princess Jaselyn Shea Todd who had consumed "her entire feeding" at 8 p.m. that evening! She's gained two ounces and weighs four pounds, 12 ounces now. Her nurse said, "What a li'l piggy!"
OK, Dana, I'll give you a turn!
Jaselyn had taken a test-drive
in her carseat earlier that day!
Daddy Jason soaked up some fellowship, too!
Today, this moment,
all is right in our world...
thanks to the mercies of the Lord our God!
from left Our Justin, Jaselyn's daddy, and Handsome Husband
As we get over jet lag... but a great report of no cavities at the dentist Thursday, I bid you a great weekend everyone!