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New Post…Finally

It has been nearly a year since I was able to update my blog. It is a long story…but I am very happy to be able to finally update it again. God has done so much during this past year, that I have no clue as to where to start.

For starters, God has given all of us plenty to do for him. We are all really busy. Roy is teaching English, translating books, supporting bible workers, designing buildings for evangelism. I could go on and on.

The girls and I have been reaching out more to the villages around us, doing health education and feeding the hungry. Wow…so much work in just one sentence does not look right, but that is the extreme short version for now.

Jason and Shoshana had a little girl last December that they named Ivana. She is our littlest missionary now, and is doing a great job with the villagers. They all adore her, and remind us frequently that she is a Thai baby since she was born here. At the moment, they are on a short term mission trip to America. (commonly called a visa run)

Andrew and Khendra are back in America now also, working at Laurelbrook Academy. God opened the doors for them to minister to the students there. Andrew is teaching construction to the students, and Khendra is working in the nursing home. It was a huge blessing for them to find a place that is so dedicated to teaching future missionaries.

This week, we are down in South Thailand, trying hard to get birth certificates for the girls. The government is working to get all the unregistered people registered. It is a huge blessing that we have looked forward to for years. Our only problem is that things don’t always go as smoothly as they should. Getting the cooperation of the people who should be happy to cooperate with you is not always easy! (I am referring to the girl’s relatives) Many people see dollar signs when looking at any foreigner. But, we believe that God has this all under control, and are trusting Him to work it out for us.

So now that you are all caught up on the news, I will try to update it more than once a year!

 

Thanksgiving


All week long, I was thinking about Thanksgiving, and not being able to be with my family in America. Last year was so much fun! During my worship time on Thanksgiving morning, a new thought came to me. What am I really thankful for this year? Well, it seems to me that the greatest joy…read more.

Faith, Hope, Courage!


On Thursday, after waiting most of the week to get permission from the Amphur so that we could travel, Travis, Marybeth, Hannah, and I headed down to Sangkhlaburi to work on getting their birth certificates. We were unable to get permission for the other girls to travel, so Roy stayed home with them. We came…read more.

Leroy Returns to Thailand


I arrived in Chiang Mai with Becky on Wednesday. We were really glad to see Jonathan Hill at the airport waiting for us. He had arraigned for us to travel on the 4:00 pm. bus to Mae Sariang. Jason met us at the bus stop and took us to Hoy Tee Chaw. It was so…read more.

New Opportunities


Since moving up to the mountain, we have often wondered just what it is that God had in mind for us to do. Our first year was filled to the brim with building our home, and planting gardens and clearing the land. But, our contact with the villagers was not what we wanted it to…read more.

The Accident


Since most of my family is in America right now, the little girls and I have had quite the time getting to town to do our shopping. Our first trip with the truck went pretty well, until we came out of a store and tried to drive away. Instead of starting the way a truck…read more.

The House


For the past few months, we have been building like crazy, trying to get our new house finished before rainy season started. Well, rainy season did start, and the house is to the point where we can call it good enough for now. It is dry, and comfortable, and nearly finished! When I look back,…read more.

Someone is Watching


No man is an island. We have all heard those words, but do we really understand how true they are? The first time this was illustrated to me was when I was a young mother, with four little boys to take care of. We lived in a remote area where I did not see other…read more.

Building Project


It started out innocently enough. I needed to choose a site for our new house. After surveying the area, I chose a nice location to one side of our garden area. It was covered with tall bushes, so I could not see the lay of the land, but it looked pretty level, and I figured…read more.

When God Has Other Plans


When we first lost our school, I found myself sinking into depression. I felt cast aside and useless. I could not understand why we had to lose everything right when things were going so incredibly well. Our students were excitedly learning about God, and we had so many things that we wanted to teach them.…read more.

Cold Season


It sure is cold! We got fed up with being so cold today, so we set out to do something about it. Jason put up a short wall all the way across the living room, then he built a whole wall beside the hammocks so that the hammock corner would be warmer, and the low…read more.