Friday, January 30, 2015
After multiple computer problems I finally got out my 1st offical newletter this week for Youth Outreach United. I am a little out of practice writing letters but I know it will all come back to me in the next few months. I have been very busy with my new work for Y.O.U. but also for our upcoming trip to Belarus. I am grateful to the Lord for restoring my health so that I can serve Him doing what I love to do!!
Friday, January 23, 2015
I have a tremendous amount of catching up to do on this blog. I took a sabbatical from blogging lately.In fact for quite awhile. When I created my blog I fully intended it to be a space to share the ministry work I was doing. Due to high pressure in my job, family,situations, and health issues I took some time off. I haven't been totally out of the loop. In June 2014 Mark and I led a team from First Baptist Atlanta to LaCampa, Honduras. It was my 3rd trip there. We love working with the Lenca Indians and this trip was no exception. We had a great time of children's ministry, women's ministry, and construction. (That was Mark not me!) When we returned from the trip I had major surgery on my cervical neck. Really it was 2 surgeries. The Surgeon performed an anterior discectomy and cervical fusion and then I was flipped over and he performed a posterior cervical fusion C3- C7.I was in ICU 6 days. Needless to say my neck was in serious trouble. I have had quite a recovery with complications of pneumonia, swallowing, and speaking problems and of course pain, lots of pain. I think that's to be expected when they put 7 metal plates and 14 screws in your neck! God is good and He has and is continuing to heal me!! During this time I have prayed, searched and interviewed for s new ministry position. I was offered several ministry position's but they just didn't feel right. God has His timing and He knew that I badly needed the surgery last summer. So He prompted my spirit to wait - BE STILL! This past fall I seriously began seeking Gods will and He has led me to a new position. Last week I was officially welcomed as the Director of the International Village in Atlanta for Youth Outreach United. I am so blessed!!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
While I was in Belarus I got sick. I have asked the Lord why but I do know that God allowed this trial in my life. After several months of illness I am on the mend. I had hoped to return to full-time ministry when I got home from the trip. I was offered a place to serve in Clarkston with refugees. I only had a few days notice to prepare before the new mission at the apartment opened. I was so excited but I was so sick! I couldn't imagine why God wasn't letting me get well so I could do this! I struggled the entire week with my illness and no peace that I would be physically able to take this program on the next Monday. There was another couple who was interested in this apartment complex. That doesn't happen very often! I called Mark and told him that I was not in peace about the next week. I reminded him of (and of course he knew)the struggles I was having physically since being in Belarus. We prayed and Mark made the call to let the other couple take the complex. I think that was one of the hardest things I have ever done! So I am anxiously waiting on God for my new full-time missions opportunity. Waiting is difficult especially when my whole heart's desire is to serve Him! In the meantime I continue to visit with some of the families at The Falls to give them encouragement and to share God's love.
Some of you may wonder what I have been up to recently. My husband and I led a group of 10 from our church to Belarus in July. It was a great and successful mission trip with over 200 salvations! We went to the southern Belarus city of Luninets where we worked with Pastor Nicholi and his new church plant. Then we went to another city Mikashevichy and worked with Pastor Dmitriy and his church. Our main purpose was children's ministry but we also participated in home visitations in the afternoon and evening where we could share our faith with families in the cities. It was amazing. One of my special things was meeting Alena in her home one night and then being invited back the next night. She cooked me an entire meal. I was able to share my faith with her. She was so excited when we visited her the 1st night. She found out that I had ministered in Ukraine and she was Ukrainian. I sang a few Ukrainian hymns to her. The last night she joined in singing with me. Isn't God good!! The Lord brought to my mind all the Ukrainian that I needed just for Alena.