Psalm 146:2 "I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Joys of Faith

Hi Everyone,

My birdie Faith continues to be a huge delight to me!

I think faith is actually a male (they say female cockatiels don't sing) because his favorite things to do are to eat veggies and sing away--an absolute joy to listen to and I am not tired of it yet. His singing seeems to calm Grace down from her screaming which started after Hope died.

He likes to snuggle too---sweet little thing.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving! I certainly have a lot to be thankful for---Thanksgiving is a  special time--I remember three years ago being so desperate and without hope at this time of the year---and it is amazing three years later to the place where God in His grace has taken me!

I realize that it has been about two weeks since I updated my blog-there have been several reasons for that. Part of the reason is that I was busy trying to get my visa renewal in process, which I am thankful that it is finally in process, and should be valid for THREE YEARS!! (I am SO THANKFUL for the three years!)  I should get the new visa in a month or so. The process had literally changed about seven days before I went to immigration, so when I went to try to hand in my papers, I discovered that some things that I had "always needed before" were not needed, and others had to be re-worded according to the new regulations.

Because getting my paperwork in process took a little more time than I was expecting, I got behind on other matters that I needed to attend to regarding being  temporarily in charge of  our short-term worker department. So I spent a lot of this past week trying to take care of some things and make some decisions, deal with e-mail correspondence, etc.

Technically I was going to do something else related to short-term today but then I decided to accept the invitation of a husband and wife (my team mates) who are having a Thanksgiving gathering with the meal and all in their home with 20+ people attending.  So I decided that since I haven't been able to have a day off the last three weeks, I would take advantage of this after all.

Here is my contribution for the meal today:

Tomorrow evening I am helping with a children's Bible club that my church has started as an outreach to another community.

On Saturday I am inviting my youth group for pizza for lunch. We will be cleaning and decorating the church for Christmas in the morning

On Sunday we have my church's 25th anniversary celebration. We will be having a special service and a meal to follow.

Praise the Lord that Olga is doing much better health-wise!

Thank you for your prayers for all of these things and for something next week-I would appreciate prayers for a potentially hard conversation that I need to have.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving! May your hearts be overflowing with gratitude today and always to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stand Firm Everyone

Hi Everyone,

I heard the news this morning about the election results and I just want to encourage us all to stand firm in the Lord and take heart. These are challenging times. Stay close to Jesus you all-we can't compromise for anything. God is in control. Every day is one day closer to our Savior's return, even though we don't know when that day will be.

Thank you for your prayers when I went to the religious affairs office this morning. Praise the Lord that things went really well! I was the first one to be attended to, and was able to submit my papers without any problems! Monday I am going to go, by faith trusting God, that the paper I have to pick up is going to be ready.  Please pray with me that it would be, Also pray that there wouldn't be any complications with picking up the paper because I may have to pick it up at a different office.

Wednesday I will be hopefully going to immigration as planned to submit everything else.

I also wanted to say that I haven't heard any updates about how Olga is doing yet.

 Thank you so very much for praying everyone! God is good and He is faithful!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Visa Renewal This Week

Hi Everyone,

On Tuesday I have to give the devotional at the sending base--pray that God gives me whatever He wants me to share. I was thinking about doing something along the lines of :the Mind of Christ" or possibly "joy" but am not sure what it will look like yet.

On Wednesday I will be going to  the religious affairs office in Mexico city to try to turn in my paperwork so that I can hopefully get the seal pf approval from them to start my migratory form renewal with immigration. This will take a few days out of my already crazy schedule to get paperwork into these offices. Please PRAY that my paperwork would be accepted without any glitches and that the renewal process would go smoothly and quickly. Please also pray for safety as I travel to and in Mexico City on Wednesday and then most likely Friday or Monday to hopefully pick up the piece of paper that gives me approval to move ahead in the process with immigration. I will then go to immigration hopefully a week from Wednesday to submit papers there if things go smoothly.

Another prayer request: Please continue to PRAY for OLGA'S health (the lady I rent from). She still has this cough thing and she went to the doctor today and it has turned into bronchitis. She is staying with her daughter and son in law trying to get better in the meantime.

Pray for me as I try to work out the new schedules of the two short term girls that are here. (I really need to figure out their new ministry schedules this week) The couple that has been serving as the short-term coordinators start their furlough this week.  Pray for wisdom as I am responding to some e-mails etc at this time also.

I think i probably have another several prayer requests I could mention, but need to get back to work on some things. Thank you for your prayers!