Sunday, February 07, 2016

Veteran Missionaries

Glenn and I drove to Antigua to visit Paul and Ruth.
  They are the definition of the word missionary.

   They have raised their children here on the mission field, having arrived in the mid 1950s. Evangelism, church planting, media ministries, church statistics, teaching men's and women's SS classes, retreat center management are just a few of the many things they have been involved with.  

Imagine being called to this beautiful country, Guatemala, to serve the Lord?  

Paul and Ruth both love the Lord and you can tell that by the expressions on their faces.

I walked around the back of the house with Ruth admiring the flowers in their back yard, finally ending up on a park bench.

The flowers were beautiful.

As we sat there and visited with their daughter, who was visiting her parents from the states, we talked about politics, old memories from arriving on the mission field in the 50's, to attending Moody Bible Institute in Chicago to God's faithfulness through the years.  Ruth introduced me to her daughter several times not remembering that she had just done that 5 minutes prior.  Memory has become her recent challenge.  Yet, I smile.  I get it.  My mom struggles with the same illness.

Today, our joy was to pay a visit to Paul and Ruth.   
This is our job!  
This is pastoral care.
  To listen to  their stories, to ask them questions, to see how they were doing, to encourage them and to pray for them.

However we came home being blessed ourselves. 

We thank the Lord for Paul and Ruth's ministry here in Guatemala for over 60+ years.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I Chronicles 16: 8-9



Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done.
 
 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Visit with Veteran Missionary



Glenn and I stopped by Zone 1 to visit with Helen.  Sitting at her small dining room table which also serves as her office desk and visiting area, we chatted for awhile.  We handed her some mail, gave her the US stamps she had ordered and listened as she recounted some memories from her many, many years of service here in Guatemala.  

She blessed our hearts.  Helen grew up as a missionary kid in Bolivia and has served here in Guatemala since 1951.  She, along with her late husband, David, worked on 4 different Bible translations.



Click on the above link.

We are grateful for Helen's ministry, her pleasant smile and the way her passion for God and His people is so evident.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

How Can I Say Thanks?


36 years ago, after each of us saying, "I do", Glenn and I walked back down the isle to a beautiful organ rendition of "My Tribute".
As we reflect on these 36 years together, we echo the words,
"To God be the glory!"




AndraƩ Crouch, writer and composer of this song, died at 72 on
January 8, 2015.
I know this is an old song, yet I love the words. 



How can I say thanks for the things
You have done for me?
Things so undeserved yet you gave
To prove your love for me
The voices of a million angels
Could not express my gratitude
All that I am, and ever hope to be
I owe it all to thee


To God be the glory, to God be the glory
To God be the glory for the things he has done
With his blood he has saved me
With his power he has raised me
To God be the glory for the things he has done
Just let me live my life and
Let it be pleasing Lord to thee
And if I gain any praise, let it go to calvary
With his blood he has saved me
With his power he has raised me
To God be the glory for the things he has done

Friday, January 22, 2016

36 Years


Earlier this week, Glenn and I celebrated 36 years of marriage.  I have enjoyed the ride.  Glenn has made my life simple.  He goes along with my spur-of-the-moment adventures we have created together.  We have learned to talk through stuff, laugh and cry with each other and to stick together when faced with life's challenges. 

Here are just a few of the things that I love about Glenn.

  • Proof-reads my blogs, prayer letters and FB/Instagram entries
  • Can repair just about anything
  • Is Faithful and Dedicated to the task
  • Loves his grandchildren 
  • Makes me feel special
  • Washes the dishes
I can't wait for our next adventure and where life will take us.  
Happy Anniversary, Glenn!  
I love you you more today than I have ever have. 
You are the anchor of my life.

 You are my Hero.

I love you, Glenn!

 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Year in Review

For 2015, I'll just post pictures of our ministry and family time. 

 I'm grateful to the Lord for the ministry of Pastoral Care in Guatemala and wherever we travel.  I'm also thankful for the times we have been able to reconnect with friends along our way, and how we have had meaningful time with our grand-kids.  

Below, are just a few of the highlights of 2015. 

 It was a great year to serve the Lord. 

 No words necessary.





















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