Monthly Archives: March 2011
Hi guys!! Well, we have been back in the States now for a week and it has been packed with activity!! 🙂 Thanks to your prayers, our flights were the smoothest yet. Zorro (our dog) did fantastic on the plane, I think most passengers were shocked when we were deplaning and they realized we had a dog, because he did not make a peep! And the customs officials were great! They thought he was the cutest and were so sweet to him!! We rented a car and drove from Orlando to Charleston and arrived around 3am! It was very easy and it was nice to wake up at mom and dad’s house!! We were able to spend a couple of days in Charleston. Mom and dad and I walked the Stono bridge a couple of times (3 miles) in preparation for the Cooper River Bridge Walk. And we were able to spend my birthday with my parents!! It was a great day! Then we headed to Easley and got settled in at the Boles wonderful house! We got to worship with our family at Mount Moriah Baptist and that is always a treasure and treat, something that we do not take for granted – being able to worship with other believers in English!! 🙂 This week will be a busy week! I am finishing creating our newest video. I will speak tonight with a women’s mission group and then we are speaking tomorrow night in Belton, then I speak at the IABC conference Saturday at 11:15am, and then we are speaking at a missions meeting at Mt. Airy Sunday night! Please be in prayer about all of these! Please pray that God would be glorified and others would draw closer to God through our sharing.
So a couple of days ago, we decided to go for a drive with the kids out of our area to just have some relaxing time as a family. In all our time here on Irazu, we have never taken a day to spend time with the kids and relax. We decided that we wanted to take the kids through the mountains that we can see on the other side of the valley. It is easily done and we were into the mountains within about 15 – 20 minutes. It was a beautiful drive, one that went up to over 10,000 feet in elevation. Then it went down the 10,000 feet to the other side of the mountains. We all were having a great time. We relaxed and played together as a family. Then, when it was time to head back, the car started having BIG problems! We knew we were not going to make it back over the mountains. We could hardly get out of first gear and the car had a ton of black smoke pouring out of the back and it sounded horrible. We tried just buying some coolant and more oil, hoping that would help. In God’s providence, the new bottle of oil spilled all over the floorboards and never got into the car and we were in desperate need of way more help. So we found a safe place for the kids and I to stay while Jacob went in search of a mechanic. We had known for a while now that we were going to have to replace the motor, but we had been putting it off. And sure enough the mechanic said that our crank shaft had broken and it was a HUGE fix, so we started praying about replacing the motor. We called my parents, thinking we did not have the funds to do so and thought that we could borrow the money from them until we had the funds and would repay them. We called Johnny and he said to just call Global Outreach and see if we had enough funds to replace it. So I called Marla at GO and I was so nervous. However, Marla was excited!! She said that I would not believe how people had responded to us letting them know about our financial situation!! She said that before our February paycheck, insurance and taxes had come out of our funding, we had received …… brace yourself ….. almost $11,000!! Guys you are amazing!! GOD is AMAZING!! God knew we needed a new motor, He knew we needed our paycheck, He knew, He Knew, HE KNEW!!! So needless to say, our account has already taken a hit, but to quote Johnny, “God never gives us extra. He gives us what we need. Sometimes He provides when we need it, sometimes after a need arrises, and sometimes before we have the need!”
We now have the car fixed!! When I drove it yesterday, it was amazing. We still have to tweak it a little in that it is a newer motor in an old car, but all in all, it is fabulous!!
As far as our financial situation goes, we are so amazed, humbled and blessed by your giving hearts! We are so encouraged and thankful. Our prayer is that the Lord would raise up more monthly supporters so that we will not get back into the situation we just found ourselves in. Please join us in that prayer. If you would like to become a monthly donor, please contact us or Global Outreach to let us know so that we can account for it in our planning. For all of you that have faithfully supported us, THANK YOU!! You guys have been there for us financially, spiritually, prayerfully…. we could not be here without you!!
Eph. 3: 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Here are some photos of our breakdown! These were taken at a temporary mechanic’s shop out in the countryside as we prayed for the Lord to get us back to the nearest big city where we knew we could get major help for the car!