Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Great Visit With New Friends Dan, Jill and Helen Shoemaker




We had a wonderful break from all the changes going on in our lives as we headed North to Canada to visit some new friends. Dan and Gill Shoemaker have been serving in Haiti for 8 years and we will soon be part of their missionary family. We spent hours getting to know each other and talking about all the things God has been doing in our lives. Dan and Bud will be working very close together as Bud learns his new job and He is in charge of the MFM teams that I will be working with. We are so looking forward to working with these wonderful people. God has really gifted them and they are so anxious to use their gifts to serve him. They took the time to give us a tour of their beautiful home town Elora, ON.

Dan and Gill took us to a meeting with them to meet some wonderful young people who will be leaving for Haiti to experience short term missions in January. I know that they will not be the same when they come home. I would love to be part of the people who get to share this experience with them. When we arrived home we spent the evening sharing our calling and our passion for what God has in store for us. We feel so blessed by all the experiences God has allowed us to have during this time in our lives. Thank-you Dan and Gill and Helen for adding to our lives in such a special way.


Monday, November 10, 2008

A New Home

We have comfortably moved into our temporary home with our daughter and son in law. They have so graciously opened their home to us. Our new tenants have moved into our home and it was nice to see them enjoying the home we have loved for so many years. With all these good things going on we do have our moments of discouragement when we look at our support account and do not see any new partners. We have given out so many letters and prayer cards and God has blessed us with wonderful people who have given to the work. Yet as we stand at 20% funded it is easy to wonder how long it is going to take to get to our work in Haiti. We have loved the times we have spent with the churches and others sharing our ministry and praising God for what He has done in our lives. And this time has been such a growing time for both of us, especially me. I am learning to wait on the Lord. God has also spoken to our hearts about spending more time in prayer. He has used several different people to relay that message to us from gifting books to us, to our pastor preaching on it. The Lord has used so many at our church to help us to grow in this time as we prepare for Haiti. We also grew as we spend time with some of the senior missionaries at headquarters. They have so much wisdom and it is wonderful to sit and listen to what they have to offer us as advise. We are never to big to learn or to old to teach. Jane

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

ANOTHER STEP IN OUR FAITH PROMISE

When the Lord called us to serve in Haiti, He was asking us to make a faith promise to go to Haiti no matter what we needed to do to keep that promise. We know that the Lord will not ask us to do anything without His help.

A faith promise is when we say Lord I trust you to provide for us during this time that you have ask us to step out in faith. We do not know how it will all work out but we do know that the Lord will make it happen and that we are safe in His hands.

Today we are moving out of our house. Our renters will move in on Saturday. We do not know how long we will be living with our daughter as we raise support for the Lord's work in Haiti. We do know that each step is a step of faith. We trust the Lord, He has a plan and we are part of it. We understand that every step our faith grows because we become more and more dependent on him.

Friday we will be sharing with the students at Bethel Christian School. Then on the 19 we will be sharing our work with our brothers and sister at Grace Church. The Lord has spoken to our hearts about teaching the family on how to win souls for Christ through a faith promise. We will present that work to our families for the first time that night. I wish to teach my grandchildren the same lesson.

God asks faith promises from all of us. Some it is a faith promise of time others of money, and others of both. We are learning ourselves just how God honors that. A true faith promise is a promise we make not of what we have extra of, but what we may have to make scarifies in order to be able to give it.