Monday, June 22, 2009

Update from the Islands

Hard to believe we are almost at the end of June. The public schools are just letting out over here, and we finished our home school nearly a month ago, so I have been supplementing our Bob Jones curriculum with Spanish grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Rebekah is also learning how to crochet, and continues with piano and violin. Recently we purchased a small trampoline for the backyard, and it is a great place for Leanna to expend some of her boundless energy.

Hannah has been home for a month, and she brought a friend home with her for a few weeks, David Helzerman. They have been corresponding since last Thanksgiving, are courting and seeking God's will for the future. He is called to be an aviation pilot to Papua New Guinea, and has completed his pilot training (he even took Hannah on a ride in Michigan for a family reunion) and now has two years of training in aircraft mechanics. I am sure that will be valuable since he will have to service the aircraft himself on the field. Lord willing, he is coming back in the middle of August for another week. We enjoy his fellowship, sweet spirit, and sense of humor. We would like to keep him here if we could.

Hannah was also blessed to get a part-time summer job here, working for our next door neighbors who just had a baby. She will be cleaning and babysitting a few hours per day. This will help pay for her books when she returns to Fairhaven in the fall.

We had a bit of a scare a week ago, when one of the men living in the Men's home disappeared without telling ANYONE! He had just been baptized a week ago, and has been faithfully doing the Bible studies with Doug every week, and attending church faithfully. He left his cell phone and all his belongings in his room, so naturally we were fearing the worst. We contacted the police, hospitals, but no one heard anything from him for several days. Finally about five days later he came back. He had admitted himself in the hospital but couldn't contact anyone. We were so relieved to see him again.

The Lord has been blessing in our church services, and yesterday we had two new visitors. One woman just got here from Argentina, and doesn't live too far from us. She seemed to enjoy the services and wants to continue. Doug has been having some good studies in our Sunday School hour, and everyone is learning a lot of Bible truth and we are seeing spiritual growth, which is always encouraging.

Doug is planning a short mission trip to the island of El Hierro this week with his German missionary friend Rudy Thomas, and a few men from our church. So far they have taken trips to Gran Canary, La Gomera, and La Palma. El Hierro is the smallest island and perhaps one of the least evangelized.

Jenny is having a good summer, traveling with the college ensemble from Fairhaven Baptist College. So far they have been to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan,Alabama, and soon will be in Canada, and then heading east for the remainder of the summer. Jenny plans on spending her final week of the summer in our home church in Rochester, New York, before heading back to college in the fall.

And me? I continue to do the same necessary things, like cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping...........................and when I have free time I am reading a biography of Adoniram Judson, To the Golden Shore, by Courtney Anderson. I highly recommend this to anyone considering missions, or who desires to have a deeper appreciation of the price others have paid to give the gospel to foreign lands.

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