Friday, December 20, 2013

Faithful Friday - Our Faithful Friends in India

  Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.  Proverbs 27:17
 
One of the greatest things about our job is the people the Lord brings into our lives to challenge and encourage us.  The friends we made in India were no exception.  They are some of the hardest working people I have ever met and they don't complain.  Life is hard, that's a fact, just keep going.  They are "Full of Faith".  Oh that I were as diligent in my life as these friends in India.  This morning I would like to introduce you to just a few.  I can say we were truly sharpened and look forward to the day we can return.
  
Local National Pastors and Wives - Assam


She had so much fun! Cook - Dimapur


Br. & Mrs. Lima run an orphanage in Dimapur


Principle in Imphal


Newlyweds and College Staff - Chil Chil


Pastor and Family - Leiting
 

Rose - Pastor's Wife - Nungbi Khullen


Pastor & Wife in Ukhrul

Marvirose - Pastor's wife and Orphanage Worker


Pastor in Leiting


Pastor's Wife - Chil Chil Baptist Church - Imphal
 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Terrific Tuesday - Kitchens

Kitchens...how I love Kitchens!  And what is in kitchens???  Gadgets!!!  Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE gadgets!!  During our time in India, one thing that was greatly lacking were gadgets!!  Not even stoves and refrigerators!!  .....And yet there was joy, smiles, fun, hard work, good food, and GREAT fellowship!!  The pictures today are just a few of the kitchens that I spent time in.  One thing was the same everywhere, no one would let me help.  I guess they knew I was probably helpless without my GADGETS!!
 
Didn't get a good picture in the kitchen, but here they are serving us outside.
These are all the people who helped with the food prep our first night in Dimapur.
See the stove????  Of course you do, it is the big one on the left with the large
flame under it!!!  The fuel for the stove is neatly stored above it!
 
Mixing the squash.

She was having too much fun!!!

Hard work and laughter!  What a pleasant experience!!
 
The only place where I saw a little two burner gas table.  This kitchen has a
chimney even!!!
 
Our cooks in the village of Leiting, Manipur.  Search for it on Google Maps!
 
The ladies of Ruhm Baptist Church eating after they served us!
 
Pastor Somi's kitchen.
 
The pastor's kitchen in Nungbi Khullen.  Notice the very dark walls.  This
is due to the smoke from the open fire.  I had a wonderful time "hanging out" in
this kitchen with everyone.  Of course, they had to help me up off the little
stool I sat on, but that gave us all something to chuckle about!
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

HOME!!

Our time in London was lovely and we enjoyed getting to spend time with our dear friend Sheila.  She is such a blessing to many and we have come to love her in the short time we have known her. 

My bud - Sheila
A walk and coffee - what more
could you ask for?









Pastor and Mrs. Esquibel - our last ministry stop of the trip.
What an enjoyable visit we had with them and their church.
 
We boarded our flight home and found almost half the plane was empty!  You travelers know how wonderful that is!  After take off, we moved around to give ourselves lots of space.  Our international flying was done on Virgin Atlantic.  I must say that they have been one of the best carriers in all of our travels.  This trip was different and a little more difficult with Randy on crutches and they did their very best to accommodate his leg situation.  Our plane landed early and JFK was a mad house!  Our dear friend Brother Levine picked us up.  We couldn't resist a stop at Wendy's on the way home for our first hamburger in over a month!  It did give me an upset stomach later in the night.  I went and unlocked the back door while Randy and Br. Levine worked at getting the luggage out of the car.  As I opened the back door, something on the couch moved.  I resisted the urge to yell and in a few seconds Christa stood before me!  She had taken Tuesday off so she could be home to greet us Monday night.  What a fun reunion we had.  I had to resist the urge to talk all night and Randy finally declared that it was time to go to sleep.
 
Today was my bi-annual cancer check up and as of today, all is looking great!  Tomorrow Randy has two appointments about the leg situation.  One in the morning with "Urgent Ortho" and then one in the afternoon with his primary doctor.  After Thanksgiving he will meet with his thyroid doctor.  Some of the blood work results came back while we were in India and it seems that they lowered his medicine too much, so back up they raised it.  We will let you all know when we get some answers as to the cause of this "insufficiency fracture" in his femur.
 
We took almost 1500 pictures on our trip!!  Last night we spent time showing Christa all of them and the videos. It was exciting to relive those memories.  Over the next few weeks, I will be uploading the pictures on to the blog.  Stay tuned!
 
Thank you to all of you that prayed for our safety, endurance, health, finances, and purpose.  The Lord blessed us so many ways.  I will leave you with a few pictures of the sunrise over the India/Burma border!
Here it comes!
Almost up!


The Sun still rises in the East.  Praise the Lord for the things
that NEVER change!

Departing Delhi - Goodbye India
 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Leaving Delhi




See how happy we are to have electricity, internet, and hot showers??? We landed back in Delhi on Tuesday, November 12.



Our time in India came to a close on Wednesday, November 13. We just couldn't resist two stops in the airport! We don't eat at McDonald's since leaving Japan, but we decided to have a fish sandwich before boarding our flight to London. After lunch we headed for the Starbucks and as we rounded the corner for the coffee shop, we ran into (literally) a group of women from St. Olaf's College in Minnesota, my home state!! This college is known for their outstanding choirs. It was fun talking a little nasal Minnesotan!  

We landed safely in London and are already missing our dear friends in India.  This afternoon we took the tube and train up to Alconbury to spend the night with Pastor and Mrs. Esquibel. Randy will be preaching at their church tomorrow. One thing is missing, our dear friend Autumn who transferred from here last month!

Tomorrow we will take the train and tube back to Chiswick to be with some of our favorite people, Sheila, the Messersmith Family, and the people of Chiswick Baptist Church.

Monday night I will sleep in my own bed! Whoo hoo!! There will be many more stories and pictures to follow.

We have been praying and will continue praying for the people in the Philippines. Our lives are so easy compared to many billions in the world! Praying they will meet the God of the journey if they haven't yet.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Teaching grade 10 at a local school.

Tremendous Tuesday - Showrrs and Western Toilets

My heart is so full, but most of what happened this last week must wait! Today we arrived back in New Delhi where we had the joy of showers and western toilets!!! We are preparing for bed and it is only 8 p.m.! We've just come from the "foothills of the Himalayas" where there is not much electricity so everyone goes to bed at dark and rises when the roosters start crowing, around 430 a.m.! The air is wonderfully clean and the mountains are beautiful! I will share just a few pictures, but you will need to check back after next Monday when I can hook my camera up to the computer!! I can hardly wait to introduce you all to some of the greatest people on earth!!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Missionary Monday - My Heart's Desire

Isobel Kuhn is my most favorite missionary and writer of all times. She and her husband went to Southern China before WW2.  When I found out that I was coming to this area and travelling to the Burma border, I asked the Lord to let me meet a Lisu Christian. Our meetings here in Dimapur started on Friday and a young man was placed in Randy's section. He asked Randy some questions off and on during the conference and was always close by to us during the break. We had a wonderful time with Jimmy. Last night Randy asked more in depth about where he was from. He discovered he was Chinese. My husband asked if he knew who Isobel Kuhn was and that she was a missionary to the Lisu. Jimmy said, "I am Lisu.". I cried! Fruit that remains! God gave J.O. Fraser a vision for these people many years ago and it is still bearing fruit! Jimmy is a Christian and is in Seminary!!!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

What a Wonderful Day!

Today I had the honor of showing Yu San Shi, a young woman from a restricted nation how to go to Heaven!

It was also picture day today. Yesterday they were all shy, but today they all wanted their picture taken with us! It was so much fun! Even the men.  My white skin and blonde hair are quite fascinating, I believe!

Today I taught 3 sessions and shared a lot of laughter. They are very attentive listeners, shy about asking questions, and beautiful singers! What a blessing to hear their voices lifted to the Lord.

I am pleasantly pooped tonight! It has been busy, but so rewarding.  Tomorrow I want to tell you about my new friend Arendla. She and her husband run an orphanage and are one of the hosts for the conference.  Tonight we had quite a bit of time to visit before dinner and we have found that we like each other very much!

I mentioned yesterday at the meal that I should have brought peanut butter for our morning toast. Tonight as I sat to eat, there was a jar of peanut butter sitting right in front of me! All the food in front of us and 4 out of 5 of us from America ate peanut butter on white bread and on apples! What a treat and how thoughtful they were to consider us in this way!

I'm going to bed! May you have a wonderful Saturday!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Pics!

Well, we have WiFi, when we have power! Getting ready to go to conference. Here are some pics of our room and the view from our room.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

New Pics

The pictures were taken at Pizza Hut in Guwahati and the tea plantation.

Well, we made our way today up to Dimapur after saying goodbye to our wonderful staff at the hotel. At breakfast this morning, the manager hung Assamese scarves around our necks as a gift of honor. We were so blessed by their service and effort to understand our foreign ways. Like coffee FIRST before we start eating breakfast. They asked to take our picture and begged us to return.  Then they all carried our luggage to the vehicle and stood in the driveway bidding us farewell as we drove away.
It was an interesting ride to Dimapur to say the least. If the condition of the roads doesn't make you late for an appointment, certainly the cows, goats, chickens, dogs, bicycles, ox carts, and people in the middle of the road will. Let's not forget the cars coming at you because they are driving the wrong way on the divided highway! Such was our trip today.

Part way on our journey we stopped to have lunch. We were such a novelty that the workers asked to take our picture and then asked us to write in their guest book about how good the food was and it was good!

After lunch, the ride got so bouncy and jostling that I thought I might need them to pull over. Deep breathing helped the feeling pass.

The rough drive slipped into a dim memory as we were greeted by the national Christians when we arrived! They are really spoiling us. What a blessed time of fellowship we had with these new Christian friends. Pictures will follow probably when we get back to the States.

I need to go and put the finishing touch on my first lesson for tomorrow.  We begin at 1230 and my first teaching session begins at 230. Please be in prayer. I was told tonight that I will have the largest group.

Have a wonderful day!

Thankful Thursday - My BABY Sister

Mom and Gwen
 A Loooong time ago!
Gwen and I after Eddie went to Heaven - 2003

Netta, Me, Dad, and Gwen
All together!!  Gwen's Birthday 2007

Gwen and I the night before my second chemo.
Gwen flew to Okinawa to be with me.  She is always there
when I need a shoulder to cry on! February 2010

Gwen and Missionary Wife Heidi Gardner
These ladies were so kind to help Spot keep me company
during my second chemo.

Gwen and I at tea after my second chemo.
My Baby Sister!!!
Today is a very special day!  Today we celebrate my sister, Gwen!  You might get the idea from this post that Gwen and I get along wonderfully and without conflict.  That would be a very wrong idea.  We have had periodic conflict ever since we were thrown together and forced to share a room!  The really great thing about our relationship is that we have come to blows many times, but we forgive and move on.  I love Gwen more than I could ever express.  She is the only one in our families that has been to see us everywhere we have ever lived in this WORLD!  At the lowest points in my life, Gwen has dropped what she was doing to be there to help me through.  Gwen, I am very grateful that the Lord put us together so many years ago.  I love you and appreciate you more than you can ever know.  BTW, You know I'm always right!!!!