Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ireland


Ireland had a vaguely familiar feel to it.  I only had to contemplate for a few minutes to discern that it so reminds me of Sao Miguel, Ilha Verde!  It gave me a longing to go for a visit, but I know that Sao Miguel will never be "home" to me again.  God has moved my life along and while the Azores was part of my journey, it is only ONE part.

Our friends the Eberlys picked us up at the airport and we were blessed to stay in their lovely home with a beautiful view of the rolling green hills.  The first day was dry and filled with sun.  Actually, we had a few days like that.  However, we did see our fair share of Irish rain, rain, and more rain. You will most likely be disappointed in the pictures of this post as we did not play "sightseers", but rather respite needers!!  It was a perfect stopping place on our return from India to the United States.

Views from the Eberly's front yard


Early morning
Beautiful sun shining on a random house

On Saturday, the Eberlys had some friends from church over for an early Thanksgiving.  It was so much fun eating and visiting with these folks.  They were all from South Africa, which made it doubly interesting to hear about another country, culture, and language, I was unfamiliar with.  We were blessed to spend Sunday with Pastor Ledbetter and Ballincolig Bible Baptist Church.

These young adults are from South Korea.  This church is VERY
multicultural!  Made for such an enjoyable visit!
Mrs. Eberly, on the right, with a couple of her friends.  
This gentleman is from Lisbon!!!!  Loved meeting him and
getting to speak some Portuguese with him!  The little
boy is Irish.  He wanted to be in the picture so badly!!
The famous tourist shop in Cork!  It really is your one stop shop!!!
Found this cemetery in the middle of downtown Cork.
Monday found us flying back to London for one night due to a morning flight back to Boston on Tuesday.

Cork Airport waiting for our flight to London
My first Peppermint Mocha of the season in London!!
Fortnum & Mason at Heathrow

So about 18 months ago, our dear friend Autumn took us near Picadilly to have tea in the Jubilee Tea Room at the famous Fortnum & Mason (it's where the Queen shops).  I fell in love with a tea blend there named 'Countess Grey'.  I was just telling Randy as we departed the hotel that I wished that we had had time to run into London to buy some tea, but that was not to be.  As we headed for our gate at Heathrow, I spotted a construction area with a big sign and an arrow that said, "Fortnum & Mason this way".  I followed those signs right to this spot!!!  They had only been open 1 week!!!  I was able to buy my tea, sample some goodies, and still catch our flight home!!

Our trip to India and the stop in Ireland was pretty amazing.  We are so blessed to have the job we do. The bitter sweet part is leaving our friends, new and old, in the different countries we travel to. Sometimes I long to be in my home much longer than a couple weeks at a time.  It would be wonderful not to go home just to go to doctor appointments.  However, that is not my journey. EVERY journey has a cost.  Mine is spending it on the road, living out of suitcases, and being far away from friends and family most of the time.  Let's be thankful for the journey the Lord has given us and ask what He wants us to accomplish along the way.





Sunday, December 28, 2014

Finishing up our journey to India!

I love to see Mt Everest as we fly in and out of Northeast India!
Life has been a whirlwind since arriving back to the States from India in November.  We landed on Tuesday in Boston and Thursday was Thanksgiving.  I will give the updates since landing in another post, but suffice it to say there is joy and sorrow mingled.  Seems to be my life!

Today I want to add the last few photos we took on our trip in India. What a tremendous opportunity we had and our lives were blessed.    

Border town of Jaigoan
Gate into Bhutan

My husband on his journey was able to
meet some wonderful Christian men!  Sorry no pictures for their safety!
Christmas shopping in India!
Teaching Children's Church in Siliguri
New Bible from White Oak Baptist Church in Connecticut
to my dear friend and helper!
Relaxing Sunday afternoon with friends and delicious Masala Tea!!
We found a Starbucks in Delhi!!  Our Barrista

Yum!

We also found a real CHILIs!  Funny, we only eat at Chilis in
foreign countries!!
No Beef in Delhi, but
Buffalo was a delicious substitute!
Goodbye India!  Until next time!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Siliguri

A new convert.
We had to hike down to the church and back up again!
My helper that helped make my climb back to the
Road much easier!
Randy and the men make it back also!
Don't know if you can see the monkey on the top of
the second building on the right.  
Our next stop was in the city of Siliguri. I won't go into the details concerning the 14 hour train ride from Dimapur to NJP, but suffice it to say that we canceled the return train ticket and flew directly back to Delhi. 

Monday we took a jeep taxi up the mountain to Sonada, a town very close to Darjeeling. We passed through the tea plantations and saw many signs for elephants, but we didn't see any that day. Randy and the other men saw them another day. Those photos will have to wait to be posted until we arrive home. We did see monkies! 

Most importantly, we had a refreshing time of fellowship and training. The people took great care of us. Tuesday and Wednesday the ladies stayed in the hotel while the men made the 2 1/2 hour journey each way back up the mountain for meetings. By Wednesday night Randy had lost his voice. Praise the Lord Thursday was a day off!!

The men traveled to Jaigoan on Friday to meet with some special people, spent the night, and then joined us in Siliguri on Saturday.

Sunday School Class
Grace-my sweet helper
Delicious real chai tea!
 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

Sunday was a sweet time of fellowship with the Chothe family! We met Brother Athem last year, but his family was not with him. This year we were honored to be a part of his services followed by lunch at their home. Then the adults went for ice cream, tea, and encouraging conversation. It was relaxing and fun. As usual we received plenty of staring. The lady at the table next to us kept taking our picture. 

Monday we will be flying back to Delhi and then on to Ireland. It is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to this part of the world. We are anxious to see our family and sleep in our own beds, but sad to be saying goodbye to our dear friends. Our journey has added many new friends to our lives.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Beautiful upon the Mountains

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Isaiah 52:7

Arriving at the airport in my fancy car!
Waiting for our helo!
And we're off!
They all came out to meet us!! We felt so special!
I think they were really excited to see the helicopter!




Randy and some staff men on a break.
Just a few of the 77 women we were privileged to spend time with.
Waiting for the cultural event to begin.
The men performing a call to war dance. Made us slightly
nervous when they came closer with the machetes!
These women did a beautiful  performance reinacting their history as
farmers and weavers.

On Sunday our group boarded a helicopter bound for the Aizuto Mission Center up in the mountains of Nagaland. During landing we could see the ridges around the field where the helicopter came to rest lined with people who had come to witness our arrival! It made me smile and even brought a tear to my eye. As I disembarked, I raised my hand and waved to each group. I was thrilled to see them enthusiastically wave back.

We spent Sunday evening at Central Baptist Church.  Imagine my surprise as I read the plaque telling about the first missionary that brought the Gospel to the Sumi tribe many years ago being from Minnesota!

Monday we began our classes at 830 a.m. We had a wonderful time with the students. One of my favorite things was to hear them sing. I think when they sing that Heaven must stop and listen!! BEAUTIFUL! 

The staff and faculty prepared all of our meals and were extra careful with what they provided. We loved the fresh fruits and vegetables the most!! Spoiled is what we were. They put us up in the mission house that is now run by the government for tourism. We were all very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed our time in the cooler weather!

On Wednesday afternoon the students put on a cultural extravaganza for us! Before they began they presented us with special woven gifts that represent the Sumi tribe. Those pictures are on the camera and will have to be posted when we return to the States. 

I always feel somewhat embarrassed by how honored they are to have us in their villages. It is we that are honored and blessed by their friendship and kindness.

We hated to say goodbye on Thursday morning. Our journey there and the time spent with them will forever be etched in my mind.  The mountains in Nagaland are truly blessed with beautiful feet!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Friday Ladies' Training and Saturday Evening Hostel Preaching

On Friday Tammy and I conducted a morning training time for area teachers and "housewives". One of the ladies said she was "just" a housewife taking care of home and children AND running a hostel!! I told them there was NO such thing as "just a housewife." I married a man not a house, for one thing. The other thing is that all work is important! When we took pictures at the end and someone called for a group picture with the housewives, one of the ladies said, "I am housewife no more. Now I am Homemaker!" Tammy did a great job as usual training the ladies on how to make teaching more productive. We passed out the hand sanitizer that many people in America donated.

Saturday the men separated and went to two hostels to preach. They both saw 15 trust the Saviour. Today we head by helicopter to Aizuto. We are excited to see how the Lord will use us!

Have a blessed week.