Monday, January 13, 2014

Missionary Monday - firstBible International

What a great week we had in Milford, Ohio, with the staff and representatives of firstBible.  First Baptist Church of Milford was such a blessing to all of us.  The ladies had it rough with devotions, luncheons, and shopping.  Someone had to do the hard labor.  Our husbands spent time sharpening one another.  It was a tremendous time.  Dr. & Mrs. Keen and Pastor & Mrs. Duttry are so encouraging to be around.  We enjoyed getting to talk about our time in India and how privileged we were to represent the Lord and His Word.   
I told Randy a week or so ago that I was praying for a new Vera Bradley bag.  I have lymphedema in my left arm from the mastectomy and it has become increasingly difficult to carry a purse or hang one from my shoulder.  Cloth purses are so much more light weight and Vera Bradley has some great designs. Monday evening the ladies were given an envelope....yep, there was green stuff inside.  Tuesday the ladies were taken out to lunch and then we did some shopping.   There just happened to be a Vera Bradley store!  My friend Vickie and I went into the store and a woman stopped to help us.  I told her that I had been praying for a new purse and someone had given me money to get one!  I did explain that I needed a cross body bag due to the mastectomy and she came back with some options.  I chose one and the color and then went to check out.  Another one of my friends was looking at the wallets and I thought it would be fun to have a matching one, but after finding out the price, I decided against it.  The woman who helped me choose a bag passed behind the cashier and the next thing I knew the cashier had rung up the wallet and thrown in a matching coin purse with a key ring on it, all for the original cost of the purse!  How excited we were!!!  The cashier said that the woman who helped me was the manager and they were doing something very special for me!  It was special all right!  What a tremendous blessing!!
On Wednesday afternoon, the men were split up into teams and they had to plan, shop, and cook the evening meal!  It was delicious and they even remembered to put roses on the tables.  Friday morning we were sad to say goodbye and head to our next stops.

Our next stop was in Pennsylvania where we had a meeting with Pastor Watts and Pastor Crawford.  One of the greatest things about being a missionary is reconnecting with old friends as you travel.  This never grows old for me!  Mrs. Watts told me that she had been praying for me during my cancer.  I didn't even know that she knew!  Lately I have been told by many people that I had never met before that they prayed for me during my surgery and chemo.  Thank you to all of you who prayed or still pray for me and thank you to all who passed my need along so others could pray for me.  What a blessing that is to my soul.

Tomorrow night I will sleep in my own bed again!  Whoo Hoo!  I have enjoyed my journey for the last 10 days, but more importantly I have gotten to know the Lord better as a result of my journey.