Saturday, December 19, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
On another note, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in Columbia, SC, with perfect weather! Mid to high 60's and sunny! Here's a picture below of Caleb with his buddy Nathan's football helmet.
We are so thankful for God's provision in our lives, and for your friendship, prayers and support. How about you? What are you giving thanks for during this specifically American Holiday?
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It’s been over 6 years since I last had it (Vertigo), but it hits hard when it comes. I feel so dizzy, unable to stand up on my two feet w/o feeling like I’m gonna teeter over. Ever had that feeling? Well, it’s not fun, I can guarantee you that. The medicine they give you is to counteract the nausea I feel all day, but it makes me drowsy, so I can’t even read or really type that well…what I do best during these days is sit here (really lay down in bed or on the couch) all day, in and out of consciousness and dizziness. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Well, Lord wiling it will pass soon. I’ll go to an ear nose & throat specialist this coming Tuesday…it’s been a bummer being sick at home these days…it’s been since Sat. night last week I’ve been feeling this way. Hopefully I’ll get better soon. We’d appreciate your prayers as I wait for healing and ask God for healing as well.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thank you for your prayers. We noticed an improvement in Justin’s condition just hours after calling the States and informing you all so that you could be praying! God is so good! Please continue to pray for Justin as he is still quite weak and definitely not at 100%.
We are in N’Djamena, the capital, and had planned to be here this week for a week’s break. Just to clarify, Justin was not hospitalized. We had/have some fun things planned with the boys and hope we can still do some of them during our break, but so far we have just been taking care of Daddy! He’s thankful he’s been so sick in a place with electricity where there are overhead fans.
Again, thank you so much for your prayers. We are blessed most of all to serve a God who loves us and hears our prayers and also to have such a strong support team behind us!
Krista for the family
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sorry we’ve been slow at posting the last couple of months. We’ve been quite busy. Last week we were in NC for a conference (Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills), which was very useful and will be useful for the future too. Before this, however, was an even more significant aspect of life we need to share with you: Caleb’s 2nd Birthday! Enjoy the photos below!!!
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
As you may know, my wife and I are in the process of raising support to go overseas as missionaries. It’s a difficult task, if you look at it from a human perspective. It can be discouraging, depressing, and defeating all at the same time—and then you get a surprise donor in the middle of that quagmire you were wallowing in which actually lifts your spirits and reminds you that it’s not because of you, but because of HIM that you’re doing this thing called support raising…and since He’s called you to the task, He’ll provide the way, in His time, if we’re faithful to obey Him from beginning to end…oh, no, not obedience during the support raising process—I’m talking about our lives on this earth, obeying Him from beginning to end.
And you know, in the process of struggling through these human emotions of mine, trying to trust Him through it all, I think I’m beginning to understand a bit how the whole thing works…yet because it’s a God thing, I really haven’t even scratched the surface…which is really the way it should be. God knows all; in comparison, I know nothing.
Here’s the point… I’ve heard many a person (including myself at times!) say that they wish they were super wealthy so that they could give a whole bunch of money to missionaries to get them to the field. I’m starting to believe that this really doesn’t happen because of a couple of reasons:
First: it wouldn’t be God-honoring. How so, you might ask? When we have plenty at our disposal, our own resources, and give out of our plenty, it would help many missionaries, sure, but not in the way that God has generally asked us to give. God desires sacrificial giving on our part, not because He can’t use the abundance He provides to some of us in the Church, but because when we give sacrificially, we honor the One who provided in the first place, trusting Him to continue providing for us. When we give sacrificially, it honors God because we are in a way saying that He is enough—He will provide!
Second: How many of us really think that if God blessed us according to our selfish desires (lots of money), we would really be responsible enough to give it back to Him without keeping some for ourselves? I myself say that I would manage it well; but, really, would I? I have come to believe that if God wanted me to be a wealthy man, He could have done so in whatever way He pleased, knowing that I would be a good steward of a vast horde of material resources. However, as it looks right now, I’m not independently wealthy, and I don’t plan on being so anytime soon. So, I think I’ll continue to trust God to provide for my needs while I give sacrificially to missions in my church and to other missionaries out of the little that I have.
Disclaimer: If by any chance you are reading this and are indeed a wealthy Christian—please give back to God! Yes, out of the plenty that you have, but I challenge you to do more…to give sacrificially out of your plenty, not just comfortably out of your plenty. I believe this is one way we grow in faith: trusting God with everything.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
At least we think…we’re good to go. We’ll know for sure in about three (3) months.
What an amazing intervention by God! After making an appointment for this past Monday morning to fill out the proper paperwork in
All in all, Caleb and I had a good trip to
You can also expect a larger update in the regular mail from us soon, probably in a week or two. Keep in touch! And thanks for praying for us!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Yes, traveling can be quite tiring...sometimes we do it in the car (except for the driver, of course!)...other times, a nap here or there, and mostly at night. One thing is sure: without sleep, and your prayers, we couldn't do this long trip this summer! Thanks for keeping us in your prayers as we finish our summer trip come September. God is good, and God is faithful!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
This was a creation by an artist from out in California...all made out of branches of trees.
Here are some flowers and roses in the Rose Garden.
Of course, my bride and I.
And here's our family! Thanks Grammy White for taking this picture for us!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
After July 4th in Boston, we headed down to Lansdale, PA, to see some college friends, and then to Philly to see Becky's grandmother. Caleb enjoyed playing with Connor in the sand--there was some pretty gritty hair that night that had to be washed read good!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
So, we figured it was about time to put up some pictures of our trip so far. Here's the first leg--we stopped by Ephrata, PA for a quick night's rest with good friends Drew & Jessica Broucek, and the next morning made our way up to Avon, CT, where some college friends got hitched! Cheryl (went to Houghton College with Becky and I) got married to Joel Vaughn. It was a wonderful wedding, and a great time to reconnect with many friends from college days. We went out to have the best pizza we've ever had, and Caleb enjoyed eating a lemon!