We spent yesterday in Sugar Land and Stafford, TX at the invitation of
Pastor Monty Kelley. Pastor Monty has been on 3 mission trips with
us and served on our Advisor Board until he took a position at Calvary
church in Stafford, TX. We shared our vision of Treasures at the
Exchange Club and at his church. It was a wonderful day and we
made lots of new friends.
we share the journey with groups, we always say, "It is not our plans,
but God's. We are not smart enough to put all this together.
We just strive to be obedient in each step we take. We have
learned not to move until we are sure it is God opening the door."
When people ask, "When is the next trip?" our answer is, "We don't
know." We thought June was our next trip, but it wasn't. ALL
the doors were closed, we do not try to pry the doors open...we just
wait. Now we see why the doors were shut.
- Howard's dad has 9 toes in Heaven.
Unless God intervenes, he will pass into Glory at any moment. We could
not have left his mom at this time.
- On Easter Sunday, we (Howard and
Donna) found out our 29 year old daughter, has Myasthenia Gravis and
will require surgery this month. We could not have left our kids
at this time.
- Stephanie thought she would be able
to move along the process for the adoption of 10 year old Tasha. But,
Tasha's mother has disappeared again. Tasha has been abandoned
by her family to Barskoe for over 2 years. She can do nothing at
this time until the court system removes the mom's rights.
As you can see, it would have been
distressing if we had pushed past God and followed our own desires.
The lesson we have learned is our
protection is in obedience. Last night, a missionary, home from
India because of health, asked, "How do you get all the dental supplies
into Russia?" We can because of the protection we "banked" because
we were obedient in our planning.
Today, as we were coming down off the
"high" of the opportunity to widen our outreach, God showed us how He is
in control. Stephanie spoke at the Port Arthur Service League last
month. She was asked if the displays we use in our presentations
could be left and shared with another group. The displays were
shown to a group at Lamar. Someone saw them and was moved.
She called this morning to offer her services for grant writing and
pledged to purchase the dryer we have been wishing to add to the new
washing machine for Barskoe. We are honored to be allowed to be a
part of God's Treasures of the Heart. It is so precious, as we
thought about those displays moving through community all alone,
touching hearts. Not us, but God. Lest we forget and think
we are Treasures, God whispers..."You do realize I can use cardboard and
photos Myself?" We smiled and answered, "Thank you, Jesus, for allowing
3 ordinary people to be a part of this amazing odyssey."