The Irish and American flags that graced our table at our annual missions conference at church.
My plan was to send my first update of 2022 with an incredible report of everything God did in South Africa with our first official team. But, as Proverbs 16:9 says, the heart of man plans his course, but Adonai directs his steps. As we gathered together as a team days before departure, we were unified in sensing the Lord leading us to postpone the trip. We had one person recovering from Covid and the weather was certainly not on our side. After many months of planning and preparation, it was sad to do but we knew God was closing this door for good reasons. Friends, we truly serve an amazing God. Had we decided to move forward on our own desires, we probably wouldn't have arrived to do ministry as most of our flights were canceled due to weather. A couple going with us would not have been home to welcome their first grandchild who decided to make her entrance into the world a bit early, and I wouldn't have been here when my mom died.
His loving care for us overwhelms me. He is so very good.
Now our trip has been moved to April 22-May 1. Please pray for us as we prepare for the April trip and join us in praising our Heavenly Father for His perfect timing and plans for our lives.
Some of our wonderful missionaries who serve in various corners of the globe last week at our missions conference.
Last week, we had our annual missions conference here at our church in Houston. Many of our missionaries from around the globe were in town to share stories and updates from the field. I love hearing what God is doing around the world. You all may or may not know that I really don't like public speaking. Being in front of people speaking about myself and ministry is out of my comfort zone! But God allowed me, five opportunities to share with groups at my church, and while I was visibly shaking each time, I am very thankful for the chance to share about e3 and what is going on in Ireland.
Praise. To be able to tell of what our amazing God is doing in Ireland and my life. Please pray for me to become more at ease speaking in public and for more opportunities to share.
Praise and Prayer for my upcoming trip calendar:
Port Elizabeth, South Africa April 22 - May 1 Ireland July 6 - 13 (my largest team ever! 30 people are registered) Dominican Republic August 31 - September 5 (not confirmed if I am going) Ireland October 25 - November 2
1936 - 2022 (Above: One of the first photos of us and one of the last)
Many of you have prayed for my family for years; and I am grateful beyond words for your intercession. For those of you who may not have known, mom was diagnosed with dementia several years ago. It has been a very long journey. I would like to share just a little bit about her. My mom and my dad celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last September 10. I am so thankful for that. She was a stay-at-home mom for a very long time. When she returned to the workforce, she was the executive secretary for the president of Essex Wire until she retired. Mom was an amazing seamstress! She made most of our clothes, her clothes and even most of our doll clothes. There wasabsolutely nothing my mom couldn't create on her sewing machine! Mom was also an avid reader and lover of books. Reading to us was a priority for her and the love of reading is an incredible legacy she passed on to my two sister and me, her three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as we have all followed her in this passion.
Please continue to pray for my dad. He is doing well in dealing with losing mom, but his health is not good at all. While he refuses to get an official diagnosis, the doctors say all things point to bone cancer. And continue to pray for my sisters as well.
Praise. While my family isn't perfect by any means, I am grateful to God for the one that He gave me.
I told someone recently how grateful I am that God knows the intent of our hearts. Sometimes the words "thank you" don't seem like enough to say to Him. But He knows our hearts and knows how those words come from the deepest depths of our soul. Each newsletter seems to be closed with a "thank you" to all of you who continually pray for me and sacrificially give of your resources. Friends, I am, from the depths of my heart, thankful for each and everyone of you. Your prayers have helped sustain me and your generous gifts help me continue serving with e3. I love what He has called me to and I love all of you, too.