Panama to Thailand thru China

It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  I had the privilege of leading a group to Panama the first week of June.  It was great to see how the Lord used the group.  Over the course of the trip, we were able to be a part of seeing 9 people come to know the Lord as their Savior!  The team took part in distributing nearly 50 water filters and work at multiple feeding centers, where one of the children accepted Christ.  In the evenings we hosted a Marriage Conference that saw over 60 adults come for 3 nights!  Not only did the adults hear preaching on marriage, but they also had breakout sessions to discuss what they had heard.  During this time, part of the team lead the teens, which one teen accepted Christ, another group taught the children, and the rest of the team had nursery duty.  It was great to see everyone come together to be the hands and feet of Christ. We even got to get some painting and electrical work done for the missionary.

I made it home from Panama at 2 in the morning on Sunday, June 9. Got a couple of hours of sleep, went to church, washed my clothes, repacked, and headed to the airport with Kim and the girls that afternoon. That is when the fun began. After sitting at the airport for over 6 hours, our flights were delayed to the point we couldn’t make our connecting flights, so the airlines put us on new flights, through Shanghai.  The only problem, our luggage was sent to Los Angeles.  A long story short, we finally got our luggage in Thailand, 6 days later.  I’m glad I have an adventurous family that can roll with the punches.  I can’t wait to give you updates on this team in Thailand.

Drilling for Water

I have returned from Honduras and it was an amazing trip.  Part of the team helped drill a water well for a community that had no well.  They had to truck the water in to fill a tank.  We were able to drill a well at the local church and they will now be able to provide water to the community and minister to them as well.  We capped off the week by have a special service and praying over the well with the community.  Others in the group were able to visit homes and take food baskets to families.  We also distributed 60 water filters to families in need in another village and were able to share the Gospel in the process.  6 people prayed for salvation throughout the week!  Several in the group had an opportunity to teach in local schools each day and use that as a means to love on the people and share the Gospel. It was wonderful getting to see each person on the team be used by the Lord and how the body fits together to serve in a greater capacity.

The Gift of the Magi

Since returning from Cambodia we have been sharing our mission work in 6 different churches between Texas, Oklahoma and Washington. This Saturday I head to Honduras with a team to help drill a water well, perform a Vacation Bible School, and deliver water filters to families.  Thank you so much for your support for our family and mission work. You are a tremendous blessing to us.

I wanted to share a neat story with you.  A friend of mine brought me a roll of money that added up to $42.  He then told me the story behind the money.  He was helping at a youth camp and some of the campers saved back their spending money and gave it to him to use for missions.  They wanted to make a difference in the world.  What a testimony from some kids at youth camp!  I can’t wait to see how the Lord blesses that $42 and uses it to feed and love on kids half way around the world.  Oh, the stories that will be told in Heaven. I took a picture of it, still wrapped in one of their youth camp bracelets.

Cambodia – More than you know

I always pray about what to share.  You can never share all of the details of a trip.  I also know everyone’s time is valuable.  But, there is too much to share.  The team we took to Cambodia was amazing.  The results of the trip are indescribable, and the events around it all are crazy.  Thank you for your prayers and support, we could not do it without you. First, I will share the main story, then the back-story on how your prayers opened doors.

We had a team of medical professionals in Cambodia. Each person on this trip contributed in amazing ways.  The Lord knew exactly who we needed on the team Over the course of the trip we were able to help close to 900 patients.  We also had the privilege of leading over 150 people to the Lord!  Unbelievable!  We worked in a mission hospital, in remote feeding centers, in a government hospital, and even in a Buddhist Temple. The Buddhist leaders said they knew we were Christians and were willing to allow us to share the Gospel, at their temple, in exchange for a medical clinic.  Talk about a crazy opportunity.  It is the first time I have preached from the steps of a Buddhist Temple.  What was the fruit of that opportunity?  We had a man with severe cancer who only had a few months to live get to hear the Gospel and ask Christ to save his soul!  It was well worth it.

We had the privilege of working with two of the ladies MANNA sponsored to go to nursing school. It was such a joy to be able to work with them and see them use the talents and education. They kept telling us how grateful they were for MANNA and the opportunity.  Kim used her Physical Therapy training to work on several dozen patients. I love watching her in action and getting to use the talents the Lord has given her.  After working at the government hospital, we saw 51 patients receive Christ, and the head of the medical district for the region was so grateful, he offered to help eliminate any red tape for us to bring in equipment for future work!  That is favor!  Lives were truly changed on this trip, both in those we served and the team that came to serve.

Now, for the back-story.  I can always tell how impactful a trip is going to be by how many roadblocks and obstructions that happen.  Several years ago, our youngest daughter ended up in the hospital with a collapsed lung leading up to our trip, she was discharged literally the day before we left.  Last summer, our car died just before the trip, I barely made it home that day.  We had to figure out how to get around for about 10 days before leaving the country for 2 months.  This trip was no different.  The night before the trip our washing machine quit working and the toilet broke.  While we were gone, the internet went out and our vacuum quit working. LOL!  Fortunately, my mom is a trooper and was able to take care of our girls in the middle of it all.  Even our team was affected. 2/3 of our team came down with intestinal issues, and one person had to get IV fluids, on the bus no less.  But, the Lord is good, and through it all, everyone is well and over 150 people now know Him as their Savior.  We don’t often publicize the crazy things that happen, but sometimes it is good to let everyone know how grateful we are for your prayers.  Your prayers for our teams and us have a greater impact than you know. You may not know all of the interesting things happening when you are praying, but they are.  Here are some pictures of the trip and the fruit of your prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving from Guatemala

I had the privilege of working with a team in Guatemala the week of Thanksgiving.  I even made it home in time to have turkey with my family! It was a great trip and team. We had a Vacation Bible School in two villages with some Mayan kids and took water filters to families in the area.  We poured concrete and built a block wall at the orphanage and took the kids to the zoo for an outing.  They loved it! We also organized a large carnival at a church in San Lucas to invite the community. That evening for church there were over 300 people present and at least 6 people accepted Christ as their Savior in the service!  We finished off the week by having a special Thanksgiving meal with the children at the orphanage.  They said they wanted to have a meal where we all sit together at a table and pass the food like they see American families doing on television.  The things we take for granted!!  Here are some pictures from the week.  Thank you for your prayers.

More to come

Since making it back from Thailand we have been in 5 churches in 3 different states sharing updates on what the Lord is doing in Asia.  We have also had several new churches invite us to come share this spring for the first time!

We will be in another church this weekend, then on Tuesday I head to Guatemala to help with a team.  I will get home the day before Thanksgiving, which is a reason for thanks already.  Of course, the last time I got back from a trip the day before Thanksgiving, I spent the flight throwing up in the bathroom on the plane.  I don’t fit well in the plane bathrooms to begin with, much less trying to throw up.  However, it is the only time I have ever lost weight over Thanksgiving. LOL!  So, there is always a reason to be grateful.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our mission work!

Back from Thailand!

I’m back from my most recent trip to Thailand.  We had a great team and did a lot. The team hit the ground running in Thailand.  We helped with a soccer practice, worked with an English class and took part in Thai, Deaf, and Urdu (Pakistani) church services to start off the trip.  We hosted an outing with the Thai youth and held a field day for the Pakistani refugee children.  We also worked in a remote village where we taught English, put on a soccer camp, did crafts with the kids, fed the kids, gave them new socks, and provided water filters for the school.  Then, we had a church service in the village, handed out water filters to the families, and had a large meal with the church.  To finish off the trip we went and visited the International Detention Center where we were able to minister to refugees from Pakistan and Iran.  It was a very humbling experience to say the least.  Several members of the team had family and friends living in Thailand and they were able to visit them as well.  Looking back, it is hard to believe everything that happened.  The Lord really blessed the trip.  Then, 15 hours after arriving home I was in a missions conference.  LOL!  Nothing quite like jet lag.  Here are some pictures from the trip.