January 2016

Dear family and friends,

Greetings to you from the Sunshine State. Smile Even though we are getting some cooler temperatures, we still see the sun on a regular basis.

A couple of years ago I received a special gift from a friend. It is a little box 2 ½ inches by 6 inches by 1 inch deep and sits on a bookshelf in our living room. On the front of the box are the following words: “Every day of your life is an opportunity to be a blessing to someone.” An old hymn says it this way: Make me a blessing. Out of my life, may Jesus shine. Make me a blessing to someone today. Please pray for us as we look for opportunities to serve those around us.

December 2015

Dear family and friends,

Hello to you from sunny central Florida! Christmas Day is just about over, but I wanted to send greetings out to you before the conclusion of this day. It has been pure joy to sing some of the old familiar Christmas carols this season. I will give some of the phrases that I think say it so well. (You can find them all in your hymn book with their authors.)

November 2015

Dear family and friends,

One special blessing that we get to be part of by living here at NTM Homes is the stories that we hear from our retired folks. Each morning, Monday through Friday, retired missionaries and staff members attend chapel services from 8:00 to 8:30. Our times together begin with 15 to 20 minutes in the Word, singing, testimonies, or answers to prayer. The last 10 minutes are reserved for prayer requests and a time of prayer. Visitors, birthdays, and anniversaries are acknowledged. Can you tell that we have a great time together? Every Tuesday our administrator fills us in on what is happening around the property and within our fellowship. This includes the maintenance projects, residents who are coming and going or any other information we need to know.

July 2015

Dear family and friends,

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; not those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray.” (S. D. Gordon)

June 2015

Dear family and friends,

Wow! Do I have some great news to share with you. A week or so ago I was talking with one of the retired residents here at NTM Homes. Linda was telling me about the different Bible dedications that have been happening in Papua New Guinea lately. The most recent one was on May 22nd. The team working with the Abau people group completed the New Testament and had a huge Bible dedication celebration to mark the special occasion. Not so long ago this happened among the Waxe people group. Then there was the Bagwido and Bises as well. The Dom New Testament is in the last stages of formatting and printing. The Kumon team finished with their final checks of the New Testament just a couple weeks ago.

April 2015

Dear family and friends,

Greetings in the Name of Jesus! With spring, comes Easter. Resurrection Sunday is my favorite holiday of the year! As a Christian, we have so much to celebrate! Christmas is nice. It is truly amazing that God sent His Son down to Earth in order to bridge that gap that was caused by the fall, way back in the book of Genesis. His coming to Earth was just the beginning. It was His words on the cross “It is finished” that gives the solution to our sin problem. We continue to rejoice in His finished work on the cross. Wow! This really is the greatest message ever told. This is the very reason Christ has left us here on this earth. He still has a job for us to do. This is why Brad and I are part of New Tribes Mission. We desire to be a part of His plan in reaching a lost world with the precious good news of the gospel of Christ. Over the years this job has taken us to the countries of Thailand and Papua New Guinea. Now we are in Florida, but still working for the same Lord and still desiring to be part of the team going out into all the world reaching lost souls that so desperately need Him.

November 30, 2014

Dear family and friends,

I so enjoy the American holiday of Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for! I enjoy the special focus of giving thanks for all the great things God has done.

On November 15th, I attended the dedication of a Cessna 206 that was soon to be on its way to Brazil. The photo below was taken on the day of the dedication. It can take missionaries up to seven days to get to their place of service. This includes days of walking, taking a truck, and then going by boat. If they were to fly, it would take just one hour!

November 2014

Dear family and friends,

It is a beautiful day here in Sanford, Florida. It is one of those nice autumn days where you don’t have to be reminded of why you enjoy living in Central Florida. It was 68 degrees this afternoon. According to the weather report it will only get down to 61 degrees tonight. The sky has been overcast all day, but I saw the sun peeking out from behind the clouds as I started to write this letter.

September 2014

Dear family and friends,

Greetings to you from sunny FloridaSmile

Happy Labor Day to you! Brad and I actually have the day off of work! When we lived overseas, we only took off work for holidays which were celebrated in that particular country. Brad did not have to go into his office to work today and I did do not have any students to teach as the school is closed for the day. Brad is in his office here at home doing some scanning of photographs. He wants to have all of his old photos scanned and in digital form on his computer and therefore more easily accessible. He already has all of his slides in digital format and now wants to do the same with his photographs. Since Brad has taken a whole lot of photos over the years, as well as collected miscellaneous family photos, it is a project that will take some time to complete. It seems to be a relaxing thing for him to do on his day off.

July 2014

Dear family and friends,

We celebrated our country’s 238th birthday on the 4th of July . There is always a big fireworks display over Lake Monroe. I could see them from our yard. We live in a wonderful country. We feel privileged to call ourselves Americans. We have lived in 2 other countries over the years and visited numerous other ones and we KNOW that we have a lot to be thankful for.

In our Assisted Living Facility (we call it the ALF) there is a framed copy of Psalm 23 for Seniors. It was written by Jim Sheffield who is the administrator for this facility. I thought that I would include it in my letter since it gives you an idea about the different things that our residents here face as they are finishing up their race for the Lord:

June 2014

Dear family and friends,

Greetings to you from warm and sunny Florida! Summer is here. I know that this sounds like a comment by a teacher. You are right! Teachers enjoy having a bit of time out of the classroom during the summer break.

I am finding that I have plenty of things to keep me busy!

April 2014

Dear family and friends,

As I was thinking about what I could share in my monthly update, I received an e-mail from NTM Homes that gave a lot of statistics for this past year. I found it very interesting and thought that maybe you would appreciate a glimpse into our lives here as part of this missionary community.

March 2014

Dear family and friends,

Greetings to you from sunny Florida! For us the month of March came in like a lamb. I wonder how it came in for you? Was it like a lion or a lamb? I still remember talking about this when I was in elementary school in Michigan many years ago. Last year I did an art craft with my first and second grade students. Some chose to make a lion and other decided to make a lamb. We had an interesting discussion while they worked!

February 2014

Dear family, friends, prayer warriors and members of our team,
I like to keep in touch and let you know what is happening in our lives. Even so, I have trouble coming up with new and exciting things to say. I have decided to fill you in on what the month of January looked like for the two of us. I hope this will give you an idea of what we do here in Sanford, Florida as missionaries with New Tribes Mission.

January 2014

Dear family and friends,

Wow! 2013 is now history! As I think about the different things that happened in 2013, I have to wonder, have I made good choices with how I have spent my time? A month or so ago, I read a quote that keeps coming back to mind. “All that is not eternal is eternally useless.” (C.S. Lewis). That puts things in an interesting light. How does God look at the way I have spent my time this past year? How does one let go of the things that are eternally useless? It is definitely something worth thinking about.

November 2013

Dear family and friends,

BUSY, BUSY,BUSY! That seems to be the word that I would use to describe our lives right now. I will try to give a few more details so you get a clearer picture of life here in Florida at NTM Homes. This morning it was not a quiet morning at the retirement homes for missionaries. As I was fixing breakfast, I heard the sirens of an ambulance and fire truck coming down the road. They turned in at our gate and went past our house. Our chaplain, who lives on the next street over from ours, turned out from his street and was right behind the fire truck. A few minutes later the ambulance left our property with the siren wailing. I have not yet heard who was having the emergency, but we most probably will receive some sort of notification by e-mail later today.

September 2013

                            

Dear family and friends,

Greetings to you from sunny Florida! Even though it is early in the month of September, school has been in session for 4 weeks now. In fact I worked on mid term progress reports on Friday afternoon. The grades were due in at the school office on Monday morning. I have a light teaching load this year. I am teaching math to first grade students and math to second grade students each morning. This gives the first and second grade teacher opportunity to teach reading to the other half of her class. This seems to be working out well. I know that I am enjoying the students and am hoping to give them a good math foundation that will set them up for success in math for years to come. The basics are so very important. I am teaching both concepts and procedures which keeps us busy. We are having so much fun!

August 2013

Dear family and friends,

It seems hard to believe, but my summer is now over. Thursday was the first day of our new school year. I am working with a great team of ladies. It was my turn to bring the devotional this morning at our early morning staff meeting (7:15 A.M.) Last year I was given a framed picture with some words that speaks what my heart feels. I shared it at our staff meeting this morning. Since it is quite long, I will share an excerpt with you.

July 2013

Dear family and friends,

Greetings to you! This is the 3rd Independence Day that Brad and I have been in Florida. I stood out in our yard and watched the fireworks over Lake Monroe on Thursday evening. After being overseas for so many years, it is always nice to be here for the special celebrations. We are so very thankful for the freedoms that we have here in our wonderful country. Of course these do not compare to the freedoms that we have through our Lord Jesus Christ!

June 2013

Our last day of school was on the 22nd of May. Of course there were plenty of year end activities to keep the kids busy.  We went to the zoo in Sanford and had a great time. We did what they call an “Animal Encounter”.  We were able to get up close and personal with a few of the animal residents.  I think the small hedgehog was the favorite of my class. I’m not  into snakes, but the millipede was fun to look at and touch.  These were just a few of God’s special creatures that we learned about that day.  The photo below shows one of my students inside of a NASA space suit on our field trip to  Wonderworks in Orlando.  We got to experience hurricane strength winds, what it feels like to be in an earthquake, as well as see how fast we could throw a ball.  I think the bubble lab would be voted the most fun science experience of the day.  I had some good times together with my class and a lot of learning took place.

April 2013

Dear family and friends, I was planning to write a newsletter at the end of March and include Easter greetings. The time seemed to slip by and now we are well into the month of April. I  received this PDF from our administrator here at NTM Homes and thought that it would be a goodContinue reading April 2013

March 2013

Dear family, friends and prayer partners,

We are so thankful for each and every one of you who have shown an interest in our work over the years. As I write this letter, I realize that it goes out to quite a variety of folks. (I am sorry that I can’t write each and every one of you a personal letter, but time just does not allow for that.)  We have family and friends who want to keep in touch. We also send this letter to our different mission centers here in the USA. We also include our ministry partners who support us in prayer and/or with financial gifts into our account. We don’t want to forget the different ones that we have met over the years as we have served in Thailand and Papua New Guinea. We feel so blessed to know folks all over the world.

January 2013

Dear family and friends,

Wow! It seems hard to believe that 13 days of 2013 are already history!  I am excited about what wonderful things the Lord has in store for us this year. It is sure to mean tons of blessings, but it may also mean some difficult trials. We  can be assured that whatever comes our way, that it is part of God’s  perfect plan for our lives. GOD IS GOOD!

November 2012

Dear family and friends,

God is SO good! I am often wowed by His mercy and love. His grace overwhelms me.  I am amazed at His wonderful creation. I will share just one example of how God’s creation was recently viewed as something spectacular by my first and second grade students.

 We have been studying birds in science class. As some of you may know, I am an amateur bird watcher. I began bird watching when we lived in Thailand. I saw hundreds of different species in the jungles around our house. Over the years I have seen birds in many other countries as well. These include hoopoes, cockatoos, hornbills, cassowaries, and many other smaller and brilliantly colored species. God  truly showed His creativity when he was creating birds!

October 2012

Dear family and friends, It is a wonderful blessing that we know how to read! Maybe you haven’t thought about that in a while, but I know that I have. Of course part of this is due to the fact that I am teaching emergent readers as well as helping to develop the reading skillsContinue reading October 2012