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!
The dedication was held in a hangar at the Orlando Sanford International Airport located five miles from our home. Since a large number of folks attending this special celebration were Brazilians, or served the Lord as missionaries in Brazil, much of the program was in Portuguese. It was explained (in English) that the pilots of this plane will fly in food, medicines, and other needed supplies to missionaries serving the Lord in remote places in the interior of Brazil. The pilot also brings words of encouragement to these folks who are in the midst of language and culture acquisition, Bible translation, church planting, and finally seeing an established church among the different people groups. Wow! It is a huge job that takes many team players to see the job accomplished. The plane is now in Brazil, but the pilots are still awaiting the necessary paperwork to gain permission to fly it to the airport where it can begin its time of useful service. God has promised that He will build His church. We are thankful that this plane will be a part of seeing this job of reaching the 116 tribal nations in Brazil that have yet to hear the message of John 3:16 in their language.
My field trip with the fifth grade students from Lake Monroe Christian Academy was a huge success. I have plenty of photos taken at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park and Fort Matanzas Monument. We all learned much about the history of Florida and the impact the Spanish had on this part of our country. Did you know that in 1513 the whole continental United States was claimed by the country of Spain and was named La Florida (pronounced LAH flow REE dah) and means “place of flowers”? Fort Matanzas was built to help protect the settlement at St. Augustine. My students did a great job on their scavenger hunt while exploring the fort. We stopped at a beach for a bit of fun on the sand before returning to Sanford at 5:00 p.m. We all made some great memories.
My students are almost finished with writing a personal narrative in English class. They each have some interesting stories to share. I appreciate the opportunity to help them as they revise and proofread their work. They amaze me with their creativity! We only have fourteen days left of this second quarter of school. Our three week school break will begin on December 18th. I am sure that it will be here before we know it. I am thankful that God has given me the chance to work with these children as they develop their writing skills. Even though I feel that academics are important, I believe that character development and the training and making of disciples for the Lord is of far greater value.
Brad keeps busy dealing with financial things that come through his office as the book keeper at NTM Homes. He has also been spending time in the garage doing an organization project. There is quite a pile of automobile parts that are in heaps in a storage part of the garage. Brad volunteered to put them in some sort of order so that they will be easier to find when the need arises. His experience working in an auto parts store years ago is coming in handy. It sounds as if it is going to be quite a lengthy project, but it gives Brad a break when his brain gets too tired to deal with numbers on the computer screen. Brad is writing the details from the parts onto a legal pad and the information will be typed into a data base by one of the “snow birds” who helps us out here in the winter months. Our mechanic here is thrilled that Brad is helping him out in this way. Brad is thankful for our mild winter weather here in Florida as he works in the garage. Our afternoon temperatures have been ranging anywhere from 60 to 80 degrees.
I picked up my new eye glasses yesterday afternoon at Budget Optical in the local mall. It has been quite a number of years since I got my old glasses and it is going to take me some adjustment time to get used to my new ones. I am thankful for my eyes and for eye glasses that assist me to see clearly both close up and in the distance. Brad and I are both in good health and we thank the Lord for this as well. It is such a blessing to have doctors, optometrists, and dentists all close by. This was not always the case when we lived overseas.
Thank the Lord with us:
The NTM plane has arrived safely in Brazil and will soon be in service for the Lord.
My field trip with the fifth graders went well and they learned a lot.
Brad is able to help out our mechanic as he organizes piles of auto parts.
I have new glasses. We have medical professionals nearby to meet any needs that arise.
I, Wanda need God’s wisdom, grace, and discernment as I teach my students.
The closer we get to Christmas vacation, the crazier my students become. Please pray that they will be able to complete the lessons and continue to learn the information they need.
Brad will be able to work accurately with the numbers in the different bank accounts as well as the bills that come in the mail, and keep it all straight.
Brad will make good progress as he spends time in the garage.
We both will be tuned in to what the Lord desires to do in and through our lives.
We will be a blessing to our retired residents here at NTM Homes.
We will continue to see God’s goodness as He is at work around us.
By His grace,
Wanda (and Brad) Hull