Monthly Archives: February 2014

Busy as Bees

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” Proverbs  6:6-8

Sorry that it’s taken so long for us to post!  February has turned out to be a very hectic month.  We’ve been busy with a funeral, Valentine’s Day, schoolwork, and just work in general.

First,  Guy’s grandmother, Mrs. Alta Fox, passed away on February 5.  She died 15 minutes prior to her 99th birthday.  We had her visitation on February 14, and the graveside service at 10 a.m. on February 15th.  Guy officiated the service at his father’s request.  He did a good job.  We stayed through February 17th and came home on the 18th.  It was a good time to spend with family, although the circumstances that brought about the trip home were less than ideal.

Second, we had an interesting Valentine’s.  Of course, with a funeral visitation on Valentine’s, we didn’t celebrate on the actual day.  However, our old Sunday School class had their class party on the 15th, and we were practically ordered to be there.  It was potluck, and we enjoyed the food and games.  Guy also took me out to eat at Jimm’s Steakhouse in Springfield on Monday night.  We had a wonderful meal to celebrate a belated Valentine’s Day.

Guy is busy keeping up with his schoolwork.  Revive This Nation is three weeks away, and he’s putting finishing touches on his last 3 sermon briefs for that.  He is going to Glenwood, New Mexico to preach for 4 days.  He’ll be leaving on March 8 and returning on March 13.

Jessi’s job has morphed on her again.  She worked for almost 6 weeks as the baker at the Seminary Grill, and then has been moved to become the head cook’s assistant.  We have a 4-week menu rotation, so the hope is that I’ll learn everything within 2 rotations (2 months), so that when our cook is out, I can take over during his absence.  I have permanently stationed a notebook and a pen to write down recipes and instructions!  In some ways, I am disappointed at the switch, but am rather glad overall due to less stress and responsibility.  The baking position really needs two people to handle the volume needed, and trying to do it by oneself left me barely treading water to keep up with the demands.

Prayer Requests:

* Remember our family as we still grieve the death of Miss Alta.  She will be missed by the family, but we know that she was a believer.

*  Decisions for Jessi regarding mission trips and another opportunity this summer

*  Guy as he works on his studies.  He said that it’s seeming to be hard to get back into the routine of school/work since coming home from the funeral.

*  Guy and the Slovenia trip.  He plans to meet with the team leader to discuss some questions about the trip this week.

* Revive This Nation.

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Mission:Slovenia

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

As many of you know, we joined Travis Avenue Baptist Church when we moved to Fort Worth.  Like most churches, Travis has unveiled their mission trips for 2014.  Guy has taken a sincere interest in a mission trip to Slovenia.  Slovenia is located in Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia.  The region Guy will be going to is the Soca River Valley, near Bovec, Slovakia.  This region is in the Alps.  We want you to learn about what he will be doing there.

Slovenia map  Slovenia flag

The Slovenia trip will be October 10-18, 2014.  The mission: prayer cycle the Soca (www.bovec.si) river valley, while distributing evangelism materials to the residents.  He will multi-day cycle and overnight in B&B’s.  The objectives are to pray for the residents in every village, conduct spiritual surveys with as many as he meets, witness to those who are interested and leave literature at every residence.

cycling

The plan is for four days of riding during the trip.  Day one is the longest leg, at 25 miles/39.9 km.  Day two is 14 miles/21.4 km, day three is 12 miles/18.0 km, and day four is 7 miles/11.0 km.  Guy is already starting to train for the trip, making use of the exercise bikes at the RAC (recreation and aerobics center) on campus.  Neither he nor I own a bike, so this is our only option at this time.

passport

Our first priority is to get our passports.  Mine is less than a year away from expiring (and doesn’t have my married name!), and he has never gotten one before.  After that, it will be a matter of purchasing all the supplies needed for the trip, mainly in way of cycling clothes.  The bicycles will be provided for the team on location, so there will be no need for him to purchase a bike and have it shipped overseas.

Prayer Requests:

*  Preparation for the trip.  Good sales and wisdom regarding purchasing supplies.  Training for the riding.

*  Prayer support for the trip.  Please be in prayer for safety, for endurance, for the team, for the people they will encounter.

*  For financial provision.

 

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