"I have long dreaded the thought of getting to the end of life and regretting that I allowed my own timidity or other people's expectations to determine the course of my life. I decided that several of my beliefs should determine the course of my life...I believe that the Creator, has an epic script into which my minute presence has been written." - Steve Saint
Several of my students at Thursday Connection asked how they could help us. We've been blessed by students bringing in some of the items we need. A friend then said, "Well, I want to help too!"
So, here it is. A Wish List. We will not have easy access to these things or if we do, we will pay a huge amount for them. If you would like to help provide anything on the list, we would be very grateful!! Anything helps!!
Ink Cartridges for HP Office Jet Pro 8600 Transformers (110 v to 220 v) Batteries - all sizes needed Multi-Vitamins for our family for at least one year (Adults and Kids)
Probiotics for our entire family for at least one year (Adults and Kids)
3 Lightweight Twin sized blankets DVD Movies (Missionaries have told us these will be a treasure when we are craving a taste of America.)
Sharp Knives Bibles to give away Gift Cards - SAMS, Walmart, Target, I-Tunes Headlamps and Flashlights Cool-Dri Shirts and Shorts for Boys (Childs 1- 5t, 1 - XL, Mens 1-Sm, 2-Med, 1-Lg) Pull Ups - Size 3t-4t Small items we may give as gifts for hospitality
Chocolate Chips (Can't get these either) Large Containers of Spices (Need them to make anything tasting familiar!) Gluten Free Mixes (Not there! Two in our family must eat gluten free!) Peanut Butter (Yes, seriously!)
Gum (a real treat!) Coffee (Please!) Baseball Equipment (the boys want to teach the kids!) Soccer balls! Basketballs! Footballs! Frisbees! Thumbdrives for computer Wii games
Board Games (Who Gnu?, Quelf, Loaded Questions) Paperback storybooks to read at orphanages - especially Christian! Surprise packages for the family to open when we are homesick or needing encouragement (an idea from another missionary!) MOST IMPORTANT - Picture of YOUR family or a personal drawing for a "Wall of Friends" in our house! Anything that would remind us of YOU or make our house feel like a home.
Please know that many of these things are "wants" not "needs." If we don't receive them, we will do without. Some of the things above will simply serve as a reminder of what is familiar to us. We will need that. As a mom, my desire is to have a few treats for our boys once we are there. If there is anything you can think of that we would need that we might not have thought of, we would be grateful for the input.
Finally, please pray for our hearts. Goodbyes are beginning. Last visits are starting to take place. Tomorrow, I say goodbye to children that I have taught for years. This weekend, we say goodbye to Reid's family - his sister, brother, Dad, grandfather and the rest of his side of the family. And, it's hard. Very, very hard. Please pray for our emotional stamina to remain rooted in the Lord. May we not be shaken as we grieve leaving everything familiar. May we love well as we begin to say goodbye to family and relationships formed over years together. Please pray for each one of us - we are all beginning to deeply feel grief.
May we be as Jesus, a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief, yet, willingly going to complete the work God had planned. May we do the "goodbyes" through the strength in Christ alone.
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.
We are a family who loves Jesus. We have followed him to the faraway land of Ghana, West Africa. We know He led us here for His purpose - for His name to be great among the nations. (Psalm 46:10) We are here for His glory alone.
By sharing a glimpse into our lives through our posts we give this permanent disclaimer: Nothing written here is to exalt ourselves. We desire for everything we do, say, think, write, or share to be for God's glory alone. We know this life is not about us, and do not ever wish to make it so. We are not trying to share our "experience." We are not trying to pose for pictures. We are not trying to make you think we are doing something we are not. We are broken, imperfect people made complete through the grace of Christ. There is nothing special about us - except the Lord we follow. We want all glory, honor, and praise to go to whom it is due - Jesus.
Sometimes we may write things that are hard to read. It's not our purpose to offend anyone or impose guilt. Life in Ghana is vastly different from life in America. Sometimes when you read about the struggles of your fellow brother, we hope you are propelled to pray. This blog is our avenue to share how God is revealing more of His heart to us. In the process, God allows us to see deeper into our own. It gets ugly sometimes. We are humbled that He has allowed us to be hands and feet of His work. For this, we rejoice in God's boundless grace.
If you accept the terms of this blog - please feel free to read and enjoy. It's not about us.
"But as for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except for the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through him, and I have been crucified to the world." - Galatians 6:14
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