Tuesday, June 7, 2011

“But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God. My times are in your hands…’” –Psalm 14-15a

Hi once again from the hot and dry plains of South Dakota! Summer finally showed it’s face on June 2. It was cold and rainy then *bam* it got hot and dry. It feels good to feel the sun and sweat again!

The last few weeks have been very busy….here’s what I’ve been doing.

- As of Friday afternoon, we are done with our volleyball court!!! We had a lot of unexpected things change our plans. We were planning to use a payloader to get sand from the river but we couldn’t get in there because of sand bars and mud. Then we got a week of rain. Soooo, we had to go to plan B. Take the truck out. Get as close as we can to the sand. The girls fill up 5-gallon buckets. The guys climb a muddy bank on a plywood walkway up to the truck. Dump the buckets. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. When it was all said and done here’s what it amounted to: 30 trips to the river, 1274 buckets of sand, 41.4 tons of sand now in our volleyball court. That is the most exciting thing that has happened since school, because it looked impossible and now we’re finally done!

- Martina’s mom and dad came and helped their family move back to Pennsylvania. I miss them a lot. Join us in praying for whoever will fill their spot here.

- We’re preparing for VBS. Lord willing, it will start on Sunday. The VBS team is planning to get here on Friday. We will have a very busy week. You can also pray that seeds will be planted in all the kids hearts that would take root and enable them to grow up to serve God.

- I’m reading Nick Vujicic’s book called “Life Without Limits”. To see a man with no arms or legs have such a positive outlook on life has been such a challenge and encouragement to me….a challenge to stop complaining about tiny little things that really don’t even matter, and an encouragement that nothing is impossible if we try. Here’s a piece of advice that he gives, “Offer compassion when you need it. Be a friend when you need friendship. Give hope when you most need it.”

- Hopefully, in two weeks from today, I’ll be in SC for a few days. See y’all then!


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