Christmas in September

September 30, 2013

That was what Lulu exclaimed when we opened our suitcases on our arrival and shared with the Fleenors the many things our church and others donated to them and for their ministry. It was a bit overwhelming. Each of the kids picked out one toy and then started designating the others for their friends, one by one. It was sweet.

Thank you all for your generosity of books, games, crafts, beanie babies, stuffed animals, medicines and other medical supplies, chocolates, candies, birthday presents for the four Fleenor kids this month! So much. It was so fun to be the couriers. You know what was one of the biggest hits that we opened right away? Chocolate covered sunflower seeds from the Dollar Store. I need to stock up on those when I get home. They were brought by the girls from Sequim, WA, but I hope our dollar store has them too in Clovis/Fresno!

Saturday we will be here for the baby's birthday (Georgia!). She is no longer a baby as she is turning 3. But being the youngest I think she will always be a baby. She is less shy now and very affectionate to everyone here.

As the Mission Director at church, I felt it was important for a small team of us to come here to visit and love on our missionaries. It has been a wonderful balm to my own soul. We are so enjoying spending time with all the kids and their parents. The four of us girls have taken Diane out to lunch a couple times - just the girls! Paul is so great to share the responsibility of the kids and that has allowed us to just spend time with Diane.

Last night we went to see the building purchased for their ministry - it will be a place to sell the wonderful things the "girls" are making here which will support that ministry. It will also be a medical clinic that will not only provide medical care, but also training for the "girls" and jobs. It is a four story building that will house other ministry. What an opportunity and provision from God.

I am so appreciative to all of those who made this trip possible. Your investment is being well used, I believe. Encouragement is so important and something we need to remember at home as well as when we take these trips.

This morning I got up at 5;00 am and went downstairs to read my Bible. my morning text was from Hebrews 5:10: God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. How fitting! The task is too big to do it alone. We must work together.

with gratitude to God and for you,