WHY GO BACK????

  Everyone wants to go back to the way things were. WHY??? Because it's what we were used to. It's familiar, it's the way its always been, or done. Oh But God!!! We have been given a chance to forget about those things that are behind us and press on to the high calling of Christ. I'm so guilty of not making the most of this time to forget those things behind. I too want the old and familiar.  But I'm getting over it, little by little. 

  We finally got home Tuesday morning after a stop in Arkansas to visit a life long friend who has cancer. Mark sent me a message a couple weeks ago about his cancer and we made it a point to see him and his wife Elizabeth. We only stayed a few hours but enjoyed seeing them and praying for them.

  We spent a few days in Oklahoma with Phil and Marianne Chain. We usually stop for a few hours rather than days. They know a couple dentists that agreed to help with my never ending dental needs. We'll have to return there in a few weeks to get started with the work. We enjoyed the time there, had breakfast at Tiffanys in Nobel. OK, watched the OU game with Trudy and Norman. We left Monday after my x-rays drove 15 miles and blew a tire. 

 We spent Wednesday in Mexico with Andres, Jaime, Pastor Juan, Sergio and China, and Abraham.  We prayed and talked about the future of ministry and how to help more people by identifying needs and working together. We know things are much different and we need to adjust. We're ordering 30 beds and stoves to help people still suffering from Hurricane Hannah 🌀. 

  I packed a bag, threw my golf clubs in the car and was going to drive to California to partake in Power Ministrys golf outing and fund raiser. Paula urged me not to go, as if The Holy Spirit spoke through her. I trusted that leading and stayed home. Its a long drive for a round of golf ⛳ LOL.

  Were going to the Orphanage in the mountains on Monday,  Lord willing and spend a few days there, helping out any way we can.  Thanks again for all your prayers and support for the ministry.  


IT HAD TO HAPPEN

  I saw a message on those words by Steven Furtick. Sometimes it is hard to see the future when in a trial, a hurricane, a setback, or time of asking why? But God is always up to something,  and it always works out for our good, in hindsight of course. 

 We drove our 1 ton Big Heart truck from Texas to Illinois to pick up a  fifth wheel camper from the Balmers in Carthage, Illinois. We stayed a few days while the hitch was installed. We hooked up the camper and drove only 60 miles when we had transmission problems. Had it towed to a dealer that couldn't do the work and then had it towed again to Eric Palmers garage in LaHarpe. He had worked on our RV before and he said he would exchange the trans for a rebuilt one. He ordered the new one, and suffered a heart attack a few days later, and is recovering.  The mechanic said it would be ready on Wednesday,  but upon a test drive, the new one wasn't good. He had to order another one. 

 Upon that news, we borrowed a van from the Day family and went back to Chicago. I had an eye doctor appointment and needed to drive to Texas,  but a friend arranged for free round trip flights ✈️. We have been home a few days and were able to go to Mexico and provide resources to help people in Mexico. Jaime from Melodys Orphanage is taking food and bibles to 600 families in the State of Hidalgo,  MX. A heart ❤ to serve others is what Jaime and his family has, along with others. 

  We return to Chicago on Sunday  and pick up the truck on Tuesday. The time we were able to spend with Lea and family is always to short. Our plans to go camping together were squashed by the truck problems,  but, IT HAD TO HAPPEN.  I dont know question things as much anymore,  because I know of God's Goodness.

 The Grennell family is busy getting things together after Mark's sudden death in January to raise money for Melodys Orphanage. It was his ❤  to fund God's work in Mexico 🇲🇽 . His son Matthew is going to run 100 miles to raise money. It called Papas Big Run 🏃‍♂️  in honor of his dad. They have a Gofundme site, or donations can be made to us designated for Melodys Orphanage. 

MORE FOOD, MORE HELP

 We continue to take as much beans and rice across the border almost every day.  The Mexican government is allowing us passage to help in the relief efforts. So many families are out of work, floods took everything they owned, Covid-19 is widespread.  It really is a global tragedy 😔.  We loaded a shared semi truck on Monday with enough beans, rice and clothes to keep several ministries busy meeting needs.

  We are waiting to see what the government does to help people with beds before we go buying a bunch that they won't need. There are several missions groups coming to help on the US side, but very little if any in Mexico 🇲🇽. Covid has strict restrictions on crossing into Mexico and coming back.

  Some of you may be aware that Rosalba,  Jaimes wife was in need of surgery. She gas been bleeding internally for several months. Well praise God. She had the surgery yesterday and is doing very well. The ministry paid for all her hospital expenses thanks to the generosity of Hulls Grove Baptist Church in Vale, NC. GOD ALWAYS PROVIDES!!!

  The ministry is certainly different than it used to be,  but meeting more needs, feeding more people,  and helping Orphans is our new marching order,  and we're glad to obey.

  The Bobcat finally made to the Orphanage in Saltillo and its a huge help hammering through the solid rock. We haven't been able to find time to go out the orphanage,  but maybe next month.

WHAT A MONTH. WHAT A YEAR, WHAT THE HECK?

  While we wait "patiently " for the Bobcat to get to the Orphanage, so much has happened.  Its our understanding,  that it is at least across the border and will be hauled to the Orphanage sometime this week 😉.
  Our special gift of a dream, bucket list trip to golf ⛳ at Pebble Beach in Monterrey,  California finally came to pass, after several months of delays due to Covid-19.  Our hosts from Power Ministry Scott and Kristy Anderson blessed us with the all expenses paid dream golf vacation. We flew into Ontario,  CA and then made the 6 hour drive up the iconic Hwy 1 along the Pacific coast.  We checked into the beautiful Spanish Bay Resort with our suites facing the golf course and ocean. We played Spanish Bay, Saturday,  then on our anniversary, we played the hollowed grounds of Pebble Beach. Nerves definitely got the best of me and I couldn't help but think about my Dad who would have only dreamed of playing there. I had also dreamed of being there, and now here I was. I hit a perfect drive on the first tee, and made par on the iconic 7th hole that plays to the Ocean.
  A wonderful dinner with the Andersons and Tony and Amy Reed who drove up to play with us. We played Spyglass on Monday and drove back to Riverside that afternoon.
  We flew back to San Antonio Wednesday,  golfed Thursday morning and drove home.
  Friday all the buzz was about Hurricane Hannah 🌀  heading our way. I bought sand. Filled up many bags for the forecasted 10 inches plus of rain forecast.  Hanna did not disappoint us.  Flooding occurred Saturday night and threatened our house as the water kept rising. The sandbags kept the water out, but thousands of families were not so happy.  Our friends in Mexico 🇲🇽  were hit especially hard, and continues even today.
  We are heading to Mexico today to deliver, food to Melodys Orphanage and the colonia. We also need prayers for Jaimes wife Rosalba.












OUR TIME WAS CUT SHORT

  When the Bobcat was donated to us for the orphanage in the mountains, I had to at least get it to our place in Texas.  Rick Balmer graciously brought his truck and trailer to take it to our house. We left last Tuesday and got to our house Wednesday night. On the way down I broke my temporary bridge again! We also got word that our team in Mexico 🇲🇽 was all sick with Covid systems. We then made the decision to take a pallet I f beans back to Illinois and Paula would meet us and Paula and I would head back home.
  We had plans to camp with our family in Indiana over the 4th, and also attend the annual event at the Elizondos in Indiana just 40 miles from the campground.  But alas, we are home. The kids are camping and we are going to miss the party.
  God works everything out.  We needed to be here to recieve 300 pounds of frozen chicken, get our driveway fixed, get some money to our friends in Mexico,  and we were able to stop and visit some friends in Texas on the way home.
  We were not able to meet with supporters and have a fundraising pizza party like usual. We need to raise support for Melodys Orphanage in Reynosa. God has, will, and always supplies, even inspite of our " failed" plans.
 








NEW PHONE, NEW EXPERIENCE

  I really don't like change, but when your phone just goes black, you have no choice. Fortunately they retrieved most contacts and photos, but you have to log in to all of the different accounts separately. I'll survive, barely!!
  We've just been hanging out with the family here in Frankfort,  Illinois,  spent a great Father's day with one of two kids. Kelly will come here for our camping trip to Indiana Beach in Monticello.
  As I said in the last post, we have been given a Bobcat skid steer loader and we also were given a hydraulic jackhammer that fits the Bobcat. Rick Balmer and I leave tomorrow with the Bobcat in tow to our house. I wanted to just ship it, but it would cost over $2000 to ship, so we'll take it to our house and turn around and come back to Illinois.  I'm looking forward to using it to level my driveway before we give it to Big Heart Orphanage in 🇲🇽 Mexico. This machine will be a game changer for the orphanage. It'll cost us a few thousand dollars to get it across, so any financial help would be greatly appreciated.  God always supplies all things needed for life and ministry.

 

ROAD TRIP WITH REWARDS

Leaving home for the first time in 4 months, took us north to stop at Phil and Marrianns in Nobel, OK. We spent the night, had breakfast and continued north. The next morning we stopped at The Balmers in Carthage, IL for breakfast. We made it to Chicago just in time to duck and cover for a tornado blowing through town.
  I stopped at one of our supporters businesses to say hi, and shared the need for a skid steer loader. His eyes got big, and said he had one and didn't know what to do with it. He gave it to us, now all I need is to get it home somehow. God will do it!!
  We spent a few days with Lea in western Illinois at the Days house, enjoyed dinner with the Carpenters Crew, Church for the first time in months, great barbecue and fellowship.  Now we're back in Frankfort, and enjoying time at Kristin and Larrys. A few projects around there house to be done will keep us busy.
  The Covid Craze still lingers here, and we should have waited a few weeks in Texas before coming. Oh well.

BACK TO THE MOUNTAINS OF COUHILLA

  Thursday morning Sergio, his son Obed and I returned to Big Heart Orphanage in the mountains near Saltillo to install and weld all the metal purlins on the new kitchen and dining room. Shawn and I cut and set the purlins while Sergio and Obed welded them in place.
  I bought a big box of rib eye steaks on the way and they grilled them up Saturday night to celebrate Gator and Deannas anniversary.  38 years of which most has been serving orphans.
  We finished up the work we came to do, and headed home Sunday afternoon when the last purlin was welded. We thank God for the low humidity up there, which made it possible for long work days. A nice ride on a quad and trail bike for me and Shawn while the guys finished welding.
  There's a lot more work to do out there and Lord willing,  the group's and funds will come. Paula and I are heading to Illinois next week since the lockdown has ended there. Another eye injection Friday and a day or two to heal before we leave.
  On a cool God thing, I called my insurance agent to paid my 6 month premium and he told me it was $318.00 and said that he wanted to pay the premium as a gift to the ministry.  How cool was that ?






A HOUSE FULL OF SERVANTS

 Last week Angie Lara and the kids drove all the way from SC to pay us a visit as well as some friends near Houston. 9 of the 11 kids made the trip and what a joy it was to see them. They came to serve, and serve they did!
  First, they bagged up a one ton tote of beans into gallon bags. I think it took about 700 bags which was all we had. I bought several hundred more bags so they could bag up rice. A gospel track and some other literature was put in each gallon zip lock.
  The next day we bought 100 bottles of vegetable oil,  100 four pound bags of sugar, loaded 100 bags of rice and beans and several cases of bibles and headed into a few colonias in Alamo, and Donna Texas. The kids loaded up their arms and went door to door handing each family one of everthing we had. The message was that God cares about them and sent this gift. If they wanted a bible, they gave them one. One lady took the bible and immediately sat down and started reading it.
  Saturday they painted most of the steel in our carport, which is something I wanted to do for a while. Monday we recieved a donation of 70 farm to family boxes of fruit and vegetables, and we drove to a couple different neighborhoods and blessed families again with food and bibles.
 We'll never know the impact of what these kids did until we get to heaven, when all is made known. The whole family was such a blessing to have here, and they are such a testimony to God's goodness and provision. It's been 5 years since David went to be with Jesus, and Angie is still hurting, and also healing from the devastating effects of losing David.
  We drove out to Big Heart Orphanage in the mountains near Saltillo on Friday to pick up Obed, and see Gator after his life changing fall that broke his back and several ribs. Please pray for him, as he heals. There's been a lot of progress on the new kitchen and dorms, but there's so much to do yet. We need teams or $ or both to complete it. The new kitchen at Big Heart in Reynosa is really coming along well.
  A visit to Melodys Orphanage in Reynosa Sunday to visit the kids and join Jaime on his weekly Facebook bible study.  We went there after our Sunday school class Zoom meeting  that I gave the worst, totally off the wall devotion. I think I was having a bought of Alzheimer's or something.
  Might be heading back to Saltillo with Sergio tomorrow afternoon. There's a lot more welding to do.
  In spite of the Covid virus, we can cross the border, but it is getting stricter with temperature checks, and mask checks. We've been blessed during this time to be able to continue our monthly food outreaches, as well as provide several ministries with food. Muchas Gracias for all the prayers and support.








"THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES"??????

  This is the phrase so often coined during the Corona virus attack on the whole world. But I dare to say that there is nothing more " certain " than the time in which we find ourselves.  I'm certain that this is the beginning of the birth pains Jesus taught about. I'm certain that Jesus is coming back to set up a 1000 year reign on this Earth. I'm certain that as our President continues to bless Israel, he will be hated even more. I'm certain that God works all things together for the GOOD, of those that love Him and are the called according to His purpose. Im certain that this whole shelter at home is a precursor to the sheep being led to a slaughter by obeying an unconstitutional order. Im certain that God continues to supply all of my needs, not govt. Im certain that that the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all flesh. I'm certain that fear has no place in the life of a Christian. I'm certain that fear has been the controlling factor in the media narrative. I'm certain that Love conquers fear!!!!!
  If ever there was a Mic drop moment, this it it!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE FIELDS ARE RIPE

  With so many conspiracy theories flying around, end time prophets are tying thingsvtogether, people are fearful, people are starting to call for an end to these "shelter in place orders. When will it end??
  We live in Texas and things are starting to open up, but we live in a "blue" part of the state where they are still trying to control our activity. We took lots of beans and rice to Mexico yesterday and they are locking everything down there as well. It is indeed madness on a global scale.
  I took a two day, 900 mile round trip with this box on the back of a 1 ton truck. It was for a company that stores our beans at their warehouse when we don't have room. It was good to get away. When I returned,  the donated load of beans arrived.  Enough for 600 thousand meals. Thanks to those that sent $ to cover the trucking cost.
  We also stopped at Melodys Orphanage yesterday and dropped off some meat. The kids were so happy to see us, but how sad it was that we couldn't hug and kiss them. They are doing well and have a puppy to hug and kiss.
 A huge thanks for the continued prayers and support that keep us keeping on. Several eye doctor visits as they monitor healing retina. We can't wait to hear to Chicago next month and hug the family.  We'll be there most of June, and a few days in July.






NOT MINE, BUT THEY WILL BE DONE!!!!!

  How hard is that line to be Prayers? But God, I have plans made, I need to go on vacation, I wanted to move, I wanted to get that job, I wanted, I wanted, I want, I want. Sound familiar? It sure sounds like my prayers sometimes.
  God has hit the pause button on most of our lives. Even though you might be part of the necessary part of the workforce, your life is still different. Why God? Why? The answer is ..... I DON'T KNOW!  We think we know, but we really don't.  But maybe as time allows the "truth" to be revealed. People often say that "God is in control". I say, read your bible! Control was given to Satan in the garden, otherwise how could he have offered all the kingdom's of this world to Jesus unless it was his to give? I digress!!!
  A new time has been given to repent, seek, pray, study, worship, give, share, binge watch, eat,whatever. The world is falling further into the control of U.N
The virus will be used to bring all nations into it's submission. #DONT TAKE THE VACCINE THAT WILL BE MANDATORY!!!
  We continue providing food for as many people as we can. The 60 cases of bibles we had is down to 40 and going fast. The world is hungry for food for the stomach and food for the soul. We are thankful to be able to provide both.
  May was going to be a bucket list month for us. We were given a dream golf weekend at Pebble Beach in California all expenses paid, postponed until things open up, followed by a 10 day trip to Isreal given to us, postponed until November.  Am I sad, yes, but GOD knows. Last week I had 3 surgerys on my bad eye due to my retina partially detatched. It was a successful operation but heres the foreknowledge of God, I can't golf for several weeks,  or fly, so our trip to California would've been postponed anyhow. So, is God in control or not? He's in control of the lives of those who know Him and are called according to His purpose. Amen????