NO, NO, NO!!! Can't you see, I'm doing a new thing. I sooo love the way God directs our lives to fulfill His purposes. When Paula and I flew back home a few weeks ago, for a eye injection 💉 appt and a few other things we needed to take care of before returning to Illinois this Wed.
We've been seeking God's guidance for the future of the ministry. Since we're not building houses anymore our focus has been helping Melodys Orphanage and continuing with our food outreaches. Great news from Melodys Orphanage. An existing children's home in the country is looking for someone to take it over. They called Jaime on a recommendation from another Orphanage. Jaime and Rosalba met with the people from Angel's of God Orphanage in Matamoros Mexico. What a wonderful facility. We have been there twice so far and are really excited about moving forward with the transition. 30 acres of land, on site school and staff, several buildings and dorms. 80 sheep, a deep water well and filtration system.
So our new marching orders from the Lord seem to be to re engage the body of believers we know to help us support this Orphanage. It's going to take over 10 thousand dollars a month to sustain it. Covid-19 has crushed all the missions work in Mexico and Orphanages have been abandoned since Covid-19 from work teams and financial support.
We have a meeting at the orphanage today with the current director, Jaime, and Rocky who has been helping this Orphanage for years through work teams and support. Please be praying about how much your willing to give monthly to support the orphanage. Don't pray "if" you should, but "how" you should.
We headed to our daughter Kristin's place at Shafer Lake in Indiana. Paula and I set up camp at a local campground and spent the next few days there swimming and again, a round of golf ⛳, and the huge amusement park there kept us busy. So much fun enjoying our time with Kris, Larry and Lea. We left in time Sunday morning to make it to Moraine Valley Church for the service and the church picnic. We set up the camper in Kristin and Larry's yard where they had an electric hookup installed 😀.
We were able to a few if our support team at church, and we had dinner with a couple one night and I golfed with 7 guys from church. Now we are in Wisconsin camping with some of the family and thier friends. All tole, I think there's about 40 of us here for the weekend at a Yogi 🐻 park. Lots to do here.
On a sad note, a friend of ours has dementia and Alzeimer and Paula has been spending a few days a week with her. Her husband has asked that Paula stay with her next week as well because she really enjoys Paula's company so our trip to western Illinois will have to wait until we return next month.
Normally by this time in the year, we are in Illinois enjoying time with family and friends. The camper is loaded and ready and we are as well. But the delay is one of concern for Paula's health. Even though she feels fine, our cardiologist has some concern about some blockage that might need to be addressed before we travel. Following a CT SCAN last week and no urgency to act, a follow up appointment is tomorrow and then we'll see what happens next. We're trusting God for a good report.
Two birthdays 🎂last week at Melodys Orphanage, Gil, pronounced Hill, turned 4 and Jaimes son Andres turned 16. We drove over for both parties 🥳, who wouldn't?
A load of pinto beans was donated to the ministry last week and arrived on Wed. Unloading was not a joyful experience because it is hot hot hot 🔥here. Thanks to Semco Corp for allowing us to store the beans there and helping unload. Thanks to a few people and Power Ministry for helping with the trucking costs. With fuel being much more expensive 😩 it has almost doubled the cost for transportation from Idaho to here. But God Provides.
The border situation is a mess as I'm sure you have heard. We see it first hand, and trust me, your not seeing it as a true humanitarian crisis it really is. In Mexico, thousands of people from all over the world are being held up by cartels until they can pay them to get them across. Yesterday Andres told me of a friend of ours that has helped us build houses, paid the cartel over 5000 dollars to get him to Houston where he's been promised a job paying over 1000 dollars a week. That's 10 times more than he earned in Mexico.
Your generosity keeps us keeping on. Things are so much different since China unleashed the virus on the world. We continue to watch God provide us with the resources to meet the needs of the orphanages
Paula and I went on our first missions trip to Reynosa, Mexico 🇲🇽 shortly after we got married. Who knew that we would spend the next 24 years serving there. It's been 15 years since we moved close to the border. 250 families have been provided with a new home, Melodys Orphanage has 15 children living under thier roof in peace and security. Millions of meals have passed through our hands, thousands of bibles,, and hopefully we have impacted the lives of the people we've had the privilege to serve.
Today Paula and I celebrate our 24th anniversary. We're 24 years into a lifetime of adventures with God leading and directing our lives. We're trusting God for wisdom as to what's next. Covid-19 has canceled groups coming to serve in Mexico. The border is a complete mess, violence is higher than recent years, it's sad to see it all unfolding, but it all has to happen. God is preparing His bride for His Glorious coming, and I hope all that read this are ready!!!
We spent the second week of July with our gracious hosts Roger and Paulette in Hilton Head S.C. Thier support for the orphanage, us, and many other great causes is so awesome. When you live to give, God will give you more to give.
Thanks to all that live to support our ministry. We are using the support we receive to continue providing the poor with food, clothes, and many other needs that arise. We are praying about selling the house we live in and get something much smaller. We have already secured a facility to store and distribute food from, so ministry can continue, and at no charge!
Before we left for SC we gave Melodys Orphanage enough money to take the entire family on a vacation to the mountains in Mexico. They rented a house with enough room, a pool, and an atmosphere of a retreat setting. We will see them all today when we take them some much needed clothes dressers and other things.
Ministry continues inspite of the horrific violence last week in Reynosa. Several people called to check on us, and we appreciate your prayer support 🙏. Yesterday we went to Melodys Orphanage to deliver a couch, some shoes, and a much needed air conditioner. I took Jaime to Sam's Club in Reynosa and met Andres and Goyita there. They filled up 6 carts with everything from diapers to hamburgers, and everything else they needed at the orphanage. Over 100 bottles of oil, 130 kilos of sugar, flour, and jalapeños for Saturdays food outreach.
Last week, I was called out of construction retirement to replace a Pastors roof about 30 miles north of Reynosa. Jaime and the kids from the orphanage went to do the work, I just supplied the money for the materials. A pop up rain storm halted the job and destroyed all the drywall in the house, and soaked thier belongings. What a bummer 😕😞. I went over to help the next day and we got the roof done. 🙃. Power Ministry is sending the money for the materials. Gabriel is a graduate from Magdiel Bible Institute that Power supports.
Several pallets of rice and some beans were given to us by Power Ministry a few weeks ago. A delivery of a new washing machine came that Jaime ordered online and we took the much needed machine to them.
Paula and I are heading to Arkansas tomorrow for a memorial service for a life long friend Mark Luscombe. We go wayyy back to our childhood years, and then reconnected at a church years ago. His wife asked if I would do the eulogy so I couldn't refuse. Mark and I spent a lot of time together studying God's Word , working together in the roofing business and trucking over the road together.
It would have been nice to head to Chicago since we're half way there in Arkansas, but we have commitments back home before we can head north to spend time with family and friends in August.
Thanks for the prayers and support that continues to bless us and those we serve. Even though we don't build houses for now, the support we receive is providing food, clothes, building materials, and many other needs of orphanages and other ministries.