Saturday, October 29, 2011

We Can't Take It With Us!

We can't take it with us, so we are selling it all!  Join us next weekend, November 4th & 5th, as we have a huge garage sale.  We are going through the house and everything that can't be shipped or stored needs to be sold.  We will have some of everything- clothes, furniture, small appliances, outdoor 'stuff', toys, games, decor items, Christmas items, craft supplies, homeschool curriculum, books, tools, electronics, and whatever else we find.

We need your help to make this a huge success, though.  We've created a sign up sheet online for people to sign up to help us out.  Here is the link-

  • PRAY!!!!  Pray for God to send people who need our stuff.  Pray for us to make the money we need to ship the rest of our stuff to Papua New Guinea.
  • Spread the word to your neighbors and friends.  Here is a flyer we have made with the information.
  • Tables to set things out on.  
  • Pricing.  This can be done during the week.
  • Set Up on Thursday- including putting out signs advertising the sale.
  • Help at the Sale on Friday and/or Saturday.
  • Take the items that didn't sell to Streetwise or Goodwill.  
  • COME SHOP!!!!!  Find some bargains!  
Note:  Because we still need beds and places to sit, we won't be selling all of our furniture at this time.  If you are looking for something particular, please ask.  We will be selling the rest of our furniture before we leave Atlanta in December.  

Questions?  Email us or call us at 404-569-6573!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Praises and Prayers!

We just returned from a unbelievable time in Florida.  Thanks to Plant City's First Baptist Church for inviting us to their first ever missions conference.  We felt it was an incredible success.  They had invited missionaries and groups from “…Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1: 8.  We were blessed and encouraged by the outpouring of support from the body. The close of the conference was extremely exciting.  We saw many people come forward with their commitment card and place it on the altar in response to the call to missions.

We also had the privilege of speaking with Wycliffe missionary Nard Pugyao.  He is a testimony to the saving power of the scriptures translated into heart languages.  We told him he was part of how God directed us to Wycliffe.  He did try to teach us how to eat grubs, but it was a lesson we are not quite ready to learn.


  • We all made it safely to and from the conference, including a truck to comfortably drive back from Florida.
  • Andrew and Rebekah had time to spend with their Grandparents
  • Tim and Tara had some time to start the packing process.
  • We added to our prayer and financial partners  at the missions conference.
  • Tara was able to speak to two different Church's Missions Committees who might partner with us.
  • We have reached 75% of our monthly budget!

  • We still need warehouse space with a drive up dock for our items to be shipped to Papua New Guinea.
  • We need someone with Property Management experience to manage two rental homes while we are in Papua New Guinea.
  • We had several confide in us that they feel called to full time missions.  Pray for clarity as they seek God for the next step in their lives.
  • To be able  to deal with the stress as our departure time is fast approaching.
  • Approval and issuances of our Visas for Papua New Guinea.
  • Pray for Plant City's FBC as their Mission Team plans for 2012.
  • Pray for us to be at 100% of our monthly budget by December 1, 2011.  

Philippians 1:3-5
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Life's Not Fair

OK, so my kids favorite phrase lately is "It's not fair".  Yes, they say it in a nice, whiny voice about some apparent "injustice" they must face.  Things like having to sit next to each other to have their picture made.

They are right- it's not fair.  I started to get into that "it's not fair" funk earlier this week.  I wasn't feeling good, we had just be given some discouraging news, and the kids were, shall we say, requiring a little extra attention in the discipline department.  It's not fair!  So my dear, sweet wonderful husband took over, so I could just soak and refocus in a nice hot tub.  I thought about how life isn't fair.  As I was thinking about all the apparent injustices I am facing, I felt God gently reminding me that if life was fair, each and everyone of us deserves an eternity separated from God.  That would be fair.  After all, He is perfect, and I am sinful.  I do not deserve His mercy and grace.  Yes, I'm glad life isn't fair! 

I began writing this post earlier in the week.  This morning in service God reminded me through Pastor Steve's message that it is through the problems and trials that we experience God's miracles.  Again, life's not fair.  I'm glad life's not fair.  Here are some of my reasons.  What are yours?

  • I am the daughter of the King of Kings!
  • I have a husband that loves and adores me, even when I'm not lovable and adorable!
  • I get to experience the miracle of God's provision each and every month through His people!
  • I am chosen by God!
  • Our family gets to help bring the Word of God to the Bibleless people in Papua New Guinea!  
  • I'm forgiven!
  • I get to enjoy moments like this while homeschooling:

Yes, I'm glad life's not fair!  I'm so glad God is using me, although I certainly have nothing to offer but my availability!