Archive for April, 2010

Final Two Weeks in California

April 24, 2010

Furlough is fast drawing to a close, and there is ever so much to be done yet:  packing the boxes we will ask a friend to ship when we reach the east coast; meeting people across the valley; taking care of logistical needs like our mail forwarding service and the re-registering of our trailer in Turlock.  Isaac will hopefully be able to have his “bonus tooth” removed (an extra one in the front of his gums, which Dr. Fletcher found on the x-rays), and Todd will keep taking antibiotics (and probiotics) to get past his pneumonia.  There are letters to write and emails to send, mending to do and prayers to pray.  The youngest has only a few days to finish her current Saxon Math textbook so that she can bring the new one along…

Most of all, our hearts are warm with gratitude for the kindness of friends here in the valley.  We are anxious to see as many of you as we can before we head back to the field.  Please pray for our health in these final two weeks in California and that God would direct our steps.

New pneumonia patient

April 23, 2010

Todd, after weeks of good health, became the latest to need antibiotics.  He went to the doctor yesterday, was diagnosed, and begins recovery today.

Thank-you for your prayers, and thank-you to the Van Artsdalen family for bringing over an awesome chicken noodle soup.  We feel the love of this community.

Pneumonia Update

April 20, 2010

Thank-you SO much to all who have been praying for Dad and I.  Dad improved some overnight, and is coughing less, though his heartbeat is still not what the doctors want it to be.  He is not out of the woods, and needs much prayer.

I am also feeling somewhat better.

There is no substitute for pleading our case before the Great Physician.

Urgent Prayer Request

April 20, 2010

My father, 83, was taken to hospital this morning with advanced pneumonia.  He is very weak.  These first 24 hours on antibiotics are critical, and our family asks for your prayers for his full recovery. 

I have also been put on antibiotic today for pneumonia, and ask for your prayers.


Good Friday

April 2, 2010










“I entreat you to devote one solemn hour of thought to a crucified Saviour–a Saviour expiring in the bitterest agony. Think of the cross, the nails, the open wounds, the anguish of His soul. Think how the Son of God became a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, that you might live forever. Think as you lie down upon your bed to rest, how your Saviour was lifted up from the earth to die. Think amid your plans and anticipations of future gaiety what the redemption of your soul has cost, and how the dying Saviour would wish you to act. His wounds plead that you will live for better things.” (Albert Barnes)    

“Yet once more that cross moves closer, and yet more intensely and eagerly He who hangs upon it seems to speak to us, and the burden of His words is: “I bring to you that which is highest and best for time and eternity; I bring to you the assurance that there is no grief and no sorrow that is not always in the Father’s sight and may not be turned into blessing. I bring to you a power by which evil thoughts and tendencies may be destroyed. I bring to you whose memories are full of sad and bad recollections the assurance that no life can have been so wicked, no past so foul, no strength so far gone as to cut off from the love of God and His willingness to save.” Are you willing to hear that voice and to respond to its invitation?”  (Amory Howe Bradford)

Endless Spring in California

April 1, 2010

The beauty of arriving in southern California in late February, then moving north into the Central Valley, east to the foothills and Angel’s Camp, west to the other foothills and Del Puerto Canyon, is that you keep experiencing Spring. 

We are again in Patterson, having been up to Placerville, Plymouth, Galt and Sacramento, as well as Sonora and Angel’s Camp  — the foothills are a huge draw for us, and it would be easy to move into real estate mode instead of focusing on what God has called us to do here! 

Todd is in Modesto today, and has appointments until after dinner.  This is a typical day. 

The rest of us are home for the afternoon, two still a little under the weather, one wondering what to write on the next missions letter (ideas are welcome), and three studying for school assignments.