Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Encouragement Along The Way

We where away from the house for 3 weeks. We've had longer trips on deputation, but this was the longest we have been away for a while. It was a great 3 weeks. We had some wonderful churches along the way that encouraged us. Our first week was in Murfreesboro TN. We stayed with our nephew Daniel and his wife Breanna. The are on staff at the Bill Rice Ranch. We had two meetings in the area and enjoyed some nicer weather.

Daniel & Breanna Siekbert

Then we headed down to Pensacola, Florida. We visited PCC for two days, so our kids could see the college. Saw my brother and many people we know. Stayed with the Bowman's and even saw an old friend who was on the mission field with her parents. It was a great two days.



                   Mack & Dan talking of days gone by.                          Pastor Atkins

                   
                              Nehemiahs video teacher                                Josephs video teacher


 
                                My Brother Nolan                                         Nehemiah & Nolan

After PCC, we headed to South Carolina for a meeting on Sunday night and one on Wednesday. We stopped into a church on Sunday morning that we where not scheduled, a couple asked us over for lunch. The Turpennings served in Togo for a year to help another missionary. It was nice to talk with them and talk of home.

This picture was taken while they where in Togo, years ago.



We were in a new church on Sunday, in North Carolina. What a blessing, they spoiled us. Then we headed to Crown College for a day. Then back to NC for a Wednesday meeting. Then on to Kentucky for a Missions Conference. It was a great week! Stayed with a sweet lady who opened her home to us. Thanks Dawnielle. They gave the missionaries a date night and watched our kids for us. Sunday night the church kids gave all the missionaries kids a love offering. It was a blessing to see all those who are serving in the church and have a heart for missions. We enjoyed bus church with the kids and canvasing for a new church being started out of that church.


          
             
                               Mack seeing if they could balance something on their head, like in Ghana.    
             

 

Naomi & Dawnielle

                               Sweet girls in my Sunday school class, ready for their program. 

March 30th was our 19th wedding anniversary and also the beginning of our Spring break. We spent a week in the Smokey Mountains with family. We planned this even before we left Ghana. Mack's twin brother is a missionary in Uganda and his other brother Mark was a missionary in Mongolia, he has switched ministries recently. The only time we get to really visit with each other is this week away in TN.




The grandchildren that where there with Mom & Dad Siekbert


Lesson I learned. God reminded me several times, to be thankful. God is so good to me. One day things did not go as I had planned. I got a little aggravated. Then God dumped blessings into my lap. Then I sat back and felt so guilty of my wrong attitude. I asked God to forgive me, an unthankful brat. Things went as God had planned. I had watched over 3 weeks, the Lord provide and protect us as we traveled. See my kids enjoying being with other church/missionary kids. Church after church, family after family, blessing after blessing and here I am...disgruntled because things didn't go the way I thought they should...shame on me.  They went better than little ole me, move aside and let God have His way, it's much better!











Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Proposal

On Valentine's Day, our national Pastor Prince, asked Linda to marry him. We are excited for what the Lord is doing in their lives. That also means a wedding!!! They will wait for us to return and then set a date. Please pray for them.

Prince sent these pictures to us



Prince & Linda at our house

A man who studies the word of God!!

On April 11th, Mack's niece, Hannah, is getting married. Sunday April 12th, begins our Missions Conference at our home church, Chippewa Lake Baptist Church. In May, we will be seriously thinking of heading back to Ghana, getting things packed and ready. But, first, Spring Break is coming in March!!! So excited. I can't wait for SUNSHINE!!! I am sure my next post will be about that!! We had a slow month, due to weather. Now it's full steam ahead!!!

The electricity in Ghana has gotten worse. They are now 2 full days with out electric, 1 day with electric. It is not good for businesses in Ghana.

Our son Matthew, has gotten his temporary drivers license!! Naomi has completed her in car driving, with the instructor. Matthew is next. Naomi needs a few more driving hours, before she gets her license. Until next time!!




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ghana Fever

I want sunshine, warm temperatures and no snow. It does look pretty, but after the snow falls, I want it to be gone.

Prince text Mack on Sunday afternoon, but I was the one who text back. He just had gotten home from the evening church service. Ghana and Ivory Coast was playing in the African Cup Final. (AKA=Soccer) The time he text the game was almost over and no one had scored 0-0. So they got down to the penalty kicks. He was texting play by play. I was holding my breath at each text. The score ended at Ivory Coast 9, Ghana 8. So close. Ghana's electricity has been on load shedding since we left. It was 24 hours on and 12 off. Now it has gone to 12 on and 24 off. They said it will get worse. Not happy about that. Prince was joking because of the game they of course had electricity. He said, if Ghana wins we will probably have lights the rest of the evening. Well, Ghana lost. Meanwhile we had said good bye because it was time for us to get ready for evening church. Right before we pulled into the church he text, "LIGHTS OUT". So Ghana again was in darkness.

I think I have Ghana Fever due to all this snow. I can't wait to get back and get warm. I miss the everyday things and the warm weather. I miss our church people and did I say the weather? We still have plenty to do here, but I am ready to get home. Time is going fast. In a few months I will be saying, I'm not ready, we need more time. You know how it goes.









Whether I like it or not my kids are growing up. Naomi and Matthew took their driving class and Matthew will go for his temporary in March. I thought this was funny but my kids scored the highest on the written test for this year. We are only in February, but still proud of them. I am thankful for their testimony and being able to talk to the teacher about what they do in Africa. The kids in the class where shocked that they live in Africa. I went to High School with the kids of the teacher that was teaching the class. He just lives down the road. Small world.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Do You Think More Like The World Or A Believer?

We went bowling twice within 3 days, I am a professional now. (Hardly) Our home church had a bowling activity and it was the first time in 8 years that we went bowling, lets say, I stunk. Then our friends from one of supporting churches has been wanting us to go with them, so we went. We had a great time and it was fun even with all the gutter balls. I should of had them put up the bumpers. ha ha






We have plenty of snow on the ground here in Ohio. It looks real pretty. I can handle that as long as the temperature stays above 20 degrees. Kendall messaged me from Ghana, this time of year is the Harmattan, dirt covers everything, I mentioned we had 6 inches of snow, he said we have 6 inches of dirt, (kidding) YUCK! I do dread this time of year in Ghana, all the dirt and its hot too.










My husband had a birthday on January 18th. We celebrated his birthday on Friday, I took him out to eat and got him a blackberry pie this year with ice cream. His birthday was actually on Sunday. Sunday we had just enough time after church to have a quick lunch and be out the door to Michigan, for a meeting that evening. Don't laugh but I put candles in a Swiss Roll and we sang to him. We where in a hurry!



Col 3:1-2
1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 
2. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.

I Peter 1:13
13. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,...

You make a choice where your going to aim your mind.  

Rom 12:1-2
1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 
2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God. 

Don't be pushed into the mold of the world. Be separated. 

Do you think more like the world or a believer?

Renovate your mind:
1. By the word of God
2. Prayer
3. Gird up your mind - bind up your mind, repetition









Friday, January 2, 2015

Thieves And Salvation

We start out the New Year 2015 with Joseph's birthday. He is 13 years old. Yes, I have 3 teenagers in the house now. Yikes!



This holiday season was rather weird. In Ghana we have our family traditions we do every year and we think of how people back in the States are enjoying the snow and Christmas shopping. This year we were among those in the states, but it wasn't the same. I felt out of place. This is not what we usually do. Oh, I enjoyed being with family and all the good food, but lets just say I wasn't in the Christmas spirit (so they say).  It came and went and now we are into the new year. I have to say the best part of this Christmas was hearing our children's salvation testimonies on Christmas morning:

Christmas Day we woke up and Matthew read the Christmas story in Luke chapter 2 and gave the devotion. We then went around and everyone gave their salvation testimony. With tears in all of our eyes as we reflected on how Christ gave us salvation and we excepted it. The story of the thieves brought salvation to my 2 youngest boys. In Ghana on Sunday, August 19, 2007, while we were at church thieves broke into our home. We were devastated, not so much with the material items that were lost but the invasion of our personal space. The one place of comfort and safety and solitude. As we were looking at the damage done in our home and seeing the place they broke in,  Joseph got afraid. What if they hurt or killed us? Joseph needed to trust Christ as his Savior. He knew if that happened he would not go to heaven. That night among the men repairing the thieves entry way, he trusted Christ. Many years later, Nehemiah heard of the story of the thieves breaking into our home and he also got afraid. He told Joseph, while letting my husband in the car gate, I am going to get saved. I remember my husband and I praying with him as he asked Christ into his heart, that was December 4, 2012. I did not know it was because he heard the story about the thieves until this Christmas. So I thank the thieves for helping my children receive Christ. The thieves walked away with a computer but my kids walked away with an eternal life.

Nehemiah following in Believers Baptism this year. (last year) ha ha

I am still not in the spirit of things. The other day in Amish country we saw a clothes line that was really big and it made me miss Ghana and the simple things of hanging my clothes on the line not to mention the warmer weather...I think I just miss home!






Tuesday, December 9, 2014

We Are The Reason

Check out post by Lou Ann Keiser. In The Way  This one is good to Soda Cracker Cookies great for on the filed, the whole site is an encouragement.

We have enjoyed being home for the week. We set up our Christmas tree and staying warm inside. We have meetings every Sunday this month, but they are close to home. Hurray!!! The kids exams are right before Christmas, so that helps being in one place. They are also enjoying our church's youth group on Wednesday. We go Christmas Caroling this Wednesday with our church, it will be fun.



Matthew and Naomi have a recital on Saturday. I am so excited for what they are learning. Our nephew-in-law (great music teacher) is teaching Naomi violin and Matthew piano. He said by the time we go back to Ghana they should know 20 hymns. He works with our schedule and has even used Face-Time for a lesson because we where out of town. Thanks Josh for all your help.





We are also using this time while we are home to get our eyes checked, doctor visits etc. Sometimes you are busier being home, still thankful to be home.




We Are The Reason Please read the lyrics. I was to lazy to type it all. If you want to hear it find "Day Break Quartet" This Avalon I don't know, I was just looking for lyrics. Merry Christmas!!!




Monday, December 1, 2014

Pilgrims and Indians

Loved her post so here it  is: Mrs. John



We enjoyed two Turkey dinners this year and Nehemiah turned 8 on the 28th. I will let pictures tell the story.

We welcomed you, the white man, with open arms, little knowing that ...



 
Four  cousins who have birthdays near each other

We had a few Pilgrims and Indians for dinner






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