Friday, July 10, 2015

A Bit Overwhelmed

Nehemiah cracks me up. Naomi and I where in over our heads cleaning the kitchen. The rest of the house is a mess also. We hear Nehemiah singing "Hallelujah, Hallelujah". Me and Naomi looked at each other, how in the world in all this mess can he be singing. That boy is in his own world. He just picked up where he left off a year ago and is right back into the flow of things, with out batting an eye. Now that I think of it, he was out of his element when we were back in the States.

Our first night back was, well, lets just say we found a place to sleep and called it a night. Most of us slept in the living room, because our ceiling fans didn't work. We were just praising the Lord we had fans to sleep under because the electric was on!! Our second day, Mack fixed the fans and got the generator up and working. We were all able to sleep in our own beds. From there we made a lot of progress cleaning and unpacking. We are still adjusting to the electric being off and trying to figure out the schedule. (I am not sure we will ever figures it out).

I love our church family. It is so good to be back. Sunday morning Mr. Eshun sang a song for Prince and Linda, for their up coming wedding. (August 29th, there has been a change.) Well you just have to know Mr. Eshun. Sunday evening we were teasing Prince because he picked Linda's favorite song which is: "Jesus Is All The World To Me" we said, no, she is really singing, "Prince Is All The World To Me". What makes me so happy is to see our church love their Pastor, Prince and follow him. We already have a Bible study in Kojokrom and our focus will be more on that ministry as we phase out.





Nehemiah and Joseph had eye doctor appointments before we left. Nehemiah was legally blind in his left eye. He is now seeing 20/20. He will still have to wear the patch for the next 3 years. If he doesn't  his good eye will take over and he will be right back where we started from. I am glad we saw such improvement in such a sort time. He got his glasses in December, starting patching in January and in June he was seeing 20/20. God is good!

Joseph when he wore the patch

Nehemiah

Naomi has her drivers license, she took the test about 2 weeks before we left. The same day our van sold and God answered all of our needs in one day. Besides packing we where ready to head back to Africa.



July is my favorite month in Ghana. I declare Christmas in July!! Come December we will be suffering. (That is just a side note.)



There is still plenty to do here, but we are getting settled. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Already?



We had family over for Memorial Day. I was excited because I don't get to have them over often. We are usually on the road. We actually got to spend the day at home with family. It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun with everyone.




        
  



We where in two churches last Sunday. It was good to be with them and see everyone again. We have
one last meeting this Sunday. I can't believe it is June already. The kids leave for camp this Saturday. 
It is getting rather hectic around here. Trying to get rid of things, pack and clean. Then once we get to Ghana, we have to unpack and clean. I am getting tired.



 Brother and Sister ministering in church



Mack's parents spent the week with us. We haven't been able to spend one-on-one time with them since we have been home. So, they came for the week and it was really enjoyable being able to have that time with them.          
                                                                        


                                      





















Saturday, May 9, 2015

Time's Almost Up

Time is quickly coming to an end. We are home bound for the most part now. We still have meetings every Sunday, close to home. Our last church will be in PA, June 6. We have a lot to get done in just two months. Great news is, we have finished school. Shoo! Please pray for us as we switch gears to head back to Ghana.

On May 4th, Naomi turned 17. I can't believe it. Matthew has begun his in car driving. Nehemiah is doing great with his glasses/patch. He is now seeing 20/30 out of his left eye. He will have to wear the patch for the next 3 years. We have a great Eye Doctor. Joseph saw her when he was 10 months old and she has been working with Joseph over the years, now Nehemiah. The Lord really directed us to her.






At the eye doctors

We got to spend the weekend with Pastor Rowell and his wonderful family. Mrs. Rowell asked me to speak at their mother/daughter banquet on Friday. I spent the day Saturday shopping and fellowshipping with Mrs. Rowell and the two Naomi's. Sunday we had great services, really enjoyed Pastor Rowell's message, "Your Want To's," we the love the church family. Finally got to meet the two handsome grand babies, I have heard so much about! It was such and encouragement to be with this family. Love you!!!


Eden helping Matthew play the piano



I think we skipped Spring, it is rather warm out there, but loving it!!!!!!!








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!











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