Blessings from Our Home Church

Kurt was able to share at our sending church, Tyrone Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fenton, MI, on Sunday. He skyped with me what a huge blessing it was to him.
Tyrone posted this pic at Facebook and I share it here. It is so uplifting to see the deaconate praying for my husband and our family and ministry here. This picture is so encouraging to me.

1 Thess 5:11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Kurt's Snow Adventure

As many of you know, Kurt is in the USA. He'd gone for some meetings in North Carolina but is now in Michigan visiting relatives, friends and supporters.
While there, he has sent me two photos of the day his brother and our niece took him out snowboarding!

Kurt snowboarding for the first time in his life!

Hannah and Kurt! They only went down the hill twice because then
Hannah fell and broke her arm! HUGS to you, Hannah!!!!

Brotherly Love

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby

some have entertained angels unawares...

Embrace The Cross

One of my favourite songs, especially in this Easter season, is Steve Green's "Embrace The Cross". This is passionate song, reminding me of His suffering for me and my call to follow in His steps for His glory....My life is not my own...it is His.

I am crucified with Christ Therefore I no longer live
Jesus Christ now lives in me
(Repeat twice)

Embrace the cross
Where Jesus suffered
Though it will cost
All you claim as yours
Your sacrifice will seem small
Beside the treasure
Eternity can't measure
What Jesus holds in store

Embrace the love
The cross requires
Cling to the one
Whose heart knew every pain
Receive from Jesus
Fountains of compassion
Only He can fashion
Your heart to move as His

Oh, wondrous cross our desires rest in you
Lord Jesus make us bolder
To face with courage the shame and disgrace
You bore upon Your shoulder

Embrace the life
That comes from dying
Come trace the steps
The Savior walked for you
An empty tomb
Concludes Golgotha's sorrow
Endure then till tomorrow
Your cross of suffering
Embrace the cross
Embrace the cross
The cross of Jesus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3G9C5CjXts

Morning Walk in the Cemetery

Down the street from us is a gate that leads into a cemetery. Cemeterys here are like parks in the USA - people exercise there, have picnics, bury their loved ones, hold family reunions, sleep overnight at the grave site on special holidays, etc...

I enjoy morning walks there. First view is of the mountains (Mount Apo and a few others.) It is a visual reminder to me of my Saviour's love and care for me....even if there are clouds blocking a clear view of the mountain, He is always there - in every storm of life. The visual reminder is His loving grace to me.

I lift up my eyes to the
hills. From where does my help come?

2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.




The other amazing thing to witness in the cemetery is how the graves are dug - all by hand -

early in the cool of morning - spade by spade - earth moved to make room for the box and body of some family's loved one....



8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.