Sunday, August 5, 2007

34 blessed years together

Saturday night, August 4th, was a happy event for the two of us as we celebrated 34 years of marriage. We invited our co-workers and our good friends to join us in a lovely meal and homemade pie to share our celebration. We gathered very comfortably with nine of us in our new partially finished home (all in our "Great Room" as Gail calls it).

Together we serve the Lord here in Thailand. We trust the Lord for many years service here. Of course, God has used YOU, our supporters, to be a blessing to us and God continues to bless His work here. Today in our newest church, Santisuk Baptist Church, we had truly a full house. Every seat was full, we had two seated on the stairs, and the song leader had to sit on the piano bench during the message. So far the Santisuk Baptist Church is meeting in one of the member's home but perhaps soon they will have to look for a new meeting hall! They have a building fund and perhaps they will have to trust the Lord to expand soon.

How blessed we are to have reared 3 godly children and now have two son-in-laws and a daughter-in-law who are also living for the Lord. To those six, we have added grandsons and granddaughters, making our clan now a dozen.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward." Psalm 127.3

Please pray for us as we continue the house work. The inside is all plastered now and most of the outside is done. We are now in the finishing stage (not "finished" but the items such as lighting, flooring, screens, anti-theft bars, drop ceilings, painting, trim and such).

Gail and I have been sleeping in our newly finished bedroom with attached bathroom. I have moved part of my office into the bedroom while the remodeling is being done on the office and kitchen. How nice it is to know that we are "in" our bedroom after three months of temporary living. God has blessed beyond our dreams and showed us his power to bless those who depend wholly on Him.

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Eph 3:20-21

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