Friday, April 4, 2008


It is eight in the morning and already hot and humid. The boys are playing with two monkeys that one of the missionary families has. Jeff and Dan have a major case today - be praying! It will take several hours. Also pray for Jason and Teresa, who will arrive today from Ghana. It is difficult to decribe what it feels like here. Remember the old song that says, "Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. I can feel His mighty power, and His grace..." That song sums it up better than I can. It is wonderful to see the physical, practical, tangible work of God, as the believers here, missionary and Togolese alike, are truly the hands of the Great Physician to so many in need. Then, I see the awesome power of God as the believers here rely on prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit to provide for their needs and to stir the hearts of the lost. There is one missionary here that the Togolese call Grandma Jesse. She is an old saint and she is so loving and sweet. When she heard that the guys were in need of something for the OR that they didn't have, she said, "well, let's pray about that - right now!" They did and it was a done deal in her eyes! :0) Later that day, they discovered that the maintanence man was able to rig up something that would work perfectly. What a privilege to see the simple, but powerful work of God and such quick answer to prayer! The boys are loving it here. Each night when we pray as a family, Alex remembers to thank God for the things and the people and the work here and recognizes in prayer that none of it would be here if not for God being at work. Luke is thoroughly enjoying the other missionary children and is eager for any adventure. We so appreciate your prayers for us, and for the rest of our family at home who we miss terribly, and we can't wait to share with you pictures and stories!


Mom said...

We miss you too, but are so glad for this experience for all of you.Cate prays for you all every night, as we do.
Love to you all.

amanda said...

Hi my beloved niece. It's Aunt Sandy here. I love you all so much, and am praying for you all "without ceasing". I am so proud of the ministry you are doing, and your willing spirits in serving God this way.
All went perfect with Cate and Will, and we look forward to some kind of field trip with them next week (my small people are on spring break).
God's with you. Love, aunt sandy.

chris ann dykstra said...

missing you all! praying daily. hope all is well and you are enjoying your time of service. things here are well. we love you. aunt c

Lindsey said...

We are praying for you every day in school. My kids remind me faithfully. We kind of feel like we are there with you. Funny thing, prayer =) Love from my heart, Linds

beth said...

I'm so excited for you that you and the boys got to go with Jeff on this trip - what an amazing experience! Can't wait to see your pictures & hear your stories! You've been on my mind and heart each day & I've prayed for you often. I'm overwhelmed pretty regularly when I think of the wonderful friends that God has placed in my life - friends like you & Jeff, who want to spend their time, money and talents to reach others for Christ! I'm thankful to call you my sweet friend and sister. I love you lots and will be praying you back home! =) Be safe!