Friday, February 23, 2018

Greater Things

During this time of physical pain that has brought me back to the U.S. for a time, God has been showing me in Scripture about "greater things" (John 14:12-14) that He is doing, which I believe are eternal things.  Physical healing is truly great, but God is also doing eternal things, in and through us, that are even greater.  

Bruce and Mabel Callender, who started the OMS (One Mission Society) work in Mozambique, sent me a book about two of the founders of OMS, Charles and Lettie Cowman, The Story Behind Streams in the Desert, which is Lettie Cowman's journal during the last year of her husband Charles' life. 

 What God continues to show me is that His higher thoughts and ways are for greater things, whether or not they include physical healing. We praise God for healing when it comes, in life or death, but we can know that He is doing eternal things. As I read the book, I was encouraged to see that Lettie had come to the same realization.

"There came to me today the thought which I believe was given me of God that there is something greater than healing for us. God may have a far deeper thought than just healing. We shall yet see it...God is using this affliction to teach us of Himself and when it is complete we shall find that we have more than healing." 
(L. Cowman) 

 I do believe that God will heal me in this life. It's hard to wait on Him, feel pain, and trust in His will, but I know that He is doing greater eternal things. 

Charles and Lettie were living in Los Angeles at the time of Charles' death, where the OMS offices were. I visited the cemetery where they are buried here to reflect and thank God for the extraordinary things He did through their lives, their suffering, and their faithfulness.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


My beloved friend from college, Sam, passed away.

I joined her family and her many friends (especially my dear friends, Anita and Marla) to remember one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I've been blessed to know. 

(Right to Left) - Sam, Aimee, Anita, Marla.

With Sam at our graduation from the University of Miami.

In Sam's own words, 

" cancer patient can ever do this be able to say that I am far from alone feels simply wonderful...I received the most unbelievable gift from my friends - love."

Samantha was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Thus Far...


I'm praising the Lord that my head pain has decreased this last month, and I was able to enjoy time with my family.

With my sister in northern CA

Play time

With my dad, nephew, and niece.

Hard to let go 

Laura, the daughter of my Brazilian missionary colleagues in Mozambique, here with my mom, came to visit for her Christmas break from college.

Christmas day games with Laura and my brother's family.

Three fast-growing nephews.

I'm praying for God's plan for my return to Mozambique.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas!

"My soul magnifies the Lord, 
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..."

Luke 1:46-47

(Etching by my mom)

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

More Fires

I appreciate all who have been praying for us here with the fires. This one was burning near my high school.

This fire is now contained, but the large one burning north of us is still only around 25% contained.

 So thankful for the firefighters and the brave work they do. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

God's Work in God's Time

I praise God for His ongoing work in Inhambane! 
I'm thankful for all of my Mozambican and missionary co-workers from Maputo who are taking trips to visit the house and the churches in Inhambane while I'm on medical leave. 

Pastor Daniel and his wife Luisa, along with a missionary family from Guinea Bissau, Tchedna (taking the selfie here) and Marcilene Siga, visited Inhambane this month.

"A patient person will eat ripe fruit."
African proverb 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Faithful Witness in the Sky

"The moon is round!"  (Jim Elliot)

"There is wholeness, all things are complete in Christ, even when they appear to be partially is full in His will and brings promises of good things yet for us here." 
(Jim Elliot) 

 "...the faithful witness in the sky." (Psalm 89: 37b)