After an enjoyable, yet long voyage across "the pond" a week ago today, we arrived safely at 3 AM at the Tbilisi airport. Three of our dear staff were there to meet us with flowers and beautiful smiles. We are back at our previous flat and it is quite comfortable for us. You may remember that it is just blocks away from our school. We have the air conditioner that some of you blessed us with last summer, a brand new self-defrosting fridge, and a brand new QUEEN size bed. Thank you God and landlord, too.
It has been a stressful and yet fruitful week of adjustment, mostly because of the full days before we made the long journey here. There was the big move from Shiloh House to Dusty's "cozy castle", the Mark IV Harvest "Show and Tell" event, with the packing and moving and packing and flying and packing and storing... well, you get my point. In the midst of our move, I sent my manuscript to hopefully be published into a book soon.
We loved the way God poured out His Spirit upon us at the Fort Collins Hilton where many of you attended our "See what God did event". We were encouraged along with many of you as we listened to the testimonials of our students, teachers, and parents as they took us back in time to the start of The School of Tomorrow Georgia. For me, the highlight of the evening was when Zoë Bennett read the words our beloved Director Nino sent to us. Truly, Zoë got Nino's heart and it was so powerful and filled with love.
I brought a new friend for Charlie, my dog puppet. He is Reeta's monkey and his name is Jonathan. Can you guess the Bible story I tell through them? I end the time with a prayer that each of the students and teachers learn how to be loyal and good friends and how we are given a great example in Jesus with Lazurus, Martha and Mary. I'm planning to bring out the story of Jesus bringing Lazarus out of the tomb with a lesson on faith. Last Wednesday, I shared with four classes. Nino interpreted with the younger classes with simultaneous interpreting. I had forgotten how fun this is and we truly become like one person as we talk to the students together.
There is no doubt but that we are again on the front lines and the enemy is trying to keep us from being effective while we are here. Please continue to remember us in prayer.
Did you hear the great news?! Yes! We have two new beautiful granddaughters. David and Heka are adopting Lilia and Nitolia, Heka's nieces. I just sent them "Welcomes to the Treat Family!"
(Nitolia is top left, and Lilia is top right.)
God has shown us that it is your support which keeps us coming here and we appreciate each one of you more than you can know! A dear friend shared with me a wonderful blessed lesson that she was teaching her Sunday-school class on "Stand". It has so blessed me. When I wonder if I'm being obedient and truly making a difference in the lives of our staff and students. When my body doesn't act like it should... I get on the edge of wanting to give up, I am remembering her words.
The Lord mercifully gave me the following verses from Daniel to "spur me on to good works" and I close with these powerful verses found in Daniel 10:11, 12: And he said to me, "O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you and stand upright for I have now been sent to you." While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come because of your words."