Earl and JanOctober 31, 2011

There are times to go and a time to stay and wisdom knows the difference.

We arrived home last night after a very long trip from Vienna where Daniel, Reeta, Alex, Ben and Gracie left us at the lovely Airport Hotel. With them, we had traveled across the Czech Republic, Austria, and into Southern Germany in a rented nine-passenger van for three wonderful days!

It was a week ago that we had flown into Vienna from Tbilisi where we had spent nearly two blessed months with our staff and students of the School of Tomorrow. School began with 275 students enrolled.  We were grateful for the strong, orderly beginning to the new school year.

Montage of three school pictures

As I visited our 14 English classes and walked the halls of our school, I was again aware that we must have the most wonderful school in all of Georgia. I may be somewhat prejudiced but I think you would agree if you could visit our school this year. Our staff is doing a great job and students are really working hard on their goals each day.

Two pictures with grandkids

We were glad for the opportunity to spend time with Daniel’s family in their rented house in Vsetín, Czech. We met some of their new friends, attended the classes they are teaching, and walked the streets in this lovely old town where God has sent them to share His love with the Czech people.

Daniel's family and meadow

We are totally certain that many prayers and much support from our family and friends made this time of going-forth fruitful and even possible. The words 'thank you' don't do a very good job of expressing what is in our hearts - to God and to those beautiful folks who support and stand with us. Our appreciation knows no bounds!

He says, “Go and I will be with you.” And we know there is nothing to fear. He keeps His promises, though not always as we expect or that is easy for us. There were struggles and pain. Moments of wondering if we could keep on. But always when we continue to say “Yes, Lord” He comes with a miracle and makes a way just as He promises.

When the disciples came back from a missionary journey they were rejoicing because they said, “Even the devils are subject to us.”  And Jesus said, “Don’t rejoice in successful service", but rather He said “the secret to successful service is that you are rightly related to Me.”

I love the words to the old hymn’s chorus:  “Here am I Lord. Is it I Lord?  I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if You lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart.”

So, it is with joy and anticipation that we look into the future and we say, “Take us on the upward path, Lord. Guide us on each step we take. Give us eyes to see the way, Lord. And make us worthy vessels for Thy sake.”

My book, “Following the Shepherd” is here! We have a number of books for our family and friends. We will make them available with a suggested donation of twelve dollars. After the expenses for publishing, all donations will go into our Mark IV Harvest ministry to Georgia and other ministries, such as our church's outreach to Uganda and our son, David and Heka’s Little Lights Homes in Nagaland, as well.

My book may also be purchased at WestBow Press, Amazon, Barns and Nobel, etc.


HOPE
It is with joy and anticipation that we look into the future and we say,
“Take us on the upward path, Lord.
Guide us on each step we take.
Give us eyes to see Thy way, Lord.
And make us worthy vessels for Thy sake."

JT

Sunrise photo