Jan Treat regularly writes of her experiences and thoughts in her walk with the Lord. This blog page is where her articles are published, with the most recent at the top, older ones below.
My Brother Bill
I have a brother and his name is Billy Gene.
Most people call him Bill, but not me for you see.
He'll always be Billy
...the best brother there could ever be.
There are words that describe him like honest and kind.
He's faithful and generous, a nicer guy you cannot find.
We lost our mother when he was only eleven.
I saw him hurting and it hurt me too, for I was only seven.
I've always looked up to my big brother, Billy.
He's smart and his character is flawless, never silly.
We were blessed to be raised on a farm in Kansas.
He is a Christian who is real and not pretentious.
Yes, I have looked up to Billy from the day I was born.
He sets a great example to us all and though others I might scorn.
He is my hero each day of my life.
And I thank God for a brother who lives in peace, without strife.
The word for this day is "triumph"! Why did I pick that word? I'm pretty sure it is because I'm not feeling well and I need to change my thoughts. I just turned to the book of Philippians. I love to read about how Paul was so positive, even in the worst of situations. From chapter 4 the Message Bible reads: "My dear, dear friends! I love you so much. I do want the very best for you. You make me feel such joy, fill me with such pride. Don't waver. Stay on track, steady in God.
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel (triumph) in Him. Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you are on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them to see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."
Yes! We will triumph gloriously! And back to Philippians 4:8: "...I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly, things to praise, not things to curse."
Yes! May the enemy of our souls take notice... we will triumph over him and all his helpers. Not because of us, but because of Jesus Christ who paid the price when He died on the Cross that we might live. He shed His precious blood and we are free from all sin if we confess our sins and believe.
Treat Family News:
Yes, we have hired a new director for the School of Tomorrow/Georgia. He is an American, Ryan Arner, married to a Georgian. She has lived in Ft. Collins and has even been in our home. They are believers and he has joined the Orthodox church. They just had a baby girl. He has his PhD. He also has a government job at the present. Our dear friend Nino has been the SOT Director for nearly 22 years. It has been her life. She has moved to Hungary to be with her husband who is the Georgian Ambassador there. Please pray for Nino to be able to adjust and for continued wisdom for Earl and the Mark IV board. Earl introduced him to the office staff today. Mr. Ryan (that is what he will be called in Georgia) isn't real busy with his other job so he plans to be at school every day. We are thanking God for His answers!
Earl will be coming home in just 10 more days!!!
I am grateful for our sons, their wives and their children. May they triumph over all!
And I am grateful for the family of God all around the globe and those wonderful and faithful folks that stand with us in this fight. May we all "receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within ourselves." (Philippians 4:23)
The God We Serve
This early morning I awoke at 2 am and felt God calling me to come into my "closet" and just sit with Him for awhile. I can't say I heard Him but I surely did feel Him speak to me. As I struggled to wake up I thought about how big is our God; how He is absolutely glorious! And the really awesome thing is that He loves each one of us so much. He is patient, kind, and so amazing! Our minds just can't get around the truth of it all.
Who is He? This One who gave His life that we might live. Just who is He?
He said about Himself: "I am the Lord that is My name and My glory I will not give to another nor My praise to carved images. I am the Creator of the heavens and the earth;" He gives breath to each one. Not only did He create us He said I call you in righteousness and I will hold your hand. Think of it. The Holy One who made the sun and all the stars in the heavens says to each of us "I will hold your hand."
Jesus, my Lord, show me the way. Peace and true joy are coming to me when I say, "Glory to You, my King and my guide. I won't lose my way with You by my side. The whole world seems to be in chaos and strife. But with You there is hope and a wonderful life. So many are blind and cannot even hear. Yet they are precious in His sight and have nothing to fear.
"Seeing many things, but you do not observe; opening the ears, but he does not hear."
Some Treat Family News:
First: A daughter. One of our dear graduates from our school in Tbilisi. Living in our basement apartment. Asena (photo on the right) is from Turkey but has lived in Georgia for the past 6 years attending the SOT Georgia. She has come to Colby to attend Colby Junior College. Asena is taking 20 hours and looking for a job as well. She is a blessing!
Earl leaves for Georgia on the 8th. So much of the future of our school rests on what he is able to do in two short months in Georgia. You may already know of the influx of students from foreign countries enrolled in our school. At the end of last semester we had around 50 from Egypt, Syria, Turkey, S. Korea, etc. We covet your prayers.
This summer the days have been happily filled with friends and family blessing us with their visits. For a small Kansas town, Colby has some fun things to enjoy. Our grandkids sure enjoyed the water park and picnics in the lovely park near downtown. Earl has been busy on landscaping our yard working hard even right through the 100 degree temperatures. I'll include some photos that we were able to get. Worth a thousand words!
A South Korean family. The older two girls go to our school:
Zoë Bennett modeling Jan's wedding dress:
A BLOG About Change
I am not fond of change. However, life is filled with changes and as long as I'm alive on this earth there will be changes. The seasons come and go; faster than I want as I get older. Someone said that she is sad we don't get to practice getting older. We only get this one chance to age gracefully and I find that this is a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Truly, it seems like we just had Christmas and the calendar says that today is the first day of spring. I am amazed! One thing I am thankful for is that we have pictures to help us remember the seasons of our lives.
As you probably know, we make the long and often stressful trip to Georgia each spring and fall. As the last two voyages across the Atlantic and beyond left me with nearly a week of being "out of commission", so to speak, we have decided that Earl will go without me this spring. After we returned last fall, I endured about a week of severe pain and paralyses in my body. I was pretty much helpless and we both got pretty scared. We even talked about calling off all our Christmas plans. But God. Yes, but God! He had other plans and I adjusted my medicines which helped me to receive His healing touch. He is so faithful and true!
I love what Hannah Whitall Smith said: "The heights of Christian perfection can only be reached by faithfully each moment following the Guide who is to lead you there and He reveals your way one step at a time in the little things of your daily lives asking only on your part that you yield yourself up to His guidance."
Webster says that change means "to give a different position, course, or direction."
Along with our twelve grandchildren, our whole family is experiencing this kind of change. David and Heka have moved to Nagaland where they minister to the children in their Little Lights homes. The first of June, Doug and Amber are planning to move to Northern California where Doug and Morgan will attend Bible college and Amber will continue to home school their boys. Daniel and Reeta have moved to Louisville, Kentucky where Daniel works for the "City on a Hill" ministry. In the fall of 2012, Dathan and Hilary moved to Colorado Springs where Dathan is a firefighter. Hilary is working as a hair stylist and they care for Hilary's grandmother. Dusty has not moved place of residence or job. He still has his same house but we are not there nearly as much and his job has undergone some changes that challenge him in a good way. Even our School of Tomorrow is changing in that many foreign students, 48 Egyptian students, have enrolled in our school. We estimate our enrollment must be about 350 students. Our wonderful staff seems to be adjusting to the quick growth. How we thank God for such great teachers!
A dear friend from Canada is traveling with Earl to Georgia this spring and this helped us make the difficult decision for me to not make the trip. The flat we have rented for the last four times we were in Tbilisi is no longer available so the members of our office staff are looking for a two bedroom flat for us. More change. Our old flat was close to our school. Many of our dear friends helped us purchase an air conditioner for the flat and it had automatic washing machine, as well. One thing is certain, God will provide and the guys will have a place they can call home while in Tbilisi. Our God always provides and takes care of His own.
It makes both of us sad for me to not be going to Georgia. We work best as a team and these two months will be hard. I'm working on an outline for Earl to take over for the Teacher Training as well as sending lots of letters for our beloved staff. Our teachers and students are precious to us as you can see by these pictures.
B - L - O - G
Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11,12)
Today, I’m wondering what the word “blog” means. Do the letters stand for something?
B - Be real and write what is on your heart.
L - Live what you believe.
O - Only the Truth will last.
G - God is highly exalted in all the earth.
Questions- I might ask myself:
- Does my blog exalt Him or me?
- Is my blog true?
- Are those who read my blog blessed?
I Googled the word "blog" and found that it means: a web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also the contents of such a site.
— blog verb
— blog•ger noun
— blog•ging noun
Origin of BLOG: short for "Weblog" (web log). It is interesting that the first time it was used was in 1999, so it is a relatively new word.
Two in the morning, He spoke to my heart:
“Come sit with Me.” I got up with a start,
He said it was tryst time for me and for Him,
“What is that?” I asked Him - my closest dear Friend.
He said, “Look it up and soon I would see.
That He wanted a meeting with li'l ole me.
It’s a time and a place where two lovers meet.
Like Mary, He wants us to sit and listen at His feet.
So, I fixed up a room, a large closet for I knew
We would meet there each morning when He woke me at two.
Dwelling in the secret place is what He wants from us.
Abiding in His shadow without fear we learn to trust.
Leaning on His strong arms, we find we will not fall.
Listening for His voice, go quickly when He calls.
We’ll learn to soar like the eagle when we wait upon our Lord.
We will share His love with the whole world;
Our Beloved and adored. - JT
Lately, I have found it to be increasingly difficult to hear Him speak even when I set aside a special time to “sit at His feet.” I can think of several excuses or reasons for this, but none of them are legitimate.
- I could use the excuse that I don’t feel well, but I’m feeling some better and I know many are praying and my heart is full as I feel so grateful. Truly, the symptoms have lessened since we endured jet-lag from our latest trip over the “pond”. (We arrived here on the twelfth.)
- I could also blame the unstable political situation here in Georgia and how this affects the whole country, including our school. However, the election is over and things seem to have settled down here in Georgia.
- Or another issue to keep me from spending time with Jesus might be that my thoughts are on the many moves that our Treat family is experiencing recently, even Dusty’s job took him to North Dakota with his boss. He made two trips in his boss’s small airplane to the big oil fields and worked long days to build the machines needed.
- And, of course, there is the big move for Earl and me to our new home in Colby, KS, after we ‘move’ back to the USA.
- And there are always issues concerning our Christian school here. We are thrilled at the good start of a new school year with nearly 300 students enrolled. I only had time for a Bible study with the staff before school started. In the spring we held an extensive teacher training. We have new students from Korea, Egypt, and Iraq. Those from Egypt have come to escape the terrible persecution of Christians coming from the new government and led by- “The Muslim Brotherhood”.
If you got to attend our first-ever Mark IV Harvest Benefit Concert on the 22nd of September, you know that it was a real success. Of course we couldn’t be there in person, but a surprise Skype call gave us a chance to greet everyone. Ginny Owens (pictured left) and the SHEL girls did a fantastic job and with our talented Dan Bennett at the helm, all went smoothly, we’ve been told. A big THANKYOU is due all the wonderful sponsors who generously gave for advertising and to all who support our work here in Georgia! Dan Bennett, Steve Rochat and Doug Max (along with Mark Goll) worked tirelessly to help make the evening enjoyable for all! Earl and I are deeply grateful!
We, along with our puppet monkey, George, presented our fourth grade students with the Gideon New Testaments. What joy to share with them truths about the Word; along with the gift of the Word! A happy time; better than a birthday party they told us.
After meditating on these thoughts and what the Word says about listening I am so grateful that He gives such abundant grace and mercy. Our God is a personal God and He deeply desires to have a close relationship with each of His children. The Psalms are full of this truth. We read in Psalm 40:6 (The Message translation): “Doing something for You, bringing something to You - that’s not what You are after. Being religious, acting pious - that’s not what You’re asking. You have opened my ears so I can listen.”
Joy unspeakable and full of glory;
Joy for strength and courage each day.
Joy for taking the path which lies before me.
Running the race and doing all He may say.
Open my ears and teach me to listen.
Open my eyes that I might clearly see.
All that is before me in brilliant splendor,
I will worship My Master on bended knee.
Be still and listen, you may hear angels singing.
“Glory to God on His throne above.”
He alone is worthy to receive honor and praises.
He completely fills my heart with His love.
Listen. He waits for us to spend time with Him.
He has secrets to share with those who are His.
Those who know how to “Be still” and hear Him,
Will find their lives filled with the joy that He gives.
If you were looking for a safe place to live in this world today, where would you go? One thing we can know for sure is that if we are God's child He will provide all we need. If I start to worry I pray I will always remember whose I am and put my trust in Him. For God is my rock and my fortress. Therefore for His name's sake He will lead us and guide us.
Those of us who live along "The Front Range" which is anywhere from South of Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, either in the foot hills or out east as far as Greeley, experienced this summer how quickly our lives can be turned up-side down. Because of the lack of rain this spring, several terrible fires were started and these deadly wild fires destroyed everything in their paths. Hundreds of people lost all of their material possessions. Everything they owned burned up quickly and tragically. Their lives were changed forever.
We are meant to live in the present, not in worrying about tomorrow. There is a myth that is fed by pride that says that I can live without God. "I am strong and can take care of myself". No- you can't! Your health and wealth can disappear instantly, as can life itself. If you feel insufficient - Rejoice! For He said His power is made perfect in weakness.
You might remember how we lived when we first went to minister in Georgia. Electricity was off more than on. There was violence and shooting in the streets. There was much to fear and much to endure and yet... yet we had such peace in our hearts and each day was an adventure. I so remember times of experiencing our God's overwhelming peace in my heart though my body was in pain. Knowing the vastness of His love as we follow His plans for our lives. Ah, yes, we have learned to appreciate tough times, because they make us aware of God's great love and His provision for us.
He has a perfect plan for each of our lives and being in the center of that plan gives us an abiding peace that can only come from our Lord. My favorite place is being alone with Him. It is there that I lose all my fear of displeasing people. This can become my primary focus instead of keeping God center and foremost of my life. I know that if I bask in the blessing of knowing Him more fully and just being with Him no matter what is going on in my life, His life can flow through me to others. This is pure joy.
He tells us to not fear the future and yet He wants us to prepare for it. "You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times." (Mat. 16:3b) There are many verses in the Bible that speak of Jesus coming again to the earth and we are urged to "be ready" and to look for Jesus' soon coming.
So, at last, we come to the heart of this story: We bought a house!
We had a small amount of money left after the sale of Shiloh House and the house we bought is in Kansas where real estate property is less than half the cost of equal-valued property out here on the Front Range. The house in Colby is being rented at the present time. We plan to keep the downstairs rented by three college students. Our realtor has graciously consented to manage our property at least when we are in Georgia. It appears that while we are in Georgia this fall, the family presently renting the upstairs will continue to rent until the first of November. We expect to move some of our things into the house at that time. However, most of the furniture that we have here with Dusty will stay. We will be spending a good deal of our time here. We hope to attend SouthGate Church, Ft. Collins, at least one Sunday a month. Our church means much to us and we will continue to make it our home church. (We've been members for 27 years.) Our office will stay here in Dusty's house in Loveland and our Mark IV Harvest' address continues to be 763 East Eighth Street, Loveland, CO 80537.
We own a large structure, a Quonset in Gem, which is only 10 miles East of Colby. As the guys love to go to NW Kansas to hunt for pheasants (at least one trip each fall) they transformed a portion of the space in it into a "Hunter's Cabin". It is really quite comfortable, but also quite rustic! (Earl told me to say that.) Yes, I stayed in it two nights this summer. Don't laugh. You should have seen the fancy bathroom Earl set up for me. The first day down there, it was a 105 degrees in the shade and in the Quonset?... who knows? Earl was cleaning it after more than forty years of accumulation of vehicles, wood which came from a grain elevator he and his dad tore down years ago, etc., etc. He took time to set me up with my books out under some trees where I stayed reasonably cool.
Name of House in Colby: We have been looking for a house for some time and I had felt that the house we bought should be named "The Ark" - a place of refuge and also worship. The house we finally purchased is not "The Ark". It is yellow and white. A happy, peaceful place. I asked the Lord about this and I truly felt that He would have us call our Quonset in Gem "The Ark", and the house in Colby is "Joy Cottage." Actually, the Quonset looks somewhat like The Ark that Noah built, but turned upside down. :)
Our great Mark IV Harvest board have decided to host a benefit concert for our ministry to the Georgian children. The performers are SHEL and Ginny Owens. I'm thinking that they have set the date for it on September 22 [this is correct - Editor]. There will be more details explained as we get closer to that time.
All communication with our staff which we have had since returning home from Georgia has been good. We may have 15 or so Egyptian students... refugees (tragically, believers are being horribly persecuted and/or killed) from Egypt are coming to Georgia for safety.
Treats are "on the move":
- David, Heka and family moved recently to Thailand from China.
- Dathan, Hilary and family moved in July to Colorado Springs where he is working as a firefighter.
- Daniel, Reeta and family are planning to move to Kentucky soon. They will be part of the ministry "City on a Hill."
- Doug, Amber and family are planning to attend a Family DTS in Montana in April 2013. (It has not been determined where their outreach will be.)
- And last, but not least, Dusty moved upstairs at his work with Wasson-Ece Instrumentation Inc. after his promotion to Mechanical Engineer. :) Dusty is our stable one and he does enjoy his work.
In the midst of all the change that may be going on in your life you can have the assurance that our God will never leave you and there is nothing which can separate us from His love except our own lack of faith and/or desire. A favorite of mine and an awesome promise can be found in Isaiah 49:16: "I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands."
I close this blog with another verse found in Psalm 16:11 along with my prayers and deep appreciation for you and yours. Be blessed.
"You will show me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
A follower to my Shepherd,