Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

It was a pretty typical American Thanksgiving week for us. Busy, busy, busy!

Heidi, being junior faculty at the hospital, was blessed with a 24-on, 24-off schedule for the week. The trade-off is over a week off at Christmas, though, so no complaining here!

Matt played Wednesday-Saturday nights, so we spent a few nights at Heidi's Aunt Mary Ann's house to celebrate Thanksgiving with her and to have a place for Isaac to stay while Daddy was out playing "rockstar".

God continues to smile on our end of the ministry here in North Carolina. We have a very different role now, but we're still working for the kingdom. Heidi has been busy collecting "trash" from the hospital. Yes, it's hard to believe, but we Americans throw away a lot of stuff that can save lives in other parts of the world.

We are using the attic in our house as a storage facility for these donations and will start working on a plan to get these things into the hands of the hospital folks in Guatemala.

And to echo our last post, during this time of worry and fret here in the United States, please remember that we are still the richest country in the world. Our bounty is so ridiculous that the obesity epidemic is the most pronounced in our poor population. Not too many other countries in the world worry about how fat their poor people are.

Please, please, please, keep giving to missions, especially when times are tough here. If they're tough here, they're even tougher everywhere else. Just a few dollars a month can make a huge difference in the third world.

And if you're looking for a place to send money, Agape In Action sends 100% of all donated money directly to the mission field. NO administrative expenses are taken out - those are already covered from their business ventures. So you can know that every penny of the money the Lord has led you to give ends up in the hands of those who are spreading the gospel.

Also please keep Dr. Sherwood Pope and his wife, Areli, in your prayers. They are preparing to move to Guatemala to take over the medical mission there and do amazing things with it. They are young, energetic, and spirit-filled, so you can only imagine what God has in store for them. Please pray for an easy, uneventful move and for God's revelation to be clear to them.