Sunday, April 6, 2003
from Hot and Humid Suriname. We hope that it is warming up where
you are. After a few difficult weeks,
we have several upbeat praises
share with you! I am in the process of updating our webpage, and I
have had the opportunity to reflect back on this school year. I have
how much we've been through this year, but I want to praise God
for all the trials and victories that we have been given.
test) has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God
is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are
able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you
may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV). God is faithful
keep all of the promises He made to us.
First, let me update you on our home security status. As you know, we
broken into last month. Although we don't have insurance here,
slowly God has made up for a few of our losses:
A student at school gave
a nice discount on a brand new VCR from her parent's store, I have
ordered a new power cord for the laptop-it should arrive here at the end
of this week, a lot of encouragement from the Suriname community has
been poured out to us, and a lot of encouragement from our students-this
has indeed been a blessing. Satan
tries his best to discourage us:
through sickness, through negative people, through break-ins, through
drunk drivers running over Patricia, through no renters for our home in
NC; but this just goes to show that we are doing exactly what the Lord
has called us to do here. The more
we do for God, the angrier the enemy
becomes. We have victory over the enemy through Jesus Christ our
Lord...Well, I kinda got off track (I must be turning into a preacher!)...the
home security...well, we have
an iron gate installed at the top of our
upstairs. It looks like a jail cell door, but this is a wonderful addition
to our home. We lock it at night
and when we are away. Everything of
value is now kept upstairs. We had
new locks installed and the doors
very secure. We have new screens where the baddies slit the old
ones. We have a wonderful Rottweiler
named Nina who is viciously racist
non-white people and she shows her aggression towards people who
pass by (I'm getting a Rottie when we move back for good!). And we now
have the entire outside of our home lit up at night. It is so bright,
said that she needed her sunglasses. We hired local security
to watch our home throughout each night.
So, we are very pleased that
light exposes the darkness around our home (see Ephesians 5:8-14)
and we trust that God will continue to protect us.
so much for your prayers on our behalf. We know that God has
answered and is protecting. Before
we hired the security and got the
installed this past week, it was evident that the thieves had
returned on at least 2 occasions. We discovered
that a new screen that we
had been slit again (this was within 2 weeks of the original
burglary). Nina is kept in the house at night,
because it is common
for thieves to poison dogs. She went nuts barking on the night
they slit the screen. And a week
later, the guard next door told us
2 men were running through our yard early one morning that week. So,
God protected us. The very next day, we had the lights installed and we
hired the security. We have peace
and a true sense of security. We
have no fear because we know who is in control.
this past month has kept me very busy. It seems that I have been
on the sermon circuit. God continues
to give me opportunities to
the message at our local church once a month (the most recent one
was on the book of Ephesians-thank you Pastor Barry).
I am giving
sermon tonight at the Missionaries' international service. I have
invited a lot of our high school students to come out tonight. Next
Palm Sunday, I again have the awesome privilege to speak at our local
church. At school, during chapel, I spoke about
effects of wrecking my dad's car when I was in high school [due
to peer pressure] and then the positive effects of peer pressure
[Shadrack, Meshack, and Obendego]). At
after-school bible study, I had the
experience of teaching about the significance of the Lord's
Supper. We then participated in the Lord's Supper together. This was a
first for most the students! It
Patricia's girls' bible study continues to go really well. Keep her
her girls in prayer. This week, she is making the final arrangements
for the class trip to Trinidad. Please
keep in prayer that all the
are worked out. A special praise, as it looks as if dear friends
of ours, Rob and Amy Krieg, will be joining us on this trip. What an
time for fellowship. Please keep in prayer for Rob and Amy's
availability to join us.
is attending the Ladies Group at our local church. This past
week, she was given the opportunity to give the devotion. It was on
the Mind of Christ". It went very well.
The ladies were very
We request prayer for a local family here in our local church. The
name is Randy. He has a large kidney stone and may need surgery.
asking for praying in regards to wisdom and Randy's pain.
This family has been very welcoming to Patricia and myself, and we count
them as good friends.
prayer request-Please pray for us this week as the
Team will be here to evaluate the school. This is the final step for
accreditation. Satan has fought
this process tooth and nail. Please
pray that all goes smoothly and that our school is granted
Accreditation. We will not know
the results until June.
Wow, our 10 months has quickly turned into 10 weeks! We just have 10
weeks in Suriname. We have started our Fourth Quarter at school.
Break is next week. Time flies when you have fun.
teachers for next year and a new administrator. Pray that
God calls the right people to come to ACS.
you happen to be making out your summer schedules and would like for
Patricia and me to speak at your church this summer (only 10 weeks
away) please drop us a line to schedule a tentative date for us to speak.
ask that you continue to pray for renters for our home in NC. We
are praying for our troops in Iraq. We
know that you are praying too.
We also pray for President Bush. Personally,
I stand behind him 110%.
I feel that this is the right thing and part of God's overall plan. It
to see how dark and evil this world truly is. The media is so
deceptive and biased. The media
here in Suriname falsely reported that
was housing 1500 Iraqi POWs-they eventually said that it was
an April Fool's Day joke. Just goes to show that
the media is
deceitful. I pray that we all can shine through this darkness, and that during
this dark hour, people may see the Light of Christ shine through us.
am slowly updating our website. I've added this year's monthly
update letters to the Online Journal section and I am slowly adding updated
pictures of our students to the album page "Awesome Pics". Just follow
links. If you get a chance this week, check out the site:
In Christ's Love,