092216 – 092616: Johnpaul has departed

We’ve had quite the time here with Johnpaul. We’ve enjoyed his company and his stories. We’ve learned so much about his ministry and our heart for India has grown and hopefully we’ve helped ignite some others too his ministry as well. 

We’ve learned a lot. And we’ve seen now that our part in his ministry is truly just beginning. We have people that we help here, but he has an overwhelming need. 

And he’s up against an active enemy. The enemy here is much more passive. He’s done more work here so he sorta sits back. But in India, they see witchcraft and demons and spiritual battles daily. They see so many different gods that are being worshipped. And they see actual persecution. Real persecution. 

Pray for Johnpaul and his family. Pray for the widows he helps. Pray for the orphans. Pray for the other pastors. And if you’d like to donate, please let me know. A few dollars goes a very long way in India. 

091816 – 092116: Johnpaul has arrived

We’ve been quite busy since the arrival of Johnpaul. We’ve had a lot of speaking engagements and different things to do and we’ve just had a busy week with ministry itself as well. On top of our already packed schedule of homeschool and regularly services. 

But it’s been great. 

Both of our campuses now know Johnpaul more than just a name of a guy from India. They’ve eaten with him, they’ve laughed with him, they’ve learned about his pressing desires. And hopefully we will start being able to share the burden of what he carries daily. 

No access to clean water, having to support and pray by faith for his pastors that he leads (100!) and the widows he cares for (100 as well, 50 each at different locations). And his orphanage, that has 35 orphans. Also he helps lepers and people diagnosed with hiv. The Hindus do not have anything to do with lepers, hiv positive or the widows. They are all classified the same: untouchable. He is the main source of food for these people. And a lot of them go hungry a lot of the time. 

We’re trying to get people to commit to making a monthly donation. Consistent help is better for them than random amounts throughout the year. So that’s our goal. Little amounts make a big difference. A BIG difference. 

The orphans need about $25 a month- that supplies food for a month, a new pair of sandals, clothes throughout the year, school supplies, and other misc things they need (like toothbrushes and toothpaste). 

The same amount sponsors a widow, who gets less extra stuff, but needs more food. He said most of his widows eat once a day. 

$50 sponsors one of his pastor families. A lot of them are young families, and they have small children. They face serious persecution. Radical Hindus knocking on their doors in the middle of the night, some of his pastors have been beaten and stabbed. None have been killed. 

Even Johnpaul’s family has faced a lot of persecution. His son, Isaac, who attends a Hindu school, is constantly forced to sit on the floor instead of a desk because he’s a Christian. One of the teachers who hates Christians even hit Isaac on the top of the head with a piece of metal, and Isaac required 6 stitches. When they went to the school to ask what could be done to the teacher, the administration said there was nothing they could do about it. 

What a different world. 

Please be in prayer for Johnpaul and his ministry and if you’d like to give, one time, or a commitment, please let me know. 

091516 – 091716: Regular Days and My new Hobby

Since our bitties have become.. Teenage chickens… Our kids have had a hard time not picking them up constantly. Judah loves these chickens. So much. Every day I lose track of where he is, I don’t hear him, then I know. He’s in the coop. Holding a bird.

Wes and I had a kid free Thursday night, and so we took a little drive. Harvest Moon was out and so we had to take a picture. I’m thankful for backroads with little traffic. We went and picked up his mom and went on a little night ride. It was fun.

We got our kids back and this is how Lucy sleeps. And she wonders why I wouldn’t let her sleep with me when Daddy was gone. It’s because of this. She sleeps how she wants to sleep – regardless if there is a bed partner.

And my newest hobby… I had a friend call me up and ask me if I was interested in doing something for her wedding. When she sent me the picture.. I knew I was interested.

I love lettering. And hand writing. And all of that. So, I did a little program on a mirror for her. I figured I could show these pictures without ruining anything, because a lot of it is unfinished at this point and I changed up a few things after these were taken. They are not the finished pieces.

I even forced my child to take this – because I had people not believe that I did it. It’s hard to get a good picture of a mirror without a person in it. Because.. it’s a mirror. I’m thinking of doing some lettering stuff for people, so if you have something you want written pretty on something – let me know!

And John Paul finally made it in. Wes picked him up at 11pm Friday night and he slept most of Saturday. If you’re coming to either DPC on Sunday, you will get to meet him! He loves my eight o’clock k-cups. He’s asked me for “that good strong coffee you make..” I kinda want to take credit, but I know that I didn’t do much to make it besides push a button… but.. let’s let that be our little secret. Haha!

091116 – 091416: Girls Time and Science Day

We’ve been doing a lot of riding in our Trailduster and I LOVE IT. It’s truly fantastic. The breeze, the GLARES from passerbys. It’s such a cool truck. 

Still having to get used to checking the weather religiously though… Sunday we got a little rain…

We dried out pretty quick and it ended up being a nice ride. Not the first time I’ve been rained on with Wes on an outing before… 

And then Sunday evening Wes and Judah left for Louisiana to help his dad some. And Lucy and I had a girls weekend. We watched The Jungle Book and it was fantastic. 

And then we had Science Day with our homeschool group and Lucy loved it of course!

Here she’s getting to play with liquid nitrogen to bust stuff. Like, a racquet ball and a banana. Never seen a banana shatter before. It was pretty cool!

And then we cleaned some and went shopping and had a good ole time. She was even going to go with me to my painting class, but it got cancelled. First time I’ve ever had anyone cancel the night of, and 4 people did it at one time! It was okay though- Wes had just gotten home and I really wanted to be home to see him so it worked out. Plus I hadn’t made a special trip to hattiesburg just for class so it wasn’t that big of a deal. 

And now we’re back to regularly old schooling. That gets you caught up!

090916 – 091016: Kaileys Surprise Party

I’m going to try and post a couple of blogs over the next couple of days to get me caught up. 

We pulled it off! She was surprised! 

We did a luau themed sweet 16, and she loved it. Emily and I had a blast putting it all together and it couldn’t have been more fun!

And we made a little photo booth to play in. And it was fun. 

This is the first picture the 5 of us have been in, probably since one of our weddings. And maybe not even then. These are my 1st cousins. We all grew up together, given that our moms were sisters, and wanted to see each other often. 

I am quite thankful that they raised us together. 
And Bruce. My dad. Ever delightful. 
And my grumpy kids. Yes, I’m including you Kailey. 

Kailey got an Instax, instant camera. Basically a new Polaroid and it is the coolest ever. 

Overall, the party was a major hit. I’m so glad everyone that was able to come attended and it made it awesome. 
Love you guys!

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