Monday, September 3, 2007

~Giving a little more than a cup of water in God's name~

Well, I'll give you an update of our last few days...and I'll TRY to keep it short, but you know me, it's NOT EASY! =) On Saturday, Phillip had his first class of his new Bible Institute that he started. Lord willing, each Saturday he will teach a 3 hour class trying to help our people know more about God, the Bible, Holiness, a Godly home, etc. God has provided many nice books in Spanish for their text books. ~Phillip leaving to go and teach.~
Sunday morning we went to church without Bro. Edwards, for he was still feeling weak and sick, and he slept most of the day. In her S.School class, Kimberly taught about God telling Abraham to leave and go to a country that He would show him. And about him telling his wife, Sarah to lie and say that she was his sister, instead of his wife. Then she talked about having Faith in God, and also about the consequences of lying. For her craft she made one tent with her verse about Abraham on it, and then she glued another tent with the 2 flaps open on top of that tent and you could see the verse through the flaps. We had a good morning service, and prayed with 3 people at the alter, and 2 other ladies afterward who talked to us about problems in their life. One, is a new Christian and is growing, but doesn't have any support from her family. She is a single Mother of 2, and is looking for a job, but each job she finds, they require her to wear pants and work on Sunday, and she doesn't want to do either. So her Mother is calling her LAZY and telling her that she doesn't want find a job to support her and her girls. (WHICH IS NOT THE CASE AT ALL!) While we (and she and others) were standing waiting for our bus, I asked Phillip if we could invite her home for Sunday dinner. He agreed and she and her 2 little girls came home with us. We had a yummy dinner, and a nice time with her. ~This is double choc. Zucchini cake that I made for Sunday dinner. Patty Stamper posted this recipe on her blog.
After we ate together, Phillip paid for our guests' taxi ride home, and we sent them home with a nice food pounding. (WILL YOU PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYER THAT GOD WILL SEND THIS YOUNG LADY THE RIGHT GOOD JOB?! THANKS! Then we RAN out the door for our evening service, with NO time to even clear the table of the dirty dishes. We had a good service Sunday evening and God helped us. We took a bus home, walking the last mile, and we were only home about 7-10 mins. when another visitor, our friend, Jimmy, came by for a quick visit. That 7-10 mins. gave the girls and I long enough to clear the dishes off the table and put them in the kitchen sink, then I was just starting to wash them when the doorbell rang. So, I shut my kitchen door and washed up those dishes then came out and served him and us some Double Choc. Zucchini cake, milk, and some popcorn, and we had a nice visit with him. Jimmy brought us a neat hand-woven wall hanging from Peru.
On Monday, Phillip had a happy birthday. It was quite a rushed day, but we still had a good day together. I made breakfast burritos and a rasp./strawberry shake, and we gobbled our food and ran out the door to get to a 10:00 AM app. we had. (Not a good idea on our "Day OFF". =) Then from there, we went to a park and while there we got Noah's boats polished! =)

Then ate lunch at McDonalds (OK, that was not Phillip's choice, that was the kids' choice. =) and we saw this pretty church in the center of Bogota.
Then we hurried home, and I made Phillip's favorite dessert, my apple pie, and we gave him this neat hand made coffee mug. Later, we'll probably buy him a bigger gift that he needs.

I had to hurry and make the pie, and we ate it fast, while it was still VERY HOT, for Phillip had to run out the door for an important appointment. I learned a new thing today, don't put birthday candles in a HOT pie. =D
THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR OUR FRIEND, BRO. EDWARDS, THAT IS VISITING US. I forgot to tell you that on Thursday night after our church service, he nearly got HIT by a SPEEDING BUS, while we crossed the road to get to our bus. It was SCARY!! The way was clear, then all of the sudden that bus appeared out of NO WHERE! I screamed Bro. Edwards name, and he ran out of the way just in time. WHEW! (These types of things happen to us ALL OF THE TIME, Thanks for praying for our safety!) Bro. Edwards has also been DEATHLY sick for the last 3 days, but today he is TONS better! Praise God. We're quite sure that it was High altitude sickness, and he also caught a cold. (He came from Phoenix with temps in the 100's, to here where it's rainy and chilly!) I tell you, it's spooky when your guest who is nearly 84 tells you that he can't think of a better place to die, but in your home. UGH! BRO. EDWARDS DID NOT WANT TO SEE A DOCTOR...and Here in Colombia, everything is socialized medicine, and you just can't go and see a doctor unless you are signed up on the GOVERNMENT (sort of like welfare) insurance...so we haven't found a doctor here yet. We tried to take Kimberly to the Emergency Room the other day, (that's where our friend suggested we take her since we don't have a doctor yet) for Kimberly had fallen in the park and hurt her wrist, and we just wanted to make sure it was ok. BUT THAT ER EXPERIENCE WAS MORE HORRIBLE AND SCARY THAN I HAVE ROOM TO TELL YOU ABOUT!!! (People sick as a dog, some laying in fetal positions, one baby was dead or nearly dead, and they all just had to sit there for HOURS WAITING to be taken care of!!!! HERE, IT IS LAW THAT ONCE YOU ENTER A HOSPITAL, THE PATIENT IS NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN SEEN BY THE DOCTOR, NO MATTER IF YOU SIT THERE AND DIE IN THE ER ROOM, YOU CAN'T LEAVE TO GO GET HELP ELSEWHERE, ONCE YOU HAVE ENTERED THAT HOSPITALS DOORS!! SOUNDS MORE LIKE A PRISON, THAN A HOSPITAL!!! So, we didn't want to go to the ER with Bro. Edwards, for we didn't want another HORRIBLE time!! But, Thank God Bro. Edwards is feeling MUCH better!! Please continue to pray that he'll have a great 2 more weeks with us. THANKS BUNCHES!! AND WHILE YOU ARE AT IT, PLEASE PRAY THAT GOD WILL GUIDE US TO A GOOD DOCTOR THAT WILL ACCEPT US PAYING CASH. THANKS! (It's times and situations like the medical one I just described that really makes us MISS the USA!!!) Your prayers always mean a lot to us.

10 comments:

Vonnie said...

Thank the Lord for helping Bro. Edwards (both feeling better and not to get hit by a bus). The zucchini cake looks great and so does the apple pie. That was funny about the candles in the hot apple pie. :)

The Going Blog said...

Again I'm amazed, in awe and inspired and thankful for fresh missionary prayer needs.

Leah said...

Heather - you never cease to amaze me with your stories!!! How wonderful God is!!

floridabozonebunch said...

It sounds like life at your house is moving right along. The desserts look yummy. The E.R. sounds really weird--so different than the states. Did you have to exchange your clothes for a black and white uniform at the door?

Sherry L said...

Heather, who brought you the wall hanging from Peru? Your apple pies are delectable-always the best I have EVER eaten. You were kind to keep that hospital experience with Kimberly from my knowledge. You five are always on my mind. Love, Mom D

Gayle said...

Glad to hear Bro. Edwards is feeling better.The Zucchini cake looks delicious and the Apple pie I can just taste it. Happy Belated Birthday Phillip. We just got back from PA.

Liz said...

As always..a very inspirational and informative post. I am awed at all that you go through esp. to get to church! Yummy looking cake...Love Ya!

Roseanne said...

That cake and pie look wonderful. I'll be right over!!! Good job. I like the pic of the church. Its very beautiful. We are praying for you all especially this week. Love ya.

Sarah Cook said...

I think your hospital experience is going to give me nightmares! I don't think I would ever go back to a hospital again!
Love the pie story. Had a similar thing happen with hot cake recently!

Phillip D said...

All of you all's words are too kind. And thank you, Heather. I am truly a blessed man to have such a precious Christian family who loves me so much.

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