Sunday, February 28, 2010

Update!

Since we applied to e3 for the Rwanda trip, we have seen God work. We have been so encouraged by everyone. We have seen some of the needed money come in and we have heard from others that they have sent it in.

Peter has been busy letting everyone know, I was getting refills on our water jugs and the guy asked when were we going on our trip! It's encouraging to know that people are excited for us. This has been a great week and we have seen God's hand in all of the planning.

Monday, tomorrow - March 1st, we go for more immunizations. (Peter doesn't like needles!) And on the 4th of March we go for more.

You can pray that our bodies will accept them and that we will not get sick.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sharing

Shared at First Baptist Church yesterday, about our missions trip in May 2010. We were very encouraged by the congregation and it confirms again to us that God is leading us.

This is what I shared:

I grew up attending church every Sunday, and our church had a good amount of missionaries come, to share about their ministry. It seemed, at the time, that all missionaries worked in Africa. I can remember the displays of hand crafts and literature, on their tables at the back of the church. And, at about 13 years old, after hearing a missionary share, and probably plead for more workers, I remember that still small voice of God, calling me to be a missionary.

I put that in the back of my mind, thinking that God would likely not call me to Africa because I'm so fair skinned, and wouldn't handle the heat. And in thinking that, I thought then, there likely isn't a great chance of me being a missionary. So at that time, I kind of felt safe, that I wouldn't be a missionary, because “all missionaries go to Africa.”

After grade 12 graduation, and meeting Peter, attending one semester of Bible School, we got married, we had 4 children, it started looking like we were going to be missionaries, not in Africa, but in our home country. And we joined Northern Canada Evangelical Mission. We have been with them since 1988.

Fast forward, about twenty years, to the summer of 2007, someone said to me that it would be good for me to go on a missions trip, or even 2. And when Pastor Jeremy was getting a trip organized in summer of 2008 to Africa, I kind of wanted to go. After talking with Peter, we decided - not then, that there would be other trips, at another time.

Watching the team prepare, and hearing them share, as they got ready to go, I knew that I should have been on the team, that I should be going too. So, I cried when they left, and I prayed while they were gone, and I cried when they came back. And I shared with a couple of people in the congregation about this, and through certain circumstances – like Jeremy sending us an email saying,

“You are on my heart today ... I wanted to share with you that ... you need to come with me to Africa.”

At that moment, I knew that this was the invitation I was waiting for the Lord to give me. I knew that this time, I would be going. I would be going, because I knew that God was asking me to go. Not because of what Jeremy said, but because it was a clear call from God to me.

God has called me to Africa, for a short missions trip. And this time I'm going to, not only listen to His still small voice, but I am going to be obedient to it.

So here I am, sharing with you about my call from God to go to Africa.


We then went to visit Peter's sister in the hospital in Melfort. She is doing better and is getting the best of care!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Frost

Frost in Saskatchewan!
Sunday morning as we traveled to Middle Lake.
Now it is said that it will be raining in 90 days!

Monday, February 15, 2010

MB Trip

Peter went to MB this month and got to stop in to see our son and his family. Took a couple of pictures to bring back to me.

Makenna helping mom make coffee, she is now walking!

Nolan had to share his room with little sister, because Grampa took her room!
(Thanks Nolan and Makenna!)

Poem

A Song Of Love For You

In open fields of flowers, she smells the sweet aroma
,
She breathes in the air as she walks through the grass,
Her mind somewhere beyond, the bright blue sky,
She thanks her God for the beauty all around her,
Speaking the simple language of love.

Someday she'll understand it all,
My love for her, gives me such a thrill,
She is more than the laughter in the rolling hills,
Or the sand on the ocean floor,
She is my all, she is my everything.

She's as close as a heartbeat, she is the tunes in my head,
She'll trust me more and learn of my great love for her,
Someday I will call out to her and she will come running,
Into my waiting arms, she will weep, tears of love will fall down,
Her lovely face and I pray she will forgive me.

Forgive me for not understanding you my love,
"I want to fall in love with You",
Again, only this time I know better than before,
Your love for me all of these years, how could have I
Been so blind, I want to fall in love with you once more.

I just sat silent wearing my best smile,
Her words echoing through my head,
My bride she calls out to me, and I hear,
For she stared into nowhere, and I said, "I am here",
Our love can feel the chains that binds our souls.

For we are more than the laughter in the mountain tops,
Or the masses of stars in the sky,
Our love is as close as a heartbeat, love leaves a song in my heart,
Our love has matured and we trust and have learned,
When our loved one whistles we will come running.

And fall into each others arms, the tears flow down,
For we know we are secure in each others love,
We pray that God will keep our love ever strong,
We want to fall in love with each other all over again,
Over and over again.

It seems so easy to call you my lover and my friend,
Close enough to call you my helpmate, on whom I can depend,
For together we sit and think of words we can mention,
To show our commitment to each other,
Oh it makes me wain to fall in love with You again.

"for my heart beats faster for You each and every day that I know you"
Be my Valentine forever.
By Peter C. Salmond

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ecards - What fun!

My daughter (Just Our Thoughts) send me the website to a Grandparents page and I get regular emails from them on tips and activities and other websites that can be helpful to Grandparents who live close or faraway. I just had the opportunity to send out valentine ecards to my grandkids from Pingg a site that the grandparents page suggested.
That was fun, especially the part where "Moms and Dads" now have to give out hugs and kisses from Grandma Johnny!

Happy Valentines Day!
and
Family Day!




Monday, February 8, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tea Party


I was invited to go to a "Tea" today. My little Friend is in Kindergarten and she was to invite a grandparent or friend to the "Tea". I had the most wonderful time and was honored to be her guest.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Becky!

Old Prayer Cards!

Taken Summer of 1988!
Ages: 8, 6, 4 yrs, & 10 months.




Taken January 1993!

Taken November 1996!

Taken December 1999!

Groundhog Day!

Wow! We were gone to my home town on the weekend to share about our work. It was a great blessing to be there and were very much encouraged by the folk. Love going there to visit!

I also finished "The Shack". I am not impressed that it took so long for me to read the last few pages. Don't know why, but I lost interest towards the end. (I think I may want to read it again with a different mind set.)

We got our first 'shots' for our trip to Rwanda today too! Lots more to come - looking at the list. We are getting very excited and encouraged about going.

And there is 6 more weeks of Winter according to the Groundhogs! But who cares - we really haven't had a hard winter.