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It won’t be long now…

I haven’t posted in quite a while…mainly because there is so much to do before I head out again. I figured I would give you all a quick update though.

Daddy smallerMany of you already know my dad had triple bypass surgery. It all happened so quickly but with everyone praying he was home before we knew it and is healing quickly. God is good!

I’ve had the privilege of speaking at several churches and I only hope that they have been as blessed by me as I have been by all of them. I’ve been working toward raising the funds I need to take care of the summer, fall and winter mission trips and I’m about halfway there. Again, God is good!

This summer is coming together wonderfully. I’ve got a good group of 11 from Western Series-Indian Summer smallerTwin Bridges Baptist Church in Alexandria and Pisgah Baptist Church in Forest Hill who are going with me to the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State. We’ll be doing clean up, backyard Bible clubs, prayer walking and fellowship. I have another group of approximately 12 from North Monroe Baptist Church who are going with me to do a Basketball camp at the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.

I’ll be going with Twin Bridges Baptist Church to a reservation in Oklahoma and with Open Door Missions to minister in New Mexico. We’ll be doing Vacation Bible Schools and Revival Services with both of these groups.

20 smallerChristmas is also on my mind! Mission Ventures will be doing Christmas shoeboxes again this year and I hope to include more than one reservation. If any of you are interested in participating in this ministry just let me know.

As always, I covet your prayers. Please pray for all of these mission that are goingWestern Series-Gods Promise Final smaller on throughout the summer, fall and winter. Pray that many come to know Christ. Pray that there are workers to help the new converts become true disciples. Pray that more Native Americans rise up and become leaders in the midst of their own people. Pray for safe travel for everyone and for finances to cover everything that needs to be done. Pray about how you can be a part of all of it. Pray for our health and even our vehicles. You can never pray too much!

I’ll be heading out around mid May but I plan to get another newsletter out before I go so be on the lookout for it.

God bless you all and I’ll keep you posted!

I stand amazed…

I’ve spent the last several weeks…

Working on gathering groups to go to the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington and to the Cheyenne River Reservation in Northern South Dakota.

I’ve signed up with Open Door Missions again to go to New Mexico and¬†with Twin Bridges Baptist Church to go to Oklahoma. I’m also making arrangements to join Bill and Bridget Earl at the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation in Wisconsin in August.

I’ve been doing contract work at home for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. I’ve also visited friends in Arkansas and I have a few upcoming speaking engagements.

All of this is par for the course when it comes to missions ministry…we all have details to work out each day no matter what our life’s work is. But then there are the moments that leave you speechless (a major feat for me).

I’ve had a few of those moments lately. For me, the greatest tool in my ministry, after prayer and the Word, is my car. I put a lot of miles on Sophie (yes, I’m one of those dorks that names their vehicle) but I also take better care of her than I do myself! I very rarely get in that car without praying over it and thanking God for it. She’s paid for and even though she has 126,000 miles on her at 6 years old, she has given me very little trouble.

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Zeb Mathews and John Phillips taking care of Sophie in Wisconsin

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the “Check Engine” light had come on. My first thought was the fact that I did not have the funds to have anything fixed at the moment. I was on the way to the Post Office so I just prayed and told God it was all in His hands. I should not have been surprised at what I found when I got to the Post Office….a surprise check for a generous amount from Harmony Baptist Church in Glenmora.

The check was definitely the answer to my prayer but even more important was the letter that accompanied the check. Several weeks before, the pastor, Robbie Rollins, had asked me for 10 prayer requests for my ministry for a missions themed Super Bowl party their church was having. I sent the ten requests and didn’t think about it again. The letter explained that the youth and young adults at their church had a Super Bowl prayer event where they each pledged x-amount of money per point that their team scored to give to my ministry. During commercials and at halftime, the television was turned off and their youth minister covered one of my prayer needs, discussed it and revealed the Biblical relevance of it.

It didn’t stop there. The church body that didn’t participate in the Super Bowl event met at their regular time and did the same thing. Their normal sermon time is approximately 35 minutes but this prayer time lasted over an hour. Afterwards, they received an offering for my ministry. There are even some who have dedicated themselves to keeping my prayer requests before their eyes and before the Lord regularly.

Y’all, the check was the answer to a prayer but the idea that these people had spent so much time in prayer for my prayer requests and would continue to do so was overwhelming and brought tears to my eyes right there in the Post Office.

The story doesn’t end there. I brought my car to have it repaired and all that was needed was for some box to be cleaned…please don’t ask me any questions about what box because I am a woman who knows NOTHING about mechanics of any kind. ūüôā The cost was minimal so I¬†was able to do something I didn’t think I would be able to do…repair¬†my driver’s window after 8 months of having to open my door at drive thru’s, etc. (You can read about that in another post entitled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”).¬† The window needed to be fixed for the sake of safety but it was last on my list.¬† Being able to have it repaired was an unexpected blessing.

Two days later my car wouldn’t start at all. I panicked for about 20 minutes (a major improvement over the Terry Tanner I used to know) and then I reminded myself that God was in control. Thanks to Connie and Phil Thomas, I now have AAA so I had the car towed free of charge. I will admit, I was quite aggravated with myself for having that window repaired because I figured now I would need more money for these repairs. I…was…wrong. (I knew that would happen some day. Ha!)

Price Auto informed me that the wires to the fuel something-or-other were bad and had become disconnected. They felt that may have happened when they cleaned that box thing-a-ma-jig; therefore, they repaired it free of charge. Imagine my relief and my dismay at just how faithful God is!

Friends, I get to see this kind of thing so often now. I’ve been surprised with last minute funds that have gotten me home when I didn’t think I was going to have enought to get¬†home. I’ve received monthly pledges from individuals that were totally unexpected. I recently received a monthly pledge from First Baptist, Rayville as a result of the article the Baptist Message did on me. I don’t know anyone from that church and I have never spoken there so, once again, I was left speechless at God’s provision. Zeb Mathews, a young man I’ve ministered with from Twin Bridges Baptist Church, is giving a concert for his senior project and all proceeds are going to my ministry. I am blessed at EVERY turn!

When I stepped out on faith, I had no idea how things would work out but God did. I have not wanted for anything and He has provided for every surprise. I haven’t been buying many purses lately (a past obsession) but, then again, I already had too many of them. ūüôā I don’t live extravagantly but God knows what we need…and He does provide for His children. I find myself constantly standing amazed in His presence.

And as for that letter from Harmony Baptist Church in Glenmora…well, it now hangs on the wall in my office here at home to remind me of just how awesome God is and how awesome His people are! Thank you all so much!

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The letter from Harmony hangs in my office to remind me of God’s faithfulness!

And the journey continues…

Here I sit…another night in a motel.¬† I’ve been to Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and now New Mexico.¬† My last mission for the summer is complete and it’s a little bittersweet.¬† I’m anxious to get home and see all “my people” but I’ll miss the days on the road and the scenery.¬† More importantly, I’ll miss the children I am leaving behind.¬† Some I will see again…others I won’t.¬† My biggest concern is that I see them ALL again in heaven! That is my prayer. Look at these faces…

How can I help but miss them!?

So, what now?¬† I’m picking my Mama up in Denver on Wednesday and she and I are going to explore Colorado.¬† But while I am waiting I decided to see a little of New Mexico.¬† I lit out today for a trip to Angel Peak Recreation Area.¬† It is the Badlands of New Mexico.¬† Take a look…

¬†It’s¬†the same concept as “Badlands National Park” in South Dakota but the colors aren’t quite as vivid.¬†There’s a starkness about this place that makes it beautiful and eerie all at the same time.¬† I was all alone except for this little guy.

We had an agreement…he would be really still while I¬†zoomed in on him to take his picture and when we were finished he wouldn’t come near me.¬† He¬†stuck to his end of the deal!

While I was there the clouds began to roll in and I even got a little rain.

And don’t¬†ask me how but I manage to find a grave everywhere I go!

The world was quiet here and I felt small in a place that was so vast.

¬†It’s as if God just let His imagination run wild in this place…

…creating beauty in the wild and dark…

¬†…and then throwing in¬†a pop of color just to mix it all up!

I probably won’t do anymore site seeing here in New Mexico.¬† I’ll take the day off tomorrow to rest, balance my checkbook and¬†get my things together.¬† Then I’ll head for Denver and another adventure…this time with my Mama!¬† I’ll be glad to see her.

In the meantime, please keep us in your prayers as we travel and head home and even more importantly, please pray for all those we came in contact with this summer…that they will all find Christ and lead others to Him as well.¬† I can only imagine what heaven will be like when we all get to see one another again!

Blessings to all of you and I’ll keep you posted on what comes next!

The true picture…

There are no photographs today.¬† Just some information you may not know. I never know how much to mention concerning some of what goes on¬†in the lives of the people on these reservations. There’s a fine line between information and invasion of privacy.

Yes, it’s¬†beautiful here and I get a little time here and there to enjoy the scenery, but life on any reservation is hard. Yesterday a 12 year old¬†girl that I have come to know was drug behind a building by two 14 year old¬†boys. Waiting for her behind the building was another 12 year old¬†girl who proceeded to beat her black and blue just because she didn’t like her.

Another family just found out that their grandchild is being sexually abused by someone in the family. One 34 year old young man I have gotten to know has six children, no job and his wife is in prison.

This is just an example of life on the reservation. The small band of believers here feels overwhelmed…they don’t know where to start to make a difference. Please pray for them and for all the others affected by life here and on all the reservations throughout the United States.

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