"I believe that if an angel were to wing his way from earth up to Heaven, and were to say that there was one poor, ragged boy, without father or mother, with no one to care for him and teach him the way of life; and if God were to ask who among them were willing to come down to this earth and live here for fifty years and lead that one to Jesus Christ, every angel in Heaven would volunteer to go. Even Gabriel, who stands in the presence of the Almighty, would say, 'Let me leave my high and lofty position, and let me have the luxury of leading one soul to Jesus Christ.' There is no greater honor than to be the instrument in God's hands of leading one person out of the kingdom of Satan into the glorious light of Heaven."--Dwight L. Moody

Friday, February 15, 2013

We have been keeping very busy here this last week which is why there has been a delay in posting!!!   God is very good!  We've had lots of minor health issues, but inspite of that, we've been able to keep going and moving along with the many things there are to do all around!  

 In the mornings, the girls have been teaching classes in different classrooms.   They been learning many new things....how to deal with different teaching styles from the teachers in charge, grappling with how to handle the "more restless" children and have been challenged with keeping the classroom moving along with faster and slower learners.   In the afternoons we've headed out to another school..... "Sams" -- Seventh-day Adventist Maranatha Seminary.   There are two routes to get to the school.  One takes us through many windy roads, through towns, crowds, lots of traffic and on Tuesday - through the "cow market."   The alternate route takes 20 minutes but due to the roads, a swirl of dust engulfs the vehicle (the girls were in the back of the pickup) all the way, so we arrived covered with a thick coat of dust from head to toe!!!!   No one seems to mind however, they greeted us warmly every day and the children (kindergarten-grade 3) sang for us with great enthusiasm before our Vacation Bible School program.   The girls taught them new songs, told stories with felts and props, followed by a craft.  We  began our program with about 65 children (that is what we were told to plan on), by the end of the week, we had about 140 children.   Each day the Lord impressed us to pack more supplies and thankfully we never ran out!   We ended each program with a game, then joined hands in a large circle for prayer.  We were blessed so much.  

After the VBS program we raced back to the orphanage arriving around 5:45 which gave us about 10 minutes for "lunch" and then the girls presented an evangelistic series for evening worship @6pm, followed by Mike and I having worship talks with the caregivers each evening.   Needless to say, we were quite tired at the end of the day, but greatly blessed.

It is Friday evening here and we are thankful it is Sabbath.  Before worship on Friday night and on Sabbath morning, we get a trail of little boys up to our room dressed in shirt and tie, wanting the girls to put "jello" and "glue" in their hair (gel and hairspray), so they will look special for Sabbath.  The girls have had alot of fun styling their hair with jello and glue!  

Mike and Stacey are preparing the sermon for church tomorrow and the girls will sing a couple of songs.  Please keep them in your prayers as they are planning and preparing.

It is hard to believe we are leaving for home this week.   Time has gone by so quickly.  Our flight goes out here on Wednesday night - we are hoping to hire a driver and van and leave very early Wednesday morning for Dhaka.  The alternative is to leave Monday and spend a couple of nights in Dhaka  which we prefer not to do (we'd rather spend it here with the children).   We ask for prayers in our travels home and that our last few days here will be well spent, memorable and that Lord will bring children and staff into our path that we can encourage and uplift.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers, posts, texts and emails....we have been so encouraged and blessed by all the love and support you've given.  Happy Sabbath to everyone!

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