Friday, May 13, 2016
I hope you are enjoying your "summer" weather. I miss seeing all of the spring flowers. I wanted to send you a note and update you on what Nathan and Mike have been up to and what they will be doing while stateside.
They arrived safely in Seattle just after midnight/early Saturday morning. Sunday morning they spoke at CTK Anacortes. Mike said it went well, near the end of the service Mike asked Nathan if there was anything else he wanted to share. He said he wanted to pray over Nick, one of the worship leaders. I guess he was really moved, as were his wife and his mother, who does not live in the area, she said she felt like God told her to go to her children's church that morning, she said she was blessed by coming. Rusty and Susan and their staff had a nice luncheon for Mike and Nathan afterwards.
On Monday morning Mike and Nathan spoke during coffee and conversation at NCCTK Lynden. Nathan also led a spontaneous worship afterwards on a borrowed accordion, which they all enjoyed very much. He definitely has a calling of worship on him. One of the women in the group had lost her husband this past year and mother also, although I am not sure of the time frame of the loss of her mother. Her mother played the accordion and the music Nathan played blessed her. She said she has to move soon and she has two accordions that were her mothers that she had not known what to do with. She told Nathan that he could have them, which blessed both her and Nathan.
.On Wednesday they spent quite a bit of the day meeting with Greg, a friend of ours who is a business owner to discuss what leadership looks like in the US. Leadership is something we have been working on in Haiti for a while, good leadership is a very important piece of the puzzle.
Yesterday, Thursday, Mike took Nathan to Whistler, so that he could see and experience snow and real mountains. :) It was the only special request Nathan had. They rode the chair lifts to the top and spent sometime up there throwing snowballs and just being friends. Those of you that have adopted internationally have experienced showing kids from another land, all of the firsts. There have been a lot of those firsts this week for Mike and Nathan I wish I could be part of the connecting. I do know that God has opened his eyes up at least partially to what we have left, what we have given up, what the cost has been. And to a different way to do life. Nathan himself told Mike that Lynden was a really nice community and it would be hard to leave it. He is spending time with my grandchildren and realizing the same thing with our family. After they arrived back from Whistler they went to dinner with Pete, his wife, and another missionary friend. As dinner finished Nathan said he felt like they were supposed to pray and Mike said they had a really meaningful prayer time right in the restaurant. God is opening eyes and hearts.
Through out the week they have met with other people also, to encourage and uplift them, they have had amazing prayer times with many. Tomorrow night Friday, May 13th, they will be speaking at our Canadian Fundraiser. They would love to see any of you that are able to come.
On Saturday evening they will be sharing at our US fundraiser. Both Nathan and Mike would love to see you there also.Then this Sunday morning they will be speaking at Cookshill Community Church in the Chehalis, Centrailia area.
Please be praying for each of the fundraisers, and as they share at church. Thank you ahead of time for lifting Mike and Nathan up, along with myself and the children here in Haiti.