Thursday, November 30, 2006

Saying Good-bye

In January of 2006 we moved in to a furnished missionary home in Danville, IL. The home was provided by Calvary Baptist Church and we have lived here for the past 11 months. Tonight was our last night at Calvary. It is always bittersweet to say good-bye. Every time we leave we are moving closer to Brazil, but we say good-bye to those we love.

Our dear friend, Gretchen, invited us down to the children's Bible Club where we watched as the kids said goodbye to our son Daniel. Seeing these children circled around Daniel, with their hands on his shoulders, praying for us; I cried. The privilege of being a part of the family of God is amazing. No matter where we are from or how far away we are going, they love and accept us. There is a bond of that exceeds human comprehension.

When we first moved to Danville we were all lonely. The people of Calvary enveloped us with the love of God and made us a part of their life. Daniel and Hannah have both made lots of friends. James and I were given the opportunity to serve with the youth group and children's ministries. We have been so blessed to know these dear people. They were so helpful during the birth of Jeremiah. Keeping the kids overnight, bringing James food at the hospital, providing clothes, diapers, a stroller, and more for Jeremiah. God has used these servants for His glory.

Tonight in the youth meeting, the teens gave us notes of encouragement and prayed for us as we head out on Friday. They challenged us to trust God in all things and reminded us of the verse in Job 23:10,
But He knoweth the way that I take:
when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

We have said good-bye but we know that we will see these dear friends again. If not on this earth then we will meet them in the clouds and worship the Lord together forever.

My small group on Wednesday nights

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

As I was reading my bible Thanksgiving morning, I saw these verses. I thought they were challenging.

Hebrews 13:5a & 15a
"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. ...let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."

It is my hope that we will praise God for His many blessings continually. I have thought about all the things God is faithfully doing in and around us. It seems that I fail to praise Him or even recognize that He is working, (through the good and bad.) So often I am discontent and wishing for what others have. I am praying that I will be more aware of the Lord's provision and working in my life; having a heart that will "in everything give thanks" (I Thes. 5:18)

Let's give thanks to His name this season. Showing forth to the world the joy and peace that come from knowing and loving the Lord our God.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Support Increase

We praise the Lord for another huge support increase. We now have 64% of our needed monthly support. Because of some insurance changes and other proposed changes to our support estimate, BMM was able to lower our support estimate by $500. We also had one more church and one individual take us on for support. I have been trying to schedule meetings in Ohio for 2007 and ask that you pray for me. I have not had much success yet and just need wisdom to know what God would have me do. The fact that we've not been able to get more meetings makes me wonder if God is planning on giving us full support by the end of this year. At the same time, I believe it is my responsibility to keep on working and not to presume anything about God's timing. I appreciate your prayers regarding this.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Jeremiah Clayton Taylor

On Saturday, November 4th, we welcomed Jeremiah Clayton Taylor into the world! He came 3 weeks early but weighed in nicely at 6lbs 12oz. He had a beautiful head of blondish hair and was very alert and responsive during the first few hours we were with him.

He was born at 3:20 p.m.

Daniel and Hannah were so excited to meet us when we arrived home Sunday evening. Hannah just wanted to kiss him and Daniel wanted to show him all his toys. Daniel and Hannah are both a great help with the baby.

Thanks for all your prayers about the arrival of our new family member. God is so good!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Current Support Level

We are currently at 53% of our needed monthly support.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Missions Conference Report

Proclaiming God's Glory to the Nations was the theme of the missions conference at Campus Baptist Church in Ames, Iowa. We were so blessed to be a part of the conference. We were one of three missionaries represented. The Whitcher family was there sharing a burden to reach the hispanic population here in the U.S. Carol Bond was there reporting on God's work at Camp Ironwood in the desert of California. We shared the needs in Brazil, specifically southern Brazil.

We were so encouraged to spend time talking with several who have surrendered to serve the Lord in missions. A girl of 12 shared that she felt led to serve in Africa. Praise the Lord! "How shall they hear without a preacher?" It was also neat to hear testimonies of how God led others into His service. He seems to use those who are willing but maybe not the "most likely."

We were challenged to invest in the lives of people and to remember who we are: Ambassadors of Christ. James challenged us from I Cor. 1:17-25 to Proclaim the weakness and foolishness of Christ, knowing that the message of Christ Crucified is the wisdom and power of God to those that believe. There was a clear challenge to be sharing Christ as we live our daily lives. Looking for opportunites to proclaim our Great God!

The kids had lots of fun. Each day we had meals with different families in the church. Daniel and Hannah made lots of new friends. Daniel even learned to play carpet ball and did a suprisingly good job!

The theme song of the conference was O Great God, based on a puritan prayer from the book, Valley of Vision. I thought the words were so challenging.

O great God of highest heaven
Occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme
Conquer every rebel power
Let no vice or sin remain
That resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forevermore

I was blinded by my sin
Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within
Had no taste for heaven's joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life
Opened up Your Word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life
That's dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me