We made our own Thanksgiving wreath this afternoon and I asked the kids what they’re thankful for this year. The list includes a friend from school, the baby, and monkeys. Because why wouldn’t we be thankful for monkeys here in NEPA?
We sent out our newsletter this afternoon so if you received it, you got our abbreviated list of things we’re thankful for. One thing that did not get listed was our van. So I thought I’d tell you about that here!
Our van has been having transmission problems for a long time and we’ve been ignoring it because really, who wants to deal with transmission problems? “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” While Brian was in SD, I avoided driving the van out of fear that while he was gone would be when I would break down.
Brian did a lot of research, including talking with his mechanic father, while he was gone and decided he might actually be able to fix it and maybe it wasn’t the entire transmission. Even his dad – an experienced, capable mechanic – told him he wouldn’t touch it; that transmissions are just too delicate.
Last Saturday, Brian spent the whole day working on the van, praying it would work because we don’t have the funds for another car and all three kids don’t fit in the little Chevy. By Saturday evening, he was done… and the van was totally fixed.
I am so very thankful for Brian’s gift with vehicles. He’s saving us a ton of money and the huge, stressful decision we were faced with on what to do with the van since we were banking on it breaking down very soon. Now we can breathe a sigh of relief!
We are also thankful for our financial supporters. We mention this every year, I’m sure. But, it’s certainly not with triviality. It is increasingly more difficult for missionaries – especially missionaries located in their home country – to raise support, even more so when they are doing background jobs. We have watched so many friends struggle with their support levels – to the point that a few are not even on the field after years of raising support. Yet, we have always been taken care of. We don’t take one penny of our monthly support for granted; we view every check that comes in as a gracious gift from the Lord and we try to live wisely and frugally to make your money go the furthest it can. We appreciate every single donation to our ministry because it means you are a part of our team and we take that seriously. Thank you for investing in our ministry and being a part of what we do at MRF and BCM.
We wish you all a VERY happy Thanksgiving!
The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.