Sunday, March 30, 2008

Turner's Chapel Baptist Church, Ripley, MS

Turner's Chapel in Ripley, Mississippi
Jessica and Sharon Graves
My girls singing.
Yesterday we were at Turner's Chapel Baptist Church in Ripley, MS. Their pastor, Bro. Howard Goosby, was on a missions trip to the Philipines. We had a wonderful time. The people were so friendly. Our daughter Sarah, on the piano, said she hoped all churches we visit were as nice. Great preaching( my husband and son), great food (Subway) and great fellowship.

Put my fingers where?

Our Sarah showing piano to Whisper ( a young girl at our church).

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

What a Pretty Bird.

This is Livingston. Our African Gray Parott. He used to belong to the Andrzejewski family before they left for Portugal. Bro. Chad thought you would like to see him, Nina. He is a very smart bird. We have really enjoyed him, especially in the morning. He is our wake up call. Today we put his cage outside so he could enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

Taking pictures is not fun.

Do you know how hard it is to get 7 people to not close their eyes?
I'm glad I was not in this one. It took about 25- 30 tries.

Chad's Mom and Dad. We are joining them with MBC Nepal Missions.
This one did not take as long. Only 4 people instead of 7. The first picture is for our prayer card. That's the reason for the white background. The printer will put a scenery behind us. Leave a comment if it is nice. Ha Ha

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Sunday.

Me and Mama

My kids with MawMaw

My Sunday School class with Sarah helping

Anna with her friend Kayla

Abby Grace after a long day at church. Her parents Bro. Andy and Kristy Kurowski, along with her sister Carrie Beth go to or church.

Working on Presentation is hard work.

Thursday and Friday of last week we spent with Bro. Lynn and Linda Potts. They helped us plan our display board and presentation. We stayed up very late both nights. I did not realize how much work it takes to be able to present yourself to churches. Mrs. Linda is a very creative person. She has great ideas and is a talented artist. Their ministry is unique. Bro. Lynn preaches while Mrs. Linda draws the sermon. They have been dear friends of ours for several years. If you are interested you can find out more about them at their website.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Welcome home Bubba!!

After just a week in the hospital, Bubba was able to come home. At the welcome home party for him and he expressed his thankfulness to the Lord for all he had done. Please continue to pray for him and his family during this healing time. Oh, by the way, Bubba got home around 3:00 on Saturday and he was at church Sunday morning. He said that he could not not go after all God has done for him.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Some of my favorite Nepal pictures.

It has been a few days since I have written. I have decided to wrap up the Nepal trip for now. I have selected a few of my favorite pictures. There were many to choose from. We took over 700 pictures.
As soon as Caleb spoted these soilders he wanted to go see them. They talked with him. When he came back to us we asked him," what did they say." He said, "I have no idea. But they are my friends".
My rickshaw driver.
It was like we were in a parade. We rented 5 rickshaw to drive us around town, just to sightsee. It was so funny. Everyone was looking and yes were laughing. I was in the 4th one, and Chad was in the 5th one. It was not a common thing to see heavy set, white people riding around town. We did not take a picture of us. Only a few of the girls.
Goats on top of the bus driving into town.
We made these boys very happy. It was toward the end of the day. They were selling cotton candy. We stopped the van and bought 12 bags. All they had. Look at the smiles on their faces. We were not smileing though, the cotton candy had a dirty taste to it. I don't know why I thought it would taste like the Lexington, TN fair cotton candy.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What a Mighty God we Serve !!!!

The young man in this picture is Joshua Allen Hopper. The little boy on his shoulders is our son Caleb. This past Friday Bubba ( as known by family and friends) was at work and his hand got caught in a bailer. This machine bails the excess material not needed for the boat seat covers his company makes. Knowing right away his hand was gone, God brought to Bubba's mind all the times his Dad had said to keep your head on in any situation. Think about what to do. Allen then put his feet on the side of the bailer and pulled himself away from the bailer. He pulled his hand loose to save the rest of his body from being pulled in the bailer. After getting to the hospital in Savannah, TN where he lives, the decision was made to air vac him to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN. The first thing he told his mother when she got there was "I thank the Lord, now what does he want me to learn from this" And so began the many words of encouragement that Bubba stated. There were 30 plus people waiting in the lobby at Savannah to see him. We were all worried and praying for God to show us what to say to help him. But just the opposite was the case. We left the room feeling better. My husband who is his pastor said," I was there to minister to him, but Bubba minister to me." Allen left an impression on the air vac team that helped him get to Nashville. So much so,that days later, the team went searching the hosptial to find the parents of this young man. They just had to met them. On Friday night after 6 plus hours of surgery the news was not good. The doctors said that there is nothing to work with. They would try later to reattach the hand but it would never work. They did attach blood veins and arteries to keep the hand alive until Bubba would beable to be in the decision making process of what to do next. Of course, everyone started praying for God's will to be done. Bubba told many people on Tuesday morning that he belonged wholely to God and it is up to him to let him keep his hand or not. Tuesday afternoon after about 5 hours of surgery to news came. The doctors were able to attach nerves to all four fingers and tendons to his thumb. When man said there is nothing to work with, God said let me show you what I can do. Thank you to all who prayed for him. There is much more for God to do in the future with this young man and his hand but we sure do serve a mighty God.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Look at those antlers.

Watch out for the deer hunters! We saw lots of deer while we were riding the elephants. Along with monkeys, rinos and crocodiles.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Video of Elephant ride. Tell us what you think.

Elephant Ride

This girl sold us bananas for the elephants and later cookies for the baby elephants.

When we got on the elephant it was somewhat awkward. Four people rode on each elephant, one on each post of the box. After getting all settled, we started our 2 hour ride.

You want me to sit where?

He doesn't look ready to carry us anywhere.

In the village of Chitwan, we rode on the road in this wagon. It was very neat.

A very Interesting place to stay. Chitwan

Yet, another friend Caleb made.
We stayed in 4 different rooms. We could talk to each other from one bathroom to the next.

The next two nights we stayed in the village of Chitwan. The last night the Rino Resort had culture night. The performs 4 differnt dances from their tribe. It was very enjoyable.

Kindness shown to a stranger

This was taken at the top of the mountain. It was very cold and I had forgotten my jacket. As you walked to the top for viewing there were little huts along the way to sell you shawls and souvenirs. This lady in the picture was at the last hut before you reached the very top. She saw that I was cold and insisted that I borrow not buy a shawl. Also Caleb got sick and she helped me talk care of him while we were there.


Sunrise over mountain

We got up very early the next morning to go see the sunrise over the mountains. It was so beautiful.

Other sites in Pokara

Streets are a lot cleaner here than Katmandu.