Today may be first day of spring, but WaterBrooks in Vermont shows no traces of thawing.
As you can see, our little cabin and the pond are completely blanketed with the cold white stuff. The second picture is of our porch by the door.
We are to return to WaterBrooks on May 9th to open the ministry for the season but this snow must be totally gone by then!
Thursday we leave for our spring mini-tour of speaking and most excited to be heading south with warmth and not north with snow! First we head for Virginia Beach, VA where we are doing a Christian women’s retreat. We are blessed with the location of the retreat being at a large beach house right on the water. I will be speaking four times over this weekend and looking forward to making new friends while in this area.
Next we plan to stop in a quiet place for a few days to hide and do writing projects. This is total seclusion where the brain hits the paper while the keyboards fly. We are digging in and vowing not to leave without something to show for it.
We then hit the road for Greenville, SC where we spend the weekend at a Prayer Conference at the Evangelical Institute of Greenville. I will be speaking for their Saturday afternoon session before leaving Sunday afternoon for Columbia, SC where I will be returning to my spiritual roots at Columbia International University formerly known as Columbia Bible College and Seminary. It will be the first time I will be in Columbia and my spiritual father and dear friend, Dr. Robertson McQuilken will not be there. He always covered me with his prayers. I will speak for the school’s chapel service on Tuesday, April 4th. Monday, the 3rd, I will be doing two chapel services for Ben Lippen Missionary School so our plate is full with a short stay before beginning our trip back to Ohio on Wednesday.
Friends, we would so appreciate your prayers for this small mini-tour of travelling, speaking and writing. Pray us on for safe travels as we cover the miles, for words of encouragement and utterance as I stand and bear witness to those that God would have to hear, and for wisdom and discernment for all that God would have us do.
It is a joy to be back on the road and to be a “tramp for the Lord” by bringing the good news and bright hope to God’s people.
We covet your prayers and thank you!
We, too, go up to our Jerusalem,
Sue, Deborah and ‘Rodney’
We seek to be a vessel, an outpouring of God’s love, to bring the good news to the afflicted, to bind up the broken hearted, to set the captive free, to comfort those who mourn, and to bring the oil of gladness and the mantle of praise to all that we meet and serve.
We undertake our mission through our outreach of ministering to the spirit, mind, and body, whether it be in renewal through silent retreat and prayer at WaterBrooks, through encouraging those with deafness and other physical challenges at Kennels of Levi, or through meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters among the homeless with Operation Silent Night.
We strive to fulfill our mission, not through our own might and power, but by resting on the firm guiding hand of faith in God’s providence, provisions and promises…for what He has started, He will so complete.