To our dearest friends and supporters,
Your love and support shown to us has truly been a gift of God during this journey with stage four lung cancer. Each of you in your own way has ministered to us both and sustained us with your Prayers. Your on-going prayers for Deborah have sustained her and given her the strength she so needs to nurse me and restore my health, and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for upholding us before the Throne of the Lord.
The announcement of good news came from my oncologist three month visit that the chemotherapy is working and the tumors are shrinking. Praise God For Whom All Blessings Flow!!!!
We now focus on life and the dreams of Sue Thomas Ministries and ask that you will join us at our Prayers for the desires of our heart. That desire was shared with me today when a gift was sent in honor of our celebration with the good news of the chemotherapy. With the gift came a note card that held the desire of our hearts, pray this for us please, “Breathe on me breath of God, fill me with life anew, That I may love what Thou dost love, And do what Thou wouldst do.” This is our prayer…our humble plea that our very breath will be for He!
We pray for Sue Thomas Ministries as it continues to grow and become with WaterBrooks, the refuge of Prayer in the 113 acres of the Green Mountain wilderness. Pray, our friends, that this will be the year we build our first dwelling.
Deb and I have lived in a tiny log cabin without any electricity or running water for 16 years as we have cleared and carved out the building sites and obeyed God’s first command that He gave to man, “Take care of the garden”. After 16 years, my stage four lung cancer does not permit me to go back to the cabin due to using oxygen and having no electricity. It is time to build and we move forward with anticipation and praise.
The structure that you see below is what we hope to work with and what we are calling The Bethany House. It is a multi functional building that will hold our first guest room with bath on the bottom floor for WaterBrooks guests along with 3 car garage for grounds-keeping equipment, tractor, work area and such. The upstairs will hold an apartment area where Deb and I can live while developing and maintaining WaterBrooks. This now opens up the little log cabin for WaterBrooks use, rather than personal living space. This is how we start and this is how we grow!
Hereafter, our desire is to add only 5 to 7 individual Prayer cottages throughout the property for people to come away for a while to rest as Christ did and encouraged his disciples to do.
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”Mark.6.31
Remember, Waterbrooks is a different kind of place set apart for the glory of God and the hope of His people. It is a refuge of Prayer for men and women to come to be alone with God in the silence and to sit and be still and know that He is God. When you check in for either a day, weekend or weekly retreat, you leave your cell phones behind and computers and anything that is electric. You bring only your Bible, hymn book journal, or devotional books. You will have totally quiet time to unplug In order to be recharged while sitting beneath the Shadow of the Almighty or while walking and talking with God on the handicapped accessible trails throughout the 113 acres.
Please pray, friends, that we can start immediately as calls have been placed to put the septic system and the well in immediately.
Pray as our Board of Directors meets by Zoom this Friday, October 24th at 11:00am. Pray for discernment, harmony and unity for this meeting and for the board to lead Sue Thomas Ministries to be all that God wants it to be and to do all things that God wants us to do.
We have approached three new churches seeking monthly missions support to help us build. Please pray for these churches that we might find favor with God answering our prayers. Pray also for new monthly supporters because it so helps us to know what kind of funds we have to work with.
So very much is happening all at a time when I am simply called to JUST BREATHE that I can’t contain my excitement!!
The documentary of WaterBrooks is currently being finished that we will have this tool to show the world and introduce them to what lies in our Green Mountains where God will meet His people. Pray for the completion of the documentary and God’s blessings upon it as released to His people that it will help generate more interest and support for this ministry.
Operation Silent Night continues to grow and move forward with volunteers continuing the desire to serve our homeless. We have received a $1,000.00 donation of dry goods for baking from the Mormons Storehouse this year and our annual cookies platters will once again be offered to raise funds for the homeless. Each year the baking is getting more and more with 15 cookie bakers working three straight days the week before Christmas to bake all the platters of cookies. Last year they did 1,000 dozen cookies!
GORANTS CHOCOLATIER has joined their support in the building of WaterBrooks!! I will be writing more on this later but if you love a rich piece of fine Chocolate then you simply must try Gorants!!! Gorants Chocolates are the east coast gem like Sees Candies are tothe west coast! Ordering from the Gorant’s Chocolatier website using the WaterBrooks code will help donate a portion of your purchase for the building of WaterBrooks! More to come on this candy project!
I am a bit shaky after writing such a blessing to you, so very much is happening and I am alive and breathing in answer to your Prayers. We can’t thank you enough for your love and support and to where we are today, we pray you will continue and to help us grow and become.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, bless you,
Sue and Deb (and Rodney)
Two Faithful Women of WaterBrooks
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.