DEATH IS NOT THE ENEMY


People cringe when I say I could drop dead anytime. (And I’m not getting younger, but actually no one is.) Seriously, I could get killed in a car accident leaving church or get murdered while taking out the garbage. Life is tenuous. There’s no guarantee how long I have left on earth.

Doctors can suggest a patient has 6 months to live, but the patient may live ten or more years. A physician is not God and doesn’t know the future like God does.

I apologize if I have sounded flippant over death. But for me death is a peaceful passing into an eternity to be with Christ. Heaven is my home and I would never want to live forever on this sinful, fallen world. I welcome Heaven and being in the presence of my Lord and Savior forever. It’s much better than this life. 

“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the LORD will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. I Thessalonians 5:1-6

Death is not the enemy, unbelief is.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, ask forgiveness, repent of your sins and live for Him. For those who don’t know Christ as Savior, death will be a fearful, horrible end with Satan in his evil kingdom forever.

Since life on earth is so short why waste time thinking about all that you want to do but never get around to doing it?

BELIEVE on the LORD today.

And I’ve spent years talking about something I’ve wanted to do, and now is the time to do it.

GO TO THE GRAND CANYON


Karen (from our ladies’ Monday Bible study) and I are leaving early in the morning for the Grand Canyon. We prayed about it and decided we should go there by June first before the weather turns hot. We also hope to avoid the children who are out of school and the summer tourists.

We should be in a motel each evening with wifi so if you’re interested in reading about the trip you can follow this blog. On your computer scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says follow. Type in your e-mail. Whenever I post you will receive it in your e-mail which will be free of all advertisements.


I’ll write where we are that evening and where we are going the following day. For those of you who have been there, I would love advice and suggestions about local tourist attractions, what to do, where to stay, and where to eat. We want to see and do as much as we can along the way.

Send me your thoughts and comments and I’ll read them each evening.

PS I apologize that the photos I took in Africa are hard to find but I was trying to insert them on the days they occurred.

If you want to see them go to the bottom left hand side of this blog and click on “older posts.” Scroll down and if you don’t see them, click on “older posts” again.

Thanks for your patience.

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GOING BACK TO AFRICA?


This is the most common question that people have asked since I returned.

I no longer have the spiritual call and burning desire I had in 1974 to go to Africa.
But I love the Lord and will do and go where He tells me. If someone gave me a ticket to Africa, with funds to live there, and said there was a unique job that only I could do with my education and years of experience, I would depart on the next flight.


The second question is, “Did you have a successful? Good? Nice? trip?”

“Yes.”


G  eneral health care has improved in many ways for the people I worked with and in the country, including a new hospital in the north that ministers to many. 


R  eunions with my African daughters were a blessing. They are attending churches, serving the Lord in leadership positions, and being excellent witnesses to many. It was encouraging to see their prosperous businesses in the market which help support their families. I was especially blessed knowing that I had trained them at Café Celeste.

E  vangelization is more widespread. The church has grown in many ways spiritually. And new churches have sprung up. There are more members in the churches and more local missionaries being sent out.
 

A  nd I had a wonderful 68th birthday.

T  he four remaining missionaries that I knew will be leaving in a few months. We had happy, productive visits.

Praise God He took me to Africa when He did to see and visit with the people I did.

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PICTURES

Since I returned I’ve spent hours and days at the library trying to get my photos on this blog.  It’s been one struggle and challenge after another. I’ve about given up on wordpress. (Over the last year their improvements have made it harder and harder to post.)  I’ve been investigating other free blog sites that might be easier to use. I would love your suggestions and help.

I’ve lost five of my African posts while trying to insert the photos and there seems to be no way to recover them. But that’s fine since you’ve already read them. 

I can’t see what the pictures look like which is another problem.   Hopefully you can see the photos and they give you an idea of what the people and places are like. 

Thanks for reading and joining my African Safari.  I wasn’t able to get all the explanations and descriptions of the pictures in the posts, either. So if you have any comments or questions please ask. 

Have a great day. 

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