Sunday, July 22, 2018

They traveled 8888 miles!

A few years ago we met up with this couple, Mark and Lauren Duc and son Leo.  As you can tell by the below picture they have added a sweet little girl, Talia.

We listened to their story of how God moved on their heart to become foreign missionary  also heard concern about their son, Leo health issues.

God was working to relieve their concerns.   Indonesea has some great doctors and hospitals.    Truthfully, they were putting their trust in the Lord for all their lives

It's never easy leaving family, friends, especially
Image may contain: 4 people, including Lauren Duc, people smiling, people sitting, child, outdoor and naturetaking a grand baby with health issues to live overseas but by the grace of God Duc's soon found themselves learning a new language, making friends in another culture.

On this side of the big pond as we call the ocean
were some Grandparents needing a grandchild
touch.  There is nothing any sweeter then to see
family step off that plane after countless hours
of flying and waiting in foreign airports.

I know you will enjoy the smiles and tears of this Grandma as she and Grandpa see where those precious grand children live everyday.  Their understanding will become richer as they watch God work through their children and grand children.  Ace and I have been a part of encouraging several parents and grand parents to take a risk and go visit their grown children and grandchildren and see them live a life in Christ outside their comfort zone.  They say our eyes affect our hearts, I think you will be able to hear and see that on the face of these grandparent.  Enjoy.


 If you get a chance, go visit a missionary in the country they serve in.  It does not have to be your children, could be a friend living in a foreign country, a missionary from your church.  Maybe you can't go due to time, health but maybe you can help pay a parent or Grandpa and Grandma way to go see their family.  There is nothing , absolutely nothing like seeing them get off the plane and receive the best hugs in the world.  Walking in their world leaves the message that you care beyond yourself about your family or friend.

When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages”. To that, Calvert replied, “We died before we came, he said.

I have permission to share this post from the Duc's.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Time has only one Lord--God

 Seeing the date of April 23rd as the date of my last post kind of shook me up.    Where in the world did the time go????  We are in Ky. at this time, house sitting for some friends as they spend a couple of weeks on a mission trip to Uganda.     Our sending church is close by and several of our supporters so we get to connect and take a little rest time.  All that to say I am glad God does not put me aside and forgets the time.                                                           “Time has only one Lord-God.”   a
We were especially blessed on our trip to Oregon lately to meet a couple that encouraged our hearts to just to sit with them and hear their stories.  They left for Japan in early 1950’s and served for over 60 years. They had an album of pics and testimonies of those who they had ministered to over the years.  Eleven churches planted on a peninsula that is 100 miles long in Japan. Please join us in praying for the Cliff & Fannie Leonard.  They are in their 90’s now and do have some health issues.
The Young's

It's always a joy to meet those preparing to go to different countries for their first term of service.  Some are going overseas and others are planning on serving here in the USA at one of the Ethnos360 training centers. No matter where, it's with the thought of, how is this all going to work? We met two of those couples on our recent  trip. The Young's are heading to PNG after having served at one of our Bible schools for a number of years.  

The Reeds's (sorry no picture) are heading to Ethnos360 Missionary Training Center in Missouri.  There are needs they will fill to be a part of the team equipping others to go.  Talking to them reminded us of ourselves as we heading out in the late 80's . Pray for them as they are in partnership development phase. 

One family we want to introduce you too.  We met them a number of times through the years.  Danny & Philippa Brooks, they serve in the Philippines and recently had finished one work and moved into another.  Shortly after the move, Danny was diagnosed with cancer and is now receiving chemo treatments in the states.  Please join us in praying for them . 

Ryan and  Laura returned from Papua with their daughter.  Praise the Lord that all the adoption paper work was accomplish before they returned to the USA. Pray for them as they trust the Lord for future ministry and location as to where to live.

Nate and Elizabeth serve in PNG.  Their location was the last tribe that Betty and I were able to visit before returning to the USA, which makes it a special place in our hearts.  The church that is located in this people group is growing.  Pray for this family as they update their churches and spend time with family.

Pray for Aimee as she prepares to return to PNG.  We’ve enjoyed meeting her and hearing about the work that she is involved in. Pray for the team there as they work on translation & literary programs.

Others that we met with on the last couple of trips are in the USA on home assignment.  Pray as they reconnect with their churches and family.  We’ve enjoyed hearing what the Lord is doing at their places of ministry.  We desire to be an encouragement and a help to them.

Thank you for praying and giving toward our ministry, serving to see the gospel go to the least reached language groups around the world.

Ace & Betty Draper
Ethnos360-Southwestern Regional Member Care

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