I was reading through the book Goforth of China, a biography about missionary Jonathan Goforth, and I came across this quote that "got all over me." I wanted to share it with you. The quote is by Mrs. Whitfield Guinness.
"A great 'without' has been written on heathenism. Men and women are toiling without a Bible, without a Sunday, without prayer, without songs of praise. They have rulers without justice and without righteousness; homes without peace; marriage without sanctity, young men and girls without ideals and enthusiasm; little children without purity, without innocence; mothers without wisdom or self-control; poverty without relief or sympathy; sickness without skillful help or tender care; sorrow and crime without a remedy; and worst of all, death without hope."
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Praise the Lord for His protection as we traveled from Cambodia to California, then from California to Georgia. We made it to the States on December 5, and we spent a wonderful 11 days with Linda's family in Bakersfield. Linda's parents picked us up from the Los Angeles airport, and our first stop was Wendy's! I cannot describe to you how blissful it was to eat a Frosty after nearly two years of Frostylessness.
It was so cool to be able to speak with my mother and father-in-law in Khmer. Honestly, I was able to communicate with them on a deeper level than ever, and I feel like I know them a lot better now. We had such a wonderful, memorable time with Linda's family. What a blessing it was as well to spend time with two very special churches to our hearts: McKee Road Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Pastor Fred Fies (this is the church where I met Linda and the church where we were married) and First Baptist Church of Long Beach, Pastor John Wilkerson (the church where we served for two years before starting deputation).
On December 17 we flew from Los Angeles to Atlanta, and we were greeted at the airport by my parents and my sister, along with my pastor, Derik Lawrence, and some of my best friends in the world. We have enjoyed so much this precious time with family. What a blessing it was to be in our home church with our wonderful church family. The choir, the orchestra, the preaching, the hugs and kind words from our church family, and the overall spirit of the church blessed our hearts in such a special way.
We are looking forward to our furlough and the opportunity we will have to get reacquainted with so many wonderful friends at our supporting churches, and hopefully make some new friends at some churches we have not yet visited. We will be starting our meetings the second Sunday of January and will finish this furlough the last Sunday of May. Our return date is May 27. Please pray that God will give us safety on the roads and opportunities to share the Gospel as we spend a few short months here in the States.