Monday, January 4, 2016
JEAN'S - THE FIRST POST OF 2016
Right now, Thomas and Ruth, are on their way to Missouri to help due to all the flooding down there. Bishop Joseph asked, one Sunday, if any would volunteer to go as their is a bad need down there. The Old Order Mennonites were trying to get at least one bus full of folks to help.
Thomas and Ruth came to David and I telling us they want to go. Being a newly wed couple, they usually don't go this soon after they are married. Thomas said that the Lord had been good to him. He never thought he would have parents and a family, but the Lord had it all worked out so we became his parents. He never thought he would be able to marry at his age because either his parents or her parents would not allow it at their age - but we did and they did. He never thought he would have a farm for him and Ruth to live on and they have one. He and Ruth had prayed and felt the Lord wanted them to go. It was their time to help the Lord.
David and I thought about it and prayed about it. You have to be 18, which they are, before you can go to an out of state mission, like this. They could have gone without asking our opinion, but they did. What made our finally okay was Kevin and Bridget are going, too. Kevin and Bridget have been before and the two couples know each other and will be together at least on the bus and where they stay.
Thomas and Ruth are using some of the money they were given at their wedding for transportation, meals and a hotel room. Kevin and Bridget advised they stay in a hotel and be bused in every day rather than staying where the mission provides.
So off they went. I am, of course, a worried Mother, but the Lord will watch them and provide. Old Order Mennonites have two buses going down from New York State. They will be down there two weeks and come back. Mennonites hope to have two more buses to be there when these two leave. David said now I know what my parents went through when we went on our first mission out of state.
Michael and Edward wanted to go, too. But they can not go until they are 18, which is fine with me. I said it is hard seeing two go, as I feel Ruth is my daughter, I couldn't let all four go at the same time. Michael told me, they are coming back - they will just be gone for two weeks. Michael and Edward will be taking care of Thomas' farm while they are gone. Michael is also filling in for any jobs that might come up for Kevin's shop while he is gone plus handling his own jobs. Kevin's brothers will take care of his farm. David said this is really the time of the year to go as it is not planting season or harvesting season. Of course, if we are called, we go any time of the year.
Michael Edward, Susan, Katie and David Jr. are hoping that we get some snow. They would like to go skiing, or sledding, but so far this year, haven't had a chance. Of course none of the ponds are frozen enough to go ice skating. I asked Michael and Edward with all the work because of Thomas being gone, would they have time. They said they would find time, if they get the snow. As I give this post to Marilyn, it is snowing right now, but I don't know if it will be enough.
Be With God,