Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Another Day for service...

Well, we have had a great time of services at the "Run For The Rose" campmeeting. There have been so many great preachers and great messages each night. It has been a wonderful time of fellowship although I noticed a strange thing...everyone I know is getting old! I was looking around and all of my friends are gray headed! They are all moving a lot slower and making these odd noises when they get up! Then...I got a glimpes of myself in a window next to them and boy was I shocked to see that old lady looking back at me! It's really surprising when I still feel like I'm 20 years old ( really I'm just a few years over that!!) that when I get up out of the chair my knees make these wierd crunching sound and I find myself grunting! Wow! It's true that getting old is not for the faint of heart!!

It used to be that when we went to all of these meetings we were the "younguns" (Remember, we've been doing this for almost 35 years!) and now we have these 'kids' coming up asking us for advice. Glad to help you, you young whippersnappers!

We'll be going on to the Chesterton Baptist Church in Chesterton, IN where Brother Rick Henderson is the pastor for a week. You never know what we will see but don't worry cause I'll tell you all about it later!

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Beginning of a Journey

Today continues the journey we began in 1975 as a young married couple dedicated to serving the Lord in whatever capacity He chose for us. I look back over the last 33 years and I can't believe where God has brought us to. From living in a grayhound bus we had converted into a travel trailer and raising 3 kids to adulthood to now being missionaries to Romania! If you had told me all those years ago that one day I'd be serving in a foriegn country I would have told you "No Way! I like Wal-Marts, Krogers and Malls way to much to leave America."
Little did we know how God was preparing us for what HE had in store for us later in life. I guess if we all could see what the future held for us we'd go screaming down the streets looking for a rock to hide under. My precious husband and I were blessed with three perfect children. Brian was born in 1976, Leslee in 1978 and Brad in 1980. We figured we'd have a wonderful life just traveling and singing together. Again God had a different plan. In 1986 our son Brian died in an epileptic seizure after being plagued with seizures all of his life. We really thought he was getting better and on the day the space shuttle Challenger blew up, our son, Brian, died. It was a valley I thought I'd never find my way out of, but I found God was in the midst of my deepest grief. When I felt like I'd never see another sunrise or have another smile in my heart God focused my eyes to see my other 2 children who were grieving also. I realized they were hurting and needed us more than anything else. So God showed me healing and recovery through 2 small faces that were tear stained and needing a mother's comfort.
After all of those years ago we found the same sad, grieving and hurting faces but it was in the faces of little Romanian children who had been abandoned by their mothers. Most of the children we deal with came from the Maternity Hospital. Their mothers go in and give a false name and after they deliver they walk out and leave these babies to whatever life they might have. We don't have any "babies" any more but these that God has blessed us with that range from the ages of 3 to 18 years old are all precious to us.
I hope to tell you more with each entry. Sharing the things that have happened while we traveled on the roads here in America and all of the things that happen in Romania. Enjoy!
Jeannie amd Harrell