Today was a work day on the farm. We baled our first field and I thought the day went pretty good. Scott had cut the hay with our hay bine several days ago so it was cured nicely. We asked Eric, a youth in our church, to help out and he did great, learning from Scott and Ethan. I asked him during the day if he wanted to be a farmer and he smiled and said "no." We sent him home sunburned, sweaty, dirty and exhausted and I'm so proud of him. As for the hay baler, Scott said he had plans to make it better. It worked pretty well, but is still having problems with the knot staying tied every once in a while. My job was to drive the truck while the men loaded the trailer up... and keep them supplied with water. It was a good, productive day. As you can see in the picture we still have the back field to do in a couple weeks.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Ethan will be heading to Haiti for his mission trip this summer with the college group in our church....they'll be helping build the walls for an orphanage. Right now they're in the process of fundraisers. Yesterday they had a bake sale in front of our Big Lots in town and they did awesome, raising $700.00 towards the trip. Last month we had a chili cook off fundraiser! Thank you Michael and Ale for your time and commitment in leading this mission trip. I'm so excited to see how God leads these young men and women!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Scott spent today working in our hay field, giving the hay baler a trial run to make sure all is in working order for this coming weekend. Yesterday he cut a small strip in our field. Today was a difficult day as the hay baler kept breaking down...the knots would not tie around the bales. He and Ethan just came in dirty and sunburned. All the bales are finally loaded on our trailer and Scott is trouble shooting the manual on this problem.
Randy was home a short 24 hours before heading to Mountain Project, his summer mission trip through Campus Outreach, a college ministry at Tenn Tech. Like last summer, he'll be spending the summer in Sevierville, working at Dollywood during the day and working on discipleship training during the evenings and weekends. However this summer, Randy is in a leadership role where he'll be mentoring and discipling students, helping them grow in their relationship with Christ and teaching them how to share the gospel. Thank you to our Lord and dear friends and family for providing this summer mission opportunity for Randy. We took some pictures before he left.
Randy and Ethan. Charles was at work.
Randy and our dear friends next door.
Randy and I. One quick last hug and he was gone.
I've had my wash machine for 24 years and it finally died. The motor burned up... literally, filling our mud room with smoke; thank goodness we were home. Off to Home Depot I went to check out the new machines, which I found out are all cheaply made these days. The highlight of my trip was seeing Charles at work. Brittney and her mom just happened to be shopping there also :)
Sunday, May 26, 2013
We woke up this morning to find Randy sleeping in his bed...he was home from India safe and sound. We left him sleeping and went on to church. We are in the same Sunday School class and about 20 minutes into class... in walks Randy :) He shared the highlights of his trip with our class and also during the main worship service. He gave all glory to the Lord for this mission trip opportunity. For much of their trip they stayed with a local pastor, working and sharing in their ministry called Word For The World. Randy enjoyed sharing with the people in the village and saw that India has a great need for men to be trained as pastors for these growing churches. He mentioned how encouraging it was to know the same gospel is being preached in India and how the people of India meet in small groups, spreading the gospel there. He also had the opportunity to see other parts of India and visited a leper colony for the first time, seeing people without hope, both spiritually and physically. They had a translator with them, however, Randy mentioned it was still challenging talking with the people due to the language barrier. Other memories include how the kids loved seeing "missionaries" come as they have candy with them (which they did), taking the train and sleeping on the top bunk in the train with his feet over hanging into the isle; the Indian men just walked underneath his feet. There was no running water and his bath everyday was a bucket of water poured over him, eating with his hands as they don't use utensils there, the people carried a mat and rolled it out on the ground when they wanted to sleep, three temperatures in India: hot, hotter and hottest. When he was in the city, he took a video of the traffic with no stop lights, but it seemed to flow amazingly well. Below are some pictures he took of his trip. You'll notice some pictures have the wrong date on them...Randy must have updated the date when he realized it was incorrect. Randy remained healthy, besides coming home with a cold that he picked up when they were in the mountains. We'd like to thank you again for your prayers and gifts in making this trip possible for Randy and know this experience will make him a more equipped disciple for our Lord in spreading the gospel. Please continue to pray for the Word For The World ministry and that pastors will be raised up to lead the churches as they grow in India.
Indian Temple. Randy mentioned the people of India worship many gods and idols.
Temple square..all the tall buildings are temples.
A current church building
The new church they are building.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Today is my birthday...happy 52. Scott's been working 12 to 14 hour days lately at work, coming home so tired; I knew he didn't know what day it was. I just smiled and finally text him at noon giving him a little reminder and told him I love him. I had a school board meeting that night and came home to a peach pie with my candles in reversed order...my babe had stopped at the store on his way home. He also gave me a sweet card. It's the little things like this that mean more than any big gift♥
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Scott found this huge snapper in our field out back. Turtles sure grow big in Tennessee! These turtles have jaws of steel and can take your finger off in a second. I asked Scott what his plans were and he said he wanted me to make turtle soup; I cringed at the thought. We put the turtle in a 5 gallon bucket for the night and the next day the whole bucket and turtle was gone. We believe Charles took it to the river with him.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tonight we went to dinner at La Cocina, our new restaurant in the area, to celebrate our May birthdays. Scott and Charles celebrated their birthday Wednesday and mine is next week. Our dear friends, Micheal and Ale's parents from Honduras, recently opened up their new restaurant at Jubilee. The food is a mixture of American and Latin and everything is made fresh. The food was awesome and the evening gave us time to visit with all our dear friends gathered that night. Happy Birthday to my men. Please keep praying for Randy in India this week!
Brittney, Charles (26), Scott (53), Becky (soon to be 52) and Ethan
Monday, May 13, 2013
The dress for my great niece, Lucy, is finally done and I thought it turned out darling. I've been sewing on it here and there for the last couple of weeks and wanted to get it to her for the summer months. Hopefully it will fit! I can't wait to see Lucy in it and think she'll look so cute in this color. I love you Miss Lucy!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8
God commands us to go and make disciples of all the nations, taking the gospel out to the world.... and Randy is taking the gospel to India! He's been planning his mission trip for months and I know he's so excited that the time is finally here. Tonight he is driving to Cookeville, staying with friends. The mission team will fly out early tomorrow morning from Nashville; they'll fly to Canada, then to Germany and on to Chennai, India. He packed his bags, checking them twice, taking sunscreen for the expected 103 degrees! We'd like to thank all those that made this trip possible. We pray that God will use Randy to further His Gospel, opening up doors that he may be able to share the love of Jesus with the people of India. We also ask for God's protection upon these young men and women, that their trip may be a healthy one and that they'd be brought home safely. May this trip bring glory to God and further His kingdom.
Brittney graduated from Walter State Community College this morning and we couldn't be more thrilled for her. Charles and Brittney have been dating two years now and we were honored to be able to share in this special occasion. We've watched her persevere through her classes, staying focused on her goal of graduating and today she graduated with her Associate of Science in Pre-Medicine, Cum Laude. I gave a loud whistle when they called her name:) She will continue her studies at ETSU in the fall. We are so proud of Brittney's accomplishment in achieving her goal and may God continue to guide her path. Proverbs 3: 5-6
Brittney with her parents
Scott, Ethan, Becky, Brittney, Charles and Randy
This picture was taken outside.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wahoo...Randy and Ethan are home! I got home from work and found both of their cars in the driveway. Ethan had grass all over him, but I didn't care, I hugged him anyway. He and Charles had just mowed and weed whacked our lawn. I searched for Randy and should have guessed...he was already at Josh's next door. I knew Josh was as happy as I was to see Randy and that they were catching up with one another's lives. Ethan and I quickly went to pick up Scott's truck from the repair shop and when we got home, we all went next door. The men were playing football, tackling each other with Riley and Keeley playing right along :) Randy will be home only 24 hours before he's off to India on his mission trip. It's wonderful to have all the men under one roof, even if only for a night.
Ethan, Randy, Josh with Keeley and Riley.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Today was our second annual RogVegas Day, where our church (East Rogersville Baptist) loves on our community and goes out to serve them. At our send off worship service last night we were challenged to "bear witness to the truth" John 18:37. To not only serve our community, but tell them about Jesus Christ... and that's what we did. 180 members of our church participated in RogVegas Day in various projects: free haircuts, car wash, construction team, lawn mowing, block party with free lunch at the park, random acts of kindness group, gas buydown and our lunch prep team. We all wore green t-shirts and could be seen throughout Rogersville. Scott was over the gas buydown and of course I helped with him. This year the gas buydown was at our local co-op. We were concerned about there only being one pump and the wait time for cars, but it went very smoothly and gave us plenty of time to visit with folks, pray with them and witness, sharing the gospel. In three hours we served 75 cars and pumped 1075 gallons of gas. Gas was $.50 off per gallon, making the price $2.90 per gallon with our church covering the reduced cost. Below are pictures of our day at the co-op. Tonight we all head back to church for a testimony and worship time. What a blessing it was to serve Rogersville and our Lord!