Thursday, November 28, 2013
On this Thanksgiving 2014 I have much to be thankful for. Family that is loving and supportive. Friends that have financially and prayerfully supported me. I have my health and many blessings. No matter what I know that I am being watched over and guided by my God. All I ask now is that as we journey to Romania keep us in prayer. Pray that His will be done. I know we are embarking on an adventure of a lifetime. To be able to hand a child a Christmas shoebox (packed with love) and to be able to share the true meaning of Christmas with others and within the team will be amazing. This is both my Thanksgiving and Christmas. <><
Monday, November 25, 2013
However I must say that in August I rolled the dice and came up pretty big. My wife, daughter and I decided one afternoon to attend the Belair Bar-B-Que bash. Lots of vendors and of course good food. This was not my idea to go but my daughters. One of the vendors there was having a raffle for Raven's season tickets. Big spender that I am I bought three tickets for $5.00. This is their big fund raiser and had been running since April. I did not even give a second thought about winning. So that night my daughter headed back down to college. She had just left and I was getting ready for bed when the phone rang. My heart dropped as I thought she had just had an accident. No~instead it was the Raven's Roost informing me I had won the season tickets. I mean really now??? So pretty cool. I have a set of season tickets to watch the Baltimore Ravens this year. But it gets even better! I entered to win a dinner cruise on a boat called the Raven. This was hosted by the Sunpapers and we won a night out with a bunch of others. It was a great night out in the harbor and their was an fundraiser auction held on board. One of the fundraisers for the night was a 50-50 drawing. I bought an arms length of tickets for $20.00 but of course did not win the money. Instead I won a Ravens winter jacket valued at about $100.00.
I must admit at this point I am a little embarrassed. I post things on Facebook and here I had won the dinner cruise and now I won a jacket. People just look at me and shake their heads. I did have someone even want to rub my head for good luck. LOL! In the great scheme of things maybe I am luckier than others but for right now I will just enjoy my season at the stadium. Next year it will be someone else turn.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Well enough of that! It is time to get back to some basics and this journal will be part of that. I am making a conscious effort to post at least once or twice a week. In addition I am planning on spending some more time in my devotional reading in order to grow my Christian walk. I encourage you to hold me accountable. Karen and I attended an Experiencing God seminar several weekends ago and I found some great material to delve into there. Maybe down the road I can share some of that.
I am going to close this out today with a Romania update. I will be writing from there at the end of this month. I am part of a team of ten from Fork Christian Church. We are partnering with with Remember The Children (see prior post) in order to bring Christmas shoe boxes and hope to the children in Oradea. I actually was able to have my entire trip funded through sponsorships. I feel truly blessed as I had two very special donations come my way. One was from a couple at my church who also sponsor children through Compassion. They know my heart. The other was from someone who I only casually know through Facebook and had met on a Disney cruise. She went to my Go Fund Me page and made a substantial gift. I was blown away my her generosity but then that is how God works. I am thankful for all of my other sponsors who helped me out and made this trip possible. Our church also held a fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse which helped the entire team out. In fact Fork came through in several ways. We have probably close to 250 shoe boxes that are on their way over to Romania already. Along with those boxes are some winter coats that we bought for the children. During our summer Vacation Bible School the children at Fork raised over $900 in mission money that we put toward buying those coats. What a blessing!
Please keep myself and the entire team in prayer this month as we begin our final preparations toward departure on November 29th. Keep in prayer also all of families that will be staying behind to take care of things there. Without their support either we would not be going. Take Care!