Good News from Ramona

my desire and prayer is that i would travel this week. My husband sent me the money last Wednesday and im yet to receive it. it is a bank to bank transfer.
pls pray that this money for tickets will arrive soonest and that our trip will be safe.
im grateful to God for His tremendous help concerning all the paper work we had to do in the past few months. im happy all that is left now is the ticket.
thank u for all ur faithful prayers. may God reward u plentifully.
pls also continue praying for our marriage; i noticed a positive change in my husband lately, but i think it can be much better. thanks a million times!
Please Continue to pray for Ramona and her son, Crystal, as they travel back to Africa.  Also, pray for Ramona’s parents, who have been able to be with their daughter and grandson all this time. 
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On the Road, Again

Tomorrow, I head out on what I’ve been calling my “Grand Southern Speaking Tour” (must be said like Scarlett O’Hara to get the full impact). I’ll be speaking to a number of churches on Wednesday nights and Sundays.  I’ll also be speaking to students at a couple of Christian Schools.  Here is the crazy schedule:

March 31-April 1: Smithville, Tennessee (Near Nashville)
April 2-4: Asheville, NC (I’ll be staying with Uncle James and Aunt Janet)
April 4-5: Columbia, Kentucky (2 churches)
April 6-7: Lost Creek and Oakdale, Kentucky (2 schools)
April 8: Sparta, Tennessee (not as near to Nashville)
April 9-15: Wilmington, NC
April 16-19: Huntersville, NC
April 20: Back to Roxbury, PA.

Wow, typing that out has made me tired.  Please pray for safe travels, accurate GPS, and good radio stations!!  Please pray that the people who hear about what God is doing in Romania will be moved to help.  And let God get all the glory!

All Over the Place

I’m sorry for the radio silence recently.  A lot has been going on.  I have spoken at a number of churches, including an underground church (didn’t know they had those in this country, did you?).  I’ve been setting up the new MBK computer and helping with paper work and packaging items to ship to Romania.

I helped out one Tuesday night at the Mennonite Central Committee.  We were canning turkey and tying quilts for disaster relief.  I didn’t actually can the turkey meat; I was drying the can so that they can be labels. Here is the link to that event:  http://mcc.org/canning/ .  

The PULS Pregnancy Crisis Center in Romania has a sister center here in PA called Precious Life.   I represented MBK at their benefit dinner.  The keynote speaker was Melody Green, the widow of Keith Green.  What a great passion she has for the unborn!  Here is the link to Precious Life: http://www.plinc.org/index.html and Melody Green: http://melodygreen.com/.

I think my favorite part of the last couple of weeks was meeting a wonderful family and being invited into their home.  They were excommunicated from the Amish Church because they professed a personal relationship in Jesus Christ.  They read the Bible in English and are unashamed in their new life in Christ.  However, instead of leaving the area they stayed and although they face persecution, they are a light in their community. Pray for their continued commitment to the Lord!  They look Amish and live mostly in the same traditions, including no electricity, but they have a joy and a peace that others don’t have.  I learned so much about the Amish community.  Apparently, Harrison Ford hadn’t a clue!   I loved spending the night with the family and enjoyed going back this past weekend.  The young daughters loved taking pictures and like the kids in Romania, have an eye for finding the beautiful around them.  Enjoy the pictures:

Farming the land

Farming the land

Taking a walk.  Notice, I'm the only one in pants!

Taking a walk. Notice, I'm the only one in pants!

Oh, one last thing!! I have learned how to drive the manual transmission car!  I’ve even driven over some of the horribly scary mountain in the dark!   Thank you for your prayers.

Training Camp

Here are some fun pictures from training camp. It was great and I would recommend the training to anyone interested in missions, including senders and those who are praying for missions.  Here is the link: http://www.elijahcompany.org/index.htm.  The next camp is in October…You should go.  Ok, end of commercial, here are the pictures!

Did I tell you training was on a working cattle farm?

Did I tell you training was on a working cattle farm?

 

Group Picture in the warm southern sun!

Group Picture in the warm southern sun!

 

Sunset over the lake.  It was such a peaceful place to spend in prayer.

Sunset over the lake. It was such a peaceful place to spend in prayer.

On the Radio

This morning, bright and early, I went along with MBK board member Dallas and his wife, Diane, to WJTL, a Christian radio station in Lancaster, PA.  We were promoting 1st Picnic Lancaster,  a fundraiser for MBK.  Its crazy to be having a picnic when there is snow on the ground, but what a great way to celebrate what God has been doing for the people of Romania.  The picnic will be inside,(I know someone [Amber] will email me and ask if we will have the picnic in the snow).  I will tell you I’m so looking forward to having BBQ at the picnic.  I will judge to see if PA BBQ is as good as NC BBQ.  PA has a lot to compete with!

Ok, anyways,  we were on the radio 3 times between 7-8am.  We got to talk a bit about the ministry going on in Romania as well as advertise the picnic.    I’m including the link to the radio station. It was a really fun morning! Please pray that more people will come to the picnic and will get involved with MBK’s ministry in Romania because of the broadcast! www.wjtl.com

Fun Pictures from Ohio

Here are some pictures from my visit to Ohio with Candice and Brian.  These are from our brief (and very cold) trip to Lake Erie.  The Lake was actually frozen.  Gabe had the best time throwing rocks in the lake. 

Me and Gabe at the Lake!

Me and Gabe at the Lake!

Candice and Baby Ezra, so sweet.

Candice and Baby Ezra, so sweet.

Update/Prayer Request from Ramona

This is the lastest update from Ramona.  Her husband is currently working in Ethiopia.  I just copied the email from Ramona:
here i am again asking for help.
we got the papers from the romanian embassy in addis ababa. my husband is going to DHL them to me soonest. pls pray 4 safe journey for the papers.
but another thing came up.
I READ ONLINE THAT WE CAN GET VISA ON ARRIVAL, BUT I CALLED ETHIOPIAN EMBASSY IN VIENA JUST TO CONFIRM AND TO MY DISMAY, THE GUY SAID WE NEED VISA PRIOR TO ARRIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I WILL SEND MY PAPERS TO VIENA FOR VISA, COS THERE IS NO ETHIOPIAN EMBASSY HERE. PLS PRAY FOR ALL THAT IS RELATED TO THAT.
PLS ASK UR TEAM TO PRAY ALONG, I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER.
THANK U FOR BEING A FRIEND.
CU DRAG, (With Love)
RAMONA