Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

A letter from Puschel's Dad

Dear friends August 19th

Our dear friends, just I came from the intensiv care unit. Puschels operation endured about 8 hours.The best message of this is:The operation was very good!And we´re very thankful to our God!But the not so good message is: The doctors had to cut the sciatica nerve! Now Puschel will not longer be able to move her foot. certainly the most important functions of her right leg will be! Puschel will be able to walk and to do anything with her legs, certainly with handicap, .How it will be with her continence is in this time not completly clear. But we are hopefully that it will be good.For 3 days she has to stay now at the intensiv care. And 14 day she has to lay in the bed. Then she can try to move and to walk.When I was with Puschel she could speak normally but I thought I couldn´t hear right: she could whisper to me a joke...!

Now we need patience...! The doctor who had operate Puschel said: “My part is over but Lydias part is coming now.”It will be a very hard work for Puschel. The sciatica controls the muscles at the backside of the legs and also the moves of the feet. This is impossible now for Puschel. She will be able to walk but with a not unimportant handicap!!When I had to tell this to Puschel and she realized this she got a few tears in her eyes. She was an athletic girl, somebody of you knows this. I´m thankful and sad about this all. Thankful that God has given us a very good operation. But also sad that God doesn´t want to keep her the complete leg. We believe that God is a powerful and mighty God. And I can´t understand all things.. But I understand that God has given her a very good operation (a lot of bad things could happen in this giant operation!!!) and a lot of possibilities to praise HIM. And Puschel wants to praise HIM. So God will give her the power and energy for all things in the future.

Now Puschel has to recover and to have patience.But 3-4 weeks later it will start the next chemo becaus the cancer in Puschels pelvis is one of the hardest cancers of all. The chemo will start again soon and endure different month!The day in the intensive care unit doday was good. Puschels body has to handle incredibles 20-30 cm long cuts on backside and front of her pelvis, additional a bone what is cutted from the fibula - it would be hard for everybody...In the next days she will come to the normal hospital area. We hope her status will .be good tomorrow. Puschel is getting now a lot of medicine for her pain. But thats the reason for gettng nausa again...Would you like to pray for this and all the other things?You are a very great Gods family. Our father bless you so much. Greetings to you all from Puschel!!!
In HIM

A letter from Puschel

This comes from my German friend Puschel just before heading into surgery. It encouraged me and hopefully will encourage you.

Again, I want to say thank you to all you who are praying for my family and me. Thank you also for all your dear emails and gifts. I wish I would be able to answer you all.
And then there is the bell … The once you gave money for it, I want to thank you very much. I am excided for the day when the bell will ring the first time.

I am very thankful, that I was able to spend the last 2 weeks at home. Every morning is a fight to get up, because of the weakness. But when I go to bed in the evening, exhausted from the day, I am just thankful to my father in heaven for the things I was able to enjoy that day.
The last couple week’s different people asked me about how I feel towards my surgery and if I am afraid. Let me tell you. His peace has not left me! And honestly I am not afraid yet. ( a little nerves yes but not afraid) You know if I get afraid I am looking down to the waves like Peter did (Matthew 14:22-36) (listen to what the doctors say about what can be after the surgery) but all I want is to fix my eyes on Jesus (Hebr.12:2!) He is the one who is in control. Truly I am right now more excided about what God will do in the future. Whatever will happen is in His hand and shall be to His glory.

You know the doctor told me that after the surgery my leg will never recover fully. That was a shock to hear. But you know after thinking, talking and praying about it I realized that also this is in His hands. God can do much more than we can imagine (Eph. 3:20) and if it comes like the doctor said, well I don’t know why it is like that but God knows. And you know something else? ... Why should I think about the future? I don’t even know what will be tomorrow, so I will enjoy today!!! How great is our God

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice All the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice Trembles at His voice
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God
Age to age He stands And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb, the Lion and the Lamb
Name above all names Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing how great is our God
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see how great, how great is our God

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Christian Persecution

Have you ever read The Voice of the Martyrs?

If not, find and read it!

This newsletter was started by Richard Wurmbrand in 1967, this year is the 40th anniversary. The goal of the it is to bring to light the stories and truth of Christian persecution around the world.

Mr. Wurmbrand was imprisoned for a total of 14 years in Communist Romania, three of those spent in solitary confinement. He was stripped of his name and identity, his family was told he had escaped to the West with money he had stolen. When this was proven wrong, they were told he died in prison. Taking away everything they left him to rot in a solitary cell. All this for just being a leader in the underground church.

But God was glorified even here. Preaching to an empty cell for two years he found that someone could hear him. Starting out with a simple code "A" being one tap; "B" being two and so on, they talked back and forth. Once established the unseen prisoner went on to teach Mr. Wurmbrand the Morse code. The man was burdened with sin and through the "tapping" came to know Christ. Also Mr. Wurmbrand learned his cell was adjacent to the toilet where prisoners would line up each morning. He began to shout through the wall, "God is good," "Jesus died for your sins," "Believe in Jesus," "He is your only hope," "Hallelujah!" He became know as the "Hallelujah Pastor" and his reputation spread throughout the prisons of Romania.

There are hundreds of stories like his, from people in North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran and the Sudan to name a few. Christians who have been, imprisoned, beaten, burned, tortured, inslaved and killed. At the least many are turned out of their homes as beggers in the streets. But as you read these testimonies something springs out at you, though they pass daily through flames and are never physically at peace, they have a love for those who hurt them. Going back again and again crying out and preaching the name of Jesus Christ to those who hate them.

In the back of the newsletter they have a country summary. Giving you information on each country, the percentage of Christians, the goverment, what the persecution is like and how Christians survive. Out of 51 countries named in this issue 33 are Islamic in the official state religion. And as for the rest of the countries there are only a few that don't have a fair sized percentage of Islamic people.

For more information go to www.persecution.com the newsletter is published 12 times a year and it is free.

Monday, August 13, 2007

GET EXCITED


I just finished watching a movie called Do You Care For the Lost? by Mark Cahill. He was speaking at Purdue University in Indiana at the National Youth Conference in 2006. This man is a brilliant and wonderful example of what it is to be rejoicing in Christ. His desire is to share Christ with every person he meets and he encourages us to do the same. Not in a smarmy, sappy, 'Jesus will fix everything so you will never have another problem again' way. BUT with a burning 'they're LOST, they're DYING, they're going to HELL and they need salvation in CHRIST JESUS' way. We do not give them salvation, but we give them the information they need to know to see their sin and utter need for a Savior.


He talks about every situation being a 'winning' one, you can either plant a seed, see someone come to Christ or be rejected. See 1 Peter 4:14 on the rejected part. Also on being bold and using every opportunity that comes along. Oh yes remember you don't "have" to witness you "GET" to witness. Show Jesus Christ's love to a lost world, follow when he says "Go into the world and preach the good news to all creation" Mark 16:15. And be excited, we have salvation, rebirth, a cleansing from sin and a Father in heaven, what more is there to be excited about?


Mark Cahill has a website http://www.markcahill.org/ and a email address mark@markcahill.org if you want to find out more. He also has some books out, the one I'm reading right now is called One Thing You Can't Do In Heaven.

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Little Blue Engine

The little blue engine looked up the hill.
His light was weak, his whistle was shrill.
He was tired and small, and the hill was tall,
And his face blushed red as he softly said,
"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."

So he started up with a chug and a strain,
And he puffed and pulled with might and main.
And slowly he climbed, a foot at a time,
"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."

With a squeak and a creak and a toot and a sigh,
With an extra hope and an extra try,
He would not stop-now he neared the top-
And strong and proud he cried out loud,
"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!"

He was almost there, when--CRASH! SMASH! BASH!
He slid down and mashed into engine hash
On the rocks below.....which goes to show
If the track is tough and hill is rough,
THINKING you can just ain't enough!

By Shell Silverstein

The world says "believe in yourself.....look to your inner strength.....you can do anything you want to just by believing in yourself......

Mr. Silverstein has it a bit more right, pointing out that by just thinking you can, usually isn't enough. However we Christians can take it a step beyond that, agreeing with him but adding these things....

....being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance....

......He will keep you strong to the end...

.....My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.....

....Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power....

....He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield in whome I take refuge......

.....stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.....

..I can do everything THROUGH HIM who gives me strength...

Our trust isn't in ourselves, Praise God, for if it where we would stumble and fall, being turned into engine hash. But we lean on Christ who strengthens us to endure, run the race, triumph over all things and do everything through him. AMEN.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Take Off!

*Ahem*
Something exciting and news worthy has taken place in Sandpoint Idaho. No, Paris Hilton isn't vacationing there and no, Lindsey Lohan hasn't been caught with drugs on the beach. This is much, much more important and wonderful then any starlett sighting.

The Quest Aircraft Company (based in Sandpoint ID) has been working on a new airplane, the Kodiak. It was announced on July 18th 2007 that the FAA has officially certified it. 32 months after the first flight of the Kodiak prototype and just 2 1/2 months after the fully conforming Kodiak.

This airplane is designed for mission aviation, it was built to carry heavy loads and land and take off on short, rugged runways. It can cut in half the time it takes to carry people and supplies in and out of the bush and make it much safer to do so. Quest was founded by Dave Voetmann, a long time veteran of mission aviation. Established as a self-sustaining charitable trust he has raised more then 40 million from donors interested only in spreading Christianity. And turned down 20 million from venture capitalists seeking a profit. To keep costs down he signed on unpaid board members who also contributed large sums to the project.

A quote from World Magazine runs thus.
"In 10,000 hours of flights, mostly over unmapped territories, Voetmann never crashed a plane. But he did push existing technology to the brink of its capabilities. Three times he destroyed propellers when bumpy landings pushed the nose of his aircraft too close to the ground. Rainy conditions only exacerbate problems for Cessna's Caravan model, a popular choice among missionary pilots. "It's too heavy," Voetmann says. "I'd bury it in the mud until you couldn't see what color it was." The only planes ever specifically designed for missionary or humanitarian use in undeveloped backcountry ceased manufacture decades ago.

After his 25 years as a full-time pilot, Voetmann spent 18 more fundraising and maintaining the air fleet for Idaho-based Mission Aviation Fellowship. Much of that time went to locating and repairing old Beavers and Otters, aircraft models long since out of production. The challenges of that enterprise pushed him to create something new. "You can only rebuild a '58 Chevy so many times," he said.

The Kodiak is no broken-down Chevy. Weighing a svelte 3,450 pounds and ratcheting up to 750 horsepower at takeoff, it needs just 700 feet to get into the air and 750 feet to come back down. It can carry a 3,350-pound load between its 10-seat cabin and expanded cargo pod. Its turbine engine runs on jet fuel, far cheaper and more available than the aviation fuel used in most small planes. Its propeller is 19 inches off the ground, more than twice as high as the Caravan's prop. What's more, the Kodiak is fast. JAARS, a North Carolina-based organization providing aviation services to Bible translators around the world, considers the plane "the ideal missionary aircraft." Other missionary aviators have called it an answer to prayer. "

The attributes of this plane will make the spreading of God's word around the world faster, easier and safer. It will also open up areas that until now were nearly impossible to get to.

Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.
Psalm 117

If you would like to know more about Quest Aircraft go to http://questaircraft.com/

Credits, World Magazine

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Corrie Ten Boom

I was on a friend's blog today and read this, it was encouraging and eye opening so I decided to copy it and put it on my blog (thanks M).

Corrie Ten Boom and Tribulation
Here is an excellent letter written by Corrie Ten Boom concerning tribulation.


"The world is deathly ill. It is dying. The Great Physician has already signed the death certificate. Yet there is still a great work for Christians to do. They are to be streams of living water, channels of mercy to those who are still in the world. It is possible for them to do this because they are overcomers.Christians are ambassadors for Christ. They are representatives from Heaven to this dying world. And because of our presence here, things will change.

My sister, Betsy, and I were in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck because we committed the crime of loving Jews. Seven hundred of us from Holland, France, Russia, Poland and Belgium were herded into a room built for two hundred. As far as I knew, Betsy and I were the only two representatives of Heaven in that room. We may have been the Lord's only representatives in that place of hatred, yet because of our presence there, things changed. Jesus said, "In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." We too, are to be overcomers – bringing the light of Jesus into a world filled with darkness and hate.

Sometimes I get frightened as I read the Bible, and as I look in this world and see all of the tribulation and persecution promised by the Bible coming true. Now I can tell you, though, if you too are afraid, that I have just read the last pages. I can now come to shouting "Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" for I have found where it is written that Jesus said, "He that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be His God, and he shall be My son." This is the future and hope of this world. Not that the world will survive – but that we shall be overcomers in the midst of a dying world.

Betsy and I, in the concentration camp, prayed that God would heal Betsy who was so weak and sick. "Yes, the Lord will heal me,", Betsy said with confidence. She died the next day and I could not understand it. They laid her thin body on the concrete floor along with all the other corpses of the women who died that day.It was hard for me to understand, to believe that God had a purpose for all that. Yet because of Betsy's death, today I am traveling all over the world telling people about Jesus.

There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days. Most of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution. In China, the Christians were told, "Don't worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured." Then came a terrible persecution. Millions of Christians were tortured to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly, "We have failed. We should have made the people strong for persecution rather than telling them Jesus would come first. Tell the people how to be strong in times of persecution, how to stand when the tribulation comes – to stand and not faint."

I feel I have a divine mandate to go and tell the people of this world that it is possible to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are in training for the tribulation, but more than sixty percent of the Body of Christ across the world has already entered into the tribulation. There is no way to escape it. We are next. Since I have already gone through prison for Jesus' sake, and since I met the Bishop in China, now every time I read a good Bible text I think, "Hey, I can use that in the time of tribulation." Then I write it down and learn it by heart.

When I was in the concentration camp, a camp where only twenty percent of the women came out alive, we tried to cheer each other up by saying, "Nothing could be any worse than today." But we would find the next day was even worse. During this time a Bible verse that I had committed to memory gave me great hope and joy. "If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you; on their part evil is spoken of, but on your part He is glorified." (I Peter 3:14) I found myself saying, "Hallelujah! Because I am suffering, Jesus is glorified!"

In America, the churches sing, "Let the congregation escape tribulation", but in China and Africa the tribulation has already arrived. This last year alone more than two hundred thousand Christians were martyred in Africa. Now things like that never get into the newspapers because they cause bad political relations. But I know. I have been there. We need to think about that when we sit down in our nice houses with our nice clothes to eat our steak dinners. Many, many members of the Body of Christ are being tortured to death at this very moment, yet we continue right on as though we are all going to escape the tribulation.

Several years ago I was in Africa in a nation where a new government had come into power. The first night I was there some of the Christians were commanded to come to the police station to register. When they arrived they were arrested and that same night they were executed. The next day the same thing happened with other Christians. The third day it was the same. All the Christians in the district were being systematically murdered.The fourth day I was to speak in a little church. The people came, but they were filled with fear and tension. All during the service they were looking at each other, their eyes asking, "Will this one I am sitting beside be the next one killed? Will I be the next one?"The room was hot and stuffy with insects that came through the screenless windows and swirled around the naked bulbs over the bare wooden benches. I told them a story out of my childhood."When I was a little girl, " I said, "I went to my father and said, "Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a marty for Jesus Christ." "Tell me," said Father, "When you take a train trip to Amsterdam, when do I give you the money for the ticket? Three weeks before?" "No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train." "That is right," my father said, "and so it is with God's strength. Our Father in Heaven knows when you will need the strength to be a martyr for Jesus Christ. He will supply all you need – just in time…"My African friends were nodding and smiling. Suddenly a spirit of joy descended upon that church and the people began singing, " In the sweet, by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore." Later that week, half the congregation of that church was executed. I heard later that the other half was killed some months ago.

But I must tell you something. I was so happy that the Lord used me to encourage these people, for unlike many of their leaders, I had the word of God. I had been to the Bible and discovered that Jesus said He had not only overcome the world, but to all those who remained faithful to the end, He would give a crown of life.How can we get ready for the persecution? First we need to feed on the word of God, digest it, make it a part of our being. This will mean disciplined Bible study each day as we not only memorize long passages of scripture, but put the principles to work in our lives.

Next we need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just the Jesus of yesterday, the Jesus of History, but the life-changing Jesus of today who is still alive and sitting at the right hand of God.We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is no optional command of the Bible, it is absolutely necessary. Those earthly disciples could never have stood up under the persecution of the Jews and Romans had they not waited for Pentecost. Each of us needs our own personal Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will never be able to stand in the tribulation without it.

In the coming persecution we must be ready to help each other and encourage each other. But we must not wait until the tribulation comes before starting. The fruit of the Spirit should be the dominant force of every Christian's life.

Many are fearful of the coming tribulation, they want to run. I, too, and a little bit afraid when I think that after all my eighty years, including the horrible nazi concentration camp, that I might have to go through the tribulation also. But then I read the Bible and I am glad.When I am weak, then I shall be strong, the Bible says. Betsy and I were prisoners for the Lord, we were so weak, but we got power because the Holy Spirit was on us. That mighty inner strengthening of the Holy Spirit helped us through. No, you will not be strong in yourself when the tribulation comes. Rather, you will be strong in the power of Him who will not forsake you. For seventy-six years I have known the Lord Jesus and not once has He ever left me, or let me down. Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him, for I know that to all who overcome, He shall give the crown of life. Hallelujah!"-

Corrie Ten Boom (1974)Credit: Jesus is Lord

Clicking my heels for joy!

It has happened once again, the best part of leaving, coming home! I enjoyed Georgia quite a bit, however I would not choose to live there. It is very humid and often boiling hot, there are many creepy crawly things and snakes. Their Daddy Longlegs alone are HUGE, some if you hold them in your hand would span your palm with their legs oh yes and they are red. As for the work side of things they went well (I thought), the outside is completely done, however we were not able to finish the inside despite the owners firm belief that we could. It would take another week or two for the finish up, we didn't feel to bad about leaving as the guys hadn't gotten everything ready for us to chink anyway.


The owners wife is in charge of the house and she does quite a bit of changing around. Every time she comes she moves something, the poor guys have had to rip out plumbing, electrical lines, doors, windows and lots of other things and move them. She even told us that she wanted to re-chink the outside of the house. Due to the fact she likes the chink color on the inside better then the one on the outside. They are only SLIGHTLY diffrent, one is more white and the other more red. The funny thing is, it is really the dark stain on the outside of the house that makes the chink look so white. And as there is no stain on the inside logs the chink looks quite a bit darker. We decided (well this was P's suggestion) she needs a job to take up her time so she isn't spending all day thinking about the house and what she needs to change. Did I mention the house is somewhere in the nighborhood of 8500 square feet? It has a kitchen and laundry room on all three floors, eight foot doorways and vaulted ceilings everywhere. It took us five sets of scaffolding to get up to some of the stuff and the mason crew eight sets. Amazing, amazing.


My flight home was very nice, nothing crazy happened and I got on all the flights just fine. I didn't sit next to anyone strange which was an answer to prayer. It is good to be home and enjoying my family once again.