You may be wondering like me—where has this year gone? Wow, it is hard to believe, we are just a few weeks away from 2020! In this month, we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus and stand in amazement of God coming in the likeness of man in the person of Jesus the Christ.
Things have been more than busy—they have been crazy. Along with the normal ministry and family duties, there are certain seasons or periods of time when a bunch of things seem to happen at once.
Featured photo: This is in India where we help about twenty poor widows with food each month. This is in one of the village churches at the food distribution.
Here in Alabama, the calendar says autumn, but the thermometer says summer; however the weatherman is promising cooler weather soon. One day on my weather app it was warmer in Alabama than it was in Haiti—that doesn’t happen much!
One of the heartache’s of missions, as in life, is to see people you love suffer.
We received sad news from Haiti this past month. The mother of Pastor Baptiste died on August 20th. She had a stroke some time ago and just never recovered from it. We assisted the family with the funeral—thanks to everyone who helped financially with the funeral.
The old timers would say we are in the dog days of summer. I have heard this all my life and envision lazy hound dogs seeking a cool shade under an old farmhouse porch. However, the “dog days” of summer goes back to Roman times when they associated the star, Sirius (Dog Star) with the hottest days of summer. It is during this time the tilt of the earth causes the Northern Hemisphere to be the hottest time because our hemisphere gets a more direct hit of the sun’s rays.
This month is the 25th anniversary of Pathway Outreach Ministries. I paused today and thanked God for His voice of calling and His hand of blessing. It has been truly twenty-five years of miracles and we are still praying and expecting more. We are also so thankful for those of you who have helped us during these many years.
I just returned from Haiti and I had a good and safe trip but it was the most dangerous time I have ever traveled to Haiti.
I know summer has arrived in Alabama because of several tell-tell signs, such as, temps in the nineties, kids out of school, graveyards with fresh plastic flowers from decoration day, vacation Bible schools, and the first installment of yellow crook-neck squash. I can’t wait for my first, fresh tomato sandwich (Recipe: two slices of white bread, two big slices of tomato, salt & pepper, and a glob of mayo.) I just love my Southern way of life. We pray y’all have a great summer!
Butch Suddath and I finally made our way to Haiti. We were hindered in February by the protests that had blocked roads and made our travel within Haiti almost impossible. God blessed us with clear roads and a calmer situation. We pray for peace and political stability for the country of Haiti. We had no problems during our stay but it is something that stays in the back of your mind. The embers of unrest can quickly flame up. We appreciate the prayers that were prayed for us.
It seems every time I write a monthly update, I say something about the weather. So as I write this, we are seeing on the news the damage and loss of life in Lee County, Alabama from last night’s tornado (3-3-19). We are praying for all who were affected. Natural disasters are a sad reminder that we live in a fallen world.
The last week of January, our kids here in Alabama were hyped up for a good snow, only to awake to a cold rain. Oh well, that’s Alabama for you! The Bible in Proverb 13:12a (NKJV) says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Most of us have been heart-sick over some disappointment. We get our hopes up and then it deflates like a cheap balloon. When we listen to people’s stories, we hear the heart-cry of broken dreams and promises. In these moments, we have a great opportunity to share the hope we have in Jesus.