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2022 Fall MiLO Blog 10

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  Fall '22 MiLO - Blog 10 These Boots Tell a Story Making it home late Wednesday night after an over 20 hour layover in Amsterdam, 10 1/2 hour flight and a 2 hour pick up at the terminal at IAH, I was never so happy to be back home in my Baby Doll's arms and to sleep in my own bed. It doesn’t get much better than that. Especially when I realize I flew 6,000 miles and it took me only 2 days and I look at what Mary, the mother of Jesus had to go through to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem while pregnant with Jesus. A distance of 90 miles over rough terrain and on dangerous roads, while walking or riding a donkey, that would have taken at least 4 days. No complaints here! I was actually blessed with a completely empty row and was able to lay down and sleep a little, and while awake I had a constant view of a sunset for 8 of those 10 ½ hours, while we headed west.   Me in my row View of the sunset out my window that lasted for 8 hours.  Beautiful. But this blog is not about my tri

2022 Fall MiLO Blog 9

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  Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow, But Knowing You’ll Meet Again Brings Comfort I’m beginning to feel like Tom Hanks in the movie "Terminal." The airlines cancelled my original flight and bumped it up a day earlier. That put me in Amsterdam airport 22 hours and 3 minutes before my next flight to Houston. I grin when I think of last night when I was wandering the halls of this massive airport and not a soul in sight. While I’m writing this I have 6 hours remaining in my home away from home before riding the bird 10 and a half hours home to Houston. There were some memorable events during my stay and a nice KLM lounge they let me have access to!  However, I’m ready to get back home into my Baby Doll's arms.   Empty Amsterdam airport at 3:30 in the morning. Lounge access was a lifesaver. It is always hard the last couple of days in country because it’s spent visiting with those you have come to love and saying those goodbyes that sting.  The quietness of H i S House starts to c

2022 Fall MiLO Blog 8

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  Fall '22 MiLO - Blog 8 God’s Provision and Protection, It’s Around Every Turn and Up Every Hill What a blessing this mission has been; both in getting things accomplished here at H i S House and at the missionary house of Daniel and Kate. No doubt we have had our share of difficulties with rainy weather and limited supplies needed, but made the most out of what we had and got a lot done. We also had the blessing of spending time with many we have known over the years and the opportunity to share life with them while we were here.   Grave site of Neven's mother For instance, the loss of a great friend's mother while I was here allowed me to walk beside him and share prayers and hugs at one of his lowest times. It was a difficult time for Neven and his family, and having this time with him was a blessing for both of us. I was able to attend the funeral and then graveside service, as well as spend time with him the following day. Being able to hug his neck at the funeral and

2022 Fall MiLO Blog 7

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Fall '22 MiLO - Blog 7 God’s Plan at His Pace is Always The Best Way to Travel We have no control over the weather, timing and availability of supplies is not in our hands; but attitude and response is something we do have a say so! We have a choice. We can react or respond. With self in control, we will most always react, but when spirit takes over, we will always respond. That choice takes a conscious decision on our part to set self aside (self-evacuate), which allows the Spirit to elevate. It’s remembering it’s not about who we are, but in whose we are. To get to that perspective, it’s all in the SE. Self-Evacuate, Spirit Elevate. Choosing to allow the spirit to respond takes a conscious choice to not self-react; and when you do that, you speak with a loudspeaker turned all the way up. Is the faith we claim evident in the life that we live? If you joined the Jesus team, it’s His name that is boldly placed across your chest and you care very little about the name that is on the

2022 Fall MLO Blog 6

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Fall '22 MiLO - Blog 6 Slow and Steady What a blessing to witness what God does through His connections, when you travel on His illuminated path at His pace. You might not know His plan or purpose, but I can assure you that He will provide and protect when you are willing to travel at His pace. That doesn’t mean you won’t have difficulties or struggles and in fact can be afflicted in some form or fashion, but God will never leave you or forsake you. In fact, if you pay close attention, you can see His hand all over the place on those travels.   Back at home, Brett (BP) was able to get a lot accomplished these past several weeks. With the additional stable space we built a couple of weeks ago the new longhorns now have a place to go. Once we completed the stables, the sheep, donkeys and goats were moved and the longhorns moved in their homes. The timing of receiving those longhorns was just at the right time for us to accept them and have room to put them in. God is in the details!