Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wedding Shower

This past Sunday, we had a wedding shower here at Uchee Pines. I had been to a bridal shower before, but never to a wedding shower, where both the future wife and husband are present. Maru, my housemate from Peru, is getting married to Akeem. They both recently joined our workforce - her as the human resources manager, and him as chef in the kitchen. We had fun playing some games and they also shared their story, how they met at Wildwood etc.

Other than that, things are going well here. We are having a nice group of lifestyle guests and I've been working with two ladies. It's been busy, but I'm blessed with both of them. Our farm is flourishing, and together with some others, we've been planting Dr. Agatha Thrash's former garden. I will be posting some pictures in the near future.

Today, we had a graveside funeral at our cemetery. Sister Saylor, an elderly lady from here, passed away last night. She was very ill in the past few months, and I'm glad she can rest in Jesus now. It's already the third funeral we have had here since last September, but that's part of life. Oh, how wonderful it will be when there are no more burials, no more tears, and no more good-buys!

Maru and Akeem

Special prayer for them

Graveside funeral

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Spring in Full Bloom

This is the time of year when Uchee Pines campus shows itself in some of it's prettiest colours. The azalea are in full bloom, and the farm begins to flourish. We have been having very pleasant day temperatures and yesterday, I got my first sunburn. I think it happened while we had a baptism at our pond. Very soon, the heat will become unbearable here though, so I'd better enjoy it while it lasts!

The lifestyle sessions are going well. My current lifestyle guest is a rather challenging case, but the Lord has helped and blessed in many ways. She is staying for her second session now, and it's encouraging to see improvements.

Of course I was distressed to hear about the terror attacks in Brussels. The bomb that went off in the metro was exactly on the line that I use to go to my work place - at an hour when I could have been there! But such events are showing once again that the end of time is at hand.

We are not now able to describe with accuracy the scenes to be enacted in our world in the future, but this we do know, that this is a time when we must watch unto prayer, for the great day of the Lord is at hand. --Selected Messages, book 2, p. 35 (1901).

Indeed, we must watch unto prayer, and make our calling and election sure.

In the great closing work we shall meet with perplexities that we know not how to deal with, but let us not forget that the three great Powers of heaven are working, that a divine hand is on the wheel, and that God will bring His purposes to pass.--Evangelism, p. 65 (1902).

As I'm preparing to go back to secular Brussels this summer, I'm praying for wisdom and guidance. It's comforting to know that the Lord is still in control and that He holds our tomorrows.

Beautiful azalea

Baptism at the pond

I wouldn't have been comfortable with the dirty water,
but she didn't mind