Our family just finished celebrating the feast of Purim… a holiday that began about 25oo years ago after the Jewish people narrowly escaped a horrific massacre. I do not have time to go into the details, but you can CLICK HERE to read an interesting post my sister Sarah did about what happened. Purim is celebrated with lots of special traditions varying from family to family and culture to culture. One of the best traditions out there though, is giving gifts (read Esther 9:20-28)! You can do this in so many ways like giving your parents a gift card for them to go on a date, buying a brother some Israeli Source Sandles, getting some wholesome books for a little sister who just can’t read too much, sending a package to friend, making a meal or even little things like painting or drawing a picture or writing a letter. Just look around, pray about what you can give and then, get to work!
While we are on the topic of giving, I would like to bring a family to your attention. The husband/father grew up here in the hills and hollers of Tennessee. He went overseas many years ago and learned the native language very well. Upon discovering that there was only one translation of the Bible in the area (and it was not very accurate), he decided to do something about it.
T– married a beautiful girl overseas and I still remember them coming over to our house and K– (his wife) cooked sticky rice for us! Ever heard of that? If not, you have got to try it!
We children had such a fun time … you mean we are SUPPOSED to eat with our hands?!?! Imagine our amusement when Samuel (a baby at the time) decided to eat “sticky grits” the next morning 🙂 It was quite the mess!
Anyway, I recently was reading an email from them and wanted to share part of it with you.
Pray for us, that God will continue to meet our needs. Finances have been tight lately. In fact, after 18 years on the field, last October was the first time we slipped into the red; we had to borrow $25 from our neighbors at the end of the month to keep the lights on. We are trying to feed our family of twelve, stay involved in the lives of many more, and do projects on less than $2000 a month and it isn’t working. We have had some supporting churches break up and dissolve, others have been thinned. Plus, we’re feeling the dollar getting weaker and the increasing inflation as I’m sure you all have.
It gets better! Currently my business visa needs renewal and two of our children’s passports have expired. We are in need of updating our computers and repairing 3 printers, plus our refrigerator door has finally rusted off its hinges! I’m just glad we are all healthy (thanks for praying!). We aren’t discouraged; K– and I somehow find this all quite amusing and comical. God’s been more than faithful to us for so long I can’t fathom being forsaken now.
Our printing/ministry fund is printed away as well, which, looking back is quite exciting, but we don’t look back often since we aren’t headed in that direction ;-). Proverbs and Bi-lingual John/Romans are in demand right now and we have other projects lined up waiting…
So, any help is much appreciated. We could come back to the States and raise funds, but tickets themselves are frightfully expensive, and K– and I just don’t feel the time is right. We have our momentum up at the moment and are encouraged.
Again, thank you for your prayer and support. We are nothing without you! In Christ, T– for the S– Family
Would you like to help them? Maybe you have a few dollars … maybe you have a lot. Nobody is begging but I would like you to be aware of this need. Yes, our Father in Heaven is the one who provides but should we wait around until $100 bills start falling from the sky? Or is this one way YOU can be His hands and feet?
If the Father puts it on your heart to help this family, whether it is a small gift or maybe even a regular donation, email me for an address.