Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Weeks five and six in Newport

Since we have been in Newport:

1.  Three souls have been saved!

2.  Our record number of children in attendance has beeen 23, but twelve have been coming faithfully to every Sunday and Thursday evening service.

3.  Our Sunday evening attendance has gone from four (our family included) to seven (our family not included) with a record of 27

4.  And God has shown Himself strong in the area of providing for our family.

5.  We have had 1 power and water outage

6.  We have spent 18 nights camping in Newport

7.  And last; but not least...we have come to realize that if you are going to be a preacher, missionary, or evangelist, you MUST love church.  Last week alone we went to three different churches and attended six services.

8.  Praise the Lord!!!!

Aaliyah goes to the Library!

Last Wednesday I took Aaliyah to the library and it was a big hit!!!  I loved watching her walk around like she knew just what to do.  It was also funny to see her link up with the other little children there.  She has only been walking for  a couple of weeks now; but she thinks that she is a big girl. 
She is just a little person; but she has SO much personality and I am just praising the Lord that He has allowed her to be a part of our family.  God is So GOOD!

Blossom end rot

Now is about the time when your tomato and pepper plants are fruiting, but it can be very, very discouraging when you see black spots on the bottoms of your tomatoes and find that the whole thing is ruined.  Blossom end rot is a common problem for those who grow tomato or pepper plants.  Usually the cause is not enough rain or poor oxygen in the soil.  These two issues cause a calcium deficiency in the plant which causes the fruit to be ruinned.  To fix this problem, go to walmart ( or a garden or hardware store) and find a package of BONE meal.  (not to be confused with blood meal - though both are beneficial to these plants).  Follow the recommendations on the bag.  Another good remedy is making sure earth worms are present in your soil.  They help to keep it aerated.  Hope this helps!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Weeks three and four in Newport

Well, we had an exciting month in Newport!  Many firsts and many new faces and names to commit to memory.  Two souls saved -  Praise the Lord! - and one of the ladies and I finally got to plant a small garden (You will probably never see pictures of this garden...it looks kind of pitiful right now).  Last weekend I was in Oklahoma for our ten year class reunion so I missed our fourth Sunday at church; and what a Sunday to miss. Raymond and one of the men were blessed to lead a lady to the Lord and we had a record attendance (for us) of 15 children and 8 adults in the morning service.  God is good!  This past weekend - technically our fifth weekend - I experienced a huge blessing.  First, I attended my first ladies meeting in Arkansas.  Mrs. Patterson spoke and we were able to fellowship with ladies from Jacksonville, Newport (4), and Hot Springs.  Second,  I recieved a huge I Love you, Tinyla - from the Lord.  Last week I went to the grocery and I went to buy some eggs.  I saw the brown eggs and wanted them ( I hear they are healthier for some reason); but I couldn't bring myself to spend the extra to buy them; so I thought (I can't honestly say I prayed)...It sure would be nice if I knew someone with chickens and could buy some eggs from them.   Well, as I was working in our pitiful garden this past Saturday one of the men who cuts our church lawn came over to me and said..." You must really like vegetables to be doing this in the heat and amidst Bermuda grass.   I tell you what, I have a huge garden (he is a professional farmer) with banana peppers, hot peppers, zuchini, squash, tomatoes, etc...how would you liked it if I dropped some by the church for you?"  (Hallelujah!!!!   - That is what I was saying in my mind - and to top it off, he continued)  I also have some chickens who lay eggs just about everywhere. Would you eat the eggs if I brought them too?  It sure would be a shame for me to throw all those extra vegetables and eggs away. 

Of course you know my answer.  God is So Good!!!!   And to top this weekend off, we had another Sunday of  great attendence for the morning and evening services.  Morning - 18 kids and 5 adults (not including the former pastor's family) Evening service 6 adults, 3 teens and Aaliyah :)  We don't run the route on Sunday evenings.

Hoping your weekend was as blessed as mine,



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