1. I’m amazed when Mexican friends/believers go out of their way to buy me an expensive birthday cake and drive all the way across town to share it with me. The husband had lost his long-time job a couple weeks before but they still splurged on the cake.
2. A Cheesecake Factory brand cheesecake from SAM’s Club (my planned birthday “cake”) tastes much better shared with a lot of friends…which I did! (although I playfully tried to talk several out of their piece!) I was glad that we hadn’t started into the cheesecake on my birthday since we hadn’t expected the cake in #1 above!
3. I wonder how many people we know watched Satanists using hand-held lanterns make occult symbols in the air in the darkness on 10/31 as they stood on the edge of their property? I suppose you have by now guessed that this happened to someone…and indeed this was observed at Camp Koinonia where two CAM missionary families and a Mexican missionary family live and minister. They’re making a great impact on the local rural community there and as our Mexican brother Enrique loosely puts it, “We know God is working when Satan provides opposition.”
4. Speaking of Camp Koinonia our co-workers have gone through some rough times up there lately. Rich Musgrave fell about 8 feet when a wooden ladder collapsed. He cracked both a pelvic and a hip bone. Two orthopedic surgeons and two radiologists all together visited Rich to evaluate his condition and to take x-rays with a portable machine. It took about 4 hours for each of these professionals to make this trip and see Rich. Total cost was about $100 USD. (can’t even imagine the cost of this in the U.S.!)
5. Now that the weather is dry again we’re noticing road side grass fires. The Musgraves called this morning for some math help from Beth. They mentioned that they were getting off to a slow start on school today due to being so tired from fighting a grass fire at the camp last night! Wow…they get to do it all up there!
6. Beth enjoyed a Saturday/Sunday women’s retreat up at Camp Koinonia last weekend. I enjoyed “Dad time” with the boys at the local park and playing games at home. We played “hide and seek” in the small park and I found it amusing to follow behind them for about 10 minutes at about 20 to 30 yards away before they finally and rather accidentally found me! They sure weren’t very observant! I couldn’t help but wonder if God does this with us sometimes. The retreat went very well and maybe I’ll post some photos from that event.
7. SAM’S Club frozen popcorn shrimp is a real treat until it is discovered that there isn’t any shrimp in all that bread! (I’m not kidding!)
8. ESL classes are going well and interest and word of mouth additions are adding new students. We started with just TWO students On October 6th. Now we have SEVEN with others who may join us in January when we start the next nine weeks of classes. We’ve finished 6 of 9 weeks for the current quarter.