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Several years ago my Aunt Cathy gave me a very cool journal.  At the time I was reading the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp which challenges you to keep a record of things you are thankful for.  I took the challenge, throughout the day jotting down gifts that God had given me for which I was thankful.  My journal soon started including meaningful scripture and prayer lists.  I recently rewrote a children’s musical to use with the children at our church.  It is called Creation Safari and the premise is to look around you at God’s creation and thank God for it.  I have bought the kids journals to record verses and things that God has created that they can thank Him for.  These journals have inspired me to write a thankful blog even though it is May and not November!

Over the last year we have had many, many prayer request.  I would like to share with you how God has answered and how thankful we are for His gifts!

We moved into our new rental house just as the girls came home for school break. We are so thankful! The house has had many cross it’s threshold since move in day! This past weekend we had four teenagers with us for the weekend.  In a couple of weeks we will have 7 kids staying with us for mid-term.  We have had the Safe House staff here , our neighbors, visitors from Benin, and others for dinner.  Last week I had ladies from my church here to have a baby blessing where we prayed over three new mamas and their babies.  A very sweet time! When we finally bought a table to replace the one we had borrowed we had benches made instead of chairs so there would always be room for one more.

We have an old new vehicle. We delivered our old one and picked up the new one just in time to take a group of girls on an outing. It is rainy season here and we have put our Rover to the test several times. It has been a huge blessing!

Paul’s motorcycle is on a ship and on it’s way.  We are really looking forward to having a second pair of wheels!

Things at the Safe House are going very well.  We are finishing a study on King David.  I recently did a birthday party to not only celebrate all of their birthdays but to clearly present the gospel that we are to be born again and have a second birthday.  They hear the gospel and plan of salvation every week but with kids coming and going I felt very burdened one week that I need to urgently share it in a different way.  I never know if I will see these kids again.  It was an amazing anointed time. I love that place!

I am also thankful for my family!  May we all walk with God all of the days of our lives! I am thankful for those of you that pray for us and give so that we can be here! And the list goes on!


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