Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Prayer Request!

This week the post office is delivering 4,000 fliers for us advertising a 7 week Bible study we are offering (starting September 8) Our family is praying that 10 people will commit to come.  However, if only one person comes, we want them to hear the gospel and know that God loves them.  We will plant the seeds one at a time if God wants us to do it that way.  We want to be faithful to the work God has called us to do and trust God to give the fruit.  Will you join us in prayer? 

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Since starting our school project back in February of this year, our plane (WinklAir) has been to 6 countries.  My last update was in April when WinklAir landed in Ghana, West Africa (you can read about it here ). 
From there it flew to Kenya, Africa to visit the Cormeir family.  Jessi has a blog, Joy Unspeakable, telling about their ministry (to the deaf) and being a missionary wife in Africa.

 A few weeks later, WinklAir arrived in Australia.  The Bauer family has been on the field just a little less than 2 years.  Jen writes about there ministry and adventures on her blog, Be Thou Exalted.

WinklAir also made a stop in Vanuatu.  That was a new place to me and the kids and I had to find it on a map.  Do you know where it is?

The next stop on the itinerary was Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  That is where my brother, Stephen Benefield, is a missionary.  My brother, his wife, and their six children have been serving the Lord in Phnom Penh since November of 2000.  The Lord is using them and many people are being saved.  My brother has a blog, The Missionary Memo, that is an encouragement and challenge to read.

Most recently, WinklAir was in Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Siberia).  This is the city that we first went to as missionaries in 2003.  We served there until God moved us to Estonia in 2008.  We were thrilled that Krasnoyarsk was on our plane's itinerary!  Just yesterday it left for its next stop - Okinawa, Japan.

After Japan our plane heads for the states.  Then after 32 stops in the U.S.A., WinklAir will visit Canada and Greenland before returning to Estonia.  We are enjoying getting postcards and pictures.  Thanks again for participating!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Pictures, pictures, pictures

My parent's visit to Estonia was awesome!!!  We were pleased with how much we were able to squeeze into the short time they were here.  
As you can easily see, I love pictures.  The kids and I love to look at pictures and re-live the event.  It is always fun to talk about what we saw, what we did, or something we learned.  
Estonia, like any other country, has a lot of interesting history.  Much of Estonia's history is heartbreaking as you learn of the terrible things the people endured.  Now they are free!  Free from the Germans, the Soviet Union, and other countries that tried to destroy them.  Yet they still need to hear about the freedom they can have in Christ. 
We enjoyed visiting the Castle in Narva, the Rakvere Castle, a day in Old Town Tallinn, dinner by the Gulf of Finland, playing the Wii, walks in the beautiful weather, and more.  Ministering to the people was another important part of my parent's trip.  My dad was able to preach four times.  My mom played the keyboard for our services which added a special touch since we usually sing  acapella.  It was a special treat to have my parents teach the kids during our family Sunday School time.  What a blessing it was to have my parents here. 

So before I close, I thought it would be fun to get your opinion.  Each time I introduced my parents to people here, I quickly got a response about who I look like.  I'll tell you right now, I heard the same thing over and over with almost everyone agreeing about which parent I favor.  What do you think?  Do I look like my dad or my mom? 

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Feeling Emotional

 It is midnight Thursday night,
The house is quiet.
The only sound is the dishwasher quietly humming as it washes my dishes.
My parents' bags are all packed.
At 5:00a.m. tomorrow they begin their journey that will take them home.
I've been a little "teary-eyed" and emotional today.
I will miss them!

grandpa and grandma with 4 of their 18 (soon to be 19) grandchildren)

God blessed me with absolutely wonderful, godly parents

grandpa's princess

these boys LOVE their grandma

this shot captures my kids' true personalities

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Toila, Estoia 2013


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