Oh my dear friends, so much to tell. I turned 70 in March. Last year my daughters said we would celebrate with a family cruise. After working extra, couponing, watching every penny, they provided me with an all expense paid three weeks vacation. That included a 7 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with six grand kids, two of my daughters and their husbands. It was truly a break from duty. Sunshine, beaches, ocean waves, great food, simple pleasures and memorable moments with each alone or as our group. After that I stopped outside Houston for 7 days and had the joy of being a guide at adult Bible camp through Circle of Love Ministry to the Blind. Finally home on the 26th to prepare for my next big event….Breast Surgery, June 1. Whatever my doctors feel needs to go, that’s what I am for. My diet, exercise and other more natural efforts have kept it contained but still it has been growing. A lumpectomy was recommended in Mexico, but that couldn’t happen until now. I know if you read this you will be praying for my recovery. My girls started a GoFundMe page…now that I am getting the surgery and likely radiation, my cash flow is very low. The Lord however has been providing. I especially asked Him for more clients that need my help with Medicare! THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND PRAYER SUPPORT…IT’S WHY I AM DOING SO WELL.
No one rejoices to hear the words “You have breast cancer.” Yet many of us have heard those words and began an unfamiliar trail. My diagnosis has given me a new set of circumstances in which to trust God and bring Him glory and honor. From June 2nd, 2017 thru one week into July, I submitted myself to disciplined eating of healthy food, fasting and supplements that removed toxins and built me up at the cellular level. I lost 17 very sticky pounds gained on two cruises and felt great. I also felt a lump. That follow up mammogram my Kaiser doctor in DC had left me a message about last March became a priority! Turns out that lump was my champion lymph node fighting a small bit of cancer behind it. A biopsy revealed cancer cells in this node. More tests showed cancer in two smaller places. Skipping to the main points, I saw an oncologist in Dec who reminded me of all the reasons I would never consider chemo therapy. But there are treatments I believe help. I found them all at the Immunity Therapy Center in Tijuana where I went for 3 weeks in January. The cancer may be dead or nearly so but my lump is still there. A local surgeon is considering a lumpectomy. If that’s a go…it will be Gone.
If you are one of those precious saints that is praying for me, THANK YOU! If you are not already on my prayer list and want or need to be, please see my Prayer Request page and I will happily add you. Lastly, I am not physically showing any signs of the battle going on inside. I am feeling great, perhaps better than most of 2017. (There have been other little health issues but they have all gone away!) UPDATE AS OF MAR 14 2018: Saw the surgeon and he did not see the value of a lump removal-only complete removal of breast. Hence, I am going to carry on as I have – eating the best things for my immune system and avoiding things cancer needs to exist. I am feeling strong and determined. They said it was aggressive but the lump I can feel has not really grown much in six months, only a couple of centimeters. The second spot has not grown at all, and a third spot can’t be found on recent test. In six months another scan might be wise. Meanwhile I have turned 70! And in May headed for a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean and two weeks rest and enjoyment in Florida with two of my daughters, their hubbies and six grand kids! They are treating me to this, my 2nd trip of a lifetime! Thank you for your prayers!
Two very important aspects of Bible Baptist Church in Las Vegas happen in the hottest possible months. The first is managing and manning four TNT Fireworks booths from June 28th to midnight July 4th. Such booths in Clark County Nevada are all for Non-profits. We raise money for Camp and Teen Ministry via these booths. It takes all of our able bodied to sit in the heat and be available about 14 hours daily. Even those who cannot be out will come by for breaks, or bring watermelon, ice cream treats or other goodies to keep the team going. Without this effort, we could not provide Camp at a bargain price. We also invite kids to our camp from families we don’t know, except for what they see in our group as we help them get what they want to celebrate our country’s wonderful Independence.
The second aspect is escaping from the heat by traveling into Utah, driving through Zion National Park’s east gate and arriving at a beautiful place called Clear Creek Ranch. This is where we set up annual Camp and enjoy five full days of great food, great fun – both the wet and dry kind, super lessons from God’s Word and the best most relaxed fellowship of the year in God’s creation. This is where lives are quieted and changed because we left the city behind. This year’s theme was RESTORATION. The idea that we are quite dilapidated and ugly before the we call upon God’s Son to save us then He makes the best RESTORATIONS!
Sweetest part for me this year was an amazing team in the kitchen AND nine of my grandchildren were there to learn about the trail God wants them to get on and stay on in their lives. Do you need RESTORATION? Ask Jesus Christ to save you, you will love His results.
After a wonderful year in Washington, D.C. resting, studying, praying for our nation, seeing sights, welcoming many guests, being a blessing anywhere and especially to GraceWay Baptist Church, I returned home September 3rd.
My lovely parsonage home needed quite a bit of love and attention and so did Fender, my cat….he’s d’ fender of da property! I painted, got rid of and bought new.
I now have lots of comfy seating and a very welcoming common area. Since then I have enjoyed over 20 guests of various ages and stays. I call myself the keeper of the BBC Bed & Breakfast. How blessed I am to use my best gift – hospitality and live on our church property where God is still greatly at work!
In between guests, holidays, missions, Gipp and Spurgeon conferences, I have traveled to Idaho, Utah, California, Arizona and most recently Hawaii. Many of
you knew I was going so this is your update on how it was.
May I say it is as beautiful as any and all pictures you have ever seen. I took Miss Ashley Sabino, our 20 year old, lovely pianist with me as my travelling companion because it was the one place in the world she stated clearly she wanted to visit. (It can be hard to get her to say much.) I had never been before and actually never wanted to go until…
One of the Marines from D.C. transferred to Marine Corps Base Hawaii last fall and I went to check on him. He’s doing super in the faith, endeavoring to be a light and channel of the gospel to his buddies. He has attends Huikala Baptist Church in Honolulu.
Also, friends that Pete and I made on our 17 day cruise around Australia in 2008 were ending this year’s annual cruise with three days in Honolulu. Paul and Mary Anne Meiers, passion fruit farmers from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia were delighted to meet up with Ashley, me and my Marine for sightseeing, snorkeling and enjoying the beach. We attended a traditional luau together, too. After saying goodbye to these three,Ashley and I flew to Kailua Kona on the Island of Hawaii.
This is where we came to see a new sister church started by Spencer and Sarah Baker. It’s called Big Island Baptist Church. Spencer’s brother Jason and his family have also moved there to help. These are all good friends of Pastor Mitch and Erin Serviss, my son-in-law and daughter here at BBC. It was so neat to see this work first hand. Lives are being changed for God’s glory because these precious servants have come to share the gospel and invest their lives and energies.
In summary, Ashley and I had a grand time. We visited Pearl Harbor, the Arizona and the Missouri. We drove to many historic sights, Pali Lookout, the Castle, Diamond Head, the Punchbowl (Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific), the Dole Pineapple Plantation and just sights that were spectacular. We snorkeled at a couple of places including Hanauma Bay. Seeing what’s under the water is amazing!
The colors of the water, vegetation, rocks, mountains, sky is just indescribable really…guess that’s why we take pictures! And we took a ton of pics. Now, what to do with them all???? We stayed in lovely hotels and ate scrumptiously. The beaches on Oahu are lovely, sandy places. There are fewer beaches on the Big Island but this island has lava everywhere especially along the coast. The white sea waves crash against them making a lovely contrast. We saw large sea turtles and dramatic sunsets. We visited the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The Kilauea Caldera is more active right now and so is the part that runs into the sea. That part was impossible for us to see first hand. They said it’s better to see that from the Hilo side. In Honolulu we stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and in Kailua Kona at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.
It was a huge splurge but worth all of it to see my friends and enjoy ocean vistas and warm sunny days. We came home late on March 28th to a cold snap and some days later a wind storm that took down trees in our area (not ours) and our huge play set in the church courtyard. I’m sure the heat will arrive and not leave again till fall, but this break has been pleasant.
I always hope to be well but I have had some struggles over these past few months.
Things I am looking into. My heart is strong and healthy and most days I feel super, but sometimes a little shaky and tired. I am still working with my clients and new clients helping with their Medicare. I am not overloaded with duties for which I thank the Lord….oh, I forgot about this….I turned 69 in March. Since I don’t like odd years, I am saying I am in my 70th year. Perhaps that accounts for some of what I am experiencing…??? Thank you for reading, I hope it was a blessing!
So Very much has transpired since Estonia. Changes in the leadership of our great nation have encouraged many and befuddled others. God has intervened and given us a President who was not hesitant to declare we all wake up to the same Almighty Creator God, and a Vice President who proclaimed Jesus Christ is his Lord & Saviour. May the Living God be glorified in this Christian Nation before God’s final Biblical prophecies come to pass. We must be faithful to pray and NOT regard the daily negative drum of nearly ALL news networks. Take that time you would be watching or listening and instead PRAY.
Weather around the country has been crazy. Here in Las Vegas we have snow capped peaks on all but the East. Hence this awesome photo taken at Red Rock, Saturday January 21.
The Veteran’s Day Parade in Las Vegas is the largest West of the Mississippi. The day was perfect – clear blue sky and sunshine. Sixteen of us from Bible Baptist, five Moms and 11 kids ages 15 months to 20 years made the trek once again to say THANK YOU! to our Veterans. We hold signs, applaud and yell our appreciation. We’ve been attending this parade for ten years – it’s part of being American and FREE. Tears well in my eyes knowing these Veterans often want for needed medical care and the true honor they deserve. I pray our annual effort might say enough to lift their spirit in some dark, discouraging time. They’ve seen and experienced losses I know nothing about. Many of their lives changed completely because they served. They have fought for a cause we called them to. Their lives were on the line hour by hour. Death and destruction were part of their daily life. Then they returned to a nation they barely recognized because of foolish, empty pursuits and complaints over minor issues. If I see a Veteran anywhere at anytime, I thank them sincerely for their service.
It seems so inadequate but it’s something more than nothing.
Yes, pleased to say we arrived safely home to DC, including our luggage! What a wonderful, inspiring trip we had. My almost 16 year old granddaughter and I left for Tallinn, Estonia on August 8th. We arrived in this small but historic and thriving city ready to help with a Couriers for Christ campaign. Thirty five of us from the US, plus three missionary families who live in Estonia and the leadership of Couriers for Christ out of Wyldewood Baptist Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin worked to pass out almost 40,000 booklets containing the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans from the Bible. Along with that was an invitation to “Amazing Grace” an event on August 18th that included a gospel message by Missionary Pastor in Tallinn, Mike Smith. Also, the personal testimony of a young Estonian gentleman who had become a Christian, and music sung by a choir comprised of us Americans. It was held in the conference area auditorium of the lovely Radisson Blu Hotel Olumpia we were staying it. Almost 170 people came and at the end each one was handed a beautiful Bible in their own language. Many Estonians are atheist or nothing. Some would boldly declare, “I believe in myself!” They don’t realize that what you believe while you are here on earth determines your eternal destination. Will it be Heaven or Hell? Anyone who received one of the almost 40,000 booklets can open and read God’s provision for their salvation. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 The day we left, Estonia was celebrating 25 years of freedom from Russian rule. How I pray that before long, many will be set free from their burden and penalty of sin. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36.
Are you troubled by the News of today? Do you wonder what can possibly come of all the political, national & international conflict,? I can explain what is going on. It’s a battle between Good and Evil, Between God and Satan. This has been going on since man and time began – not nearly millions of years ago as you’ve been told.
Most reading this were not even born when Dr Brock Chisolm, Director of the World Health Organization was quoted in the Utah Independent, 1977…
“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas. We have swallowed all manner of poisonous certainties fed us by our parents, our Sunday and day school teachers, our politicians, our priests, our newspapers and others with vested interest in controlling us. The re-interpretation and eventual eradication of the concept of right and wrong which has been the basis of child training, the substitution of intelligent and rational thinking for faith in the certainties of the old people, these are the belated objectives for charting the changes of human behavior.”
My friend, there has been a very thorough effort to disconnect you from your God-given conscience that tells you right from wrong, also from the loving guidance of your parents that would have included correction when you needed it. Our schools and parents were once on the same page for your good character and success as a contributing citizen of humanity and the America our forefathers envisioned. ‘Intellectual thinking’ laughs at Faith, but faith in God is the ONLY SAFE PLACE ON THE ENTIRE PLANET. GOD created and cares for us. He knows your heart and struggles in life. He designed our minds and bodies and gave us ‘free will’, that ability to choose. He has revealed Himself in all of creation* and in the true, miraculous events recorded for us in the Bible and Torah. *Do you really think our amazing world with all of it’s intricate creatures, eco-systems, mating and birthing instincts all came from a BANG or changes occurring over millions and billions of years? DNA & fractals found in nature prove this to be untrue.
If you are feeling like you’ve been taken, you have. God’s love and way of doing life WORKS! Try it. Jesus Christ, God’s Son said, “I am the way, the truth and the life no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”(John 14:6) also “I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25) You see, that “chooser” you have called your will, can either believe what I have opened your eyes to, or NOT. And if you choose to NOT believe, you will be a victim of the aforementioned plot to rid you of your Individuality…
Your sense of what is right or wrong
Your access to the only way to be forgiven of your sin
Your access to the only One who can lift the burden of life, heal the broken hearted, turn your regrets around and make you someone you are happier to be.
Your parents and grandparents training and advice
Your being a Proud American, grateful for ALL THE LIVES and Blood shed to give us this Great Nation. In fact, you have maybe already begun to feel like America is the problem…the problem is the effort by the richest on the globe to carry us into the New World Order.
Join the ones who look to God, those who have accepted the truth that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the only one who can give us eternal life beyond this earthly life. You can’t deny God your entire life on earth and then expect to be with him in Heaven when you die. It takes a decision while you are alive here. He loves you NOW. He wants you safely walking with Him, discovering how REAL He is for these times and harder times coming. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…” Acts 16:31
Happy 240th Birthday America!
My friends, America is a Miracle. Our foundation is Unique among ALL other nations. Our forefathers were not without faults. However, they were thinking, educated, civil, wise entrepreneurs, AND nearly everyone of them acknowledged a Sovereign Creator God, that we are all subject to beyond any earthly government. It was in light of this truth they believed WE THE PEOPLE, citizens of this great land, could be entrusted with FREEDOM.
a state declared religion.
tyranny (oppressive – intrusive government in our daily lives)
Equal Rights for All Citizens
WORSHIP as they choose.
OWN property & create business & industry
Protect our Safety & Happiness
Choose HONORABLE leadership
There has been a very great effort to detach us from our Sovereign Creator God, from the Greatness of our Nation and our Forefathers vision. Our Constitution is NOT OUT-DATED, it’s simply not being followed. We desperately need to get back to it. The same goes for the Bible. God is still speaking! Let’s get back to it!
“Our Help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8 KJV
My time here in D.C. is nearly over. My granddaughter, Ginny Lou and I plan to drive out of the city pulling a 5 x 8 U-Haul trailer on August 31st. GPS says we could be home in 27 hours but instead we’ll take our time seeing sights and friends along the 2500 mile journey. July 18th through August 2nd I will be home in Las Vegas to help shop and cook for Bible Baptist Church’s annual youth camp. I’m the head cook with a super team of helpers. For the past four years we’ve gone to Clear Creek Family Ranch just outside Zion National Park’s East gate. It will be nice and cool, green and fun to be with my church family. After my year away in Washington, D.C. I miss them all so much… better keep my hankie handy. From August 8th to the 20th I will meet up with Ginny Lou in Chicago and then fly with Couriers for Christ to Tallin, Estonia. We’ll help with a city wide campaign to share the Gospel. When we return to Chicago, we will take the train back to D.C. arriving August 24th. Then it’s packing and loading up. I have several Marines from GraceWay that would be happy to help load. They are America’s finest and serve at he White House, Arlington National Cemetery and various events at the Capital. It’s been my joy to be a ‘grandmother’ influence to them in the Lord.