I’m so sorry that I failed to mention in a previous post that our Missions Conference was Dec. 2nd through the 4th! I was unable to post everyday because of homeschooling, cooking and preparing for our services each night.
We had a wonderful conference! We had Jeremy Tyler, and his family, missionaries to Brazil, as our main speaker. The church increased it’s annual missions budget by over $5,000! We also took on two more missionaries! What a blessing! The Lord has done this.
I first met Amanda Tyler in 1994 at summer camp!! She lived in Illinois, and I in Arkansas. We saw each other once a year until 1996 and we wrote letters (long before email was available or affordable, I’m not sure which!). We continued writing, calling and emailing over these past 11 years and I was wondering if I’d ever see her again!! We wrote while she was a student at Crown College, after we were both married, and while our families were growing, but never seeing each other. Praise the Lord, we finally got together! I got to meet her husband and their three precious boys!
We just picked up where we left off, or at least I felt that way! I enjoyed their visit so much, but it went by way too fast! I hope and pray it won’t be another 11 years before I see her again!
I have another great friend, Dixie, whom I’ve not seen in over four years! (or is it six?) I have friends in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee – that I keep in touch with, but don’t get to see too often. I hate that. I was thinking about it yesterday, about how I seldom see my close friends, and got a little teary. You know me, I get reminiscent very easily! I should call this blog “Going down Memory Lane”! Anyway, I thought about how I don’t see most of my friends too often and I realized that I will see them again…someday. I will either see them here, or in the air when the trumpet sounds! We have one grand thing in common: we’re saved. We know we’ll be in Heaven someday. That is a great comfort. I wrote the following poem to express my feelings (writing is good therapy. Judging by this blog, I’ve got lots of problems! ;o). Please don’t criticize it, I’m no poet, that’s for sure. I just want share my heart with you.
Lauren enjoyed being with Josiah (left) and Jonathan.
Jeremy and Amanda Tyler, Missionaries to Brazil.
The Whole Tyler Gang!