Dear friends and family,
"O my soul, you have said to the Lord, 'You are my Lord! Apart from You I have no good thing." ... I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel. I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore!" Selected verses from Psalm 16
Praise the Lord! Throughout the past few weeks, I have found these verses to be so very true. Real ministry is able to take place only when we acknowledge our utter need for God's grace & power - saying with David, "Apart from You I have no good thing!"
Then our mighty God steps in with amazing grace, mercy and pure love to supply the lack & transform the situation. The resulting outcomes, relationships & ministry leave me in total awe of our God!! This has been a repeated story in my weeks since the last update! And your prayers are a huge part of this sequence! Thank you! :)
Even in the winter months, the sights are vividly colorful here in Mongolia:
The view from my hotel window
Big sky country
I made my first successful trip to the marketplace without an interpreter. The vendors were very understanding -- having patience with my gestures and even helping correct my pronunciation on my limited Mongolian vocabulary.
Welcome to the grocery 'store'!
A classy hotel
The traditional Mongolian home called a 'yurt'. Many mongolians still live in them.
A bright smile at my door.
Some of my eager English students.
Recent Answers to Prayer:
- English classes are going well and have provided an avenue to develop friendships with a large variety of ages and English speaking levels. I currently have 8 classes a week in my home and 2 classes a week at a local hotel & restaurant for their staff.
- The Ladies Health & Fitness class has been hugely successful and such a delight for me to be apart of! We are currently running out of room at the current building and it has been suggested that we find a new place to meet. Last night a lady told me, "My husband loves the change in me!! Thank you!!"
- First Aid & Healthcare: The opportunities to minister in these ways could keep one busy full time! But as the schedules have worked out, these opportunities are squeezed in between English classes. Burns & blisters, dog bite, nausea, headaches, infections, heartburn, skin rashes, allergies, back lower pain and a variety of digestive issues are a some of the situations I've had the privilege to counsel the past few weeks. I covet your prayers for wisdom! Many of the "natural treatment options" so easily acquired in the States are unavailable here.