We truly mean “Team”! You have made a great impact in our lives and encouraged us along the way, praying, giving, and just showing that you care about what we are involved in. Without YOU, we believe many of the opportunities with GAiN’s mercy ministry would not be possible.
Thank you for those of you who were able to share an extra gift at Christmas time to give our Cru account an extra boast to help with those travel ministry projects last year. It frees us up to do the things we feel God has called us to do.
KEEPING UP WITH OUR TRAVELS
Some of you were aware that we celebrated our Golden Anniversary last summer and were surprised by a gift from our generous “3″ and their spouses honoring us with a Anniversary Cruise!
We were overwhelmed with such a flamboyant idea– us as humanitarian world travelers going on a leisure trip! We even suggested that we sign up for a “Mercy Ship” cruise and mingle the luxury with a bit of service. They did not agree to that idea!
So the plans were made to take a 7-day cruise on Holland America Lines to the Eastern Caribbean with ports of call; Grand Turks, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas!
Thinking our cruise would just be an exciting experience of sun, gourmet food and exotic locations, we were especially delighted to have the opportunity of meeting many internationals from Indonesia and the Philippians! They were our servers at the restaurants and stateroom attendants. By nature they are excellent workers and very respectful.
Interacting with them on a daily basis, we had opportunities to share our faith and some we gave the JESUS Film, DVD, in their language. A few of them were believers and met weekly for a time of fellowship and Bible study. We suggested that they show the JESUS Film in their study and invite other Indonesian cruise workers.
So wherever you go if you’re looking and available, there are always opportunities to share your faith. That made the cruise even more significant to us to be His representatives!
KEEPING UP WITH GAIN
GAiN continues to be on course with sending containers of compassionate aid to all corners of the earth. One just arrived in the Horn of Africa and South Sudan and will be distributed to those in great need. Zimbabwe is receiving water filters. Other countries, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Central Asia, Middle East, & Zambia have containers in route. Partnering churches are effectively being utilized to facilitate the distributions of humanitarian aid and sharing the Good News.
Some of you have been part of providing medical supplies, sewing blankets, pillowcase sundresses, and sending checks to help with GAiN’s overseas projects. Even some of you have enjoyed going with us to our GAiN’s PA Distribution Center volunteering your time on a regular basis to process these donated items.
KEEPING UP WITH FAMILY
The Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer in Lansing owned by our three children & spouses, continues to be a successful undertaking. Mark, Andrea &Todd are actively involved in the business.
Our youngest granddaughter, Emma Grace (“Noob” & Juleen’s) is 13 months old now and keeps us on the move when she comes to our home for 2 days when her Mommy works.
Brynne (Todd & Susan’s), now a teenager, has been gifted with special vocal abilities. Her sister, Aslynne, almost a teenager, shows abilities in baking fantastic specialty cakes.
Andrew & Nick (Mark & Andrea’s) are both attending a Christian Mentoring Academy, DLA in Colorado Springs.
Lauren & Seth (Mark & Andrea’s daughter) live in VA with18th month old Piper and anticipating another baby in July.
Emily & Nathan (Mark & Andrea’s daughter) enjoy their 15th month old Cora.
Family is PRIORITY! As you have been partners with us for many years, you too have become “family” to us. You are appreciated for standing in the gap with us, praying for us, and giving!. Let this be a huge THANK YOU from us is coming your way for your part!
Frank & Ruth