Teacups in the Jungle

Life stories from a missionary mama

Home Sweet Home. 

Hello from a very hot Saturday here in the jungle. I can’t believe it has been 2 months since my last post. Life has been very fluid with us lately. By that I mean in the past 6 weeks I think I counted that we have slept in 12 different places, been on three different islands, celebrated Christmas with friends, attended a missionary conference, shopped in Manila and finally arrived home last week. We have had a wonderful time and I am so thankful Izzy didn’t seem to skip a beat. However, there is nothing like coming home. Except of course when your house got broken into while you were gone and it takes you four days to clean up the mess that was made, not by the human intruders but by the “animal-kind”. 🙂 However now a week later, all is back to normal and it really is good to be home.

Rather than making this a lengthy post of all our experiences in the past month, I will just pick up where life has us at right now. We are feeling very thankful for many things these days. God has blessed us so much and we are so grateful and encouraged to see how He has provided for us in ways we could never have imagined.

Last week Danny drove us home in our own vehicle!! Something we didn’t think we would ever be able to do and we LOVED it. I can’t write too much on this public site about a situation we had with the airstrip, but we were concerned in December about how we would be able to get in and out of the village, especially in the case of an emergency. The roads had been very bad last year and the local drivers in town no longer wanted to use their vehicles on the bad road. So we felt a little “stuck”.  However, the Lord never leaves us “stuck” and within two weeks of this happening, we heard from my home church, some individuals and other churches in N.Ireland that they were sending us enough money to be able to buy a very nice vehicle that could take us in and out of the village!! We were so thankful to the Lord and to the folks at home for their kindness and generosity towards us. It was perfect timing too as we were going to Manila around Christmas and Danny was able to find a jeep/SUV that was perfect for all our needs, and it is in great condition. All the paperwork and everything went smoothly and quickly and we were able to ship it down to Palawan mid January. Last week, for the first time, we loaded it with supplies and drove home. We are so grateful to God for meeting this need and for blessing us with this car. It is so nice to be here and not feel “stuck” in the village. Actually, on a hot day like this I have thought about going out and sitting in it just for the air-conditioning!! 🙂

This is the vehicle we were able to buy in Manila. A HUGE blessing from God.
Above, I mentioned that our house was broken in to while we were gone over Chrsitmas. We were sad about that, but we don’t think anything was taken or broken. The only problem we had, was that due to the screen being ripped open for a few weeks, we had all sorts of “little friends” that visited our home while we were gone. Some were even so kind as to build their own homes inside our home. I will not post pictures or give details as there are still members of our family that I would like to come visit us one day and I think the chances of them coming are better without the details. 🙂

We did though, have two delightful visitors this week, from a church in Guam. To say they brought goodies would be quite an understatement as they brought us some wonderful things that I didn’t even think could ever get here from Guam. Irish cheese, blocks of American “Tillamook” cheese, sour cream, guacamole, corned beef roast, pepperoni…. and the list goes on and an. To say we have been eating well this week is also a gross understatement. We are so grateful to these two ladies (hi Joyce and Julie!!), not just for their gifts but also for the time of fellowship that we had together and we are looking forward to one day hopefully making a trip to Guam. Again, we are just so grateful to the Lord for allowing our paths to cross with this church in only a way that He could orchestrate. 

God has shown us so clearly again this month, that HE will be the one to provide our needs, in HIS time and in HIS way, so that HE alone can receive all the glory and praise. I could never have imagined two months ago that we would have a vehicle sitting outside our house. Or, that we would have visitors from Guam who would want to help support us and pray for our ministry. God works in mighty ways and it makes me sorry for the times when I try to work out our needs and problems in my own little brain. How refreshing and exciting to leave it all in HIS hands and watch HIS will unfold in our lives. 
Visitors from Guam who carried Irish cheese and lots of goodies in their carry-on!
Those are the practical ways God has more than provided for us. Now that we are back home and back into ministry with the little church here, our vision is for the spiritual needs of the people that we have come to serve. Again, rather than US trying to work out all the “needs” in the ministry, we want to trust the Lord for great things. We know that HE is more than able and we are excited to see how HE will grow these believers as they spend time in His Word. These next few months will be very busy but we are so grateful that God allows us to be here and we are excited to see His will unfold not just in our lives but in the lives of the people here in the village.

We are also grateful to all of you who pray for us. Will you continue to pray with us that God will work mightily in the hearts of the people here? It is our heart’s desire to see a body of believers worshipping Him and spreading the wonderful news of the gospel through their words and lives. We pray for wisdom that God will guide us as we seek to teach and disciple the people that God has called us to.  Thank you, not only from us but from each of them as well.  As I am writing, the words of this song come to mind:

The splendor of a King
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
It trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age, He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit, Son
Lion and the Lamb
Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God and all will see
How great, how great is our God
Looking forward to keeping you updated with many posts to come.
God Bless,
PS Thank you to my sweet Izzy for taking a long nap right now so I could write this post in one go. I love you baby!! 🙂
PPS Just to keep the Grandmas happy….an “Izzy Photo”.
Danny and Izzy out and about this week in the village.

Oh and one more, just to show that we really never know what will arrive at our door each day….today Myra, a sweet teenage girl brought a bag of birds for Zoe and Izzy! Her mother thought they would love them as pets! She was right they would…….

This was a first! A bag of live birds. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Many surprises, a vehicle, Irish cheese from Guam and a bag of live birds.

  1. Like that car. How long does it take to drive into your house from the city?


  2. Hi Macon! It depends on the road conditions and the weather, but this last time it was about 4/12 hours. We take a little stop along the way for lunch. The road is paved most of the way, it is just the last 20k or so that the road gets bad and it can take about 1-1 1/2 hrs! Danny likes it though when the road is bad…..I think he wants to see what it can handle. I on the other hand prefer a smooth ride! 🙂


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