About Our Move to North Carolina😊
Greetings from North Carolina! We made the move on December 13 with two of our sons with the greatest of organizational skills coordinating the packing of our three-bedroom home of 29 years, an amazing triumph! The next family team was our daughter and another son and grandson who came to do the finishing touches of packing and loading the truck. Our son and grandson then delivered to North Carolina our belongings that made the cut and survived the Good Will pile. Our heavy 29-year-old furniture did not make the cut, but was replaced by lovely, light Ikea furniture, which was being assembled the same week-end by our-son-law and two more grandsons. Our daughter helped me to load Jack, his walker and our 15 pound Cockapoo on the plane for an hour and fifteen-minute flight to Concord, North Carolina. We have to give Allegiant Air accolades of the highest sort for their making the transporting of Jack from the car to his seat on the plane a swift jaunt with no delays or bumps!
When we arrived at our new home,our dear little nest was all assembled, including a beautiful Christmas tree and wreath to welcome us, arranged by our daughter-in-law. Ten family members helped to unload and unpack, including our daughter and daughter-in-law who set up my kitchen more artistically, quickly, and beautifully than I could have done myself😊 Then in our very open, two-bedroom apartment, the ten very hard unpackers gathered for dinner with plenty of space for everyone! To think that my new home would have space for large family and friends gatherings was a wondrous joy to me, especially this group on this day of celebration!
Our apartment home was designed to create a house-like home-with a long driveway, a two car garage, a walk-in pantry, a high ceiling in an open concept with the kitchen, family room, and alcove creating a spacious living area. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms include more storage space than we had in our three-bedroom home. At least, it seems that way.
The absolutely amazing thing is that we are two minutes from practically everything we need, BUT our sliding glass windows to the back look out upon a sloping hill, a ravine, and tall stately trees, while the side windows view the ravine and more grand trees, with the front viewing trees as well. We have the feeling of living in a mountain cabin! The Ikea furniture is dreamy! We kept two sofas and three recliners, so we still have plenty of comfort.
The Most Important Decision When Moving: Finding a Fellowship in Christ Jesus😊
Three families I have met in our little neighborhood all go to a church that is four minutes away. A precious neighbor couple picked me up last Sunday to go to church and I felt that I was home. The worship time was beautiful. I felt a deep joy worshiping the Lord freely with all my heart. The message was simply and clearly that we are here on earth to brings hearts to have an encounter with Jesus Christ-that’s it! The focus verse was I Corinthians 14:1: “Let love be your highest aim.” Since God is love, we know that in order to bring hearts to have an encounter with Jesus Christ, we must spend time in the presence of God Who is love. Otherwise, we will not be enfolded in His love and be capable of bringing others to have an encounter with Jesus Christ. The gospel is clear: God does not anyone to perish, to live in eternal destruction and apart from His love, His glory, and His power. When the last breath is taken, no further decision can be made. How can we impart to people, especially our loved ones, that no decision is a decision to live in torment and anguish forever? Since no one comes to have an encounter with Jesus Christ unless the Father draws Him, the answer is to pray and pray and pray for loved ones, for revival, for hardened hearts to be softened to receive the Truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lamplight Ministries, Inc. Is Thriving and Expanding in North Carolina
Jack has always been the center of Lamplight Ministries, Inc. His financial struggles in his forties resulted in his writing every verse he could find in the Bible about finances and writing each one on a three by five index card. He carried these verses in his shirt pocket and taught others to do so, taking them out during the day every time anyone had a free moment. Over the years, when Jack would see someone from his Tuesday night Bible study, the person would pat his or her shirt pocket, telling Jack that he or she was studying the Word of God on the cards. Jack compiled those Scripture verses into the book, Trust God for Your Finances, now with over 200,000 copies in print and in nine languages.
The absolutely magnificent fact is that we have updated, revised, reformatted inside and out, and added new biblical content gleaned over the years since 1983 when the book was first published to create the new, Trust God for Your Finances. This book is available at Barnes and Noble, amazon, and wherever books are sold as well as on our website lamplight.net for orders of 25 books or more.
I’ll let you in on a secret. The book focuses totally on the All-sufficiency of God. It is not about how to acquire things or increase your income, although I don’t rule out those things happening, but the focus is not on you, but on God. We are here to serve God. He does not exist to serve us. We learn from the Bible how to make the decision to daily give all that we are to God and to invite Him to direct us for the highest and best that we could ever be and do for our joy and His glory. So, I gave you a peek into the newest edition of Trust God for Your Finances.
Since Jack is 87 and I am 79, and I am Jack’s full-time caregiver, we have reproduced ourselves in three men, each of whom we have known for over twenty years. Lamplight Ministries, Inc. is represented in Indonesia by Dr. Gideon Tandirerung, Lamplight’s Southeast Asia Director. Gideon is preparing to teach the seminar, Trust God for Your Finances, to a group of pastors and teachers, based on the new book with a spectacular Power Point curriculum he is creating. His extensive education and training included interactive learning, so this curriculum is just that, so hilariously alive and wonderfully student-inclusive. Keep watching for the availability of this life-changing curriculum.
In my next blog, I will introduce you to our Directors in India and Uganda. See you then😊
About Our Move to North Carolina😊