God Orchestrates the Circumstances in our Lives and We Joy to Fit Into Them.
Maybe that is the best way to explain why there has been no update for such a long period of time on this website. Since the last post, I have made two different roundtrip travels to USA. One trip to conduct revival meetings at Sharon Conservative Mennonite church in Ohio and another trip for my wife’s fathers funeral.
Upon my return from the revival meetings trip in April month, I was consumed with perfecting my Genesis course that I teach here at IGo. I was also very much preparing to travel to Chandigarh, India for the next MTM leadership conference. This conference was a partnership with IGo student ministry trips (6 IGo students) as well as Rosa King representing IGo Ransom ministry. Also part of this ministry team was Clarence Miller serving as a MTM guest teacher. Clarence is from Holmes county Ohio and is one of the leadership team at Sharon Conservative Mennonite church where I had just been for revival meetings.
Just a few short days before our scheduled departure, Naomi’s father unexpectedly took ill and passed away. Now we were all making plans (including Jana) to travel to America instead of myself planning to traveling with the ministry team to India. While my wife was grieving over the loss of her father and making plans to travel to the other side of the world, I was scrambling to purchase tickets as well as pass on the responsibility of the leadership of the ministry team to another brother. Brother Lee Mummau (IGo staff) volunteered to go to India and teach as well as lead the MTM team in my stead. But he did not have an India visa and normally it takes a week to acquire an India visa. But once again the Lord was orchestrating the circumstances. Brother Lee and his wife were able to get their visa’s in a few short days and were able to join the ministry team (three days later) in India in adequate time before the MTM conference began. We clearly seen the fingerprints of God in all of this. Blessed be God !!!
So while the ministry team traveled west to India, we headed east to America for the funeral. Our travels were all uneventful and we were blessed to be able to attend Aaron High’s funeral. He was 89 years old and it truly was a blessing that he could go home to his reward. A very special thank you to all who blessed us and encouraged us in so many ways. A very special thank you to IGo Christian Fellowship (our church here at IGo) as well as Faith Mennonite Fellowship who financially blessed us and made it possible for us to go home for Dad’s funeral.
Upon our return to Thailand, I headed directly into the classroom to teach Genesis here at IGo. We are now at the end of the second week of a three week term. We have a great group of students this semester and I am immensely enjoying our journey through the book of Genesis.
Back Row L-R: Galen Schrock, Brian Shirk, Tim Martin, Justin Hoover, Darren Baumen, Glendon Graber, Ryan Miller, Leon Hulse, Matt & Noah Musser. Middle Row; Allison Weber, Lou Ann Martin, Abbie Weaver, Janelle Snader, Katelyn Dye, Wilma Schrock, Juanita Zook, Heidi & Ellen Musser. Front Row; Stephanie Jantzi, Joanna Smucker, Noel Mast, Elizabeth Myers, Jessica Troyer, Brittany Lavy, Judith Schlabach, Paula Thayer, & Hollie Dieffenbach