Dear Newsletter Family
“It is more blessed to give than to receive, so the blessing is ours,” our friends reminded us, as they loaded us with precious supplies for Guyana and a generous donation for the work there. These words of Christ made me think. I must confess that I’d been so focused on getting, that I’d forgotten where the greater blessing lay.
The past four weeks we’ve had the opportunity of helping a family so that we could experience that blessing of usefulness. Darren’s flight instructor, a man by the name of John Warren, has done so much for Darren. We know we would not be where we are today were it not for him sacrificing his own time, and taking a personal interest in Darren. He bent over backward to do what he did. Now we had the opportunity to return some kindness.
His family was in the process of adopting two girls from the Ukraine. This had taken much longer than planned, but now they were down to the final steps. His wife needed to return to the Ukraine to wrap up paperwork and to bring the girls home. John needed someone to step in and watch his 4- and 8-year old boys, and to continue the home schooling of the older one. It was a win-win situation. We were able to share what we’re doing at John’s church and were also able to help keep things running smoothly while his wife was away. While initially, we thought it would be for two and a half weeks, there were still delays in the Ukraine. What appeared to be an endless process finally reached completion, and after many prayers, the passports were secured, and the girls left their orphanage to come to their new home in the United States. I’m reminded how God wants to take us to our new and eternal home. It will be infinitely better than anything we’ve ever imagined for sure.
It is the season of giving. It’s so easy to be consumed with what we’re getting, and get disgruntled when it’s not quite what we’d expected, that we can lose out on the greater blessing. Jesus came to serve, not to ‘be served.’ He left the comforts, glory, adoration and wealth of Heaven, for a destination that would not appreciate Him, not recognize who He was, and worst of all, cost Him His life. The greatest mission trip ever performed, the busiest life ever lived, the greatest gift ever was given, all fulfilled by the One who gave His all. What an example!
We want to thank each of you who have given so kindly and generously for making this ministry possible. We’re planning to fly to Guyana early in January since our visas in the United States will run out. We’ve been here for six months already! The past few weeks have been very busy with speaking appointments at churches, and collecting useful items for living in Guyana. We would appreciate your prayers as quite a few things still need to fall into place before we can leave. We praise the Lord for bringing us this far!
May the Lord do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or think as you enter the New Year! May your Joy in Him be full.
Blessings to you Darren, Joanne & Rosanna Lea
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