A small payment of some things we’d left for sale in Kenya came today. $13.25
JM sent the name of a prayer partner.
1/3/96 Gift of pastries. Enough for 4 morning breakfasts from JR. His daughter R dropped them off as she drove through en route to college.
Received a letter from GKen saying He’d made a contribution to his church for us that would be sent out soon.
1/4/96 SS family gave us a table and 4 chairs for the dining room. They’re antique and very nice.
1/5/96 GKen’s gift arrived in mail today. $1000.
1/7/96 BW wants a copy of our newsletter.
1/10/96 JM sent $100 plus a list of 16 names of people who want our newsletter and will be praying for us!
1/12/96 Took Mom to Dr. -- NO CHARGE!!.
1/14/96 R & GS sent $50 and a card with encouragement. ME sent $10. LA, who we don’t remember having met, sent $50 and has chosen us as her ‘project’ for the year. She plans to send aid monthly.
1/25/96 “Found a penny on the road while walking.”
2/12/96 “JM sent $300. W&LS sent $250.”
3/12/96 “…the mail arrived. In it was a money order with a note, but no return address. The note read, ‘Steve, God prompted us to give this.’ The postmark was from Colorado Springs, Colorado. The money order was for $500. We don’t know anybody in Colorado Springs. We don’t even know anyone in Colorado!”
4/30/96 “Regina social club at Harding University sent gift of $500.” NA, the daughter of F&JA is in that club and suggested that they assist us. I had known NA when she was an infant, but have not been in contact since. Only God could have imagined such a thing as this.
5/6/96 “I’ve been working very hard for several months now (Beginning in June of ‘94 preparing for our return to the US.). Since January my health has suffered, due I think, to stress. I’ve not cleared even one dime of net profit from all my work (Note: I was working to establish income through a multi-level-marketing program selling discounted telephone service.) …I keep telling myself it is just the cost of doing business….at any rate, I will continue to do my best to “work my fields” and look to the Lord of Harvests for a crop. Today, I spoke to the Lord for a long while about all of this.”
5/12/96 NOTE: It was amazing to us as we watched God provide through so many people and with such surprise and variety. For example, we didn’t even know the person ‘GK’!
- GK $100
- K&SH $30
- AC $25
- T&GB $15
- JM $50
- LA $50
- KM $200
- CS $60
5/16/96 NOTE: Though seldom having excess at our disposal, at times during the journey, we enjoyed pleasures and privileges typically reserved for the world’s wealthiest. As an example, For months D&BW paid for us to have a maid come once per month and spend a day cleaning. What a blessing from the Lord.
“Cleaning from D&BW-$81”
5/19/96 “Gift from E&FW. It was sent along with a note explaining that this was a special amount, but they intended to send $50 on a monthly basis…they gave $500…God has sent gifts of $500 almost monthly from unexpected sources.”
5/23/96 “I prayed for help and the thought I should pray for ‘singers’ I’m supposing that they will play a significant role in the progress of the Lord’s Body in Appalachia. It seems that Appalachians have historically been gifted in this way. Music is probably the heart language of these people.” (NOTE: On 11/08/00 God answered this prayer.)
6/10/96 NOTE: The RGs are another family whom we do not know.
“Gift from RG of $25”
7/7/96 “Given an air-conditioner and 2 ceiling fans from D&JM! It’s been hot so these were special gifts for specific needs.”
7/10/96 “Preaching engagement paid me $500 and reimbursement for cost of travel.”
8/11/96 “RD sent $200. A surprise gift from someone I’d not seen or heard from in 16 years!”
SUMMARY: Three quarters of the year was complete and we were still living on Florence Avenue. Many new faces, places and ways had been encountered. The children were healthy and my Mother had improved a good deal, though she was still ill. There was no new church begun, though we met regularly with the two families we knew when we arrived and we still had the hope of adding another family from outside Jellico. It had been challenging, but we had survived. However, there was still that last quarter of the year, and it has its stories too.