Ang’s May Reads and QOTM’s

Oh my goodness. What great reading this past month. So thankful for a few days of rest and relaxation with some fantastic books over furlough!

Before We Were YoursFinished this gem. This heartbreaking, bittersweet gem. I could hardly put Before We Were Yours down, although at times I wanted to since this fictional story was based on true events that happened in American history. It’s insane to think that children were carried away from their families even as they walked home from school, just to be “sold” to others. I knew nothing about Georgia Tann or her adoption schemes that took place between the 20’s and 50’s. I’m interested to read more, so I put The Baby Thief by Barbara Raymond on my “To Read” list. Whew!

A few of my favorite quotes from my May reading are below. I’d recommend reading the books instead of just catching the Cliff notes version below – they’re worth the journey!


I shush my mind, because your mind can ruin you if you let it. ¹

It’s funny how what you’re used to seems like it’s right even if it’s bad. ¹

Life is not unlike cinema. Each scene has its own music…. No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn’t suit the moment. ¹

It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what you will do, and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you. ²

“The only time you don’t find a four-leaf clover,” he liked to say, “is when you stop looking for one.” ²

No wonder the devil was so still; for his goods were in peace. ³


¹ Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate
² The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
³ The Journal of John Wesley

Ang’s April Reads and QOTM’s

So much to read, and so little time. One more book finished this month.

A.D. 30A.D. 30 was the first piece of fiction I’ve read since Redeeming Love – and let’s be honest. Nothing holds a candle to that one. I really enjoyed the setting of A.D. 30; a few of the characters were interesting. I liked how Dekker intertwined these fictional people into the story of Jesus – or rather, how their meeting Jesus completely altered the course of their lives. I wouldn’t give the book 5 stars, but it kept my attention. I’ll probably pick up the sequel someday.

Some favorite quotes I ran across this month are below!


Yeshua’s food was the same he’d offered me, not bread for the belly, but sustenance for the soul. ¹

Put your faith in me, not the storm, nor the boat. ¹

And if but one heard, it was worth all the labor. ²

Can it be expected that God should be on their side who are daily affronting Him to His face? ²

Life can turn on a dime. The appointment book reinforces my new awareness of this. We plan our days, but we don’t control them. ³

These people can control everything about me, but they can’t control where I go in my mind. ³

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. -Winston Churchill

I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder… -John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress


¹ A.D. 30, Ted Dekker
² The Journal of John Wesley
³ Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate

More than an “Intern”

Our interns are the best. Hands down.

We often talk about how the word “intern” isn’t good enough to describe a person who spends a school year at Freedom.

Because of our interns, the ministry continues to function. Lesson plans are written. Construction projects are completed. Classrooms are managed, grades are taken, and academic concepts are taught.

But, you know, our interns are more than just people who fulfill important duties. They do more than make copies for teachers or take selfies with cute kiddos all day. By and large, our interns make themselves available to be used by the Lord in whatever capacity He asks of them. Obviously, that manifests itself into things like making play-dough and organizing papers. But it also means correcting little ones with patience. It means passing out hugs and kisses – sometimes to students who don’t know how to accept love and kindness. It means joining alongside parents and missionaries as we try to disciple students to live in a way that glorifies God.

We’re grateful that our interns carry a big part of the workload here. But even more than that, we’re thankful for their big hearts and for their willingness to look at things from an eternal perspective.

Being an intern at Freedom is hard. Sacrifices are made – difficult days are experienced. But I think most of our interns would say – even in the middle of the mess – that investing in these little lives is so completely worth it.

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Today was Leah’s last day with her 4-year-olds. She will be so missed!

Thank you, Leah, Becca, Sanna, Amanda, Hannah, Kayla, and Nic – for being more than “just interns” this year! Thanks for investing in the eternal! We appreciate you more than you’ll ever know!

March 2018 in Pictures

I could write a whole lot of words for each of these pictures. Thankful for all the people and all the blessings. Click on the photos below to get a quick glimpse into our month of March!

Freedom happenings

 

Family fun

Thanks for your continued prayers for our family and for Freedom!

Ang’s March Reads and QOTMs

Treasuring ChristIt’s hard being a mom. I know in my heart that the gospel changes everything – even how I view my role as a mother. But I so easily forget that Christ’s love for me, His work on the cross, His living Word – these gifts offer me the opportunity to respond to frustrating situations and mundane circumstances with His perspectives. What a breath of fresh air this book was for my worn-out self. I’m sure I’ll be revisiting this wonderful little read in the years to come. (Thanks to my sweet sister-in-law for gifting it to me a couple of years ago!)

Check out a few of my favorite quotes from my March reading.


A greater gift than time is the gift of forgiveness of our sins through Christ Jesus so that we can behold our holy God. ¹

No mother’s nighmarish valley is so dark that Jesus cannot bear her burdens the whole way through. ¹

More relevant than our mothering choices or strategies is whether we are walking in a manner worthy of him, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:9-10) ¹

Oh, let none think his labor of love is lost because the fruit does not immediately appear! Nearly forty years did my father labor here… I took some pains among this people too, and my strength also seemed spent in vain… but the seed, sown so long since, now sprang up, bringing forth repentance and remission of sins. ²

… I mention these little circumstances to show how easy it is to redeem every fragment of time (if I may so speak), when we feel any love to those souls for which Christ died. ²

Two kinds of people, but all lived and died by the same sword. ³

We were outcasts without a kingdom to save us, and the gods were too far above in the heavens to hear our cries. ³

“Maviah…” I turned back. “Yes?” “You will find that Yeshua loves you.” ³

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? – Isaiah 55:2


Gloria Furman, Treasuring Christ when Your Hands Are Full ¹
John Wesley, John Wesley’s Journal ²
Ted Dekker, A.D. 30 ³

February 2018 in Pictures

Check out our February in photos! Click the pictures for descriptions of last month’s happenings.

Freedom Campus and School

 

Independence Day March- February 27th

 

Fam

Ang’s February Reads and QOTMs

Walking-in-the-Dust-Final-Front-Cover-bigA good friend of Freedom gifted each of us missionaries a copy of Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus. Lois Tverberg looks at important biblical truths and interprets them from a Jewish point of view. This book made me realize just how much I don’t know about the Bible. I felt like I was underlining every sentence. Lots of interesting and convicting information to take in. How deep and rich and precious is God’s Word!

Some of my favorite thoughts/quotes from my reading this month:


When Jesus sent his disciples out, he told them to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom, as he did himself. Not one or the other, but both. We need both words and deeds to bring God glory. ¹

A child’s main classroom is usually what they overhear from their parents’ conversations. ¹

[Regarding gossip] Have you heard something? Let it die with you. Be brave, it will not make you burst. -Sirach 19:10 ¹

Being angry, I’ve discovered, usually indicates judgment… Whenever I get angry, I look for the selfish or wrong-headed motive that I assume lies behind the person’s actions. ¹

How you pray reveals what you believe about God. Since I heard this, I’ve listened more closely to what I pray and what it says about what I believe about God. ¹

… the faith that we’re supposed to have is not in the outcome, but in God himself. God wants us to be absolutely convinced of his love for us and of his power and desire to take care of us. ¹

The task is not yours to complete, but neither are you free to desist from it. – Mishnah , Avot 2:21. ¹

“Sir, you wish to serve God and go to heaven. Remember you cannot serve Him alone. You must therefore find companions or make them. The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.” ²

Our end in leaving our native country was not to avoid want (God having given us plenty of temporal blessings), nor to gain the dung or dross of riches or honor; but singly this–to save our souls; to live wholly to the glory of God. ²

I went to America, to convert the Indians; but oh! who shall convert me? … I have a fair summer religion. I can talk well; nay, and believe myself, while no danger is near; but let death look me in the face, and my spirit is troubled. Nor can I say, ‘To die is gain!’ ²

After my return home, I was much buffeted with temptations, but I cried out, and they fled away. They returned again and again. I as often lifted up my eyes, and He “sent me help from his holy place.” And herein I found the difference between this and my former state chiefly consisted. I was striving, yea fighting with all my might under the law, as well as under grace… ²

… the shortest distance between a human being and the truth is a story. Surely this is why Jesus preferred to use stories. ³

As it turns out, it’s hard to see when your vision is blocked by planks of secret judgments and grievances against yourself and the world. ³

His Way of being in this world is full of joy and gratefulness. A place where all burdens are light and each step sure. Contentment and peace rule the heart. A new power flows unrestricted. ³


¹Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus, Lois Tverberg
²The Journal of John Wesley, John Wesley
³A.D. 30, Ted Dekker