“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Amen!
It has been a great privilege to serve the Lord in our early age. It’s not always easy and it will never be easy to carry the cross of Christ to the outmost parts of the world. We praise the Lord for walking with us, restoring our health and never leaving us or forsaking us!
For those of you who don’t know, Eric and I came down with malaria and typhoid at the same time while in Uganda. On top of that, Jadyn was also sick with typhoid and we were all struggling. Eric was hospitalized for three days and could have easily lost his life. It was difficult to find nearby health care that could treat our needs. But through your prayers and God’s grace, He brought us out of that valley and restored our souls. We serve a mighty God!
As a result of the sicknesses, we moved back to the States and are serving the Lord with Teen Missions at the main base in Merritt Island, Florida. When we arrived at Teen Missions, it was Boot Camp time and hundreds of teenagers were preparing to go on teams to various places around the world. I was leading music during the evening rallies and Eric was busy working outside, keeping up the grounds. When the teens went overseas, we were blessed with a week to visit family and friends in Ohio. The time went fast, but it was so good to see everyone and introduce them to our daughter, Jadyn, for the first time.
Before the teens went home to their families, they had a time of Debrief. There were four Debriefs in Florida and I was helping cook. At times we started cooking at 4:30am and finished around 8:00pm. It was very exhausting and time consuming, but we had a lot of fun! Eric was Mr. Mom which was a tiresome responsibility since Jadyn was teething.
Currently, Eric is teaching Church History in the Bible Missionary & Work Training Center as well as working outside maintaining the property and various other duties. I have been working part-time in the office with Jadyn three times a week and enjoying being a Mom. It’s been exciting to spend time with Jadyn, taking her many places and doing many things that are not feasible oversees. Some of Jadyn’s favorites activities include: swimming, taking a bath in a real bathtub, crawling around inside and out, going to the beach, going for walks in her stroller and just being outside. She loves spending time with her Grammy and Pappa as well as playing with her cousins.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Eric & I thank God for His direction and provision as we served in Uganda! We praise the Lord for what He did and what He continues to do. It has been a great journey from Zambia to Uganda and Uganda to America. We have seen the hand of God, His providence not only physically but also mentally, spiritually and financially. Despite all the sickness,
we’ve seen how God has matured us, giving us a desire to serve Him through all circumstances. Our prayer remains to be in God’s plan, what Jeremiah 29:11 declares as we wait upon Him to see where He is taking us next.
We truly appreciate all your love and support! We are overwhelmed by your commitment to support us through your finances and prayers. We appreciate all the cards and words of encouragement. God is using you as an instrument to enable the gospel to be taken to the utter most parts of the earth. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
May God bless you and provide for your every need!
Eric, Jillian & baby Jadyn