If you ever got an unexpected surprise in the mail you will understand the joy I felt as I checked my mailbox today. It wasn’t a totally unexpected surprise, but almost. The teacher in Mexico who had organized the surprise could not keep the secret. She just had to tell me they were doing something for me as a birthday present. My birthday was almost a month ago, but it took time for them to organize their gift.
I’ve been posting teaching materials on-line for seven years now, for free download. I work with translations to support this ministry. One church and two individuals send me monthly support which pays part of my assistants salary. Praise the Lord! I never expect to receive anything. I did write to my friends for my birthday, suggesting that I would appreciate a gift for this ministry. I received gifts enough to pay for a new laptop, as the one I had as a back-up had crashed. I received enough to pay for that computer.
The gift I received today was overwhelming. One of the teachers, the contact person, had traveled over the border to the United States to send my gift and a Money Order of $200! I feel the love all over me! The teachers who have given me this gift do not have a lot of finances. I feel what I imagine the Apostle Paul felt when he received gifts from the Philippians. He worked as a tent-maker for a living but they were concerned for his material needs.
Here are pictures of the gifts:
That everything arrived in perfect shape is a miracle! The ceramic vase was intact! What’s so special about that? It had no packing material around it. The vase was just laying loose in the box! And the box was at breaking point!
I think God assigned and angel to make sure the vase got to me intact. I need the vase for the flowers. Each flower represents one of the children.
Angelica, Angel, Daniel (a special child), Sandra, Abraham, Iva, Roberto, Pamela, Raul, Indra, Emanuel, Pamela, Mildred, Carlos, Elizabet, Daniel… How can I not be happy for such a gift?
This is my exciting news of the day! I have more exciting news. My new computer is a blessing, but also a headache. There are so many programs that need to be downloaded and many little glitches that need to be addressed. One thing I needed to do was get my printer and scanner installed. Before installing it I had to make sure I had my Norton program working so I don’t get unwanted surprises messing up my files.
I feel proud that I managed that! But then how would I get the printer/scanner installed? As I do about everything I prayed to God. He brought ideas in my head that led me to look for a CD in just the right place. And I did it! I installed the program. I got it to work. And I scanned all the needed paperwork to send to my friend in Colorado who does my “taxes.” He’s been doing it for 20 years!
If you are a Pro on computers, a Pro on taxes, a Pro on installations… this will seem like small stuff to you. I’m a Pro on Bible lessons, on writing stories, on using inDesign and a little Pro on Photoshop, but when it comes to the technical side of computers, there is no Pro in me. I’m very needy of help in that area!
It’s now late Monday evening. I just remembered another “News of the Day.” I feel honored beyond honored! One of my Sunday school girls from Peru back in the early seventies is coming to visit me. This is very special because she is making the trip solely to visit me! Can a person feel more honored? She is using some of an inheritance she received to pay her ticket. One of her dreams is to sleep in my Princess Room!
For those who haven’t followed my blog for several years, this is the bed in the room designed for Princesses.
Praise the Lord for such a surprise-filled day!