What a first six months this year has been
Cheryl and I cannot thank you all enough for your prayers these past six months. A lot has happened to us and we are thankful for how it has turned out. The Lord has seen fit to use broken vessels to carry on His work and we just get to be a little more broken than we were before for which He will get all the honor due His name.
After completing our tax returns, I noticed that I had been on the road a total of 162 days last year. That is 44% of my time was away from home. It was very profitable and folks are coming into the training to reach those who have never heard. Thanks, Lord!
This year started out with a long trip to Ohio and then having open heart surgery at the end of January. That kind of put us on a different schedule for awhile but thank the Lord, it has been good. I had to rest up for the next month but in March, we started work again. Not too much, though.
In March I was able to go to Dallas for a week, teach some Perspectives classes in Kansas, head to Wyoming to share for a few days and teach some Sunday School classes at church.
In April, I was able to go to Tulsa, our Missionary Training Center in Missouri and teach Perspectives in Texas and Kansas.
In May, I traveled to Texas again and flew to Alaska to share with some missionaries working with native folks in remote villages and towns. Once again, I saw some committed folks who endure hardships for the gospel’s sake.
This month, June, we have been able to rest a bit. Teaching Sunday School, getting ready for our church’s mission conference and getting caught up on household duties which my lethargy postponed have been keeping me busy. Glad to get caught up on everything.
We both are pretty healthy now. For some reason, after the surgery I seemed to be pretty lethargic. I was walking and trying to exercise and everything but I just did not have a desire to do much. I know that our schedule doesn’t show that but I know how I was feeling. But here lately, I have felt like that energy come back and have been able to get things done and had the motivation to do so.
My wife has always had it. She gets up every day and starts walking, doing all that she does to take care of grandchildren, be a homemaker, and doing all that you women know that you do and then finishes the day by walking again and reading. I am amazed. All in all I would say that we are doing well. Thanks for your prayers.
Our daughter has just received a promotion to go to Mesquite, TX to be the general manager of an On The Border restaurant. Obviously, this will mean that she is moving away from family but it is a career advancement opportunity for her. Please pray for her to sell her house, have a smooth transition and that she would find a good church and friends for her to fellowship with. Thanks.
Our oldest son and his wife are going to have another baby. They will have a son and the expected birth date is Oct. 22 which is our daughter’s birthday. Hope it works out.
Our last son is going to be helping open up another store where he works. Once again, it will be busy and a challenge.
We still have camp and another mission conference to attend this summer and I am also teaching Galatians at church this Summer and in the Fall. I have so enjoyed getting into this book again. Being reminded that we walk by faith and not by sight is so invigorating to me. Galatians 1:4 gives us the reason for this book. “…he (Christ) gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present, evil world (or age). We no longer have to live under the Adamic world system anymore. We can live in the heavenly realms with God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, WHILE ON EARTH. Amen!
May the Lord bless you all as you labor for Him. Please pray that we will find more laborers who would like to reach tribal people with the hope that is only provided in the finished work of Jesus Christ. May He be honored as we do so.
Secure In Him,
Doug & Cheryl Schaible