Sometimes, Jesus shows up in our lives wearing skin – again

This past month, I met Him in:

  • 2 co-workers who willingly took (fruitless) trips with me – in efforts to clear up the mess involving my Saturn’s VIN,**
  • 2 sisters who sent me checks that were very much needed, and out-of-the-blue,
  • an insurance agent who went ‘above and beyond’ her duty for me,
  • an AZ MVD agent who admitted her error of 6 years ago,
  • a young co-worker who stopped to let me know she was praying for me,
  • and one who reminded me that I am NOT the only person struggling in life.

I probably didn’t even notice all the other times JESUS came to me, but these alone cause me to praise and thank HIM  afresh.  Watch for Him; He’ll come by your house today.  I’m just sure of it!

** The rest of the story – I have to return (yet again) to Chinle to pick up my title and registration, and that should be the end of it!

Becky Knopf

“It’s a dirty job – but somebody’s got to do it!”

As a ‘Missionary’ we occasionally get a job like that.  This past week I had to build an outhouse.

Now before you feel too badly for me I should mention that I built the outhouse in the bottom of Canyon De Chelly, twenty miles from the entrance to the Canyon.  De Chelly is a world class destination where visitors spend hundreds of dollars riding in 4-wheel drive sightseeing trucks and they all say “it was worth every penny!”.  The Canyon boasts sheer thousand foot cliffs, ancient cottonwood groves (now a flaming yellow), and stunning Cliff dwellings. It really is a nature photographers dream.  And I had to drive my Jeep way past the point where all the tourists turn around…sigh.  Actually the driving is part of the fun because the canyon is usually “4-wheel drive all the way.”  This week the sand was so deep that a mistake would quickly lead to a badly stuck Jeep and a very long hike out.

After a rough two hour drive the road ended in an apple orchard at the base of towering purple tinged cliffs.  At this elevation the canyon is filled with trees;  pines, oaks, and an aspen or two.  We got out, climbed a short hill up to the landowners cabin and looked around.  “Stunning” is the only word that describes it.

(Now – just a quick question for the atheists among us.  Why is the world filled with so much beauty if there is no designer?!?)

Keeping one eye on the scenery we chose a spot to build our temporary outhouse.  The point of this whole trip is to prepare for a longer stay to rebuild the decaying log cabin.  (“If you need any help when you put on the roof – just give me a call…hint, hint.”) We dug a pit, placed the “throne” over the hole (I built a box with a toilet seat on it at home), and then hung oak branches on a frame as a wall.  The landowner said that on his next visit he was going to bring a magazine rack.  The view from “the throne” is so amazing that it makes one want to just sit awhile…a very long while.

By four o’clock the sun had slipped behind the cliffs and the shadows were turning the canyon into multiple shades of blue and gold and we were a long two hour drive from the start of civilization.

It was a dirty job, But I sure hated to finish it…

Greg Staley

Changing Seasons of Life

Dear, Brothers & Sisters in Christ

Over the past four years here at Immanuel Mission, I have learned much both spiritual and physical. Plumbing, furnaces, new construction, water coolers, car repairs and conversion, minor computer tech work, long distance running, summer work groups, Jeeping, and Gods provision through it all. God has used all of these things in teaching me about Him and how awesome and powerful a God my Jesus is. It truly has been a blessing working and getting to know my family in Christ here. As the weather is getting colder and the leaves of the trees change, so also my life will be making a season change this next summer/fall (2013). I’m planning on moving to Texas for another ministry/learning opportunity. Please be praying for another maintenance man to take over when I leave. This summer my brother came down to visit and help out. He is driving bus this year and is my roommate. I really enjoy having him around and couldn’t ask for a better roommate. Please be praying for me as I strive to be more like Christ and that I would be sensitive to Gods working in my life. Thank you so much for your prayers and support.

Your brother in Christ, Willard Shannon