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A "Not Asked" Prayer is Answered

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While Lois and I vacationed together with Ron and Judy last week in Maui there was an interesting incident that took place. We were enjoying the morning surf and sun, swimming and snorkeling at Ulua Beach Park, near Wailea.

We had gone out snorkeling and while returning to the beach I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to remove my wallet from my bathing suit pocket. Luckily, I had placed it a Ziploc sandwich bag to protect it from moisture. I reached down and to my horror I found that the wallet had disappeared! Controlled panic took place and I headed for shore to search for the wallet. But I already knew it was not there.

I yanked everything out of Lois’ beach bag, but my wallet was nowhere to be found. Gone were my credit cards, debit cards, I.D. cards, medical cards, Nexus card, all of my cash, and more! I was dismayed, but controlled (Lois would say frenzied) in a manly sort of way. I got the car keys from Ron and headed to search the car for the wallet that I already knew was not there.

As I walked a short distance towards the parking lot I heard someone call, “Hugh”. I did not recognize the voice, but I turned and saw a young man who asked me “Are you Hugh?”

“Yes” gasped and he asked if I had lost my wallet. He said that he recognized me from my photo ID (which must have been easy when he noticed my finely chiseled features) and that his dad had found my wallet floating out in the ocean.

My wallet was returned dry and with nothing removed. I thanked the strangers from Boise, Idaho profusely.  I commended them for their honesty.

I returned with my wallet to Lois, Ron and Judy, who were surprised, relieved, and amazed. I found myself marveling and continually thanking God for the return of my wallet. Imagine someone, an honest person, finding my small wallet in that large expanse. I went from dismay to euphoria. Coincidence alone? I don’t think so! During my short ordeal, my first inclination was not to pray, but God blessed me anyway.

Psalm 136:1 NLT
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”     

Unexpected Journies

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An unexpected journey unfolded before us last fall!

It started with a phone call from Phil Wagler asking if Gillian and I would be interested in helping out with a group of young people who were preparing to go on long term missions throughout the world with MB Missions’ TREK. These students were all training and preparing.  Getting equipped to embark, along with their co-labourers, to their various destinations, serving as an integral part of MB missions and MB’s ongoing work. The obvious questions for the two of us was: “What would we do? How would we help?”

Those questions were quickly answered by trusting in the Lord and what His plans for us were.

We stepped out in faith.  Our answer was yes and our time with the teams turned into a most live-giving and amazing journey from September to December last year and September to November this year.

Many might ask: “So what did you do during that time?” Well, we really just made ourselves available to these new missionaries.  We came alongside to pray with them and for them.  We encouraged them.  We listened to them.  We served as “parents” to them as they prepared themselves with extensive teaching, listening to God, growing in their faith and preparing their hearts for the mission field ahead.

What was the result from all of this? A group of missionaries prepared to go.  And for us… well we now are able to keep connected with these servants - give ongoing support and prayer for these groups as they work in Peru, Panama, Thailand, Portugal, Lithuania and Germany. What a gift!

As we reflect on all that has happened, we are so thankful to the Lord for the opportunity - as seniors - to be available to serve!