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Greetings to all,
It has been quite the week!!!! We had our first Karen/Burmese baby born in Erie on the 12th. Stephen Heaven and Hla Hla Toe had a baby girl, Jasmine Heaven and I was able to be with them. She was 5 lb 10 oz and is doing well. When I told Stephen that she is an American citizen, it was an emotional moment for both of us. But he wanted to know if she still needed to take the citizenship test. :-) Please pray for this young family. They have many challenges ahead of them.
We have also experienced several emergency surgeries among our new arrivals this past week - Pwe Htoo, one of our "older" Karen, had a near appendix rupture and a Butanese father, Chhabi, fell and seriously fractured his knee cap. The appendectomy was a Hamot Hospital, the baby was born at Millcreek and the knee was repaired at St. Vincent! Between pastoral visits, we had seven families arrive between the 10th and 12th. And among the four airport trips this week, two were late night arrivals that came in 2 1/2 hours late! Sleep hasn't fitted into my schedule lately and neither has my required paperwork.
And to top things off, one of our six story, century-old maple trees came down in front of our house during Sunday's storm while I was sitting on the front porch. It is blocking a part of Main Street and a limb is still hanging on the phone line. BUT, ministry at Crossroads has never been more exciting and unpredictable. In the past several weeks we have had a number of visitors, including a Chinese professor who is an atheist. On Communion Sunday, there was a Christian family from Brazil studying at Mercyhurst and an Eretryan Bible teacher (spelling is incorrect). Australia was the only continent that wasn't represented at the Lord's Table !
Most of our new arrivals have small children (preschool), and many of the men are gifted musically, but we still are receiving a large number of single men and don't yet have any older families with single women. I don't know why, but it remains a concern. Anyway, all is well. Our ministry to Bhutanese Hindus continues to grow rapidly and we are learning as we go. The transportation challenges for the church are not yet resolved (two 7 passenger vans making 7-8 round trips twice a Sunday) but God is good (we have enough car seats) and I am confident that Hudson Taylor's observation is true - God's work, done in God's way, will not lack God's supply.
And saving the best for last, I also want to give you an update on our daughter Meri. Things are going well at Eastern University. She LOVES her Bible classes and she has become active in an "underground" outreach ministry to the homeless at an inner-city Philadelphia park, working with Shane Clayborne. Her faith is expanding and so is her first hand experience with human suffering. She has put out a plea for warm socks and backpacks (to keep what little they have from being stolen). I covet your prayers for this committed group of young adults - for fruitful ministry as well as God's provision and protection. Blessings to all of you. Catch you later. Katie White