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Spring has sprung early in New England with temperatures hitting almost 80 in mid March! We have been busy with the behind the scenes foundation building work for Impact Ministries, and getting geared up to head back to Guatemala in June. We invite you to read all about it below.
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In This Issue:
As it should be...
Guatemala Trip June 12th to July 2nd
Travel to Washington, DC
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As it should be...
Here is a story that really touched me. Hat tip to Ryan Morey for pointing it out on Facebook. Read on...
A few weeks ago, Patrick Greene of San Antonio, TX was known in Henderson County simply as a professed atheist who threatened to sue Henderson County about the courthousFall is my favorite time of year! Crisp mornings, changing leaves ... This summer into fae manger scene if it reappeared again this year. Shortly after that the 63 year old Greene found out that he had a detached retina. He had to give up driving his cab and resigned himself to his impending blindness since he didn't have the $20,000 for the eye surgery.
What went through your mind reading that? Maybe, he's getting what he deserves since he wanted to sue the county to remove a manger scene? Serves him right?
As Paul Harvey used to say now here's the rest of the story.
Jessica Crye, a member of Sands Springs Baptist church learned of Greene's plight and felt compelled to help. Her pastor Rev. Eric Graham contacted Greene to find out more about his needs. Greene said it would be ridiculous to spend the $20,000 on the surgery because there was a chance it would fail. If Graham and his church really wanted to help the Greene's really needed groceries.
Greene was flabbergasted that a group of Christians were reaching out to help an atheist. Greene’s experience with Christians was of narrow-minded individuals who had treated him unkindly throughout his life. He told his wife about it and she remarked, "They're going to help us?" A few days later the Christians made good on their promise and $400 showed up, and more money is still coming in. Greene is so amazed by the generosity of the Christians in Henderson County he's thinking about writing an e-book called "Real Christians of Henderson County, Texas." He noted that these people are acting like what the Bible says a Christian should do.
Now, rather than trying to get the manger scene removed, Greene said he would like to add his contribution. He wants to buy the star for the top of the Nativity scene.
Romans 12:14-21 - 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
As things continue to get more heated and partisan in this election year, let's all remember whom we serve above all.
See the whole story here: http://www.athensreview.com/local/x223905209/Atheist-flabbergasted-at-Christians-assistance
Guatemala Trip - June 12th to July 2nd
We are heading back to Guatemala again! We will be hosting a dental team for the first half of our time there and then Josh Bresler's youth group from Washington state. We also will continue the strategic planning and look at a possible location where the US branch might focus in a few years. We will be sending out a letter with additional information seeing people to partner with us in prayer and financially.
Some of you might recall us talking about Alex in a couple of our videos last year. He recently became available to sponsor, and we are now his sponsors! We are looking forward to catching up with Alex and his family again in June.
Travel to Washington, DC
We have the opportunity for a long weekend in Washington DC over Patriot's Day weekend (April 12th to 16th). We look forward to this time to recharge our batteries before a busy spring, summer and fall.
It is incredible how much of an impact the short, cold days have on me, but with Spring comes the most incredible sunshine, and with the sunshine comes my bright, cheerful personality. Even in the midst of a small accident, I'm able to keep a positive outlook with the longer days God provides this time of year. My small accident happened back in mid to late January, but I kept telling myself it was nothing until I found myself sitting at my desk at work all but in tears. A mishap at the gym resulted in a partial tear of my rotator cuff. To provide some context for the pain, I reached across the sink to press down the soap pump and doubled over tearing up. Basically not a lot I can do with my left arm. That said, a partial tear was confirmed by MRI two weeks ago, and I start physical therapy (PT) this week. If I do PT faithfully and not things that hurt, there is a good prognosis; but who thinks pumping soap will hurt.....
Finding a smaller apartment is on the horizon. After much prayer, and lots of purging, we believe it is a great next step to downsize our apartment. Each time we find ourselves in a position to move, God goes before us. Although it is not a move from one side of the country to another, we believe his leading and trust him just as much with this shorter move. We are seeking a 1 or 1+ bedroom, no tandem parking, close to public transit, laundry on site and low rent; all by sometime in August/September. God says, "Ask and you shall receive..." (Mt. 7:7), so we ask you to pray with us as we ask God to lead us to the right place - Thanks!
Life has been busy as we continue to lay the foundation for Impact Ministries USA. Most of the work has been behind the scenes and "below the ground" work, which isn't flashy, but needs to be done in order to have a firm foundation to build upon. Gratefully, things have continued to drop in place step by step in God's perfect timing.
For the lenten season our pastor asked us to add something to our lives. He challenged us to either read through or listen to the entire New Testament. The UK Bible Society has put together 40 mp3 audio recordings that spanned the entire New Testament in about 30 minutes a day. It has been a great addition to my morning commute!
LIfe at MIT has hit a pretty good balance with regard to workload. I will be having my annual review sometime in April, which will be a time where my boss and I will discuss what the coming years look like as we move forward with Impact Ministries. You can keep that conversation in your prayers that we will be able to reach a "win/win" scenario that works for everyone.
Later this fall, we will have some additional travel to help promote Impact Ministries. Right now, it looks like we will be out in the Seattle area for Missions Fest Seattle in early October. At that point, I may also get the chance to head back up to Impact Ministries Canadian office for a joint board meeting. Then in early November I will likely travel to Lexington Kentucky for a large medical and dental conference with the goal of recruiting doctors and dentists to come to Guatemala and support the medical and dental clinic in Tactic.
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* The operating agreements between Impact Ministries Canada and Impact Ministries USA have been signed!
* We have had a great sermon series at church traveling through the whole Bible in 40 weeks.
* We have our own Impact Ministries sponsor child Alex in Gautemala and will get to see him again in June!
* Pray for our travel to Washington, DC and Guatemala. Pray that we will have a rejuvinating time in DC and effective ministry in Guatemala.
* Pray that we find a new smaller and less expensive apartment for the fall.
* Continue to pray that the 501c3 application, submitted to the IRS to receive tax exempt status on August 18th, is approved soon. The IRS is extremely backlogged and are just starting to review applications filed in August 2011.
* Pray for Candy as she does PT to help with her torn rotator cuff.
Pictures - You can always see more pictures by going to our website www.tcweaver1.com and clicking on the photos tab on the left hand side.
Local market stand
Our sponsor child Alex!
Impact Ministries students
Typical rural home
Oscar and his mom at their home
Girl in the marketplace
Three boys "ready to roll"
Praying for Danillo and his family
Boy in the marketplace
"Hug line" at the school
Jamie with her new best friend!
Calendar of Events
* April 12-16 - Washington, DC
* May 19 - Kling family reunion in PA
* June 12 - July 2 - Guatemala trip
* Aug - Moving to another apartment
* Oct - Seattle, WA - Missions Fest
* Nov - Lexington, KY - Medical conf.
* Nov 17-24 - PA Thanksgiving
* Dec hopefully some down time
* Dec 25 - Christmas in MA
* Dec 27 - Jan 1 - Urbana
* Impact Ministries
* Tim's Work