Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Be Not Dismayed...

The words of an old hymn came to my mind as I was starting this post...

"Be not dismayed what e'er betide
God will take care of you
Beneath His wings of love abide
God will take care of you."

There has been no improvement in Lance's condition. Thank you so much for praying and please don't stop! Lance has a wonderful attitude and says that he just wants God to use him however He needs to. All the nurses fight over him because he knows all their names and how many kids they have--takes a genuine interest in them. That's Lance... He's always thinking about someone else. They are in the midst of a fiery trial but God is taking care of them and holding them tight.

While our hearts are heavy for Lance, God has given us a sweet gift by showing us how He is taking care of Ryan.

Ryan is allowed to have his cell phone now (yay!). I try not to pester him with constant texts and calls. ha. I called him on Sunday afternoon and asked what he was doing. To my surprise, he said, 'I'm at a Christian camp.'


How did he get permission to leave the base? He was told he wouldn't be allowed to leave for the first four weeks.

Well...it seems that there is a church near the base that has a ministry to the soldiers. If the soldiers ask the Army Chaplain, they are granted permission to leave the base for this activity. The ministry operates a camp where the soldiers can pay $15 for the weekend and come there for a soft, comfy bed and home cooked meals. They supply spiritual food for the guys too, and allow them to rest and relax in a calm, woodsy atmosphere. Ryan sounded so good--so refreshed--and relieved to be able to be there. I know it is an oasis for him. There had been one spot available by the time he found out about it, and he got it! The camp is available 3 weekends a month and Ryan is going to try to go each time it is available. He said they also gave the soldiers a directory of other camps because they operate near many of the bases in the US and even some in other countries. I cannot begin to tell you how it helped his Mama's heart to know that he has a sanctuary to go to where he can be ministered to. God is so good.

The kids have been really missing him. I hear a half dozen wails a day of, "I miss Ryan." They can't wait to see him again.

Until we see him again...we can rest in the knowledge that God is "watching over those who are watching over us."


trustandobey said...

I am so encouraged, Karin! Yeah that Ryan was able to find this ministry and may God bless those who are running it!
Still praying for your BIL, he sounds like quite a guy! Keep us updated!

Shonni said...

What a perfect t-shirt...I am so sorry about Lance and will keep praying for him and ya'll.

Kim K. said...

Prayers still flowing for your BIL. I'm so excited to learn of Ryan's opportunity to attend Christian camp. I love today's blog pics. Especially YOU, Karin.

PS. I think of you and Katie every time we drive to UofM Hospital. We're heading back there on Friday with the girls to see Chris's mom.

sara said...

still praying for Lance.

how awesome is God?!!! and what an amazing ministry! I KNOW that soothed your heart!!!

Cari said...

If that ain't a proud mama in the last picture!! Love it...actually all the pics. It's amazing to see how God is providing for Ryan even the "spiritual food and rest" that he needs. PTL

Praying for B-I-L!

James, Dawn and Family said...

Awesome! GOD is soo good.

Dana said...

Oh what a BLESSING to those soldiers! That is an incredible ministry! So glad you get to talk to him easier.

Your family is so beautiful! (I say that a lot don't I? LOL)

Adeye said...

Oh my goodness, my friend, praying for your dear BIL!

Wow, those pics are absolutely stunning. So wonderful. Thrilled for your boy :)

Thank you for your love and support, it means the world to me.

Love and biggest hugs from the Ukraine.

Jean said...

What a blessing to know that he can go there for some peace and time with our Lord- not to mention a comfy bed and good food!

Continuing to pray for Lance.

Waitingfaithfully said...


I read your post last night, but didn't have time to comment . . .

I was driving down the road today (alone--very rare), and I started thinking about Ryan, and the camp, and about what that opportunity for HIM--does for YOUR mamas heart (so comforting)! And I started smiling really BIG, just me, driving down the road in my van-- alone. I promise I was smiling about you, and Ryan, and the camp--not because I was alone in my van!

Thank you Lord for Ryan's oasis. Thank you for those who minister to our soldiers--please bless them big!

Love from Texas ~


~ Praying for Lances healing.

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

I love the shirt...and what a blessing to hear that Ryan was at a Christian camp...and I can't wait until Caleb has his cell phone.
Only 15 more days until I hug his neck!!!!!!!!!!!!