Monday, November 4, 2013

To Blog or not to Blog

                                                             Blog Beginning - August 2008
To blog or not to blog, that is the question”.  I’ve been pondering this question for almost a year now. The short of it is … no more!  This will be a farewell to any who have read this blog over the past five years.

When we came to the Dominican Republic in 2008 to teach in a Christian school, the time frame was two years.  Although we didn’t need financial support we counted on the prayers of many people that knew why we came and wanted to pray for us.  The blog was a practical (albeit impersonal) solution to keep supporters informed.

When the Lord in his mercy resolved our daughter’s situation and an opportunity presented itself to have our daughter-in-law and two grandchildren live with us here in the DR to learn English, we extended our stay one more year and continued our blog for the same reason.  Then a curious thing happened.

As my wife and I prayed and discussed about what to do with the rest of our time on this earth, it occurred to us that, Lord willing, this location may well be the best place for us to accomplish our goals at this time.

                That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men
                but to the will of God.  But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober
                and watch unto prayer.                      
                                                                  I Peter 4:2,7

These verses helped me to decide what to do.  I want to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness by taking the greatest opportunity afforded by health and circumstances at the time.  For us it appears that this job is the answer to that.  It gives an income which we can live on in this country, and also a chance to share Christ on a consistent basis in my classroom.

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, 
which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be
          born; which should arise and declare them to their children: that they might set their

          hope in God …                                  
                                                               Psalm 78:5,6,7a


These verses continue to be the heart throb of our true ministry ... which has been and always will be our children and grandchildren.  With this in focus, the reason for working at this school has shifted from a temporary status to more of an ongoing-once-a-year decision whether to stay or leave.  Unfortunately, our three children live in three different countries in the world and it takes a bit more creativity and resources than a traditional retirement could give us.  So we currently view it as the best way to be involved in our grandchildren’s lives.  At first this blog was to report on a specific situation … how is our daughter doing?  Now that it is over, our position has taken on a more normal-looking situation which does not seem to justify a blog entry.

A second reason has also been considered.  In this age of internet crime, both of perverted individuals and a snooping  government, my wife and I are no longer comfortable about posting personal stories and pictures for the world to see … especially of the family we love.  Our communication will now have to be on a smaller scale … and, well, more old fashioned.

Scattered throughout the city of Santiago here in the Dominican Republic are many of these piles of rock and rubble.  Usually found near a river or other convenient place to dispose of construction debris, it is one of the more creative ways for city workers to clean up the area.  Each time I see one it reminds me of a sacrificial altar .. and even a Stone of Ebenezer.
May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you as you decide how best to “live the rest of (your) time in the flesh”.  And thank you for your prayers.  This blog will end the way it started five years ago ...  with the lesson which I have learned through experience: God is truly “A Stone of Ebenezer” … a stone of help.

                 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…  

                                                           Deuteronomy 33:27

Blog Ending - November 2013

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