Saturday, August 29, 2009
What an end to summer!!!! We have been living at Gleanings for the Hungry in Sultana CA since end of July. This is what happens in the summer here. A group of young adults spend their summer working in the fields of central CA to process peaches! Teams come in for stays of usually one week to assist in this HUGE task. Millions of pounds of dried fruit, mainly peaches and nectarines, will be shipped all over the world. Here is the real cool part about the whole deal. Seeing the young and old, black, white, yellow, red, male, female, rich, broke, community groups, local people who just want to help, every denomination coming together to serve the Lord by processing the food for "the least of these". Now that is just the summer. During the fall is when the Veggie Plant opens and nutritious high-protein dry soup mix will be processed. This 23 acre development produces millions and millions of pounds of food, nutritious, nonperishable food! Ok, something else, we have all seen different results from the economy and our local farmers, growers down here have really struggled. I have so much respect for them! We were able to process more fruit this year then last! The donations of buckets, lids, workers, are so numerous I can not list them all here. It shows me how when the church gets out of the building and into the fields, working together regardless of denomination and getting it done for the Lord's children. James 1:27 states a religion our Father finds pure and faultless is this LOOK AFTER ORPHANS AND WIDOWS IN THEIR DISTRESS and don't forget to finish reading the verse AND KEEPING ONE FROM BEING POLLUTED BY THE WORLD. I have been struggling with the "pollution" part. I have been having trouble sleeping and found out I could watch TV on the computer. One night before I knew it I had watched 3 hrs of mindless, pointless, programs, still not asleep. Last night I read some, watched some programs on You-Tube, and finally remembered it might be a good idea to pray. My body relaxed (not immediately) and then I was able to get 4 hrs of sound sleep.
I wanted to share from my heart, thank you to all of those who keep us in your prayers and read our updates. Sometimes it gets a little lonely. Russ, Lian and I have decided to live here at Gleanings for probably about 2 years. This will give us time to get here settled in home-schooling, us connected with relationships we have begun down here. We will still be going overseas during this time but probably for no longer then 2-3 months. Lian is thriving here, playing outside everyday, all day, meeting new people every week showing them around, doing her chores, She is so beautiful.
Well now I am getting mushy. I miss you guys, family, friends.
Our new mailing address is PO Box 309 Sultana, CA 93666. Hope to hear from you soon
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