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A Day with Almost No Work

Today, I gave myself permission to take care of myself.  I was blessed by a lesson this morning from Philippians.  After church, I fixed a quick lunch of grilled cheese sandwich and fresh strawberries before going to a lecture and slide show about two of my favorite artists, Georgia O’Keefe, and the photographer, Ancil Adams.  I did a little packing preparing for my Aug. 11 departure for Romania. I rested, visited with friends of the family, had a long phone visit with our eldest son that blessed me greatly.

And now it is late, but I want to give you a word from the lesson this morning.  We can be encouraged because Scripture teaches us that we can choose intentional living – Phil. 3:10.  Do you remember Dan talking about choosing to be an intentional follower of Jesus?  We can choose to forget/let go/release what happened in our past, and reach for what is ahead. vs.13. Let go of disagreements with others, and unite with them, being “sweetly reasonable.”  Learn to be gracious; let go of thriving on strict justice.  We can have hope because the Lord is near to us.  By praying, letting God know what you need, you can have hope.  Let your mind dwell on those things that are excellent, worthy of praise.  And the God of Peace will be with you.  Philippians 3: 10 – 14, and Philippians 4:1-8.

I need peace.  I choose to follow the instructions in Phiippians.  Will you join me in this?  — Anne

Dan found peace in God's creation...the Romanian Alps, and good friends.

Dan found peace in God's creation...the Romanian Alps, and good friends.

When Samuel came all the way from Ghana to say, "I'll see you in the Morning," Dan felt a peace.  The two were very close brothers.

When Samuel came all the way from Ghana to say, "I'll see you in the Morning," Dan felt a peace. The two were very close brothers.

We often watched the sunset together - sharing the beauty of God's handiwork, brought us peace and joy.

We often watched the sunset together - sharing the beauty of God's handiwork, brought us peace and joy.

July 20, 2009 at 8:25 am 2 comments

And the Lord Said…

Today, when I asked God for a scripture that I need to hear, He gave me, “Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’ ” Acts 7:3. How fitting as I prepare to return to the place where Dan and I had our home…Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania.

I’m thankful that God is helping me go back to the work that He led us to begin 9 years ago in Romania. We went one or two times every year after that.  In 2007, we stayed 3 months.  That’s when He made it clear we were to move there.  In May, 2008, we made our residence there – our last home together, Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania.

Cancer took Dan to his Eternal Home in  June of this year.  I will be continuing our plan when I go back to our home town that God chose for us. Dan always said, “Like Abraham, we are pilgrims going where the Lord leads us.”    Our work is waiting for me to step back in and carry on.  Thank you, God.  — Anne

Romanian family beside the Agape Foundation building.  Our first classes were held in the area on the right hand side of the photo.

Romanian family beside the Agape Foundation building. Our first classes were held in the area on the right hand side of the photo.

Romania Is a Beautiful Country

Romania Is a Beautiful Country

Dan, Huba, Monica (school psychologist, & Anne by the front door to the apartment building in Sfantu Gheorghe where we took up temporary residence for almost a decade!

Dan, Huba, Monica (school psychologist), & Anne by the front door to the apartment building in Sfantu Gheorghe where we took up temporary residence for almost a decade!

July 19, 2009 at 6:51 am Leave a comment

Every Day Has Challenges and Blessings

God is always good, watching over us in the good times and the bad times.  Today, He helped me stay calm even though the path is far from smooth.  Looking in Dan’s wonderful files, I found the Mission Budget Report for 2008, color coded, just the neatest thing!  Then taking my pencil in hand, I did it the old fashioned way, and prepared my estimated Mission Budget for the rest of the year.  WHEW!

The FedEX man finally came and picked up the 5 boxes – 145 lbs – of clothing and medical equipment I shipped to Searcy for the container going to Romania.  FedEX must not need my business.  It took some doing to get the computer to print the labels (remember the pop up blocker had to be disabled?).  The first night, the order did not go through.  Then, when it did reach FedEx, the driver just did not come. Oh, well…several more phone calls and he came.

I’m very sad to report that my sweet friend, Debbie G, lost her dad last night.  We talked a long time on the phone today.  I think it helped both of us.  God brought us together long ago because He knew we needed each other.

My Bogi Skyped me from Munich today, and sent me the invitation to their church wedding in Sfantu Gheorghe…2 days after I arrive in town!  She gleefully said, “I told you so!  I told you so!  God heard our prayers.  You will be at our wedding!”  (I think she said more words than that.)  Considering how difficult it was in the beginning to find upgradeable tickets…and then the last time I called, there were seats to get me there.  Do you see, God answers prayers.

I know, you may be thinking, “He did not answer prayers to heal Dan.”  Oh, but yes, He did!  Dan is well, strong, at peace, full of joy, Home to suffer never again…healed for Eternity.  God always answers prayers.  It just that sometimes His answer is not exactly what we had in mind.

Bogi and Torsten happy together!

Bogi and Torsten happy together!

God is always good. — Anne

Psychologists, Social Worker took training from Anne in Sfantu Gheorghe, RO

Psychologists, Social Worker took training from Anne in Sfantu Gheorghe, RO

You can help the Romanian children have medical help

You can help the Romanian children have medical help

Dan with Rodger, Judy and Alva - LST Team

Dan with Rodger, Judy and Alva - LST Team

July 18, 2009 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

Special Blessings Today

Today God smoothed the path so I could reserve Round Trip tickets for my mission trip to Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, departing San Francisco Aug. 11, returning Nov. 28.  I will fly direct from SFO to Amsterdam, and then on to Bucharest. The trip will only be 15 1/2 hours long all the way to Bucharest. It normally takes 18 hours just to get to Amsterdam. The return trip will be just a reverse – Bucharest to Amsterdam, then direct from AMS to SFO. That will help in many ways.

The curious thing to me is that it doesn’t cost any more to fly from SFO than it does to fly from DFW to Bucharest.  I had air miles to upgrade to Business Class for the entire trip. Blessings abound –  God helped me finish planning the budgets. God gave me reservations that are a dream trip.  God is good.  I’m going to celebrate with chocolate ice cream now!

This morning, God gave me these special scriptures that carried me the entire day — Psalms 40:16,17, “May all who seek you, God, rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, ‘The Lord be exalted!’    Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me.  You are my help and my deliverer.  O my God, do not delay.”  Psalm 41:1, “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times of trouble.”  Psalm 42: 11, “Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God for I will yet praise him, my Savour and my God.”

Also, Psalm 43: 2,3, “…Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?  Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me.  Let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.”  Psalm 44: 3, “It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory.  It was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” — Anne

Rosemarie and I met to discuss the September LST trip to Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania. This will be her 3rd Let's Start Talking trip to SG.

Rosemarie and I met to discuss the September LST trip to Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania. This will be her 3rd Let's Start Talking trip to SG.

Dan, Zsuzsa, Attila enjoy the beautiful Fall colors at St. Ann Lake

Dan, Zsuzsa, Attila enjoy the beautiful Fall colors at St. Ann Lake

Alva returns with the September LST Team.  Rodger is coming again with the October Team!

Alva returns with the September LST Team. Rodger is coming again with the October Team!

July 17, 2009 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

Each Day Has Troubles Enough of It’s Own

Learning to be a widow is a challenge.  There is still so much paperwork, so many people and companies to notify, so many things to do.  Just learning how to do all the things Dan took care of is overwhelming. I am thankful that one child is helping me with  this.  I am so thankful that Dan and I went through all of our possessions and got rid of them while he was still alive and in good health.

The experiences I am having makes me have even more sympathy for single moms.  The road I am forced to travel is light compared to the life they have most of the time.  The only way I am going to make it through this difficult time is to practice daily Philippians 4:6 – 9, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

“Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  Paul goes on to say, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.”  This is the road to true peace.  — Anne

Come, sit with me, and enjoy the lovely Zsugash Valley on the edge of Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania.

Come, sit with me, and enjoy the lovely Zsugash Valley on the edge of Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania.

July 16, 2009 at 7:00 am 1 comment

In Memory of Dan, Part 7

100 Little Thoughts About God,

Man and Society

about subjects I had the privilege to discuss with my dear friend Dan Boyd during 48 years

By Dr. Dick van Geet, Utrecht, Holland

Dick & Dan talked while hiking in the Austrian Alps

Dick & Dan talked while hiking in the Austrian Alps

“FATHER IN HEAVEN OR UNCLE IN HEAVEN

1. Are we taking ‘Our Father in Heaven really serious ?

It is prayed all around the world every (sun)day: ‘our father in heaven…’. But do we really believe such a thing ? How seriously are we taking it ?

A father is the source and cause of your existence. Someone whose characteristics you have inherited, whose genes you received. Do we really believe that ? Or do we only believe in someone who takes good care of us, who protects us and maybe guides us ? Of course the latter is of the utmost importance. But a father is more. Aren’t we in fact praying: ‘Our good uncle in heaven… ?’ Maybe we only start realizing who we really are when we start considering our Father in heaven as our real Father and live in accordance with the One we stem from. Until that moment we just remain part of the earth.

2. For someone who had terrible experiences with his (earthly) father it might be hard to have any positive association with the idea of a father at all: it is connected with huge negative thoughts; the word father is almost synonymous with the word tyrant. For him or her more ‘mother-type religions’ might be more attractive.

3. Maybe we should substitute praying ‘give us today our daily bread’ for ‘give the hungry people daily bread and save us for our eating-seduction.’

4. Some people say: ’children are punished because of the sins of their fathers’. But how could they say such a thing if they also state that God is our Father. By definition He has no sins!


FREEDOM

1.  Free Will and Determinism are not contradictions.

2.  Trying to do the will of God is not slavery.

3.  Stimulating other people (children, friends, subordinated, etc. to think and act freely should not be confused with expecting them to use their free will by thinking and doing as we would like them to do.”

This concludes the thoughts so lovingly contributed by our dear friend, Dr. Dick van Geet, with whom we have shared so much.  Thank you, Dick and Hanny, for standing by us, encouraging us all these years.  — Anne

ABOUT ANNE – Today I actually got out of the house to run errands.  The drive was pleasant, but suddenly I felt so sad without Dan beside me.  Peet’s coffee tasted good, but memories of sitting at sidewalk cafes, drinking coffee with Dan flooded my mind.  I cried the entire time the car was going through the car wash.  There is no way to schedule tears.  Rejecting tears can drown a person. Thank you, Father, for helping me make it through this. — Anne

July 15, 2009 at 6:21 am 3 comments

In Memory of Dan, Part 6

100 Little Thoughts About God,

Man and Society

By Dr. Dick van Geet, Utrecht, Holland

Dr. Dick van Geet

Dr. Dick van Geet

ETERNAL CREATURES

We say about ourselves (and other human beings): ‘When I was 20 years old…’. Or: ‘when I went to China in 1995’ etc. But how can we say such a thing ? Who is this I ? No single cell in our body is the same as when I was twenty. Or when I went to China. Or when I was a child etc. So was this no other man ? No, the remarkable thing is: how much I might have changed, how much my body is totally different, it was nevertheless me. It was the same person. A  person basically remains unchanged. Does this not convincingly prove  that we not fall together with our bodies, but that we transcend our bodies ? That we are more than bodies and in fact eternal creatures ?

ETERNAL LIFE

If life would end with death, if there is no eternal life, in the last resort everything is meaningless.

ETERNITY

Eternity should not be confused with a ‘very long time’. It is timelessness and that is a thing we cannot imagine.

EVIL

1. An apple that has fallen from a tree will start rotting after some time.The same might happen to us and to our thinking and behaving if we fall from our Tree.

2. Don’t say people don’t have love. On the contrary, most of them have plenty of it. If you watch man carefully you will see that most people love themselves with their whole mind, their whole heart and their whole soul. Loving yourself is good, but if that is all and nothing is left for God and your neighbour we have arrived at the basic cause and principle of all evil.

EVOLUTION

According to evolution theory our senses and brains are just accidental products of evolution. But tell me, with what did we invent this very theory itself ? Yes, with  these accidental products. Formulated otherwise: if evolution had turned out a bit differently – and why shouldn’t it  – our senses and brains would have been differently and we might have invented a completely different theory ! So how could this theory claim absolute truth ? Is the evolution theory hence not contradictory in itself ?

About Anne –  today was a better day, sun all day, worked indoors on notifying agencies and companies, and  Social Security that Dan has passed from this life.  It took 4 phone calls and an 8 minute wait before I spoke with anyone at So.Sec. (It was very painful, but the calls have to be made.) I also had to stop a charge on Dan’s credit card that someone we don’t know made today.  But I did get outside at 5 p.m. for a 45 minute walk in the sun.  I’m okay.  I work awhile, then I cry a little, then I work some more, and then I cry some more.  God will help me through this. — Anne

After a 45 minute hike up a trail above a sheer cliff, the van Geets and Boyds had lunch in Austria.

After a 45 minute hike up a trail above a sheer cliff, Dick took a photo of Hanny, Dan and Anne where we had lunch in Austria.

Dick and Dan out for a walk near Groebmning, Austria.

Dick and Dan out for a walk near Groebmning, Austria.

July 14, 2009 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

In Memory of Dan, Part 5

100 Little Thoughts About God,

Man and Society

by Dr. Dick van Geet, Utrecht, Holland

“Anne,  How nice that you include some ‘little thoughts’ in your blogs! It would even be nicer if there might come any reactions. Especially critical ones would be most welcome, like Dan and I also not always had identical opinions (although we shared quite a lot of convictions). And we could really talk about everything !  — Dick”

DIMENSIONS

1. How many dimensions ?

We know three dimensions. But maybe there ‘are’ much more dimensions than we think, maybe 4, or 5. Or 10 or 100. Why strictly speaking not ? We should realize we have been created in a special way, why should we have been created in such a way that we are capable of seeing all there is ? Therefore we should not be surprised that we cannot see God. Or just see him in a way that is comparable with the way a one- or two-dimensional being sees us: as a flat creature. If this possibility cannot be excluded, it also means that God could guide us in a way we are not capable to understand. Even if it looks at first sight unreasonable or unfair. When you look from below to a lighthouse you get the impression that someone is constantly turning the light on and off; from ‘below’ you can’t see what really happens.

2. There has often been a lot of talk about the ‘fourth dimension‘; especially since Einstein. What about the idea that the Spirit and the Guidance of God is this dimension, being a decisive factor underlying the whole three-dimensional reality ?

DISTANCE TO GOD

If space is just an element of the creation and doesn’t exist outside it, this would mean that God could be unendlessly near to us.

EDUCATION

1. A possible danger of religious education could be that answers are given before the questions have come up. Hence the answers could have less power. Only he who has been terribly thirsty can really understand the meaning of water.

2. Asking more from a child than corresponds with his capabilities (e.g. by choosing a too difficult school) means critizing the way he or she is created and hence critisizing God

THE END OF TIME

If time is only existing on this earth, it would mean that there is no time difference between the coming of Christ at the end of history and in our personal life (after our death). The point of time of our death is the same as  the end of history; everything occurs in the same ‘moment.’  The ‘death’ will not have to wait.”

About Anne –  I have so much paper work to do – notify Social Security, Medicare, our secondary health insurance company, and on and on and on.  Tears come easily, but I do not sit in a dark room crying day and night. Some work, some tears – God will help me get to where He wants me to be.  — Anne

Jesus calmed the waves in the sea...and now calms the storms in our lives.

Jesus calmed the waves in the sea...and now calms the storms in our lives.

July 13, 2009 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

In Memory of Dan, Part 4

100 Little Thoughts about God,

Man and Society

by Dr. Dick van Geet, Utrecht, Holland

COMPARISON

 1. We know that different things could not be compared; like we say: ‘one cannot compare pears with apples’. But although we state that every man and every woman is unique we nevertheless compare ourself constantly with others! 

 2. Who stops comparing himself with others will make his life a lot happier.

 

DEATH

1. We do not really believe in death.

Mortality of man is an obvious thing. But sometimes we seem hardly to realize that we will die ourself one day. That is something for other people.

 2. Death is both natural and unnatural.

 3. A true religion should encompass an explanation of everything (insofar understandable for human beings). Especially of finiteness: why something like ‘death’ exists. Christianity includes this explanation; most other religions just start reasoning from death as a given fact. This means they are reasoning on the basis of too few dimensions.

 4. Why is death necessary?

Evil is inherent to mankind. This means that if men would live forever on this earth, evil would get a permanent, absolute, everlasting, undestroyable status. In the end the evil would, like weeds, overgrow everything. It would be hard to live forever in an evil world,  The endless imperfect would be impossible to endure. That is why death became necessary in the moment that evil came into the world.

 5. Dying means that my body is no longer capable to hold me.

 6. Is it not illogical if people who say that they believe firmly in heavenly beatitude are afraid of death ?

 (to be continued)

About Anne –  Today when I took a break from all the accounting work, I took a walk along the path Scott made for Dan in the garden beside the house.  I came upon the tree swing.  I sat down and began to swing…remembering the many times over the years that Dan and I had taken walks in parks where we sat in the swings, swinging high.  I loved the swinging more than Dan did.  Often he would push me.  But swinging is a significant part of my life.  As all those memories began to come, the locked up tears began to flow.  I will return to that swing more often. — Anne

 

The latest fashion in the 70's...sideburns and polyester plaid suits.

The latest fashion in the 70's...sideburns and polyester plaid suits.

 

Grandson asked, "Who is that?"  Why, it's Dan & Anne at the Rancho Mirage, CA, Ritz Carlton, in the early 70's!

Grandson asked, "Who is that?" Why, it's Dan & Anne at the Rancho Mirage, CA, Ritz Carlton, in the early 70's!

July 11, 2009 at 6:00 am 1 comment

IN MEMORY OF DAN, Part 3

100 LITTLE THOUGHTS ABOUT GOD,

MAN AND SOCIETY

by Dr. Dick van Geet, Utrecht, Holland (con’t.)

 

CHRIST

 Jesus is either the Son of God or he is a  betrayer. There is no middle course. A prophet can be mistaken, but not someone who says he comes from heaven. He knows what he is saying and if this is not true he is just a betrayer or mentally ill. But is it ever seen that the prophecies of a betrayer or a fool come true or that he can do miracles ?

 

CHRISTIANITY

 Agreed, Christianity looks like a strange ‘answer’ to the human situation. But what could we expect: if we really reflect on our very situation, is it not still much stranger? The mere fact that we exist, that anything exists at all, is that not inconceivable mystery ? And that we don’t know why ? And that we only live so very short, in a transitory body and soon will have to leave  this world ?  Maybe we should rather mistrust all easy answers to such a complicated ‘question’ !

 

Christianity and other religions.

 1. Maybe the characteristics of and differences between the religions become most clear if we ask where they consider God to be, what his location is. Some say: on holy places. Others: in the nature (or even the sun). Or: In heaven. Or: in all that is living. Or: in every human being etc. Only Christianity says: everywhere but especially in men and women that are suffering and need help.

 2. If you like to get more information about a remote, far-away country, where no one has ever been what would you do ? You could make a lot of investigations by reading books with speculations about that country. Or try to get more insight from radio-messages and other signals or by computer-simulations etc. But suppose you  would meet someone who says he has always lived there. Wouldn’t it not make more sense to ask him how the country is like, where it lays and how you could get there ?

 

CHRISTIANS

 Anyone who calls himself a Christian should be asked to make clear what he exactly means by saying such a thing. What it is he really believes. Only if we do so. we might hope for sensible discussions.

 

CHURCH

 Those who are visting their church every sunday but never bring the things they hear there into practice are like people who take swimming lessons all their life but never go into the water. They are like people who visit their doctor every week but never bring his instructions into practice.

(to be continued)

A Shepherd Comforts Anne

A Shepherd Comforts Anne before the Memorial Service

 

Grandchildren came to honor Dan at the Memorial Service

Grandchildren came to honor Dan at the Memorial Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT ANNE –

Today I finished unpacking the suitcases just in time to unpack two boxes of Dan’s files that we packed one week ago in Texas.  I washed clothes, looked at photos from 30 years ago. One photo of us taken at the Ritz Csrlton in Rancho Mirage during a trip Dan won through outstanding sales for the year.  I think Dan and I looked really good, but our grandson asked, “Who is that???”  Oh, well…….

Tonight, I’ll finish opening mail.  For years Dan took care of  business mail, bookkeeping.  I did that for the first 9 years of our marriage.  But when we were missionaries, our income never covered the cost of living in Holland after we had our third child.  The cost of living continued to rise as it always does…our meager salary remained the same for the entire 5 years we were in Holland.  I could not stand the strain of running out of money each month.  Finally, Dan took it on.  The solution – he made our first bank loan.  We had to help finance our work so we could have the necessities of life.  

Now I have everything I need, but I don’t have Dan.  Scripture says God is husband of the widows.  I trust Him. — Anne

July 10, 2009 at 5:08 am 1 comment

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