June Conchshell Chronicles 2016
As some of you may know, I published a book in December called Echoes Into Eternity. I wrote Echoes in 2005 as the curriculum for our Deep Water Discipleship in Nicaragua. Last year I gave a copy of the notes to a friend who read it and asked me where she could purchase another copy. When I told her it was not in book form, she asked “Why not?”
Thus began a few months of reading notes I had written ten years earlier, and I realized how much I had “forgotten” about discipleship, and how much I had changed in that decade in my understanding of my relationship with my Lord. That caused a massive rewrite focusing on the relational aspects of discipleship, not just the principles. I was also reminded of many lessons that the Lord taught me years ago.
A few weeks ago, I felt like my Boss directed me to revisit Living in the Spiritual World, a book which I published in 2004, and get it re-published. Funny thing, the same thing is happening. I am being reminded of many of the principles that I learned through my life as a missionary pilot in Honduras who was involved in starting a school project in one of the most remote corners of the planet. It seems like I have “forgotten” many of these since I published Living in 2004. Maybe it’s because of now living much of my life in the U.S. Maybe I have gotten more comfortable in my lifestyle. Maybe I’m just plain lazy these days.
You know what? I have realized that writing these two books, and the third one that is part of this series (The Vision Behind The Verses), is mostly for my benefit. I am having moments alone with my Lord and finding myself reliving many of the experiences that taught me the reality of Living in the Spiritual World.
Reminders are good! I need repetition! I sometimes take for granted what the Lord has done in my life. It’s so interesting to me that I’m getting the benefit of writing these books all over again. What’s even more interesting is where I find myself in life, and how these lessons apply.
Re-reading the chapter on Angelic Beings, I can see very plainly that we have been under serious spiritual attack. Truman and I, and now his wife Mirna have been having health issues that need attention. Not a coincidence. We need your prayers.
Our café ministry is growing, and we are having many of our young team members suddenly realize the deep purposes of showing our friends the way to Heaven. Our culture seems to be veering away from God-centered living toward a focus on personal pleasure and preference. How are we to make a difference?
By having our feet planted firmly on Earth while at the same time having our mind in Heaven.
We are off to Utila this month. The Bagby Family will be running the café on this western Caribbean island until the middle of August. It’s a time we all look forward to. My daughters are more mature, and more aware of the distractions of the island lifestyle. How will they reach out to those who walk through the gate every day? How will I?
When I think about the scope of what the Lord has entrusted to us, I am very surprised, awed, overwhelmed, and honored that He would consider using us. That’s when He reminds me that He is the one that is really doing it, and that you and I are along for the ride, and learning so much about Him and ourselves in the process. That is what the purpose of ministry is really all about. We all get changed in the process.
I thank God for this experience that He has given me with many of you over these years. When I visit our schools on the Rio Coco and speak with the parents of our current students, I realize that we have made a difference there. These same parents were our students a decade or two ago. It’s amazing to me!
We are on an adventure, and it continues to build momentum. Through writing these book it seems like I’m in a “remedial training cycle” for this next phase. It’s good. Thanks for being with us! Truman and all my friends in Nicaragua appreciate you all! Michael
We celebrated Father’s day early this year since only Arielle and Moselle will be with us on Utila when the special day occurs. Mikaela and Lukas thought (once again) how fun it would be to bring home another animal that was in distress and in need of a home. They came over to the house to celebrate their father and to give him their cards and gifts…Mik walked into the house with her brother, Luk, grinning ear to ear…Air and Moz were excited as well as Mik carried in a suspicious looking box. Michael and I both said in unison, “NOOOO, we are not gonna open that box!”
“Open it , Poppy….OPEN IT!!!!!”, the kids all pleaded. He opened it and out popped a tiny, extra cute, and cuddly kitten .
Michael said, “No, we are not keeping this cat!!!” I said, “I AM NOT TOUCHING IT, I AM NOT TOUCHING IT, I DON’T WANT TO PET IT.”
Then amidst all the squealing and noises they put the kitten on the ground and I just could not restrain myself and picked it up and began talking to the live furry ball of goodness with my usual stupid high pitched voice when I think something is so adorable that I can’t stand it. I was snagged once again….as usual. The care giving maniac can’t get enough of holding that little bundle of soft joy inducing cuteness.
We have also caught the “No, we are not keeping the cat person” totally cuddling and falling asleep with the little calming ball of fur.”
So, for this week before we leave for Utila, we are caring for the kitten & getting more and more attached and connected to her. She follows us around the house, sits and just stare up at us with those cute eyes or plays right where we are standing. It takes a lot of self control not to pick her up and love on her. It is a crazy phenomenon as we fall more and more in love with her.
My memory banks are full of moments of my feeling completely enamored with my own little ones at their various stages of life. The sensation of being completely in awe of their cuteness and my crushing my teeth together so hard that it makes my jaw pop out….somehow thinking this will keep me from squeezing them too hard or munching them up completely. The love that they provoke in me always had me making high pitch noises and sounds.
I remember often sitting with each one of them in my lap and we would just stare at one another or play little hand or feet games with a song or two. I would make them run really fast in place with their tiny feet in my hands and soon they were running on their own racing one another outside to get their wiggles out. I would run them with competitions to wear them out (good trick) and we would have “who can dive the best and most creatively in the pool?” games where they would be scored by the “Judge” (me)…they would always strive for 10’s of course, but those were hard to come by. My personal favorite till this day is “peek a boo”…something that you can’t really do with a kitten, but all of my babies loved it…..
However, no matter what and with who …..I notice we are always trying to make these experiences and connection points with living matter. The desire to love, to care and be cared for is a deep sensation within that breeds great satisfaction and memories after the moment passes. I realized that at this juncture of life I find great joy and satisfaction in the things I do that “connect” me and make experiences a part of my heart felt memory banks.
So much on this side of heaven takes away from those connection inducing experiences with loved ones…the distraction of technology, tasks, going, doing, accomplishing, getting the job done, etc.
I watch people daily stare at their phone rather than interact with those around them…lost moments to experience connection with the present. I realize how intentional I have to be in my interaction because the older I get the more rapidly I feel time flies.
With our little kitten, I am seizing my moments of cuddle connection time for the next few days. Lukas reminded me last night…”when you get back from Utila, she will be double the size so enjoy her now “.
Lukas kissed my forehead and left and I thought, “I remember like yesterday how I would tell myself the same thing when he was a little lad.”
My mom would always say, “TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE.” I really get that now….more than ever. Laura
1) Mirna Cunningham is in treatment at the hospital in Managua with kidney and female problems.
2) Arielle, Moselle, Laura & Michael Bagby are serving at the Utila café along with our Israeli volunteer Gal. Mikaela, Lukas, and Laura Herald are managing the Vero café for the summer.
3) Nutie & Tom Keogh are back in Waspam working with our teachers and pastors on the Coco River.
4) Seek The Lamb is purchasing a new truck to replace the worn out one bought in 2005.
5) We have begun the expansion of our kitchen in the ministry house in Utila.
Spiritual Arrows: Your Prayer are Powerful!
Your spiritual arrows have a major effect on our ministry!
Please pray that:
1) Good Health for Mirna, Truman, Michael, and our missionaries. We have needs.
2) God will send us more missionaries for the Café ministry.
3) Provide the money for the new truck we are buying.
4) Open Door for the ministry on Utila.
We appreciate all your prayers.
How Can You Help This Month
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Thanks for spending time with us this month!