We're kinda family...Someone recently said, “You need to do a letter with family news.”
Since we know almost everyone on our mailing list and we’ve followed each other and our kids through the years, I guess we’re kinda family. So I’ll catch you up on our family news.
Kids and grandkids…
Son Jesse and Michelle live in Abbotsford, British Columbia. After several years as a project manager for building and renovating Starbucks coffee shops he went on his own. Now he’s in demand for managing renovations and new stores in local malls. He also refinishes furniture.
Michelle is always busy with “tweens” Caleb and Mykah, and Lincoln (3) and Trinity (11 months).
Pete has a workshop in Vancouver where he builds beautiful hardwood furniture and thick wooden slab tables. (http://woodpower.ca/) His specialty is high-quality tracing tables for tattoo shops. To help establish his business he works two-weeks-in-and-one-week-out in the northern Alberta tar sands camps building forms for concrete construction.
Steve lives here in Sumas. He works at the lumber mill and is a busy single dad for 3-year-old Seth. He’s made some difficult but right decisions over the last few years. It’s tough being a single dad, but Seth is the apple of his eye.
How sad...yesterday I witnessed a loud and vulgar argument between a man and woman during the weekend exchange of their son. As the father sped off with the boy he kept screaming back at her, “I hate you! I hate you! I hate you!” I though, “Seth, you are so blessed.
Raman lives 25 miles away near the ocean in Blaine, WA. She is an account executive for a mid-sized trucking firm that transports produce north to Washington and Canada. Because she is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, and because they contract many Punjabi-speaking drivers, she negotiates trucking rates with the Punjabi drivers for each load and ensures they get to their destinations.
We’re proud of what each of them has done and excited about the futures they are building. All four are very hard workers and well respected. Just as you do for your kids, we pray daily for God’s protection and guidance in their lives.
Debbie takes care of Seth while Steve works. That’s a steady labor of love. Three-year-olds have two speeds…full speed and sleep.
And they have interesting conversations:
“Seth, come here!”
“Okay, then come here.”
And somehow she still fits in all her other housework and projects.
Me? I’m just recovering from a lower back strain and inflammation that put me on my hands and knees for a week. (Seth couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t play horsey!) Jess and I made some handsome ‘antique’ wooden crutches.
While still on crutches we flew to Florida for a Port of Hope Director’s meeting and I had planned to drive a small U-Haul back with the last of our Florida items. (We sold our “Florida office” travel trailer.) Debbie had to return by air. I thought 5 days driving would be a killer. By the time I left I was off the crutches and sitting still for 16 hours a day was a blessing in disguise. And there was beauty every mile of the way across America.
To save money coming back I ‘cooked’ two meals a day on the truck’s engine. I thought it was quite clever until Raman texted me, “You are weird dad, LOL.”
My back is improving. Debbie is busy with her flowers and now the garden is coming in. Company coming this month, too. Many thanks to my friend Davis for visiting the ships while I was away.
There you have it.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayers and giving. It’s tough to stay afloat these days, but we are more excited than ever about what’s happening with our little ministry.
Yours in Christ, Phil
Director, Port of Hope Ministries
PS: Sneak peek…On the way back I stopped and met with the missions team at a church in a port city that is keen on starting a local ministry to seafarers. Right now they are evaluating the task and measuring their resources. Good idea…that’s scriptural (Luke 14:28-31). We’ll keep you posted.