We’ve been studying Hebrews 11 with our church the last several weeks. This last Sunday we studied Sarah. What was so impressive about Sarah? She waited. She waited 90 long years until God fulfilled His promise of a child. And because she was faithful to wait upon the Lord, we study about her thousands of years later. She is counted among so many great men in the “Hall of Faith.” Nathan pointed out that so many of the people listed in the “Hall of Faith” had a period of waiting. Noah waited through 100-some years of ridicule before the flood came; Moses waited and wandered in the desert for 40 years-and still never saw the promised land; Joseph waited in prison for several years before he rose to power in Egypt.
I can’t say that I completely understand why God does this. But I do know that God is faithful. He, I think, uses periods of waiting to refine us, mold us, stretch us into the men and women of God that He desires us to be.
These last several months have been a season of waiting for us. I definitely haven’t always been patient. But I am so grateful for the way that God gently reminds me that He is in control and His plans are greater than my plans.
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7a
We had a phone call with MAF yesterday and they are telling us that we will have visas in hand within a couple of weeks!! The next session of language school begins on October 18. Ideally we’d like to get back to Indonesia a few weeks before that to settle into our home and brush up our language skills. So, once I again, we’d ask you to pray that everything goes smoothly in our visa process.
We have felt so encouraged the last few months by our supporters. You have affirmed our decision to return to America to seek medical attention for Nathan and have prayed for us along the way. We are so blessed to have supporters like you! THANK YOU!!
Nathan has been asking me to make him cinnamon rolls for a few weeks now, so yesterday I decided to do it! What’s better than a quiet Saturday morning with fresh-baked cinnamon rolls? I had intended on taking pictures and sharing my beautiful creation with you here, but my rolls didn’t rise quite properly, although they still tasted pretty good (enough cinnamon, sugar and cream cheese frosting will make just about anything taste good). I have made them correctly before though. In Indonesia even! So, it’s possible. Here’s the recipe I use. It is the BEST cinnamon roll recipe I have come across!
Clone of Cinnabon (from allrecipes.com)
- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup margarine, melted
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
- After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.
(picture from allrecipes.com)
Man they are good. I might have to have another one for breakfast this morning! Oh, and if you don’t have a bread maker, you can still make these! Just throw the first set of ingredients in a mixer (make sure you activate your yeast first!)
We’ve recieved word from the MAF office in Indonesia that our paperwork is actually caught up in the department of education right now (we are applying for student visas). There will be a meeting held on September 11 and then hopefully our paperwork will be released. From there we can send our paperwork over to immigration to be processed for a visa. All of this will take about 2-3 weeks.
So, this means we are not going to make our September 14 deadline like we had originally hoped. We are trusting that God has a plan though!
Thank you for your prayers!