Greetings Once Again From the Thompsons
We are back home again in Indiana, and are finally pretty well caught up from seven weeks of back-logged paper work, as well as many other chores that seem to pile up while we're gone.
This last trip we were gone a little longer than usual, a full seven weeks!
We were only in Puerto Rico five weeks. The other two were spent traveling to and from Puerto Rico and spending a few special days with our friends the Attos in South Fort Myers. The Atto's contributions to our trips make them a lot easier and much more cost effective.
The trip was different than the other trips we've made. We were joined for the first four days by Sherilyn's sister Lorraine and her husband Phil.
This was a special treat for me because spending time with Phil is something that I don't often have the opportunity to do. Phil is a pastor in Ohio, and although I usually see him once or twice a year, he is always pretty busy with the requirements and work of his church, so extended periods of time with him have never worked out well.
Lorraine is also quite special to me. She was in my youth group at church when she was in high school. That was a few years ago...She now has five children and runs her own business. Lorraine has a coffee roasting business where she roasts and grinds coffee from several different countries and sells it. I realize I could be partial, but after drinking several different kinds, I can assure you it is all very good. In fact, I've never drunk any better. Although, I must admit that I've had a few women in Puerto Rico make some for me that is very good also.
Over the years I've watched Phil and Lorraine with all they have going on in their active lives, and I wonder how they do everything so well.
The Lord once again blessed us on this trip and we were able to get a lot of work done.
We spent about three weeks this time with Pastor and Ann Buchanan and the church there. Pastor Buchanan has been in Puerto Rico for many years.
Sherilyn worked with him for a while as a missionary before we were married, and that has been over ten years now. (Time flies when you're having fun!) He and Ann are very gracious hosts and go out of their way to accommodate those who come to visit them. I really look forward to being with them. It's always a blessing for us.
While there, we did several small projects. We re-piped a lot of the sanctuary lighting and re-pulled the wire to the lights. We also replaced all the ceiling lights in the sanctuary. This was not an easy task. I won't go into the details, but it was a hard week's work to say the least.
We also installed two new circuits and new receptacles in the church kitchen. Unfortunately, this wasn't easy either. We rewired the light switches in the fellowship hall so all the inside and outside lights could be controlled from one location. We also found, and repaired, two circuits that had shorted out and were tripping breakers.
I told Pastor Buchanan I thought the building was demon possessed, but then realized that it was God's blessing that the problems happened while I was there to fix them. God is good, even when we don't always see it at the time.
After almost three weeks in Aguadilla, we finally moved on to Mayaguez, although we still have several projects to finish in Aguadilla. They will have to wait until our next trip, possibly this fall, depending on what else comes up.
We spent the next two weeks working on stairway and hall lighting. We also re-piped the home run conduits and wires into the permanent panel.
If you look at our pictures, you will see why this really needed to be done.(We hope to have a page on the site soon covering the trip with a slide show.)
While on this trip, I also spent a considerable amount of time just cleaning up the loose ends. There are always several of them that take a good bit of our time to put the finishing touches on, things that were left because special tools and equipment were needed, or things that got shoved aside because other things were more important at the time.
It always astonishes me how fast our time goes when we are working on the mission field. I am also surprised at how glad I am to get back home to my own chair and my own bed. The accommodations we have in Puerto Rico are very adequate, but there is no place quite like home.
The only way to make it better would be to move to a mission field, but we are not sure where the best place would be. There are a lot of factors to consider, and at this time I am not sure I even realize what they all are.
I am looking out my family room window at the lake as I write this letter, and I realize how blessed Sherilyn and I are to have the opportunities the Lord has allowed us.
We truly enjoy the ability to make these trips to help and bless others. But the facts are that we are the ones who receive the true blessings of God, as well. These blessings come through the people who make it all possible, God's people and those that have the opportunity to become God's people, and we get to be a small part of that.
With that in mind, I would be remiss if I did not thank the people who make this happen. You who pray, you who provide lodging, and who help support the costs of our endeavors, and countless other things that help us do God's will with the time and talents He has given us. We wish you all God's blessings for your gifts and support to us. They have never failed us, and as we try to help the Lord's servants and work, they are greatly appreciated.
Electrifying for Eternity,
Dennis & Sherilyn (Nutting) Thompson
Central Baptist Church
2422 N. Thompson Drive
Sullivan, IN 47882
They accept tax deductible contributions for us.