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Rachelle Waller’s Wedding – August 1st!

Adam's Updates, Rachelle & Joseph

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Oak Brook, IL

Dear Family and Friends,

I am excited to announce the upcoming wedding of my sister Rachelle! She is engaged to be married to Joseph Afarian on August 1st, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.2009-05-16 108a

As an older brother, it has been a special joy to see the Lord bring this couple together over the past several months. We first met Joseph in the fall of 2007 at a Christian retreat in Michigan. I was impressed with his quiet and thoughtful personality, and his serious commitment to Christian family values.

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Although I never imagined that Rachelle would one day marry an attorney, it is neat to see the balance brought out through the two of them. Joseph’s strong commitment to family values and spiritual leadership, complemented by Rachelle’s joyful, practical personality and well-refined homemaking skills give an excellent foundation for their future home togther.

One of the most beautiful things I have observed in their relationship is the strong commitment to honor both sets of parents. Unlike the casual dating relationships (and later heartaches) we so often see in our culture today, Joseph did not begin this relationship by spending time with Rachelle.

Instead, he spent several months last summer in careful correspondence with my parents, seeking to discern the Lord’s direction in this potential relationship. Then with the full blessing and approval of both sets of parents, my mother and father presented Rachelle with a letter from Joseph. -The first indication she received of his interest in pursuing a relationship with her.

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This, as could well be imagined, marked a significant change in Rachelle’s life. We all had to smile as we thought about it… None of us imagined that she would be the first one to be married.¬† ūüôā¬† Over the next several months, Joseph and Rachelle spent many hours on the phone together, getting to know one another, and finding the Lord’s confirmation in this new relationship.100_0698c

Visiting Toronto, Canada, in February was an adventure for the whole family as we loaded our van for the trip across the border to visit Joseph Afarian’s home and family. We were graciously hosted at the Afarian home, and enjoyed good fellowship with his family and friends. From basketball on Friday evening to church on Sunday morning, a visit to Joseph’s office and meetings with friends, a full itinerary made the most of our weekend together.

Filled with many details, calls and meetings, the last few months have quickly flown by. Rachelle and Joseph were formally engaged in April, and at the end of May Rachelle concluded her work responsibilities at IBLP to spend the next couple months preparing for her wedding. I miss seeing her smile when I pass her empty desk in the finance office, but I rejoice with her in this new chapter in her life.2009-04-23 055a

Wedding preparations are a new thing for us, but we are taking full advantage of the benefits of a large family.¬† ūüôā¬† It is really neat to see the diversity of skills coming together as we get ready for Rachelle’s special day. Dad’s practical organization of people and details keeps everyone working together, while Mom’s perspective brings creative ideas and a mother’s wisdom to our developing plans.

David’s creative negotiation skills have saved hundreds of dollars and his enthusiasm has been a constant inspiration for the rest of us. Sarah is putting her sewing skills to good use as she works with Rebecca and Lydia to sew the bridesmaid’s dresses. I have been helping on the technology side with Web site updates and invitation mailing lists, while Derrick is coordinating the transportation of Rachelle’s belongings to her new home in Canada.2009-06-17 071a

Even the smaller Wallers have been playing a key role in these weeks, from collating wedding invitations to preparing beautiful meals for the family, and keeping up with chores around the house. In addition to our family, we are so grateful for a number of others that have jumped in to help in various ways as we prepare for this event. It has truly been a team effort! Thank you all so much!2009-05-16 137b

Hopefully many of you will have received a wedding invitation by mail, but if we reached you by e-mail instead, please consider yourself invited to join us in our celebration of this happy occasion on August 1st as Rachelle and Joseph are united in marriage in Minneapolis, MN. Further details and an RSVP form are available at our family Web site. (www.visionserve.org)

Thank you for your part in our lives!

In Christ,

– Adam

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Living our Faith

Adam's Updates

Monday, March 9, 2009
Oak Brook, Illinois

Dear Family and Friends,

Over a year has past since my last update, but for our family, much has remained the same. We are still living in Oak Brook, Illinois, near the IBLP Headquarters where David, Rachelle, and I work full time. My Dad and Derrick continue to work in downtown Chicago for ESD, a consulting engineering firm.

While much has remained the same for our family, we have seen some major changes happening all around us. National elections last November brought in a new president, and a cascade of new directions and decisions for our nation. Our economy, once strong and flourishing, is crumbling before our eyes as our nation turns away from the very principles that made this nation great.

Around us we see people who focused their whole lives on material possessions and financial security, only to find their investments evaporating in the wake of plunging markets. Businesses struggle to stay afloat, while families all over this nation face the fears of an uncertain future.

And yet amid the rising tide of fears come some of the greatest opportunities we could ever have in demonstrating the faithfulness of God’s promises before a watching world.

Several weeks ago I and several other home school graduates had the opportunity to sit on a discussion panel at a local home school group meeting and share from our experience in home education, and how it prepared us for work and ministry opportunities in later years.

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One of the questions raised was, “Were you prepared to defend your faith as you stepped out into the real ‘world’?” In addressing this question, I shared that I personally believe that the very best preparation for defending your faith is not in memorizing answers for the questions of critics, but in seeing God’s work first-hand in your own life and family.

I clearly remember sitting with my family around our dining room table in our Wisconsin farmhouse eight years ago as my Dad commented on our family’s financial state. Some eight months previously, our family had moved to the farm after a couple years in Maryland. We felt that this was the Lord’s direction for us, and my Dad planned to start his own business doing consulting engineering work.

But somehow things just didn’t seem to work out as we had anticipated. We lived off of our savings, month after month, while my Dad looked for engineering work. The money my Dad had saved was slowly dwindling, and that evening he told us, “It wouldn’t surprise me if God takes us to the very end of what we have, before He shows us His provision.”

Those words may have been quickly forgotten by the younger ones, but for me, they went deep into my heart as I saw my Dad turn in faith to the unfailing promise of our Provider. In Matthew 6 Jesus talked about the daily need for food and clothing, and told His disciples, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

My Dad’s confidence was in the Lord, and he would not be disappointed. God did in fact take us to the end of what we had, but in January of 2002 my Dad was hired by LHB Engineers and Architects, where he worked until our family went to Mongolia several years later.

Why did God take my Dad through nine months with very little income? Was it not for his own children to see a living testimony of faith in the midst of trial?

I don’t know how you are affected by our economy or other pressures right now, but may we use these pressures as opportunities to live out our faith before our family as we build our security on the unfailing promises of God’s Word.

Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” – Matthew 7:24-25

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The Unfolding Plan

Adam's Updates

Monday, November 19, 2007
Oak Brook
, Illinois

Dear Family and Friends,

As our family packed our suitcases in Mongolia, and gave away extra clothing and personal items to our friends and coworkers, I could not help wondering what the Lord had in mind for our unplanned earlier departure from Mongolia in July. Unforeseen complications with our airline tickets, and the difficulty in obtaining flights out of Beijing during the summer months did not really leave us with any other option but to fly back to the States two months sooner than we had intended.

Nine months serving as a family in the country of Mongolia had gone all too quickly, enriching our lives with experiences that we will treasure for years to come. Life is a bit more rugged, lacking many of the comforts of America, but the joy of seeing people so hungry for truth, and Christians so willing to grow in faith made our little sacrifices seem so small in comparison.

Sometimes God gives us initial glimpses of¬†the work that He is doing through the circumstances in our lives, but it is often in retrospect that we most clearly see His loving hand of guidance and care. Psalm 107, one of my favorite Psalms, describes joys and sorrows, blessings and chastenings, experienced by the nation of Israel and closes with the verse, “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.”

In this update, I would like to share some of the things that I believe God has been doing in our family over the past several months, and my prayer is that you also would see the lovingkindness of the Lord as He continues to lead us.

When people meet our family, one of the first things they often notice is the large number of children. The responsibility of providing for a family with¬†ten children, all still living at home usually carries with it the assumption that it requires a lot of money to raise a large family. I am so grateful for my parents’ firm confidence that children are a blessing from the Lord, and that as God blessed our family with the priceless gift of a child, He would also provide for the additional needs of that child.

Over the years, I have seen God’s provision demonstrated again and again as we trusted God to meet the financial needs of our family. My Dad faithfully worked¬†in his electrical engineering profession, and it seemed that as our family increased¬†in size, the Lord blessed my Dad at work with greater capacity to provide for his growing family. Even the lean times blossomed into special testimonies of God’s provision in unexpected ways.

Our confidence in God’s provision was stretched to a new level in 2005 when our entire family went to serve in Mongolia. From the world’s perspective it seemed foolhardy for my Dad to leave a good job to spend a year in¬†a third-world country with a large family, with no certainty of a job when he returned. This was not a decision my parents took lightly, but they were confident in God’s direction for us to go to Mongolia, and just as confident that God would provide for us upon our return.

As we had somewhat expected, my Dad’s former employer in Duluth was very hesitant about offering my Dad¬†a position in their company when our family returned this summer after spending the better part of two years in Mongolia. Electrical engineering is the type of field where employers are looking for long-term staff. Projects can take years to complete, and engineering firms prefer longer time commitments from their employees.

This hesitant response, even before we left Mongolia, only seemed to confirm another direction that my parents felt the Lord leading our family. We have been greatly blessed over the years by the IBLP ministry, and for some time we have thought about being involved as a family at IBLP Headquarters in Oak Brook, near Chicago, Illinois.

Six years ago, our family had lived in this part of the country, and my Dad had worked for many years at Environmental Systems Design, a large consulting engineering firm in Chicago. Further exploring this possibility, my Dad wrote to one of his former coworkers, asking if they needed any electrical engineers. The¬†senior vice president’s¬†reply only further confirmed this direction.

“You are an answer to my prayers!” he told my Dad, and went on to explain that one of their lead engineers was on his way to India, and they really needed someone to take on some large projects. Not only were they thrilled to have him back, but they wanted to reinstate him as if he had never left the company six years ago!

Our eyes again witnessed a living testimony¬†of Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” As we purpose to seek God first, He faithfully continues to provide for all of our other needs.

Not only has the Lord provided my Dad with a good job in Chicago, but the IBLP leadership has graciously allowed our family to live in a home on campus, as the older children serve in various areas of the ministry. This modest size home fits our family surprisingly well, and is only 10 minutes away from the train station where my Dad rides a train into the city each day.

God has greatly¬†blessed our family to allow us to be here, but the story does not end there. More and more I am seeing the Lord’s hand in our earlier return from Mongolia. Attending the annual ATI home schooling conference, a¬†family reunion, and teaching at a children’s seminar in Minnesota are just a few of the opportunities that this early return allowed us to enjoy.

Finding many opportunities to serve at Headquarters, the older children in our family were soon involved in various aspects of the ministry. Rachelle works in the finance department, making good use of many skills that she learned while working with the Character Training Institute in Oklahoma City. David serves with several other young men¬†in Mr. Gothard’s office, applying his talents to the wide range of responsibilities and daily excitement¬†that this entails.

For several years, I have had the desire, if the Lord was to open the opportunity, to work in IBLP’s computer department. I knew that there was a lot I could learn from the experienced staff and the large scope of operations handled by this department, but I must say that I never imagined the plan that the Lord had arranged for my involvement!

Matt Holt, the IT Director, had been working in the IBLP computer department for eleven years, and as a newly married man, he and his wife sensed the Lord’s leading to Mississippi where he accepted an IT position at another company. Several days after my arrival, and following some further discussion together, he and others in leadership began to feel that perhaps I was the replacement that they had been praying for.

Although I did not have Matt’s¬†eleven years of experience, I did see a number of parallels in our skills, and felt that if the Lord called me to this position, He would give the grace to carry it out. Moses didn’t lead the nation of Israel because he had all the qualifications, but because God called him and enabled him to do it. Qualifications are important, but sometimes God calls us to step outside our “comfort zone” so that He can demonstrate that it is His blessing, not our skills, that bring success.

After consulting with my parents, and taking time to pray and seek the Lord regarding this decision, I felt that the Lord had indeed opened the door for this season of learning and ministry, and I accepted the responsibility. Although in the bigger picture, I believe God has called me to overseas Christian work, I believe that the Lord has a plan for this present time of stretching and learning at IBLP Headquarters.

Working with Matt in the weeks that followed, I again saw the great significance of our “early” return to the States. Had we stayed in Mongolia as we had originally intended, I would have missed this important transition time before Matt left in September. Striving to make the best use of our five weeks together, Matt and I spent many hours discussing various aspects of the work and ministry.

Of the projects we worked on together, by far the most significant was a research project that Matt had been working on for a number of months. Currently, IBLP’s main core software systems, (including inventory, order entry, seminar registrations, contact management, etc…) are running on custom software initially developed by in-house staff ten years ago. Our¬†inability¬†to effectively maintain this custom software, and the increasing fragility of these core systems motivated Matt to research and recommend a long-term solution.

Without going into a lot of detail, rewriting our software was impractical and far too costly. Replacing the systems with commercial software seemed to be the best approach, allowing IBLP to focus on ministry rather than writing software. In further research, Matt identified an enterprise software solution called Donor Direct that would actually handle about 90% of our core processes in one integrated system, and would actually be less expensive than replacing each of the systems individually.

Working together, Matt and I spent many hours preparing a proposal for the IBLP leadership, outlining the need for the software, and why we felt that this enterprise system would be the very best fit for IBLP’s present and future needs. After much prayer and preparation, we presented this to the leadership. Although a technology purchase¬†can¬†be very difficult to communicate to those unfamiliar with the field, it seemed that God allowed the main points to come through clearly in our meeting.

Our desire was to present our research and recommendation, but to allow the Lord to direct the leadership in the decision. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it withersoever he will.” I have many times seen the truth of this principle, but never have I seen God’s hand move so powerfully in the “heart of the king” as I did in that meeting.

The direction to move forward with this project was a great encouragement to all involved. Although the implementation of this software will be a very large project, requiring about six months to complete, I feel that it will provide a solid base software system to facilitate the ministry outreach of IBLP for years to come.

This November marks the two-year anniversary of my brother Isaac’s Homegoing. “The memory of the just is blessed,” Proverbs tells us, and it has been a special encouragement to meet various ones traveling through Headquarters that have prayed for our family over these two years. The Lord continues to give us opportunities to share testimonies of His faithfulness through this experience, including a brief testimony that David shared at a convention with¬†several thousand Romanian Christians at the McCormick Place¬†in Chicago.

Three weeks ago our family had the opportunity to visit a Mongolian church in downtown Chicago. Finding our way into the basement of a large Korean church where a congregation of Mongolians meets on Sunday afternoon, we had the chance to practice our limited Mongolian vocabulary as we introduced our family to the pastor and several others. It was really fun to hear the Mongolian language again, and even though I only understood about 10% of the message, there is a spirit of love and fellowship with other Christians that transcends language.

Most of the Mongolians spoke at least some English, and we enjoyed good fellowship after the service. Although it would not be practical for us to attend every week, they begged us to come back, and we will probably go again sometime around Thanksgiving when my brother Derrick returns from some construction jobs in Oklahoma. They may even have us share a message or testimony from our time in Mongolia, so we will see how the details work out.

Many people have asked us if we are planning to go back to Mongolia. Our heart is to go back, as my Dad often explains, but we want to go back in the Lord’s timing. My Dad’s job in Chicago allows us to save towards this end, while we enjoy a season of ministry and growth in the States. We don’t know for sure how long this season will be, whether it be a year or however the Lord would direct.

Just like every other family that is seeking to follow the Lord, we face daily pressures and challenges, joys and sorrows, but it is God’s grace, through your prayers, that keeps us focused on the “joy set before us.” (See Hebrews 12:2) God did not call us to an easy road, but we have the promise of eternal rewards laid up in heaven, and the anticipation of that Great Day when faith becomes sight!

I know that some of you pray for our family very specifically, and I am confident that the hundreds of lives we have seen impacted this summer are a direct result of your unseen labors in prayer. (Matthew 6:6) May the Lord bless each one of you with the fullness of His love, and strengthen you in your inner man, to run with patience the race set before you, as you look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith!


Praise Points:

  • We praise the Lord for His provision through my Dad’s job in Chicago. The commute to work each day is significantly less than when we previously lived in the Chicago area.
  • The younger Wallers had given up their bicycles when our family originally went to Mongolia, and now they are very happy to have bicycles again! (My Mom was able to find some good quality used bikes at a local¬†resale shop.)
  • Through the help of a friend, we were able to locate a free piano for our home in Oak Brook! The instrument is actually the same model as our piano in Grantsburg, and sounds beautiful after tuning. We enjoy singing and playing instruments together, so¬†having a piano in our home is a great blessing¬†for our family.

Prayer Requests:

  • In the area of health, we would appreciate prayer for my Dad’s knee as it recovers from a bone bruise and a torn ligament. He is wearing a brace for a month to aid in the healing process.
  • Pray that the Lord would use our family to be an encouragement to the IBLP staff that are serving at Headquarters. We are in a time of transition right now, and have a very small staff trying to fulfill a lot of responsibilities. Often a smile or word of encouragement can go a long way when people are under extra pressure.


Pictures:

There were some tearful goodbyes as we left Mongolia without a

specific date to return. My Dad shared a few words on our last Sunday,

and then we sang a song for our Mongolian church family.

We are currently living in this house in Oak Brook Illinois, while the

older children serve at IBLP Headquarters.

Our home is only 10 minutes away from the train

station, which makes Dad’s commute to downtown

Chicago very convenient.

Flowers are also a special reminder of God’s care

for His children. “…if God so clothe the grass of the

field,…shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of

little faith?” (See Matthew 6:28-31)

Matt Holt and I were able to put our heads together on a very wide

range of projects and responsibilities before Matt left in September.

I really enjoyed our time together, and gleaned many insights from

his work with IBLP over the past 11 years.

The smaller Wallers have¬†greatly enjoyed our neighbor’s dog. “Snowy”

is a yellow lab, the same kind of dog that our family used to own.

More Pictures:

Click here to see many more new pictures that I could not include in this e-mail.


Interesting Fact:

People often ask what stood out to us when we returned to the States after nine months in Mongolia. Of course the lush, green grass and trees stand out in great contrast to the much drier conditions in Ulaanbaatar. I was amazed at the softness of my bed! It was like sleeping on piles of cotton. But probably the biggest thing was the food. Even though we did our own cooking in Mongolia, I never realized the difference it makes to eat fortified grains and fresh garden vegetables! Everything is so flavorful and rich.


Note Our New Address:

Waller Family

6 Pine Hill Lane

Oak Brook, IL  60523

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We have so much to be thankful for as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week! Thank you so much for having a part in our lives! May the Lord bless each one of you as we rejoice in His goodness.

In Christ,

– Adam

Adam Waller ~ MyAllForChrist@CadLinx.com

Family Web site ~ http://visionserve.org/wallerfamily

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9

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Needs in Mongolia

Adam's Updates

Thursday, June 28, 2007
Ulaanbaatar
, Mongolia

Dear Family and Friends,

If someone were to ask me, what is the greatest need in Mongolia at this time? What is the most beneficial thing that missionaries can be involved in? I would say that the greatest need right now is the discipleship and strengthening of Mongolian believers.

When I was younger, I often thought of missionaries as being the ones that would go out and preach the Gospel and see many people come to Christ. Returning missionaries would often visit churches to share about the experiences they had while proclaiming the good news of Salvation through Jesus Christ, and everyone would get excited about the number of people that had made decisions for Christ.

Evangelism is certainly an essential part of overseas missions, but we were not called only to go out and make converts, but rather to make disciples. Converts may be won in an hour, but making disciples is a much slower and deeper process. Trusting Christ for Salvation is wonderful, but it is just the first step towards experiencing the abundant life that God offers to His children. Sadly, few Christians seem to move much further beyond that first step.

Let me hasten to say that the “abundant life” that Jesus promised (see John 10:10) does not necessarily mean a life of¬†health, wealth,¬†and prosperity. In fact, it usually doesn’t. But it does mean that God has given us “exceeding great and precious promises, that by these, we might be partakers of the divine nature” (see 2 Peter 1:4), in essence, that we would have the opportunity to live life the way God designed us to live. To have life flowing through the inner man, with a love, joy peace, and all the fruits of the Spirit, not from our outward circumstances, but from God’s Spirit within us.

So many people are confused about what the Christian life is really about. Several weeks ago, a seasoned missionary related the following account with me. A Mongolian Christian man in the countryside was walking down a dusty road, when an unsaved friend rode up to him on a horse. Looking down at the friend standing on the road, he said, “Look, now I have a motorcycle, lots of sheep and cattle, and I am riding a horse. You’re still walking. What good has your Christianity done you?”

This unsaved man, like so many others, had the idea that “religion” is something you add to your life simply for the benefit that it will bring you in the here and now. That’s why we have many people in Ulaanbaatar that came to a Christian¬†church for a little while, and drifted away a few months later. They simply didn’t find what they were looking for.

In reality, they really didn’t know what they were looking for. They thought it would be found¬†in money, possessions, or some other thing, but when going to church didn’t improve their circumstances, they walked away. What is it that they needed? More evangelism? Salvation? Yes. But I believe they also need to see some living examples of individuals and families, going through the same difficult outward circumstances, but with a joy, a peace, and a light that can only come from the Lord.

This is where discipleship comes in. Not just trying to improve our outward appearance and putting on some type of false front, but learning to yield every area of our life to the Lord, so that He can do the transformation from the inside out. Not just pasting on a smile in the midst of difficult circumstances, but seeing real reasons to rejoice as we see God’s hand working through them, and learning new depths to the love of God and the unfailing promises of His Word. (Romans 5:3-5, Ephesians 3:16-20)

These are the Christians that through the everyday hardships and trials of life, God demonstrates to the world that true life is not found in money, possessions and the things of this world. True life is found in the daily reality of our relationship with God. Just as through Christ we experienced salvation from sin, through Christ we can experience abundant life as we walk in fellowship with Him.

One tool that God has greatly used in my life in the area of discipleship is the Basic Seminar. This 32-hour seminar outlines seven basic principles of life that allow us to grow in our relationship with the Lord and resolve root problems in our lives. It was a special delight for us to host this seminar for about a hundred attendees in the month of April.

Assisting during the seminar week was a group of Korean pastors and leaders that came to visit the work in Mongolia to see how they can implement a similar ministry in South Korea. Further developments in Korea have continued to expand rapidly, with Tim and Angie spending more and more time with related communications, and flying to Korea shortly after the seminar week.

Visiting the city of Shanghai in China for a Character Family Seminar a year ago, my family and I had the opportunity to visit an International Church in that city. We had to show our passports to enter, (only foreign passport holders are allowed to attend) and found a long row where we could sit as a family. When the time came to introduce the visitors, there were many smiles as our family all stood. Nine children is an unusually¬†large family in America, but in China where the “normal” family includes one child, we are quite unique. ¬†ūüôā

Unknown to us at the time, there was another family at church that day, who seeing my family determined to meet us. That evening at a restaurant where our family had been invited for dinner, a stranger suddenly¬†approached David. “Are you David Waller? Can I have your cell phone number?” Knowing that we needed to be a bit more careful in China, David asked some questions to clarify this unusual request.

Following this rather interesting first meeting, we learned more about their family. Of French origin, they had traveled abroad in a number of countries, and were currently working in Shanghai. They had come to the Lord only two years previously, and their lives had undergone significant changes and were wanting to grow in the Lord.

In the course of some e-mail correspondence some time later, my Dad encouraged them to attend a Basic Seminar, if they ever had the opportunity. There were seminars in Taiwan or Hong Kong, or if they really wanted to, they could come to the April seminar in Ulaanbaatar. To our surprise, they booked flights for their whole family of five to come to Mongolia!

Although school schedules did not allow them to attend the April seminar, they were able to come a couple weeks later, and we hosted a special seminar just for their family. They were greatly blessed by the seminar, but perhaps even equally encouraged to spend time with our family! It was really special to see pictures and hear testimonies of how the Lord has worked in their lives.

In May, Erin was delighted to have her mother and twin sister Emily make a visit to Mongolia, just in time for Erin and Emily’s birthday. It was a special time for the Randalls, finally getting to see in real life the work and ministry that Erin has been involved in over the last two years. As the visit drew to a close, the Lord blessed us with a special surprise.

For the past month and a half, our translator Puje’s cousin Zola has been helping us with various projects, volunteering her time so that she could practice English. A diligent worker, Zola spent a lot of time working with Melody, a young lady from Minnesota that joined our staff for three months. Zola was not a Christian, but very friendly and participated in our morning Bible study and noon prayer times.

One day, while Zola was preparing her application for an opportunity to study in the States (a rare opportunity for Mongolians) she realized that she could not find her High School Certificate. After thoroughly searching her home, she came to the disappointing conclusion that it must have been left in Malaysia while on a trip there a few months previously.

After hearing Zola’s predicament, Melody shared a story from her own life of how she had lost some money, and after praying about the situation, the Lord had allowed her to find it again. “Would you like me to pray for you to find the certificate?” Melody asked. “Yes, of course!” came the reply. They bowed their heads and prayed, and the next morning Zola bounced into the office, all smiles, to announce the news that she had found the missing certificate!

Even more than just finding a lost certificate, Zola had witnessed proof of a living God that hears and answers prayer! A few days later, and actually on the very afternoon that Mrs. Randall and Emily were leaving, Mrs. Randall had the opportunity to share the Gospel message with Zola, and we all rejoiced in the news that she had put her faith in Jesus Christ. How special that the Lord would give us such a joyful conclusion to the Randall’s visit!

The approaching warmer days of summer also brought the inevitable reality that our season of ministry together as a family in Mongolia was rapidly drawing to a close. When my Dad called the travel agent to start looking at options for our return date in late summer or fall, we were rather surprised at the news. The travel agent explained that something had happened with the one-year open-ended round-trip tickets that we had purchased last year.

Finding it more economical to book our tickets from the Mongolian airline, we had done so, but now learned that the agreement between MIAT (the Mongolian airline) and United Airlines had terminated at the end of the year, and our return tickets were no longer any good! After more calls and discussion with the travel agent, the airlines decided to honor the tickets that we had paid for, but we would need to rebook the tickets.

Furthermore, we learned that the one year was from the date of issue, not the day we flew. That meant that we would have to fly before September 21. After many family discussions on the subject, we decided to aim for August 20, which would give a little more family time before the younger ones started their schoolwork, and my Dad started his engineering work.

Needless to say, our return to the States would have a great impact on the present work in Mongolia, so we all continued to pray for the Lord’s clear direction in the timing of our return. Little did we anticipate how clear that direction would be! Returning to the airline agent to book tickets for August 20, my parents learned that all of the flights had been booked in August and September! With the approaching summer tourist season, the latest available seats were on July 11!

Proceeding to book the tickets on July 11, more complications came up, and over the next several days it seemed like we may not even be able to fly on that date. Six seats were reserved on the direct flight to Chicago, but we could not get the other four, unless that group took a different route through Washington D.C. on the same day. Preferring to stay together as a family, we took the risk and canceled the six reservations, and tried to get all ten of us on the route through D.C. to Chicago.

Thankfully this time the reservation was successful, and all ten tickets are currently booked for July 11, flying from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing, to Dulles, and on to Chicago. This puts us in about six hours later than the direct flight to Chicago, but it will be good to be together as a family. These unexpected changes left us with just three weeks to wrap things up in Mongolia before we head back to the States.

In many ways it is hard to leave. It is exciting to see things grow and expand, but sometimes the Lord also takes us through seasons where we see things slow down. With Tim and Angie currently in Korea, our family’s departure means that things in Mongolia will likely slow down to a very minimal operation in the coming months.¬†Ideas, hopes and plans that we had will need to be laid down as we trust in the Lord’s bigger plan through all of this.

These events have personally challenged me to realize that this whole work and ministry is in the Lord’s hands. He is the Lord of the Harvest. He can bring the rain, and He can bring the drought. John 15 compares the Christian to the branches of a grape vine. While we often think of the pain associated with pruning, but our loving Father knows when this pruning will bring greater fruit.

We are not sure exactly what lies ahead for the Mongolia ministry or for our family in the months to come, but we KNOW that the Lord is faithful! God will sometimes call us to leave one place of ministry so that He can use us in another area. Our responsibility is to simply trust Him with all our heart, and acknowledge Him in all our ways as He directs our path.

Many might be wondering what our plans are after we return to the States. We do have some tentative plans and ideas, including my Dad possibly working for an engineering firm in Chicago, but things should be more clear in the weeks and months to come. I will try to keep you posted as we move into this next season in our lives. Thank you for your continued prayers for us!


Praise Points:

  • We praise the Lord for the many people that came to the Basic Seminar in April. This was the largest seminar held in Mongolia to date, but more important than numbers are the specific and individual lives that the Lord impacted through the truth of His Word. One older missionary shared, “I have been a Christian for years and have never heard these principles explained in such a helpful way. Is there a Basic Seminar in England? I am going there soon and would like others to hear these wonderful insights from God’s Word.”
  • The Salvation of Zola, Puje’s cousin was a special answer to prayer, and a real encouragement to all of us. Pray that she will continue to grow strong in her faith.
  • I am grateful for the progress we have made in the last few months to revise our teaching notes, completing the first series of nine character qualities. These teaching notes are one of our primary tools that we use in teaching principles of character to various groups in Mongolia.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please join us as we pray to the Lord of the Harvest, that He would send forth His laborers into the harvest fields of Mongolia. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
  • Pray for the Lord to continue to give clear direction to my parents and our family as we return to the States. Pray that the details would come together for my Dad’s employment as we work to replenish funds during our time at home.


Pictures:

Some of the attendees from the English Basic Seminar. We also hosted

the Basic Seminar in Russian, Chinese and German. The Mongolian

translation is still under development.

Tumerhoig, pictured with David, came in from the countryside to help

with the Children’s Seminar. A radiant young man, Tumorhoig works

with the Warners, a missionary family in the countryside. As the only

known Christian in the town where he lives, Tumorhoig faces much

ridicule for embracing this so-called “foreign religion.”

The Champanhet family, (pictured with several of the Wallers) made

the trip to Ulaanbaatar to see the Basic Seminar. It was an

encouraging visit for both families.

Four smaller Wallers squeeze inside a little shelter they built with

sticks while on a family outing just outside the city.

Flagging down a taxi in Mongolia. Some of the bus drivers know our

family, and enjoy seeing this large family of foreigners.

It has been special to be here as a family. It is hard to leave, but we

are grateful for the time that we could be here in Mongolia.

Click here to see many more new pictures that I could not include in this e-mail.


Interesting Fact:

Learning the names of people is a foundational skill for building relationships, but living in Mongolia this takes a rather interesting twist, at least to my Western thinking. In the States, all the names are pretty standard. First, middle and last. In Mongolia, people just go by their first name, or in official cases, they will use their father’s initial before their name. So, my name would just be Adam, or B. Adam. (Since Brian is my father’s name.) Adam is not a common name here, but if it was, most people would probably also give me some type of clarifying nickname. -likely “Tall Adam”¬† ūüôā

Most Mongolian names are actually made up of two words put together. Ulaanbaatar comes from ulaan (red) and baatar (hero), hence, “red hero”. You might have guess that this came from the Communist era. Many names are so common that If you learn the meanings of about a dozen or two names, you have a pretty good chance at knowing the meaning of someone’s name. I remember at a printing company once whispering to Chingis, “Let’s ask if we can talk to the graphic designer who’s name means “silver pillar.”

Although most people can write their name in English letters, the spelling typically follows the Mongolian grammar rules, so it would sound different if you pronounced it phonetically. In Mongolian, each letter basically only makes one sound, so a double vowel is just longer of the same sound. “Ideree” would sound like “Eedray” and “Bolormaa” would be “Bolorma”. In my updates I sometimes change the spelling of the Mongolian names¬†to be a little more phonetic for our English readers.¬† ūüôā


Thank you for your prayers as we try to wrap things up here in the next couple weeks. There is much to do, and many people to see before we leave, so pray that the Lord will give us wisdom in how we invest our time in these remaining days.

In Christ,

– Adam


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Expanding ministry

Adam's Updates

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Ulaanbaatar
, Mongolia

Dear Family and Friends,

Three months have passed since my last update, but pressing projects and responsibilities have quickly filled the weeks between. I believe that the Lord is doing some special things here in Mongolia, although many times we probably only see tiny glimpses of His bigger work in this nation.

Although the Mongolian church we attend has very good Biblical teaching each week, they still like to have us share some teaching or preaching from time to time for the young people or others that stay after the main service. In December and January I shared some messages on the character quality of virtue.

Typically in our public character trainings we don’t make direct references to the Bible or Christian terminology, but in some of our trainings with Christian groups we have the freedom to teach right from the Bible. This not only gives greater depth and insight into the character qualities, but God has given us as Christians “exceeding great and precious promises” that empower us to live lives that reflect the character of Christ, and to shine as bright lights in the world. (2 Peter 1:3-4, Matthew 5:16)

The character quality of virtue provided a good opportunity to share a two-part message on how to respond to temptations that we face¬†in our lives, based on specific promises and the practical application of God’s Word in these areas. I had tears in my eyes the next week as I listened to a young man joyfully share before the church a testimony of how he is now¬†experiencing victory over a sin in his life as he applied these principles.

Our much-loved pastor Enkhee was growing weaker from his battle with cancer, but continued to be a powerful witness for the Lord. He came to church for the New Year celebration, but was too weak to leave his home much after that. Many friends and relatives came to visit him, trying to encourage him, but usually it was the visitors that went away greatly encouraged by Enkhee’s faith and trust in God. A number of his former university students and acquaintances turned to Christ as they witnessed the joy and confidence of a man resting in the sovereign purposes of a faithful God.

On February 1st, we received a call from Ideree and learned that his father Enkhee had gone to meet the Lord He loved. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. Some of the relatives commented that he looked very peaceful and his face was shining. They had never seen the passing of a Christian before, and it was in stark contrast to the great fear of death usually experienced by those who do not know Christ.

Nearly a thousand people gathered the following Monday for the funeral. Pastor Enkhee was well known in Christian circles throughout the city, and many churches were represented at the service. We sang two of Enkhee’s favorite hymns, Amazing Grace, and a Mongolian version of¬†Because He Lives. I wish you could have been there to hear the swelling of hundreds of Mongolian voices as we reached the chorus of that song!

Enkhee’s family was a living demonstration of the power of God’s grace. Even as the Lord’s grace had carried our family after Isaac’s passing a year and a half ago, we saw the Lord holding their family and keeping them strong and radiant, even through the sadness of saying goodbye to their beloved husband and father. Life is fragile and so quickly past, but has the brief opportunity to lay up treasure in heaven that will never fade away.

Although they very much would have liked to be present for Enkhee’s funeral, Mom and Dad were still away in Thailand where they were taking three weeks to visit two missionary families there. The Morse family is third generation missionaries to that area. We met their family in Oklahoma City a few years ago, and our family enjoyed reading two books about their work in Burma and now in Thailand. Gleaning insights from the Morses’ many years as a family¬†on the mission field, my parents learned about their translation work, and discussed various other aspects of the ministry.

One of my Dad’s highlights on the Thailand trip was meeting an evangelist that was the sixth generation of the second convert of Adoniram Judson. You may recall that in¬†1813 Adoniram Judson was the first American missionary to Burma, and labored for¬†nearly six¬†years at great sacrifice before seeing a single person come to the Lord. His faithful service laid the foundation for much fruit that the Lord would¬†bring in years following.

Neil and Diana Gilbert are another missionary¬†couple that my parents have known for many years. I remember when I was about twelve years old, and we packed a care package to send to them while they were serving in Africa. Currently serving at a children’s home in Thailand, the Gilberts were delighted to host my parents for part of their time in Thailand. An ordination service and a baptism were two highlights that they enjoyed together.

Returning to Mongolia just before the¬†Mongolian Tsagaansar (“sa-GONE-sar”) holiday, Mom and Dad were glad to see all of us again. This trip to Thailand was actually the longest time that my parents had ever been away from their children. Tim and Angie were away in Korea during this time as well, so the Waller children remained as the only foreign staff to continue operations in Mongolia. The extra grace that the Lord gave and each one trying to help carry the responsibilities allowed this time to go very smoothly.

Tsagaantsar is probably the biggest annual holiday for Mongolians, and perhaps somewhat comparable with our Christmas, or the Chinese New Year. Families get together and visit relatives and friends, enjoying traditional food and giving gifts. Tsagaantsar literally means¬†“white month” and is a way of trying to starting the New Year as clean, white, and good. A lot of symbolism and superstition is often¬†mixed in, leaving a confusing mixture for the Christian to sort out Buddhist and Shamanistic rituals from historical traditions.

For new Christians this can be particularly difficult, as they are often pressured to drink or violate other convictions. This year, with the first day of Tsagaansar on Sunday, many families could not understand why a Christian family member would leave their family responsibilities and go to church instead of giving the appropriate honor to their grandparents and parents. For many Christians, this gave a special opportunity to share of their faith in a living God, so different from the empty rituals that can never take away sin.

Our family was graciously invited to visit a couple families from our church on the second and third days of Tsagaansar. Dressing in traditional Mongolian attire, we rode in taxis to the home of Dorjbat’s family. Dorjbat’s mother had come to Christ after Isaac’s funeral, so this has made their family special to us.

Two things will be found in almost every Mongolian home on Tsagaantsar. The steamed back of a sheep on a large platter, complete with tail, and another large plate with a special tower of flat bread bricks, fried in oil, topped with sugar cubes, raisins and a food made from dried yoghurt. (See the pictures section below for more details.)

Greeting the host family is done a special way during this holiday. After taking off your coat, you start with the oldest person present, extending your arms to each other,¬†hands open and palms up. The younger places his arms under the arms of the older, and leaning forward, you exchange the special greeting “Ammar ban oh” (Do you have peace?). Our church people also say some kind of blessing, but I couldn’t quite catch all of it.

Following the greeting, the guests are seated, again in order of age, giving the most honored seat to the oldest, and they are served milk tea and buuz (“boatz”). A traditional Mongolian food, buuz are something like a steamed meatball wrapped in a noodle. Many families make several thousand buuz (by hand) in preparation for this holiday. The ones served by Dorjbat’s family had good flavor and were made with horse meat.

On the following day we enjoyed another special time of fellowship with Enkhbold and Narantoya and their family. Tim had the opportunity of leading Enkhbold to Christ several years ago in our apartment, and they have been faithful members at church, and dear friends to us. Enkhbold shared his vision of how he wants to see his whole family involved in ministry, just like what he sees our family doing in Mongolia. He is currently a driver for VetNet, a Christian organization here that is taking school teachers, veterinary services, character training, and the Gospel message to countryside provinces and towns all over Mongolia.

Returning to our work responsibilities, I continued in earnest to finish a programming project that I am doing for our Oklahoma City headquarters. I enjoy the work, but so many pressing needs and opportunities here are just waiting for me to finish this project so that I can give David and Tim more assistance with the many trainings and training requests that we have going.

But God designed our bodies with limits. In late February, my little choices in spending¬†too many hours at the computer with poor posture and not enough exercise suddenly took their toll. I had never really had difficulty with my back before, but I spent the better part of that week in bed. David’s skills that he learned while working with a chiropractor in the States again came to the rescue, and I was slowly able to get back to work again. Some better chairs and other changes have improved things quite a bit since that time.

We continue to receive many requests for character trainings. Last time I talked with David, we had over ten different groups that have asked for character training, pending final arrangements and scheduling. Most of these are from the city, but additional repeated requests from outlying cities and countryside towns are also awaiting our response.

Among these requests was one from Third Hospital, a large hospital in Ulaanbaatar. Khulaan, the Director of Nursing at this hospital had been led to the Lord six months ago by Dr. Choi, the same man that so helped our family with Isaac’s illness. A good friend of Khulaan had attended a training that we did at another hospital two years ago, and felt that this teaching would be a great benefit for the staff under her care. They wanted to start with a smaller group of the 200 doctors, nurses and staff that Khulaan was directly responsible for.

Returning from the first training, David described their response. After an elaborate introduction by the training coordinator, David began teaching on the quality of Attentiveness. When he first came to the front, this group of professionals looked with slight amusement as this 20-year-old began with some opening comments. The amusement grew as they began to realize that he was not preparing to introduce the speaker, but he was the main speaker.

In contrast to the typical Russian-style lectures that these staff were used to hearing, David went on to illustrate the teaching points with object lessons and personal examples, utilizing many of the teaching methods we have found to be so effective. Amusement turned to surprise, then to keen interest as they began to realize how important attentiveness is on the job and at home.

Thrilled with what took place at the training, Khulaan called Naranchimeg, the Director of Nursing at First Hospital and Medical University. Attending one of the trainings at Third Hospital, Naranchimeg has also begun arrangements for character trainings for her staff at First Hospital. Although she is not yet a Christian, she has talked with Christians while visiting the United States, and told us that she feels character and the principles from the Bible are very important for nurses and hospital workers.

Last week Naranchimeg registered for the upcoming Basic Seminar, wanting to know more about these principles of life from the Bible. Her position at First Hospital essentially gives her the ultimate responsibility for training nurses in Ulaanbaatar, and in effect, for all of Mongolia. God is truly opening some doors in the medical community here!

Anticipating the arrival of Kate Reimer from Australia, Erin Randall from Texas, and Melody Dornink from Minnesota, we began working on the necessary paperwork for visas and residence permits. This can be a rather complicated process in Mongolia, and requires a great deal of paperwork. As in many former Communist countries, it is especially important to pray for favor in the eyes of the government office staff as applications are submitted.

In past experiences we have had some difficulties with one particular office that grants residence permits. Even though our foreign staff¬†are all¬†volunteers, we still have to obtain work permits for the “work” that we are doing here, including a clear explanation of why CTI needs foreign staff for these positions. Work permits are not easily granted, due to frequent misuse.

This time things were different. Not only did they grant us the work permit without any difficulty, but they started asking more about what we are doing here. As Puujee explained what we teach in our character trainings, the worker exclaimed, “That’s what we need in our office here! How can we get character training for our staff?”

Preparations are also heavily underway for the Basic Seminar that we have scheduled for April 16-21. Already we have about a hundred registered (including children), and this promises to be the largest Basic Seminar yet held in Mongolia. The seminar will be held in English and Russian, and this year we are also adding the Chinese and German languages.

A few weeks ago we gave a preview of the Basic Seminar to some leaders from the Chinese church in Ulaanbaatar. -A small church that we hardly knew existed. After watching the first session, one lady exclaimed, “We have never had any teaching like this before!” Currently about a dozen Chinese people are signed up to attend the Basic Seminar.

New opportunities are rapidly unfolding in Korea, and a translation team has just finished a first draft of the Basic Seminar transcript. Tim and Angie may be called upon to assist further in the work in Korea in the months ahead, but we are excited to see the doors that God is opening there. About half of the Christian churches in Mongolia were started by Korean missionaries, although most have since transitioned to Mongolian leadership.

Please pray with us that the Lord will continue to raise up laborers for the doors of opportunity here in Asia, and that many lives will be impacted through the upcoming Basic Seminar. Of course a “seminar” is not the answer, but God’s Word¬†is the answer, and this seminar gives some of the most¬†practical and clear Biblical teaching that I have seen anywhere.


Praise Points:

  • We praise the Lord for the wonderful testimony of Pastor Enkhee and his family as Enkhee finished his race in this life. The family remains strong in the Lord’s grace, with Ideree taking over the leadership of the church, and Sodnom traveling to America to be with her daughter and son-in-law for the birth of their grandchild.
  • In preparation for the upcoming Basic Seminar, we were able to finish some minor revisions and print a Mongolian/English Basic Seminar workbook. This is a great help to Mongolians who are attending the English Basic, and are not familiar with some of the larger terms used in the seminar. Rather than the photocopy job we had last year, this year we were able to have a hundred workbooks professionally printed and bound¬†by a local¬†printing company.
  • Sodnom and Enkhee’s son Ideree has been working with us for the past several years, but has become more and more involved with the Holy Way church, taking over the church leadership responsibilities with his father’s illness. He is currently in a countryside province where he has been invited to spend a month teaching the principles of the Basic Seminar to a church of new believers there.
  • John Christian, one of the World Vision leaders was disappointed to not find any English Good Friday service in Ulaanbaatar. He called up some missionary friends and organized a service, inviting a number of missionaries. It was a really wonderful time! Some of the missionaries had worked in Mongolia for years, but had never actually met each other before.

Prayer Requests:

  • One of our biggest prayer requests right now is for the Basic Seminar, held on April 16-21. Pray that the Lord would do a special work in the hearts of the people that come. A few people are also traveling up from China for the seminar.
  • We have about eight Koreans coming later this week. They will be here for the week of the Basic Seminar, and a couple weeks after, learning about our work in Mongolia. Most of them are pastors, and are wanting to see how they can develop a similar ministry in Korea.
  • Pray that everyone would be healthy for next week’s Basic Seminar. We have had a bad cold/fever that has gone through a number of our staff recently.


Pictures:

Christmas cards! Near the end of January we received another

package of mail, and we enjoyed reading the Christmas letters from

many friends in the States.

In contrast to the fear and uncertainties of a Buddhist burial, we

rejoice in the certainty that we will see our Pastor Enkhee again!

Here you can see a closer view of some of the food served at

Tsagaansar. The thermos has “milk tea”, a salty tea mixed with milk.

On the left you can see the sheep back, complete with tail. On the

right is the special tower of bread. Older people make a taller

tower, but it must always be an odd number of layers.

A character training at Third Hospital. Last Saturday we also held a

training at First Hospital with over 200 in attendance.

Matthew enjoyed the experience of staying in a ger

for his ninth birthday.

Climbing mountains is an opportunity that we don’t¬†get to enjoy near

our home in Wisconsin. The Waller guys did some hiking for

Matthew’s birthday, and enjoyed a picnic lunch at the top.

You can see many more new pictures in the Prayer Updates section of our family website.


Interesting Fact:

Of the various aspects of daily life that stand out in Mongolia as being distinctly different than the States, one would have to be the running water. Just turning on the faucet invites a surprise. There might be hot water, cold water, brown water, no water, a slow trickle, or an explosive blast of air that sends water shooting all over the bathroom. (I experienced all of these in the past few days.)

Rather than having individual water heaters for each building, the hot water is supplied by the city. It is heated at a central plant, and piped through the city, going through various substations for reheating. In our building, the water also requires booster pumps to get it to reach our fifth floor apartments. For some reason these pumps are turned off at night, so sometimes there is no water pressure till 7:30 or 8:00 AM when the pumps are turned on.

Our landlord has been very gracious, and made the arrangements for the pumps to be turned on early in the morning, although we are probably the only ones in the building (or maybe in the district!) that take showers at 5:30 or 6:00 AM. Actually they turned the pressure so high in the last few days that it actually burst a pipe in Tim and Angie’s apartment yesterday, giving them an entirely different adventure at 4:00 AM!

I had to smile the other day as Tim finished praying, and commented that maybe we are the only Training Center where we actually pray for water in the morning.¬† ūüôā

(Note, some of these irregularities are related to our building, and others to the water supply in our district. Some people probably do have very reliable water service in Ulaanbaatar.)


Thank you for your prayers for us in this important time! There is an air of expectancy with the Basic Seminar scheduled next week, and we look forward to seeing what the Lord will do in the weeks to come!

In Christ,

– Adam


Adam Waller ~ MyAllForChrist@CadLinx.com

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Christmas in Mongolia

Adam's Updates

Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Ulaanbaatar
, Mongolia

Dear Family and Friends,

In my last update I mentioned that Derrick would be joining David and Rachelle for a three week ministry trip to the Philippines in November of 2006. I want to express a special thank you to those who were praying for my siblings and the rest of the team! We have heard many testimonies of lives that were touched through this outreach. You can read first-hand reports and see pictures of their work at http://cadlinx.com /philippines

Our interest and prayers for the team suddenly took a new turn as we received word that David had gotten sick with an amoeba (a parasite sometimes found in tap water). He had a fever that climbed dangerously high, but with the help of some missionaries he was able to get to a hospital for the necessary treatments. He was weak and dehydrated for several days, but gradually recovered. Four others on the team were later diagnosed with amoeba, but recovered more quickly with prompt medical treatment.

Derrick was taken to the hospital a few days later with symptoms that looked like Dengue fever (a potentially dangerous mosquito borne illness), but it turned out to be a severe sinus infection with some other complications. The Guills, a missionary family that assisted in hosting the team, were of invaluable assistance in medical decisions and keeping our families informed.

Separated by thousands of miles, there was little that we could do, but pray to the One that holds our times in His hands. It was a joy to hear how God answered those prayers, and not only brought a full recovery to each one, but used the times of sickness to draw the team together into even more effective ministry.

Returning to the family in Mongolia on December 10, David and Rachelle were excited to share many encouraging reports from their time in the Philippines. Although the schools and universities are starting to become permeated with humanistic philosophy, they are still very open to Biblical truth. In most cases the team had the freedom to share about character right from the Bible, and to clearly present the Gospel message.

Purchasing his tickets several weeks after the others on the Philippines team, Derrick decided to take the more economical and scenic route back to Mongolia. Flying from the Philippines to Hong Kong, he took the train to Beijing and on to Ulaanbaatar. His arrival brought the whole Waller family together again for the first time in two months.

Among the supplies he had brought from the States, Derrick had included several packages of delicious Wisconsin cheese, from the Burnett Dairy Co-op, a few miles from our farm in Wisconsin. Burnett Diary won a world championship award for their string cheese, and we all enjoyed the special treat.

Leaving for America the next week, Tim and Angie Levendusky and Erin Randall bid Mongolia goodbye after nearly a year of service together. The Waller family would remain in Mongolia as the only foreign staff at CTI until Tim and Angie’s scheduled return at the end of February. Many things are opening up in Korea right now, and Tim and Angie are planning to take the month of February there after spending the holidays with family and friends in the States.

Celebrating Christmas overseas for the first time, our family enjoyed a mixture of family traditions and new adventures. With the relatively few numbers of Christians, Christmas is not very widely celebrated in Mongolia, but the ever increasing Western influence brings with it a confusing mixture of festive materialism.

Taking hold of a timely opportunity, a missionary friend of ours arranged for our family to give a presentation at the American Information Center. Every Friday they have a speaker give a one-hour presentation about the life and culture of Americans, and our family would get to share about how Americans celebrate Christmas.

Although we needed to be a little sensitive in our presentation because of the Information Center’s association with the American Embassy, we felt that it would be a neat opportunity to share some of our family traditions, and some of the history of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. Esther Entner and my Mother worked to prepare ideas for a little skit that we could do of the Christmas story, and printed a number of well-known Christmas carols to give to the attendees.

The forty or so Mongolians that came loved seeing my younger brothers and sisters sing Christmas carols, and enjoyed watching us act out Mary and Joseph and the account of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke. When we opened it up for questions at the end, it was really neat to see the questions that were raised. One lady said, “I often see a star, like the one on the Christmas tree. What is the significance of this, or what does it mean?” -I think she might have been a Christian, and saw an opportunity to let us share more of the reason why the history of Christmas is so special.

Talking with some of the people afterwards, I looked over and saw David with a half dozen or so young people around him, asking more questions. They started with a few general ones, and then went on, “Who is Jesus? I read some things in my history book, but I never heard about this!” “This is the first time that we have heard what Christmas is really about.”

I was greatly encouraged by the response to the presentation, especially considering the little time that we could afford for preparation. Many of the speakers at the Information Center are professionals with far greater credentials, but somehow God seemed to use our family to touch the hearts of the people. One man told us, “I have attended ten of these weekly meetings, and this is the best one yet!” Many thanked us and told us how interesting it was for them to hear the real story behind Christmas.

Christmas shopping, as you can well imagine, is quite a bit different in Mongolia. Wal-Mart does not exist, and the best shopping is at the Narantulzak, a large open market. It is a little like going to a ten-acre open-air garage sale in below zero weather. About ninety percent of what you find there rode the train from China, so there is quite a variety in quality and price, but mostly on the lower end.

A few strings of Christmas lights in the windows added a festive air to our apartment, and the cardboard fireplace and mantle that Samuel had created for our Christmas skit gave the living room a homier atmosphere. Piles of small gifts wrapped in homemade wrapping paper were spread across the floor, but the air was filled with joy and laughter as smaller Wallers unwrapped strangely shaped boxes designed to mystify even the most astute speculations.

Although we tried to cut back on our regular trainings, the month of December seemed to fly past with other projects that came up. I spent several weeks working on a Mongolian brochure for the Basic Seminar coming up next April. After overseeing the translation, and finishing the design and layout, I brought it to the printer, only to discover that they couldn’t print the type of PDF that I had created. Such is life in Mongolia.¬† ūüôā

I spent the next three days recreating the brochure in another program (InDesign), and finding alternative ways to produce the document. I went back to the printer with Plan A, B, C, and D. Thankfully, one of the formats worked for them, and they sent the job on to the printers. It was a blessing and relief to see the job come back in reasonable quality. -It was perhaps just as big of a relief to them, remembering some quality issues we had encountered on the last job.

In serving overseas, it is a great benefit to know and be ready to learn a wide variety of skills. Whether you are showing an electrician how to splice wires together for an electrical repair, explaining computer log files to your Internet service provider to troubleshoot a problem, or helping your printer work with different file formats, there are constant opportunities to learn more about what you are doing.

In the midst of the joys and challenges of daily work and life in Mongolia, we have also seen some reminders of the things that really matter in life. One morning we looked out our window and saw clouds of smoke billowing from behind some buildings a few blocks from our apartment. A little later we heard the siren as a fire truck approached. Fighting fires in freezing weather is difficult, but even more so in Mongolia where the water has to be carried by truck, usually some distance from the fire.

The newspaper headlines the next day read, “Swiss Aid Worker Dies in Fire”. Isabelle Sieber, a 31-year-old missionary died in that fire. Much of the Children’s Home that she worked at was destroyed in the fire, but the children had been rescued by another worker. I don’t think I have ever met Isabelle, but it still brought sadness to loose a fellow missionary.

I attended the funeral with Tim and Angie a few days later. Held in the same church where Isaac’s funeral had been held just a year before, the service was conducted in Mongolian and German. I couldn’t understand much of what was said, but Isabelle’s testimony of love for six years of service in Mongolia had clearly made a powerful impact in the lives of the children and others that she had worked with.

After the service, a lady came up to me and asked, “Are you Adam?” “Yes,” I replied, surprised that she would know my name. “I was here a year ago for your brother’s service. We have your picture on our refrigerator, and we have been praying for you a lot. How is your family doing?” I praise God for the ones that have stood with us in prayer! It is God’s grace, through your prayers, that has carried our family!

Sometimes it is through the trials and difficulties that God’s love and grace are most clearly seen. David was recently talking with a man that works at UBTC, the Bible school facility where we are holding biweekly trainings on the Commands of Christ. That very day, there had been a fire at the Bible School, and the damage was significant. Instead of being disillusioned by the fire, the man was sharing with David some neat things that he felt God was doing through this unexpected¬†trial.

Standing outside on the icy pavement by the front gate to greet our attendees, I remember watching the workers wire together pieces of the metal fence that had been broken apart to let the fire truck into the courtyard. Why does God allow these things to happen? Is it not so that His light and love can more clearly shine through us? If you have a prosperous life, the world may envy your possessions, but when you can see and experience God’s love through suffering, they see the power of His grace.

We continue to see opportunities unfolding all around us. Several requests have come in from World Vision leaders and other groups requesting character trainings, but we are trying to hold off on as many as we can to give us time to catch up on other more pressing issues. David is revising some of our teaching notes on the character quality of Virtue, but soon we will start into teaching the second series of nine character qualities at the Vitsamo juice company and the Batbaigal bakery.

Pray that the Lord will multiply the fruit of our labors in the next few weeks as we try to move forward on a number of projects. I am working to finish a programming job for the Character First! headquarters, and Rachelle is helping coordinate an effort to let people know about the upcoming Basic Seminar in April. Unexpected complications and the unpredictability of our schedule can make it difficult to move forward on these projects, but it is encouraging to see things progressing little by little.



Praise Points:

  • Thank you so much for your prayers for Derrick, Rachelle and David as they served with the team in the Philippines! We rejoice in the safety that God gave the team, and for the returned health of each one. You can read about the trip and see more pictures at: http://cadlinx.com /philippines
  • Moving Family Night to a nearby Bible School facility has allowed the class to grow larger than the twenty-five we are allowed to have in our apartment classroom. The first two meetings at UBTC have gone very well, and the one scheduled for this Friday may be the largest one yet.
  • Tim and Angie had very good meetings in Korea, and plans are underway to assist in the¬†coordination of¬†a Korean translation of the Basic Seminar. Tim and Angie plan to spend several weeks in February working with the Korean families, and we look forward to the unfolding opportunities for the people of Korea. (Just as a point of interest, about half of the Christian churches in Mongolia were started by Korean missionaries.)

Prayer Requests:

  • My parents were able to arrange a three-week visit to Thailand, leaving on January 22. They are looking forward¬†to visiting and seeing the work of¬†two missionary families that have been close friends to our family. Pray that the¬†Lord will give extra grace and wisdom to the Waller children as we carry on operations here, including¬†several larger trainings.
  • The senior pastor of the Holy Way church that we attend in Mongolia is in the final stages of cancer. Pray that God will pour out his grace to Pastor Enkhee and his wife Sodnom as they go through this difficult time. Pastor Enkhee has been a powerful witness for the Lord through this trial, and although his body is growing weaker, his spirit is strong and rejoicing in the Lord.
  • Pray that the Lord will give wisdom in handling the many requests for training that we are receiving. It is hard to turn people away, but we desire the Lord’s wisdom as we make decisions on how to invest our time and energy with our limited staff.


Pictures:

The 2006 Philippines Ministry Team. Anticipating the tropical heat,

David and Rachelle left their winter coats in Mongolia.

Keeping with the traditional $2 limit, our family all bought Christmas

presents for each other. With a family of our size, this makes quite

an assortment.

Matthew was a good guesser, but there were a few

that he didn’t figure out.

Looking west from a nearby hilltop, you can see the building where

my family and I live. Throughout the city there are many blocks of

old Russian-built apartment buildings like ours.

With Nara translating, Dad shares on Christ’s command to “Let your

light so shine.” We heard some very encouraging testimonies at the

conclusion of the class.

Warm greetings from Ulaanbaatar, the coldest

capital of the world! Actually, we have had a very

mild winter so far, with temperatures only dropping

to the teens below zero. (Fahrenheit)

You can see many more new pictures on the Prayer Updates section of our family website.


Interesting Fact:

Sometimes we hear the question, “What is the food like in Mongolia?” Traditionally, the Mongolians eat a lot of meat, especially the families out in the countryside. The food is very simple, usually prepared from flour, water and meat without much seasoning. Fruits and vegetables are more readily available in the city, although most of it comes on the train from China.

Our family does our own cooking, so our meals are a little more of an American style. Spaghetti seems to take the vote as the favorite meal, but we also enjoy some of the Mongolian dishes such as tsuaven, a little like beef stew mixed with a huge pile of noodles. Of the things that we can’t get in Mongolia, one that I sometimes miss is fresh milk. We can buy little boxes of processed milk, but it just isn’t quite the same.¬† ūüôā

On the other hand, there are some tasty fruits that come up on the train from China. Sometimes they freeze on the way up, but we enjoy apples, oranges, bananas, and sometimes even pineapples or kiwi fruit. Right now the mandarin oranges are in season, and very delicious!


Thank you so much for your part in this work! May the Lord bless each one of you with His love and grace today!

In Christ,

– Adam


Adam Waller ~ MyAllForChrist@CadLinx.com

Family Website ~ http://cadlinx.com/wallerfamily

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Return to Mongolia

Adam's Updates

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Ulaanbaatar
, Mongolia

Dear Family and Friends,

October 19th brought the close to a wonderful summer together at the farm, our final weeks being filled with wrapping up many details for our trip, last visits with family and friends, and assembling the needed supplies for our family to spend a year in Mongolia. As I mentioned in my last update, the Lord has greatly blessed us with provision of clothing and other needs through many gracious friends. Even dentist and eye doctor visits were obtained at significant discounts.

Packing all of our things into our van and camper, we drove to the IBLP headquarters in Chicago for a couple days of preparation and repacking as we weighed our bags for the flight. The international baggage limits have been reduced from 70lbs to 50lbs since last year, so we worked together to get all the ship-through bags topped off at precisely 49-50 pounds.

Boarding the plane in Chicago, we waited a half hour or so while the mechanics checked some things on the aircraft. Finally we heard the captain’s announcement that we were ready to go as soon as someone could push us out from the gate. About ten minutes later, we were still waiting when the captain made another announcement that they had just discovered something leaking from the number one engine. -Maybe that is why we couldn’t find anyone to push out from the gate… This fuel leak, as they later determined, was caused by a broken hydraulic part. Thankfully the mechanics were able to find the needed part and get it replaced while we waited on the plane.

This unforeseen delay in Chicago actually turned out to be a great blessing for our family. In traveling to Mongolia, probably the most trying part of the journey for the younger ones is the seven hour layover in Beijing. Because of the delays in Chicago, we finally reached our departure gate in the Beijing airport just 15 minutes before the boarding announcement for our flight to Mongolia!

Landing at midnight in Ulaanbaatar, we were greeted by Tim and Angie and a handful of others to welcome us back and help with our baggage. A thousand pounds of checked baggage, plus all of our carry-on items made for a tight but happy ride back through the familiar streets of Ulaanbaatar. Returning to our former apartments, we found them thoughtfully prepared by a staff only too glad to have us back.

My first few days were spent getting our Internet connection back up and running, and taking care of a computer virus that had infected a couple of our computers. Last year we were able to set up a wireless Internet connection for our office, but a new building just erected next to us came between us and the base station, reducing the signal strength to almost nothing.

Since much of our correspondence with the States is done electronically, this left us puzzling about what to do. Dial-up was possible, but slower and more expensive, our old Russian phone lines are not high enough quality to carry a DSL connection, and other alternatives were far more costly.

Testing our wireless receiver in various locations in our apartments, I made a surprising discovery. From one of the fifth floor windows, if I held the receiver at a precise diagonal angle and tipped down, I could pick up a fairly strong signal. Putting together a cardboard shelf to hold the unit at the correct angle, I waited a day to see if the signal would stay strong. Satisfied with the result, I drilled a couple holes and ran cabling to integrate this back into our computer network.

Seeing the Lord’s blessing in these daily projects and challenges is a real encouragement to us. Another time some loose wiring in the electrical riser caused the power in our main staff apartment to flicker and sometimes go out. One day the wires just burned through and the power went out completely. The maintenance workers for the building are usually very busy and it is sometimes difficult to arrange for repairs on short notice.

My Dad went down to talk with the building manager, who said that she would try to have the electrician come tomorrow to unlock the panel and fix the problem. As my Dad turned to leave, who, of all people, would just “happen” to walk in just then? It was the electrician, and he was quite amenable to the request and helped us get the power restored to¬†our apartment.

Returning to the Holy Way Church on Sunday morning, we were warmly welcomed back by many friends. The church continues to grow, and although the services are entirely in Mongolian, they usually have someone translate for their foreign friends. It is so encouraging to see a strong Christian church, entirely led by Mongolian believers.

Pastor Enkhee is in the final stages of liver cancer, so his son Ideree and others are carrying the primary responsibility for the leadership and preaching. Although thin and often in pain, Enkhee continues to be a strong witness for the Lord, exhorting the people to follow the Lord.

In addition to the ongoing trainings and activities that we are involved in, we continue to receive requests for character trainings from schools, churches and other groups. One that we recently took on was the Aero Mongolia company, the second largest airline in Mongolia. They have four jets and service many domestic routes as well as four International destinations.

As far as we know, they only have two Christians in the entire company, and one, the company secretary, initiated the arrangements for us to be able to come and give weekly character trainings for about 75 workers. The first day we came we were given airport security passes to go out to the training building near the runway.

Looking back, I see the Lord’s hand in this too. None of us knew that a few weeks later some political uprisings and instability would lead to rumors of people possibly banding together and attempting to shut down the airport. Needless to say, airport security is pretty high right now, and they are not issuing any more new airport security passes.

Our first training was an interesting experience. When we arrived we found that the workers were already there and had been waiting for us for some time. (This is not usually a good way to start a training.¬† ūüôā¬† To make matters worse, they had some video playing on the screen that I didn’t even want to look at. Now how do you follow that with a character lesson?

The Lord gave a lot of grace, and the people were at least mildly interested. We had hoped that our fictitious skit of “A day in the life of CTI” would give them a picture of what an office can be like without character, but the people still didn’t seem as open as I was hoping, and at the end someone asked how many weeks this training was going to continue.

The next week we really focused on praying for this group. We can give a “good” character presentation, but only God can open hearts to receive the message. When we went back, I was amazed at the difference! The people were focused and attentive for the entire training. Chingis (one of our staff) led the discussion time at the end, and they even shared some illustrations of how they have seen the importance of attentiveness in their company. By the end of the training there was a definite excitement in the air. When I asked if they enjoyed the training, they broke out in spontaneous applause.

Later, David told me about his talk with one of the flight attendants before the training. He asked where she had learned her English, and discovered that she had been taught by Mormon English teachers for all four years of university. She seemed relieved when David clarified that we are not Mormons, but are here teaching character. This seemed to bring down a barrier, and she was the one that volunteered to share at the end of the discussion time.

This past month marked the one-year anniversary of Isaac’s sudden illness and unexpected death while serving here with us in Mongolia. We had some special times as a family reflecting on memories from last year, and on passages from Scripture that have become especially¬†meaningful to us over the past year. We miss him as a brother, but we rejoice in the things that we see the Lord doing through the testimony of his life.

It is really exciting to see the opportunities that are open before us. In addition to the character trainings, we have also had the opportunity to work with a number of Christian groups where we have the freedom to teach right from the Bible. On two Fridays each month we host “Family Night” at our apartments. Erin leads a program for the children while Tim teaches on the Commands of Christ. Our classroom is¬†technically limited to 25 students, but our last Family Night had about forty people in the main session and another¬†sixteen in the children’s program. We are currently investigating options for a larger facility.

Rachelle and David just left yesterday (November 20th) for a trip to the Philippines where they will join a handful of other young people from the States. For three weeks David will lead the team of eleven as they teach in a number of schools and universities, doing character trainings, and training teachers how to implement character education in their schools.

Just to give you an idea of the schedule, they will be teaching in about 20 different schools, leading training seminars for five groups of teachers (one of the larger groups is estimated at over 200 teachers) as well as sharing at several churches. At many of these schools the team has been given freedom to openly share from the Bible, giving real opportunity to share the message of Salvation and the power that God gives us to develop in character.

My brother Derrick is wrapping up some final projects at the farm before leaving to join David and Rachelle for the trip to the Philippines. Returning after the Philippines trip to join the rest of the family in Mongolia in mid-December, we will again have the entire Waller family together for our first Christmas in Mongolia. Tim, Angie and Erin are schedule to return to the States for the holidays, so our family will maintain operations until Tim and Angie return early next year.

We are so grateful for this season of serving together as a family in Mongolia. It is often stretching as we adjust to the challenges of living in a different culture, but the adventure is all the more rewarding when we see people’s lives being changed. I wish you could have seen the joy on people’s faces at church¬†on Sunday as we looked at a few of the “great and precious promises” that God has given to His children! (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Please continue to pray for us! There are so many unexpected things that come up, and we need the Lord’s wisdom in daily decisions as we respond to the opportunities before us.



Praise Points:

  • We praise the Lord for His work in our family, and the many doors of opportunity that have opened up in this past year after Isaac’s Homegoing last November.
  • After many hours of logistical planning and preparation, this is the first of my Prayer Updates to have a printed copy mailed to those who do not have access to e-mail, or who prefer a printed copy. (Let me know if you are aware of others who would like to be on this list.)
  • I am grateful for the work we see the Lord doing through the Aero Mongolia trainings. We are already beginning to develop friendships with the staff there, and I am encouraged to see the continued interest in character training.
  • Thank you for praying for health for our trip. A week after arriving in Mongolia we had a cold/flu bug go through the family, but we were so glad it was not in the midst of our airline flights to Mongolia!

Prayer Requests:

  • We would be grateful for your prayers for Derrick, Rachelle, David and the eight others that are teaching in the Philippines for the next three weeks. For those that would like further details and updates, you can take a look at their team website at: http://cadlinx.com/ philippines (remove space before “philippines” when typing the link into your browser.)
  • We would also appreciate prayer for a number of health needs around us. Our dear Pastor Enkhee may go to his eternal reward in the next few weeks, so please keep his wife Sodnom and their family in prayer. They have been very supportive of our ministry in Mongolia, and Sodnom and their son Ideree work with us part time.
  • Our Commands of Christ discipleship training classes, and Christian Character Training classes have both¬†exceeded our classroom limitations, so pray that the Lord would give wisdom and direction in finding a larger location to meet. Most schools and public buildings are not allowed to have Christian Trainings, so finding a practical solution is not a simple task.¬† -UPDATE:¬† Just today we received word that UBTC, a local Bible school is allowing us to rent space in their facility! Praise the Lord!


Pictures:

We enjoyed a very special time of fellowship with our extended family

at my uncle’s home just before flying to Mongolia. It would be over

a month before the eleven Wallers would be all together again.

Derrick was able to do some of his own combining at our farm this

fall. He stayed back for a few weeks to finish up some farming

projects before flying to the Philippines to join Rachelle and David.

A couple days before our flight, we were treated to a fine dinner by

the Mullen family. We are so grateful for the families and friends that

stand behind us in prayer while we are overseas.

Our classroom, packed with people wanting to hear about character

with a Biblical background. (Note the open Bibles.) In our private

trainings we have full freedom to share right from the Bible. (Which

is really where the principles of character find their foundation.)

I am excited about what we see happening at the new Aero Mongolia

character trainings. It is an opportunity to build relationships in a

company with perhaps only two known Christians.

Another mountaintop experience. I think it was the coldest picnic

lunch we have ever had, but everyone was in good spirits, and enjoyed it.

You can see many more new pictures on the Prayer Updates section of our family website.


Interesting Fact:

Electrical power in Mongolia is served at 240 volts, twice the voltage used in the United States. Some of the electronic equipment we bring from the States (sewing machines, battery chargers, and some computer equipment) is not equipped to run on this voltage, and requires step-down transformers to work.

Somewhat similar to our farmhouse in the States, there are few power receptacles in the apartments, (most rooms only have one or two single outlets) so we usually use power strips to plug things in. The wiring is often mortared into the concrete wall, and the receptacles are pressure fit, and often come out of the wall. If you trip a circuit breaker, you have to wait for the building maintenance worker to unlock the panel to reset it.

Most American electric stoves use more power than the wiring here can support, so learning to use the Russian electric stoves/ovens can be quite a learning curve. Even at full power, most of the ovens have trouble reaching 350F, so baking can take a lot of trial and error. This week should be exciting as our staff prepares Thanksgiving dinner for over sixty guests!


Thank you so much for praying with us! God is clearly doing a work here, and although we don’t always see the bigger picture, it is a joy to see little glimpses of lives that are being changed for eternity!

In Christ,

– Adam


Adam Waller ~ MyAllForChrist@CadLinx.com

Family Website ~ http://cadlinx.com/wallerfamily

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9

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Change of seasons

Adam's Updates

Monday, October 9, 2006
Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Dear Family and Friends,

On October 17th, just one week from tomorrow, our family is planning to drive to Chicago where we will begin our travel back to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Although we are looking forward to our return to the work in Mongolia, it also brings a close to a wonderful summer together at the farm. The falling leaves and cooler weather give further reminders of changes to come.

Taking the opportunity to attend a father-son retreat, Dad, Derrick, David, Samuel, Matthew and I¬†drove up to the northwoods of Michigan early in September. It has been many years since we last did something with just the guys, and we really enjoyed the time together. Strangely, the ladies seemed to enjoy the time back at home just as much… Although they said something about the food quantities being drastically different.

The main speakers at the conference, Bob and Joe Norvell presented messages on the theme of being more than conquerors through Christ. When we really begin to understand what Christ has done for us through His death on the cross, and our position with Him, we can be more than conquerors in the challenges that we face in our lives.

Joe shared some key messages on how we can experience the abundant life that Jesus promised to us. Not a life free from pressures and trials, but experiencing the power to rise above these challenges in the joy of a relationship with the Lord. It is not by struggling and striving, but by trusting in the Faithful One.

Between the sessions was time set aside for the fathers and sons to spend time together, and the Northwoods Conference Center provided a relaxing environment for some volleyball, kayaking, biking and other activities. Taking advantage of the warm weather, Derrick challenged David and I for a swim across the lake. I stopped at Duck Point after about an hour of swimming, while David and Derrick went on a bit further to reach the other side, well over a mile from our starting point.

I had never swam so far before, and it took me three tries to¬†finally pull myself into the boat where Dad and Matthew were rowing beside us. Looking at my tired arms with admiration,¬†8-year old Matthew asked, “Do you feel stronger?” I smiled, as he went on, “Your arms look a little bigger now.” I had to smile at his heart-felt efforts to encourage his shivering older brother.

Returning back to the farm, I began working in earnest to move forward on the programming project that I am doing for Character First! in Oklahoma City. The Lord seemed to bless these efforts, and I completed a beta (test) version of the program a couple weeks later. It looks like I may need to finish some parts of this project from Mongolia, but the technology of our day presents this as a very viable option.

One of the joys of the Christian life is seeing not only God’s work in the big things, but also His hand in the little things. The Bible tells us that God knows the hairs on our head and every step we take. He created the universe, (just step outside at night and look up at the stars), but He sees the little sparrow fall from its nest. His thoughts towards us, the Bible says, are more than can be numbered!

Well, it wasn’t a sparrow, but it was a little silver pendant on Rachelle’s necklace that had fallen off somewhere, and we couldn’t find it. Just the walk across the grass from our house to the van would entail a search of several hours, even if we knew for sure that it was there. After helping with some initial searches, we stopped and prayed that the One Who knows all things might allow us to find this missing item.

Rachelle thought that we should try driving to the town hall, a few miles away, where we had voted for an election a few days before. It might have fallen off in the parking lot when we got out of the car. We drove to the spot, and less than thirty seconds later, we were holding the pendant in our hands. It was just another testimony to a loving Father that knows our every care! Nothing is too small for Him.

Of several churches that the Lord has allowed us to share at in the past month, a special highlight was the Edinbrook Church in Minnesota. One lady from this church had attended the Christian Campers Club where our family had shared a few months ago, and made the arrangements for our family to share at a church function. The older folks were putting on a special back-to-school party for the youth group, and our friend wanted David to share a message with the young people.

This was David’s first opportunity to share the story of Isaac in a public meeting, and the Lord’s blessing was clearly upon it. A number of people were in tears, and I think all were touched with the message of living with a passion to serve God. The slideshow of pictures, the traditional dress, and special music made for a memorable evening.

Sitting at one of the tables for the meal, I shared with the couple next to me about the work we are doing with Character First!, and the work in Mongolia. They were very interested to hear about what was happening, and after a few minutes, the husband paused and asked, “Have you ever heard of ‘Bill Gothard’?” “Yes!” I quickly replied with a big smile. They were thrilled to hear of the work in progress to translate the Basic Seminar into Mongolian, and shared how much they had been strengthened as new Christians by the Seminar¬†many years ago.

Two weeks ago, the three oldest of us, (Adam Derrick and Rachelle) were somewhat unexpectedly blessed with the opportunity to go to the Northwoods Conference Center for the Eternal Impact Summit, an annual retreat for older ATI students. This year the theme was “Sheer Silence”, hearing God’s still small voice in the midst of a busy world.

I really appreciated the tone¬†that was¬†set when Woody announced that on the first night, there would be no volleyball in the gym, but we were encouraged to get to bed early so we could get up early for a time alone with the Lord the next day. These “sunrise encounters” as they were described in the schedule, would give us the opportunity to spend time in prayer and Bible reading in the stillness of the dawn.

Of course getting up early and going out in the woods does not merit you any special favor with God, but how many times do we miss God’s voice because we are so busy going through our daily routine, with our mind already on the projects of the day? As with any¬†true relationship, God is interested in our hearts. Do we have a heart like David in the Psalms; “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dray and thirsty land, where no water is;”? (Psalm 63:1)

The first morning was a little cool and a drizzling rain made me grateful for my coat and poncho, but through the next few days I did enjoy some very special times alone with the Lord.

The speakers for the conference were especially good, and Ken Pierpont gave some really outstanding messages on what it means to have a daily relationship with the Lord. Sunday morning’s session was like the frosting on the cake as three pastors shared from their lives a message entitled “The Sacred Rhythm of the Mountaintop & Marketplace.”

Based on the pattern we see in the life of Jesus, the title describes how Jesus would have times of intense ministry to multitudes with His disciples, and then how He would withdraw for solitude fellowship with His Father in prayer. We need both of these things. We need seasons of ministry and giving out, but we also need times of being alone with the Lord, and hearing His still small voice in our hearts.

Receiving a call from some dear friends last week, our family was a bit surprised at the request. On behalf of a Christian ministry in the area, they wanted to take our family to the Cities, all expenses paid, to purchase clothing for our family as we prepare to go back to Mongolia! They knew of a good resale shop where we could stop first, and then go on to other stores to get any items that we couldn’t find.

You should have seen our family going through the store, piles of shirts, pants, coats, sweaters, skirts, dresses, etc. piling up on the carts. Can you imagine going through a store, just thinking, “what do I need for this next year…” and putting everything you need into the cart? They told us not to look at the price, but I was amazed to find shirts and pants for a few dollars, and in far better shape than my worn out ones at home!

Several hours later, the shopping was winding down, and the row of carts at the front of the store began to grow as the various Wallers brought their things to the front. An older lady walked into the store, and a look of amazement came across her face as she looked across the eleven carts lined up behind the register. “What’s going on here today? Are they giving stuff away for free? Wal-Mart’s not going to be happy about this!”

It was like Christmas, we said later, as we gathered in the living room that evening to go through our bags of clothing. The Lord had most unexpectedly blessed us in a very practical way as we prepare to go back to Mongolia. Trying out some of the clothing, I told my sister, “I have never had a pair of pants fit so well, right off the shelf!”

Lest you think that life must always be wonderful for the Wallers, let me also say that these days have not been without challenges. I believe that when God opens a door for ministry, there is also adversity and resistance. The Adversary of our souls would like nothing better than to quench the light that God¬†wants us¬†to shine. We don’t fear Satan, but we are not ignorant of his devices. We are told, “Be sober, be vigilant…”

The other day I was sitting at the dinner table where my brother was explaining the details of a software purchase that had turned out to be a scam. Another brother had still not seen any trace of a trailer and load of hay that he was supposed to be paid for a week ago. I had gotten a package that day in the mail, but discovered that the shipper had made a mistake and we got the wrong package. -And the countdown of days marches on.

I trust that the Lord is going to work out all these things, and we are already seeing this, but it is a daily challenge to just trust the Lord, and let Him work out the details as we stay in His will. I had to laugh as we were talking with a local pastor who had invited our family to his home for dinner. He said that he prays for us every day, sometimes several times a day, -which we deeply appreciate. He then told us that he prays we will have adventures! Well, God is certainly answering his prayer! -But I appreciate the heart behind it.

This pastor wisely understands that when the unexpected happens, we often see the hand of God. How could God work out difficult situations in our lives if we never have difficult situations? How can God show the exceeding greatness of His love and power unless we really need it? I love the verses in Romans five: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:3-5

One of the projects that I have wanted to work on this summer was to organize a list of people who don’t have access to e-mail, but would like to receive these Prayer Updates by mail. I am very excited to see this finally coming together. Using the NetPost service on USPS.gov, it looks like I can upload and send out printed copies of my update (even from Mongolia) to a list of postal addresses with minimal time and effort on the part of our friends in the States.

My goal is to expand the reach of these updates to some of our friends that don’t have access to e-mail. If you or someone you know would like to be on this list,¬†(or the e-mail list) please let me know, and I can add¬†their name and address. We know that God is also doing special things through many other families and ministries, but If these updates would be an encouragement to you, we would love to send them.



Praise Points:

  • I am so grateful for the refreshing summer at our farm in Wisconsin. It was so nice to spend time with the family, catch up on some projects, and just to take time for those quiet walks in the woods.
  • Praise the Lord for His special provision for our clothing needs! This will be a real blessing as we travel on to Mongolia next week.
  • Thank you for praying for our airline ticket situation. We now have the tickets in hand, and ready for our trip.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for the details that have yet to be worked out for our return to Mongolia. We have a number of different packages on the way, and need wisdom as we finish up the packing this weekend. We are limited to 50lbs for the large ship-throughs, but with two ship-throughs, one carry-on and one personal item per person, we come out with forty pieces of luggage to carefully tag, weigh and organize for the trip.
  • In the midst of our preparations for the trip to Mongolia, David is also helping coordinate for a trip to the Philippines three weeks after we arrive in Mongolia. David, Rachelle, and Derrick will join a team of several others from the States for three intense weeks of ministry in the Philippines. Tickets and key decisions need to be finalized this week, so we appreciate your prayers for wisdom and discernment.
  • With all the projects to finish, people to see, and things to pack, pray that the Lord will continue to give us good rest and health as we prepare for the trip. The journey to Mongolia is about 32 hours, end to end, so being rested and healthy before the trip is important.


Pictures:

The Waller guys. Matthew was quite excited to be able to go on the

father-son retreat, and fit right in with the group, even though he was

one of the youngest ones in attendance.

Sarah’s cooking skills continue to be a great blessing

to our family.

Back at the Northwoods Conference Center for the Eternal Impact

Summit, Derrick, Rachelle and I enjoyed some quiet hours.

Several of us joined Grandma for lunch after a dentist appointment.

The Waller carts made quite an impressive lineup as we got ready for

checkout with our clothes for Mongolia.

It has been a full and rich summer at the farm, and in some ways it is

hard to leave, but we also look forward with eager anticipation to the

opportunities ahead of us in Mongolia.

You can see many more new pictures on the Prayer Update section our family website


Taller Waller Quote:

Sitting around our kitchen table after a meal one day, I took the opportunity to join in on the conversation about some of our animal projects. Although most of my days are spent working at the computer, I do try to keep at least vaguely aware of the animals we have out by the barn.

Recalling a pretty yellow colored cow I had seen in the pasture the other day, I thought I would make an attempt at intelligent conversation with the farmers of the family. “So, Derrick,” I asked, “what breed of cow¬†is the charolais colored one?” (I thought it was pretty good that I had remembered the technical name of the color.) After the laughter had subsided, I discovered that I must have been the only one that didn’t know that Charolais WAS the breed! Oh, well, I will try harder next time.¬† ūüôā


Thank you, dear family and friends, for your prayers and interest in our family! In just a few days we are scheduled to fly to Mongolia so my next update may well be from the other side of the world. May God bless each of you today!

In Christ,

– Adam


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Virginia Seminar

Adam's Updates

Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Dear Family and Friends,

Touching down in Atlanta Georgia, where I was scheduled to change planes before flying on to Washington D.C., the plane was several minutes behind schedule when it finally arrived at the gate. Knowing that I had just a few minutes to board the connecting flight, I quickly navigated to the departure gate, figuring I had about 10 minutes left for boarding the aircraft.

Pausing at the flight information monitors, my eyes scanned down the list of flights, then across to verify the gate and departure time. Canceled? I double-checked the flight information, but everything seemed correct. Talking to an agent at the gate, I learned that with the recent security changes, the pilots and crews had been flying through the night to try to make up for the delays, but were forced to stop when aviation laws prevented them from flying more than sixteen hours in a day. They simply did not have a crew to fly the plane on to D.C.

More than forty flights had to be canceled that day, and the true character¬†of many was revealed as hundreds of people were faced with an unexpected change in plans. Some, like the lady standing next to me in line at the customer service counter, were very gracious and grateful for the work that the agents were trying to do. She had missed her sister’s wedding, but she had chosen to cheerfully accept what she could not change.

Traveling to Virginia a few days before the Children’s Seminar was to begin, I was grateful for the¬†additional flexibility that this gave me. As Christians, we know that God works all things together for good, (Romans 8:28), but it sometimes stretches our faith to¬†see God’s hand behind the “CANCELED” message.

Waiting in the customer service line for an hour and a half, I had a very good talk with a Christian family near me. They seemed very encouraged to hear of God’s faithfulness and lovingkindness to our family during the time of Isaac’s Homegoing in Mongolia. God knew just how much we would be blessed in that time of fellowship together and He had caused our paths to cross at just the right time.

Flying on to D.C. the next morning, I was met at the airport by the Conrad family. My luggage had already arrived on an earlier flight, so we were soon driving through the beautiful hill country to the Conrad’s home in Virginia. My family had lived in Maryland during 2000-2001, and I enjoyed seeing the tree-covered hillsides again.

It was a blessing to get to know the Conrad family a little more through the week. They have for some time had a desire to coordinate a Basic Seminar for their area, and although Mr. Conrad was away on business, their family was able to work out the arrangements to hold a seminar in Winchester, VA on August 14-19.

Overseeing the Basic Seminar, Mrs. Conrad was aided by her mother who had flown in to help for the week. Her son Blake made the announcements for the main seminar, and assisted me in my role as Team Director/Storyteller for the Children’s Program. Her daughter Madison was primarily responsible¬†for organizing the Children’s Program, and served as the Teacher Trainer/Song Leader.

Blake, Madison, and I took the time we could to plan and work out some remaining details before the seminar started on Monday, knowing that once the seminar was in motion, there would be no stopping until Saturday night. We also felt that we could do more through the Lord’s blessing by setting our planning aside to honor the Lord’s Day.

On Monday morning we drove to the church to set up for the seminar, and took a few more minutes of planning before the training started at 1:00. There were a lot of unknowns, I had never met most of the teachers, we weren’t sure how many children would come, and I wondered how the teachers would respond as I shared about the standards that we intended to uphold through the week.

But God had already been answering prayer, and raised up a wonderful group of teachers. Rarely have I been privileged to serve with such a serious minded, focused group of young people. There was a wholesome spirit of unity and a spiritual focus that bore witness to unseen prayer for this week.

One interesting and sometimes even humorous characteristic with this group is that we all were so quiet. I was wondering how this would work out when the children arrived, but on Monday night, it seemed like God had sent a very quiet group of children too! This actually made a perfect combination, and allowed for more focused sharing and teaching times that you don’t often get with very energetic¬†students.

In past seminars, I have always been amazed to see God’s hand in working through the leaders that make the team assignments, deciding who will be leaders and assistants. It takes a different kind of faith when you are the one in leadership; to trust that God is going to work His perfect will through you. This was a responsibility that we did not take lightly, but I believe God answered our prayers, and clearly directed in putting the teams together.

There were a few familiar faces in the group, and it was a delight to have Donald Staddon serve on Wisdom Walk for the week. Donald and I had worked together in Mongolia for several months, and I was glad to see him again, and to meet his sister Esther who also came to assist with the seminar. Donald and I enjoyed good fellowship with Blake and Daniel on our drives between the house and the church each day.

Shelley and Erin Hunsberger also came down for the first couple days, preparing a hearty meal for the teachers each evening, and assisted Madison with the song leading. They were not able to be with us for the whole week, but it was a blessing to see them again. The Hunsberger family had greatly helped my family several years ago when we moved out of our home in Maryland.

We began each teacher training time by singing a few hymns and then having a time of prayer with our “Prayer Partner” for the week. It was very special to see God answering specific prayers as we committed each night to the Lord, asking God to do His work through us. We can tell stories and teach lessons, but only God can touch hearts and change lives.

On Wednesday evening, I was planning to share a personal illustration, a¬†time when I needed to go back and clear my conscience after telling a lie about seeing a bear. I knew the story well, (of course), but I remember sitting on a bench in the back of the room, staring at my outline. I was feeling somewhat tired, and didn’t know how I was going to have the enthusiasm to tell the story. I was even struggling with trying to come up with a clear message to give at the conclusion of the story.

Slipping back into another room for some personal prayer time, I was suddenly reminded of something. Just before traveling to Virginia, I had gotten a call from our local library that two books I had ordered had come in. One of these, actually requested by my brother David, was entitled “Why God Used D.L. Moody” by R. A. Torrey. -I highly recommend it.

Reading a few paragraphs from this little book before giving it to David that evening, I was struck by the power of the message. One of key reasons God used D.L. Moody was because he was emptied of self-sufficiency, and depended on the power of God. I convinced David to let me read the book on the way to the airport the next morning, and left it in the van when I parted.

Suddenly it struck me. I had just prayed a few hours ago that God would empty me of self-sufficiency, and now God was just answering that prayer! With the encouragement of this thought, I felt a new excitement and grace flow through me, and committing the story to the Lord, I went on to tell the story that night with an energy that only came from the Lord.

Thursday evening was a night that I had been looking forward to since before the seminar began. As I had done at the Shorewood Children’s Seminar, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a testimony of our Loving Shepherd, the Lord who had been with our family as we went through the time of Isaac’s sudden illness and unexpected death in Mongolia.

More than anything else, I wanted the children to see the value of eternal things, and the lovingkindness that the Lord showed to our family through that time. Without Christ there is no meaning and no hope, but with a perspective fixed on eternal things, what the world calls tragedy become a glorious anticipation of endless joy with our Savior Jesus Christ.

Thank you to those who were praying for this story in particular. I believe God answered our prayers in a special way. Several were in tears, but it seems like the message came across. I showed them the character posters that Isaac had designed shortly before his death, and after the story I let the students choose one per family that they could take home as a memory. I had some neat conversations with some of the students afterwards.

Saturday morning began the final day of the Children’s Seminar. For the last large group, I was planning to tell the story of David and Goliath, and have some of the older students act out the various parts. After watching a number of skits through the week, I anticipated that they would enjoy this kind of opportunity.

Well, as the day moved on like a freight train on a downhill track, there simply was not the time to pull aside the older students to plan the story. I didn’t even have a chance to talk with the other teachers about a backup plan before I was scheduled to start my “mouse” story. The David and Goliath story was supposed to follow right after the mouse story, so I was left with the perplexing situation of trying to figure out what to do.

God tells us in James chapter¬†one that if we lack wisdom, we should ask the Lord, who gives it freely to all. This was clearly a situation where the Lord gave a special insight of wisdom in how to handle the situation. After finishing the mouse story, I turned to the children again and asked, “How many of you enjoyed watching the skits through the week?” A titter of approval moved through the group. “Did you ever wish you could be in a story?” More affirmative response. “How would you like to see the inside story of how we put one of those skits together?” I asked, with a big smile.

They were thrilled with the idea, and eagerly took up the various parts of the story. We had enough students for soldiers on both sides, (with balloons for swords), sheep, David’s brothers, King Saul, armor bearers, and army captains, in addition to the main parts of David and Goliath. One of the students played the part of David, and Blake agreed to be Goliath.

Gathering backstage, they all chose props and costumes for their parts. This was the moment they had been waiting for! After some briefing on the general outline of events, clarifying various parts and setting up the video camera, we had a word of prayer, and then launched into the story. It was mainly the teachers remaining in the audience, but I told the story as if we were doing it in front of a hundred children.

To say that they enjoyed it would be an understatement. The creativity and spontaneity of the different parts was really fun to see, and they did a good job following the cues of the narrator. Bringing a memorable closing to a very special week, I am sure that this story was one of the highlights for both teachers and children.

The flight back to Minnesota proved to be almost as exciting as the one to D.C. We left the house a few minutes later than we had planned, but with plenty of time to be at the airport two hours before the flight. What I hadn’t planned for was a significant delay caused by a semi wreck along the road that we were traveling to the airport.

Finally reaching the airport, I had another surprise awaiting me. I had never seen security lines that long! There must have been over 500 people in several different lines waiting to go through the security checkpoints to the gate area. The Conrads helped me locate what seemed to be the shortest line, and after saying goodbye, I slowly inched through the line, praying that I would have enough time to make it to my airplane.

As I neared the end of the line, I looked at my watch again. I knew that it was going to be close, but I had a confidence that the Lord was going to work it out for the best, no matter what happened. (The airline I was flying also allowed standby on a later flight, if I was to miss my plane.)

Crossing the security checkpoint, I quickly tied my shoes, and picking up my briefcase and bag, I walked as quickly as I dared to the terminal. Thankfully there were no additional lines or delays, and I arrived at the gate less than two minutes before my seating area was called for boarding. As I looked around at the empty seats around me, I was again grateful for the Lord’s blessing in letting me make the flight.

Arriving back at our farm, I¬†showed my family a video of the David and Goliath skit, and shared some reports of what the Lord did through the seminar in Virginia. They had “stayed by the stuff”, but they will share in the reward. They may never fully know all that God did in answer to their prayers, but our Father which sees in secret will reward them openly.

Last Wednesday was another special moment for the Waller family as Samuel and Sarah followed the example and command of our Lord Jesus in water baptism. Although this does not bring salvation, it is an important opportunity to publicly identify with Christ, and remember what He has done for us.

The Lord continues to bring opportunities for us to give testimony of His love and faithfulness, and the next few weeks have us scheduled to share at several different churches and meetings. Please continue to pray for us, that the Lord will fill us with His grace as we share, and that people will see God’s great love and faithfulness which is so much better and more important than our little imperfect family.

We are currently planning to return to Mongolia as a family on October 19th. One-year open-ended tickets give us flexibility with our return date, and we trust the Lord to continue to lead and guide in these decisions. The work in Mongolia is currently operating with a small team, but a full schedule is already in the plans for the fall as they anticipate our return.

I am looking forward to our return to the work in Mongolia, and although it will involve more stretching and growing, there is a great joy in knowing that you are right in the center of God’s will. These final weeks at home are quickly filling up as we make plans to get together with various friends and family. We would appreciate your continued prayers for wisdom as we try to make the best use of the days that the Lord has given us here.



Praise Points:

  • Thank you so much for praying for the Children’s Program in Winchester! We had an incredible week that exceeded our expectations. I am so grateful for the teachers that God raised up, and for the children that came. The Lord’s blessing was clearly evident throughout the week.
  • Praise the Lord for a very good time of sharing¬†last Sunday at the Wilderness Fellowship¬†campground. Our family was given the opportunity to lead the Sunday service, and I believe it was a blessing for all of us. Afterwards we enjoyed good fellowship with a number of families that stayed for a fellowship meal.

Prayer Requests:

  • We would appreciate your prayers for our family as we share at the Skonewood Christian Retreat next Sunday on September 10th. We are grateful for the opportunity to share of God’s love and grace, and pray that He will encourage many people through our testimony.
  • Please pray that the Lord will give us wisdom as we try to finalize the details of getting airline tickets issued for our travel to Mongolia. These will likely need to be¬†mailed to us from Mongolia. (Regular airmail takes three weeks to reach an address in¬†the States.)
  • The baggage allowances have changed significantly since our family traveled to Mongolia last year, so pray that the Lord will give us wisdom on which items will be most important for us to carry with us.


Pictures:

I was so encouraged to see the maturity of the team of teachers that

the Lord raised up to serve in the Winchester Children’s Seminar.

After sharing about my brother Isaac on Thursday evening, I went

around to the teams and gave the students posters to take home as a

special memory from the story. Isaac had designed these posters in

Mongolia shortly before the Lord called him Home.

The latest creative project… Samuel spearheaded this one, building a

raft with some empty five gallon buckets. The challenge was to come

up with a design the would not damage the buckets, and could be

disassembled for transport. Well done, Samuel!

Matthew helps pound in some nails left over from the old cedar shake

roof on a small shed. We all worked together to replace the roof.

Sarah and Samuel shared their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ,

and then were baptized as a public testimony of their decision to

follow the Lord. The same pastor baptized my parents in the same

lake over twenty years ago.

Under the shade of a tree, Dad reads from a biography to the younger

ones. We have all enjoyed the time together as a family this summer.

You can see many more new pictures on the Prayer Update section our family website


Interesting Fact:

A few days ago I was watching Rachelle turn another batch of pancakes on our griddle, and started thinking, “I wonder how many pancakes we eat in a year?…” According to my calculations, with pancakes for breakfast an average of twice a week, our family eats over ten thousand pancakes in a year!


Thank you for your continued prayers for our family! I believe the Lord is doing a special work through the opportunities that He has given us to share of His faithfulness. Thanks for being a part of that work!

In Christ,

– Adam


Adam Waller ~ MyAllForChrist@CadLinx.com

Family Website ~ http://cadlinx.com/wallerfamily

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9

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Day by Day

Adam's Updates

Thursday, July 20, 2006
Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Dear Family and Friends,

Several weeks ago found our white van and camper traveling the highways again, this time up to the little town of Twin Valley in northern Minnesota where my Dad had grown up. His school was having a ten-year all-school reunion, and Dad felt that it would be a good opportunity for us to go there as a family.

There was quite a turnout at the reunion, with several hundred traveling in from all over the country. Dad introduced us to a number of his classmates and teachers, several of whom were Christians and excited about what our family has been doing in Mongolia.

On Sunday morning my Dad prayed that we might find a good church that we could attend. Not finding much in the area, we joined most of the guests for the community church gathering in the high school gym. That afternoon we did a little more driving, stopping at a small arena where some rodeo type competition was taking place.

You would have smiled if you could have seen us standing there by the fence in our Sunday dress shirts and ties, and the ladies in nice dresses, watching the cowboys galloping after the calves. Another spectator came over and asked if we had just come from church.

Encouraged to find some like-minded Christians, she talked with my parents for some time, then cordially invited us to come to her house for some lemonade and cookies. After a snack she took us out to her barn where we had an opportunity to ride a couple of her horses. This was a real treat, especially for the younger ones.

She also invited us to the evening service of a small Independent Baptist church that she attends. Thinking of our conservative choices in music, my Dad inquired about the music that they had at her church. “Oh no,” she told us. “If we ever got drums, our pastor would probably leave.”

What a blessing the Lord had in store for us there! It was one of those churches where our family made up about a fourth of the congregation, but the people were very warm and friendly. We didn’t know a single person there, and their¬†curiosity¬†about our family grew as they learned that we had been doing mission work in Mongolia.

It was such a treat to be in a church that loves the hymns! We all joined enthusiastically in the singing, the older ones singing some parts. At the close of the singing time the pastor looked over at our family and said, “Well, I don’t know much about your family, but I can see that you love hymns. Do you sing as a family?” Seeing our smiles and my Dad’s nod, he went on, “I don’t usually do this, but would you all like to sing something for us at the end of the service? You can pick one from the hymn book… or if you can’t decide… there is always number 202.”¬† ūüôā

At the close of the service we brought our hymnals to the front and sang hymn number 202. This song, like many, has taken on special meaning to us after Isaac’s Homegoing. Most of you know the words, but here is the third verse:

Help me then in every tribulation so to trust Thy promises, O Lord,

That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation offered me within Thy holy Word.

Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting, E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,

One by one, the days, the moments fleeting, Till I reach the promised land.

Only later did we learn the significance of hymn 202, “Day by Day”. It was one that his three daughters used to sing when they were young, and at a time when his wife was going through some serious medical challenges. His only regret is that he never recorded it.

The Lord is so gracious to have given us this sweet fellowship on Sunday evening, and all so unexpectedly, after the days of seeing around us so much emptiness without Christ. How could we have ever found this little tiny church in the country, surrounded for miles around with farms and fields, had it not been for that¬†kind¬†lady who was “not forgetful to entertain strangers.”

Back at the farm, another lesson the Lord continues to teach me is in taking time with my younger brothers and sisters.¬†Working at my desk upstairs one day, I heard little footsteps come in the room and Matthew said “Adam, come and see what we found.” After looking at the baby mouse they had found, we were walking through the shed together, looking at some of the potential projects around us.

Having some idea of the direction that Mom and Dad were wanting for our creative projects, I tried to steer away from the go-cart idea, and the hovercraft idea didn’t really seem too practical. Suddenly struck with an idea, I asked, “Don’t we have an old bike frame laying around somewhere?”

A half hour later, Samuel and I were working to take the rusty chain off an old bike frame, and I went over more of the idea with them. “Do you remember seeing those two-wheeled carriages that horses pull? Like the one the Zacharias’ have?” Yes, they remembered that one. “Well, I thought we might be able to make something like that that we could pull behind a bicycle.”

The wheels were turning as we exchanged ideas, but it took a couple more hours working on the bearings before the literal bicycle wheels were turning smoothly and ready for a frame. After seeing the 12-foot model airplane, a friend once told us “If you had a welder, you guys would be seriously dangerous!” Well, I don’t know that we ever got to the “seriously dangerous” stage, but having a welder has given us a few more options on our projects and repairs around the farm.

Using a bike frame and some metal pipe, we were able to construct the basic frame, and Samuel helped build the wood platform for the seat. The conduit poles that I had originally planned turned out to be a bit more flimsy than I had realized. I wasn’t sure that I really wanted to buy the more expensive galvanized water pipe, so I was encouraged to look around in our old barn.

I was delighted to find a length of some old disconnected water piping of just the right size! This turned out to be exactly what we needed, and just before dinner the next day I had completed making the hitch from an old v-belt, and we were ready for a test ride. The carriage performed well, and everyone enjoyed the ride up and down the lane before we came in for dinner.

At the dinner table Sarah commented that she had never seen me so dirty before, (since I am usually working on the computer) but I wasn’t the only one working hard that day. Moving forward with one of his objectives for the summer at the farm, Dad had been working in the garage for several days, sorting through boxes and getting rid of things that we don’t need.

Almost single-handedly, Dad worked to turn the cluttered garage into a more organized environment with a large open area in the center. I admire his diligence and initiative in taking on a project of that size, and bringing it through to completion. Our Ping-pong table now stands in the center as a tribute to this reclaimed ground.

Living in an older farmhouse also brings new learning experiences as we try to keep everything up and running. Going down to the cellar to re-light the water heater, I found traces of smoke and soot on the outside of the unit. Over the next few days I was able to unravel the mystery, and in the process I learned more about how these water heaters work.¬† ūüôā

Apparently the soot had slowly built up on the main burner, restricting the mixture of gas (LP) and air flowing through the burner. Since the gas was injected at a fixed rate, the air volume slowly went down, creating a smoky yellow flame on the burner, and accelerating the carbon buildup. This had finally plugged the exhaust vent at the top, causing the flame to spill out the side of the unit.

I was grateful that the Lord allowed me to remove two very difficult nuts, allowing us to clean the burner assembly and make the necessary repairs ourselves. Things are back up and running well now, and the water heater has a nice beautiful blue flame.¬† ūüôā

Well, with our hot water we have also be enjoying, (or enduring) some hot days (and nights). Those who have lived in the second story of an old farmhouse when the temperature soars above 95 can understand what it was like.¬† ūüôā¬† Window fans are a blessing, but I must confess that I was often thinking of what it must be like for some of the missionaries in very hot places in the world. -And many of them don’t have fans.

Thankfully the weather has cooled down again, and we even got a little bit of desperately needed rain today. We are continuing to pray for rain for Derrick’s crops. Some farmers in our area are already chopping up their corn fields into silage, realizing that they won’t get a crop this year.

This week David, Rachelle, Sarah and Samuel are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where David is leading two weeks of Bible Clubs. He has been planning this for months, and it is exciting to begin seeing the fruit of his labors. I am especially excited for Sarah and Samuel to be a part of this opportunity, since they were not old enough to teach at the Bible Clubs in Oklahoma City several years ago.

David is working with Andrew Matthews, and a team of 19 young people, mostly from the Heritage Baptist Church in Blain, Minnesota. After two full days of training, they started the first set of Bible Clubs on Monday. I just talked with David last night, and he shared some exciting reports of what God is doing through this outreach. Two children had trusted Christ for Salvation that day, and at least two others were seriously considering this decision, and desiring further discussion with their leaders.

Next week I am planning to lead a week-long children’s program held in conjunction with a Basic Seminar in Shorewood, Minnesota. I would appreciate your prayers as I tell the stories for the assemblies, and oversee the children’s program. It is always a time of intense energy output, but it is exciting to see lives impacted as we make known to the generations to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength, and the wonderful works that He has done!

*** P.S. ***

If you replied to my last update, and you didn’t hear back from me, I probably did not get your e-mail. We had some technical issues with our e-mail service provider that caused certain types of e-mails to be deleted. (Technically speaking, HTML e-mails with embedded pictures.) This issue has been resolved now, and we would love hearing from you!


Praise Points:

  • Praise the Lord for the salvation of Megan and Anne at the Backyard Bible Clubs yesterday! Pray that they would grow strong in their faith, and that others would also come to accept the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ.
  • I am grateful for the time that we have been able to spend together as a family at our farm. I am learning that “little” things like fixing a bicycle really mean a lot to a younger sibling.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please continue to pray for David, Rachelle, Sarah, Samuel and the team as they teach at Bible Clubs in Minneapolis, Minnesota this week and next week. Last night David told me that they feel a lot of spiritual opposition, but they also see some really neat things happening in the lives of the students and teachers.
  • I would appreciate your prayers for the Children’s Program that I will be leading next week. My life has been greatly impacted through this type of ministry, and I am excited to see what the Lord will do through this seminar.
  • Derrick is one of many farmers in the area that¬†would also appreciate prayer for rain.


Pictures:

Samuel watches over the rail as the cowboys prepare for the next round

of competition.

How little did we imagine that we would have the opportunity to ride a

horse ourselves just a couple hours later!

While the crops are not doing well with the lack of rain

this year, the dry weather is nice for baling hay. Derrick

has a growing stack of square bales (yes, they are actually

rectangles) in our steel shed.

Lydia, Matthew and Rebecca pause for a picture before I took them on

a ride up and down our lane last evening.

Here Sarah tells a story for one of the clubs. Please remember to pray for

the teams as they are sharing in Bible Clubs this week and next week.

You can see many more new pictures on the Prayer Update section our family website.


Smaller Waller Quote:

Yesterday at the dinner table we were discussing astronauts and space travel. As I attempted to describe a “space station,” Rebecca got an inquisitive look as she tried to understand how a space shuttle would bring people to the space station. “Do they have garages up there?” she asked. “No, Becca,” Matthew quickly replied. “-It never rains up there!”


Thank you¬†so much for your continued prayers! These weeks of Bible Clubs and children’s seminars have great potential for changing lives forever.

In Christ,

– Adam


Adam Waller ~ MyAllForChrist@CadLinx.com

Family Website ~ http://cadlinx.com/wallerfamily

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” – Galatians 6:9

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