Elizabeth Baran

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My Journey

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As a missionary wife, there are some questions I get asked a lot.  Whether it be a family member or church, inevitably I’m asked, “Do you like living in the Philippines?” My answer is a genuine YES! But that wasn’t always the case.  As a young wife, I completely supported Chris and was excited to serve the Lord in the Philippines. Then we took our survey trip…and suddenly I found myself looking at the reality of living in a third world country. Honestly, I didn’t think I could do it!  Everything was just so foreign, so different from anything I knew. I prayed, “Lord change this country so I can live here and serve You.” A very spiritual prayer, I know. :) But then something amazing happened in my heart. God brought the testimonies of other missionary wives to my attention. One phrase jumped at me…“Different isn’t always bad, it’s just different.” God used this over and over to prepare me for life in the Philippines. During the rest of our survey trip, God helped take my focus from me to the need around me.  By the time our survey trip was over, my prayer had changed from, “God change these people…” to “God change me so I can help these people.”  Now, almost 5 years later, the Philippines has become home. It’s funny, as a missionary you go to another country to reach out and help people and yet God uses these same people to help us. I’m so thankful to see how God has grown me throughout my personal journey. Not that I’ve “arrived” or become super spiritual but I realize how weak I am and how much I need God to work in my own heart. 

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Provision

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It was one of those mornings…we had traveled several hours the day before and arrived at our hotel late. The kids were full of energy and I was doing my best to keep up. :) The three of us finished our breakfast at the hotel and started to leave when a lady approached us. She told me it had been a treat to watch the kids enjoy their breakfast. She then asked where we were from and I told her we were missionaries to the Philippines.  She smiled, “Thank you so much for what you do! We’re Baptists and we love how God is using missionaries around the world!” I took the kids back to our room and realized that I completely forgot to get Chris his breakfast! I ran back downstairs, a little flustered. This time the lady’s husband approached me. He said, “Are you and your husband missionaries?” I smiled, “Yes, sir.” He reached for my hand and gave me a one hundred dollar bill. I stood there in shock. I didn’t know these people. We weren’t even in church! This was a morning I was just trying to survive. My eyes teared up as I thanked this couple for being a blessing!  Here I was in a hotel in Texas when the Lord brought this dear couple across my path. God let me know I was on His mind, even when I wasn’t expecting it. 

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Seven Years

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We celebrated our 7th anniversary on November 28th. We can’t believe its been seven years already! It doesn’t seem possible. This has been an amazing journey and it has been wonderful to see us both grow through it. We’re not perfect but God has blessed us with a fun and happy marriage. I am so thankful to be married to my best friend, serving our Lord together.

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Thanksgiving

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We pray you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families! It may seem cliche, but we have so much to be thankful for. Truly.  We were blessed to be home this year for all the festivities; visiting with cousins, aunts, uncles, and great grandparents!  It was the first Thanksgiving in the States Micah has participated in and the first that Abbie would remember.  Micah found the dessert table and said, “This is going to be so yummy!” It was a wonderful Thanksgiving the kids will remember for years to come. We were so thankful to be home for the holidays, I hope you took the time to thank the Lord for all the blessings in your life! :)

 

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