Elizabeth Baran

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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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Kids & Culture Shock

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Culture shock. It’s something our kids are experiencing right now. :) When we arrived at the¬†house where we are staying, Abigail, dropped to the floor and said, “The ground is so soft mom!” Micah quickly followed his sister’s example and laid beside her, “Can we sleep here???” In Cebu, everything is concrete so these carpeted floors became the new big thing in our family. :) Another significant difference the kids noticed was the drinking water. Drinking water from the faucet is a big NO-NO in the Philippines. It can make you terribly sick, so we taught our children not to drink it. So when I filled our glasses with water from the sink, Micah started to cry. “Please, mom! You told us not to drink the yucky water!” His genuine concern for us almost made me cry. ¬†Overall, the kids are loving their time in the States. They have a million questions about everything they see and it is so much fun to introduce them to our homeland.

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