Sunday, September 24, 2017

OCTOBER 2017 Letter LIVING WELL

NO DINNER!

Yes, that’s right. LIVING WELL is not having a ministry dinner this year.

We will celebrate another year of LIVING WELL well all day on November 9th!

Our annual event is:
  • To share about our ministry 
  • Our only fund raising event of the year
To share, we will have an open house at our office during the day and in the evening if you would like to come by, say hi, and see where we work.

We will have live videos posted on the LIVING WELL Facebook page through the day and by email. We will talk about what is happening in the ministry.

To donate, you can mail in a check, donate online, or come by our office and leave a donation – our most important single day of fundraising for the year!

We hope you will be a part of that day in whatever works for you!

Of all the issues that come up in marriage or any relationship, the issue of unforgiveness is one of the most damaging. Unfortunately, Christians struggle with forgiving each other when they are hurt. When we truly understand the magnitude of God’s forgiveness for us and receive that, it makes forgiving others easier.

We all need forgiveness. As one author said, Christians should be “professional forgivers.” We often have a hard time giving up our desire to punish another person for the pain we experience. Please read OUR BLOG for more info about the important subject of “forgive vs. punish.”

Construction of Classroom Building #3 is progressing well at WISDOM Christian School! The roof is going on! For more info and pictures, see the WCS website, www.wisdomchristianschool.com or WCS facebook page.

Our containers were picked up to ship to Zambia! Pray for the funds to cover the expense of the shipment ($1500) and the safe arrival. DONATE NOW

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Pray for the funds and shipment of our containers to WCS.


The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September 2017 Letter LIVING WELL


Hmmmm ....... could this be a failure to communicate? This ad is a funny example of misunderstanding in communication. 

Can you think of a time when a misunderstanding in communication became a serious problem? It happens between individuals and in families. It happens in business. It happens between governments.

We can’t begin to tell you how many times that we misunderstand each other every week. We often tell people, “We finally learned to communicate, but now we can’t hear each other.”

We can laugh about the subject, most of the time. But misunderstandings can be very serious in any relationship – most of all in marriage.

We all want to be understood, but how much do we want to understand the other person? Our blog [click here] delves into the realiites of understanding versus misunderstanding in communication.

We are packing the containers to ship to WISDOM Christian School. We are shipping enough donated monitors and keyboards to equip 10 computers. We also have lots of books and school supplies because of generous donations from many people. We still need about $1500 for shipping the containers and for purchasing 10 Raspberry Pi computer parts. [Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, basic, and small computer, perfect for use in 3rd world countries.) DONATE NOW

Construction of Classroom Building #3 is progressing well at WISDOM Christian School! The walls are up! For more info and pictures, see the WCS website, www.wisdomchristianschool.com .

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Pray for the funds and supplies for our containers for WCS

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

AUGUST 2017 Letter LIVING WELL


“I want to buy a new sofa.” “We can’t afford it.”

“I booked us a vacation to Mexico.” “How are we going to pay for it?”

Any of those encounters sound familiar?
How often is money the source of marital conflict?
Why do couples get a divorce over finances?

Our letters have included teachings about marital problems and solutions for the last couple of years. Money is one of the big ones, especially in the early years. [see our posts on Money: Concur or Clash]

Recently, we met with the Marriage and Family team that we lead at our church. We went around the group and shared what we did to make our marriage strong. Several couples cited managing their money as a top attribute.

For us, many years ago, we concurred on a spending plan. That step was one of the easiest and most helpful that we have taken, releasing some of the tension of in our relationship. We have seen the fruit of following the Lord in agreement!

Why would anyone NOT want to seek the Lord about their money?

What we have seen most often is that: 
1) they believe it’s their money and they decide how to spend it,
2) they don’t want anyone telling them what to do with their money, not their spouse or God,
3) they don’t have the relationship with Him to know how to do that, and/or
4) they don’t have the self-discipline to make a plan.

Construction of Classroom Building #3 is underway at WISDOM Christian School! We are also packing containers of school supplies and computer equipment to ship next month. For more info, see the Facebook page for WCS.

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,
Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Pray for the funds and supplies for our containers for WCS [$1200].

The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

JULY 2017 Letter LIVING WELL

Every mission trip packs bags full of emotions from joy and delight to heart wrenching compassion.

We experienced great joy and delight in seeing:
  • The kids at WCS again – how they have grown, and their enthusiastic greetings
  • How well the school is doing
  • The team work together and seeing their gifts and talents emerge
  • God at work through the lessons to touch the hearts of many children with the message of Christ 
  • The joy of the kids and the team members as they interact
  • God at work in the hearts of each team member
  • The attendance of the parents/guardians and community at the end of the week, when the kids sang and presented the puppet show
  • The aspirations of the Children of Wisdom for their future
  • The enjoyment of the kids while participating in all the activities of Camp Wisdom


Heart wrenching compassion came as we saw/heard:
  • The stories of some of the Children of Wisdom who are living in very dire situations (see some stories in the days to come at the WCS website) 
  • The children who aren’t in school and hang around in the community
  • The poverty in the community 


In Zambia, we are constantly reminded that strong, godly, intact families are so important there and here. Back in our office, we continue to fight the good fight to preserve and strenghten families with homes that love and honor Christ.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12

Another exciting development is WCS classroom building #3! We met with a contractor and are negotiating details to begin construction of another classroom building. It will have two regular classrooms, a computer lab, and a smaller classroom for a kindergarten class.

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Pray for our wisdom as we offer God’s healing to couples.
The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Monday, May 01, 2017

MAY 2017 Letter LIVING WELL

A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in the little things is a great thing.
 Hudson Taylor

We want to thank YOU for your faithfulness to pray for us and to support us. We strive to be faithful with our time, our resources, and our devotion to the Lord and to each other. Please continue to pray for the Lord to supply wisdom and provision for us.

It’s amazing the way little things can become big things, whether it is in our home, in the work place, or with friends. A small maintenance task in your home left undone can become a major problem. Forgetting a special day in the life of a family can cause great hurt. Leaving an encouraging note for a family member, friend, or co-worker can buoy spirits and create special bonds between people.

What does it mean to be faithful? It means that someone is reliable, trustworthy, steadfast, and devoted; that they keep their word and are dependable.

Being faithful to your wedding vows is highly valued by your spouse. Being faithul to do your job thoroughly is valued by your employeer and colleagues.

Our Lord tells us to be faithful to Him and to His Word. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. (Proverbs 3:3) He says that it will bring favor from Him and from other people. Faithfulness is a respected quality even in our culture today. For more on this topic, see this page about faithfulness versus infidelity.

The Lord has been very faithful to us. Besides His care for our everyday life, He has been faithful to supply wisdom as we counsel, to raise up a wonderful Zambia Mission team again this year, and to provide for our needs every day.

We are in our last month of planning and preparation for the June mission. Our theme this year is “Follow Me” and is centered on Peter, the disciple, and his relationship to Jesus. We can all identify with Peter many times in our lives. He is an interesting Bible character to study and teach about.

Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement.

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Pray for our Zambia team and the WCS kids and teachers in preparation of the June mission trip.

The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

APRIL 2017 Letter LIVING WELL

Debt is a huge issue in our culture.

The average household that has credit card debt owes $16,000. That number is $27,000 for auto loans, $48,000 for student loans, and $169,000 for mortgages. Some people are trying to pay off their personal debt. Others consider themselves to be “debt free.” 

Imagine having a debt so large that you could never pay it off. And the debt has a deadline. If you do not pay it off by the deadline, you will die. What do you do?

Some people would run around trying to get enough money to pay off the debt, even though it was insurmountable. Others would try to borrow enough money. Some people might think that they are persuasive enough to talk themselves out of it. People of high position might think that they are too important to pay the penalty of death.

We each have a personal debt that is too large for us to pay – it is the debt of sin.
 
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14

First, we have to acknowledge that we have sinned and have a debt to pay to be able to receive Christ’s forgiveness. We have to admit that we can’t pay the debt and we are not good enough to escape its penalty. After we receive the forgiveness of our sin, then what do we do? 

We trust Him. We look forward to that day when we will stand before His throne, repeating the wonder that He died to save our souls. Yes, we will trust Him today, and forsake the foolish pursuits that used to consume our lives. We will stop condemning ourselves for past sins. We will relinquish the shame we’ve harbored for so long and we will abandon our self-absorbed efforts to make ourselves worthy. We will turn from our sin, we will trust him, and we will sing. We will sing and, “Praise the One who paid our debt, And raised our lives up from the dead.” John Piper

We pray that you will receive His forgiveness and praise Him as we focus on His death and resurrection during this Easter season.

We are meeting, planning, and praying for our next mission trip to Zambia in June this year. If you would like to give to this mission, DONATE HERE. We are still praying that the Lord will provide the remaining $5,200 to fund the mission costs at the school.

Thank YOU for your prayers and support as we work with couples and as we support and develop WISDOM Christian School in Zambia

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards
P.S. Please pray for our June mission trip.

FEBRUARY 2017 Letter LIVING WELL

Thank YOU for your prayers!

We just returned from our mission trip to Zambia. The mission was very successful!

Pastors Marriage Enrichment Conference:
  • The pastors and their wives responded very positively to the Biblical teachings that we brought them, even when they went against their changing culture. 
  • Marriages in Zambia are at an interesting juncture. Many of the people were born in a day when their fathers had more than one wife. At this time, polygamy is not common in Zambia, especially in urban settings. Their culture is very male dominated but that is also changing. Even though Christian men may have only one wife, many of them still operate with the idea that the wife has the same status as their children and their possessions. 
  • They are now recognizing God’s admonition to live with oneness in their marriages. They are still seeking to understand how to live that out. They expressed their need and desire to learn how to do that. The beauty of sharing Biblical truth is that it is clear and applicable to every generation and culture. Please pray that these couples can implement what they learned and share the truths with their congregations.

WISDOM Christian School:

  • What a blessing to visit WCS as the new school year is beginning!
  • We saw the food service crew cook and feed 3rd & 4th graders one day and the 1st & 2nd graders on another day. The children are getting some form of protein in every meal. Currently, the children get one lunch per week. As funding increases the lunches served will increase.
  • We got to open the barrels that we shipped at the end of October. Everything arrived in good shape! The teachers were excited to get the school supplies and many books that we sent through YOUR donations. 
  • We met with two contractors about another classroom building, which we will begin as soon as the funding is complete. We need about $20,000 at this time.
The CHILDREN of WISDOM are excited about school. We can’t wait to go back in June and bring more friends!

Is God calling you to go with us?
We will finalize a team by the end of February. Please contact us ASAP if you are interested in going!

We are also preparing for our 6th annual Together Forever marriage celebration on February 24. It will be a great evening of food, photos, door prizes, and laughter! Please join us. See pcbc.tv/events for more info.

February is a month of love and Valentines Day, see more on LOVE AND ROMANCE here!

Our love in Christ,

Donna and Ed Edwards

P.S. Praise for a successful mission.
Pray for God’s people for our June mission trip.


The water that I will give him will
become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. 
John 4:14b 
LIVING WELL is a life source, not a life style.