Happy New Year! What an amazing year this granny has had!
To keep going without Les has been a sobering challenge for me, but as invitations began to come my way, I found myself packing my suitcase and heading out on my own to be part of missions conferences, Vacation Bible Schools, or Women’s Retreats in Memphis, Hattiesburg (MS), Dothan (AL) 6, Hixson (TN) 5, and Virginia. To my great surprise, I did all right and gained many friends along the way.
hen, because I have a grandson who plays baseball for the University of Miami, I am proud to say I am the loudest, most loved Baseball Grandma at the University of Miami. I went to all his home games and also saw him play in several out of town games, cheering all the way! By the way, he was named his team’s home run champion, Rookie of the Year, and to top it off, named a Freshman All-American (Perfect Game). Do you wonder why I am the “cheering-est” and loudest Grandma at the games? I also made my second Halloween Birthday appearance at the UM ball practice so the team could sing “Happy Birthday” to me – and this time they had me join them at the pitcher’s mound where they were waiting to sing! Now that is something not many Grannys can claim! 1
Then came a wonderful week with two granddaughters and their Moms in Cancun. It was Mother’s Day while we were there and to hear my granddaughters tell their Mothers of their love and appreciation will be a long lasting memory of joy and fun being with some of my amazing family. 2
In August, Grandson Daniel got married. This was the fifth grandchild to get married —and believe it or not— they have married in chronological order so far! Daniel went to the University of Miami and his Grandpa had many conversations about his studies, always giving him biblical truths to stand above all he was learning. Daniel married a beautiful young lady from Atlanta, Julie Breedon: her background has intertwined with the Thompson family here and there through the years, but we still didn’t know her. Amazing. 3
And then came an invitation to return to Latin America and off I went to Nicaragua in October. I was first on the program and when I saw the big conference room fill up with over 230 pastors and wives, I wasn’t sure my legs would hold me up. It was my privilege, though, to tell those folks who had previously sat under Les’s teaching that I was doing all right and learning that the God we love and trust is taking care of me. And then we played a video of Les teaching on God the Father. 4
hen it was over, the applause moved me –and them– to tears.
Returning home, I quickly repacked my suitcase and went with my Miami family to San Jose, California for Thanksgiving. 7 Grandson Matt and his wife, Laura, are there. I have other family there, so it was a wonderful family week of rest and relaxation catching up with beloved Californians.
The second week in December, I returned to Cuba with son Ed, grandson David, LOGOI’s resident professor, Al Valdes, and a couple from our church who have Cuban roots. 8David took baseball equipment for some church teams and was invited to return next summer to play in a tournament with them. We traveled every single day to visit many different churches. I knew many from past visits so out came my tears! I gave Christmas decorations to ah’s and oh’s. Christmas is not very evident in Cuba. But my heart broke as I saw our Cuban director’s wife searching for bars of soap and I had brought silly sparkly things. The highlight of the trip was hearing David give his testimony which included: “…Grandma doesn’t know this yet, but I feel God is calling me to keep LOGOI going like my great-grandfather, my grandpa, and my dad.” He was sweetly welcomed into the Cuban family of God.
Because we work and train indigenous men and women to be national pastors and missionaries, it costs us a remarkable $5 per month to provide the Bible resources and tools they need. Our plan is to ask YOU to partner with us and help us spread the word of what God is accomplishing through LOGOI’s ministry. Can we count on you?
We serve a wonderful and mighty God. What a joy for this Grandma to keep going and seeing my Heavenly Father caring for His children, including me.
P.S. Last exciting news: a new great grand baby, 9 Elise, was born in August to join her big sister in Atlanta. And what a thrill to be told another great grandbaby is coming this summer – RJ and Carolyn March announced this while I was with them in Titusville for Christmas! 10