Sunday, February 21, 2016

Family of the Week

In our last blog post, I wrote that one of my love languages is words of affirmation.  Last week, we received a package in the mail that filled our love tank!  It was a notification from World Gospel Mission that we are Family of the Week!  All the staff members in one of the departments wrote us an encouraging note, promising that they would be praying for us during their one-hour Thursday morning prayer meeting.

We are so grateful that the Lord called us to World Gospel Mission!!  They have really been a blessing to us and continue to affirm us!  From working with the mobilization staff during the extensive application process; to our time in Cambodia with President Harriman and his wife and with the couple serving as Asia/Europe area directors; to our many meetings, e-mails, orientations, and our week living at Headquarters; our sense of belonging with WGM has only grown stronger.  Praise God!!

Kevin  & Becky Zirkle (Area Directors), President Harriman and his wife, Sarah, and us
My family has a long history with World Gospel Mission.  As a little girl, my sister and I attended a week-long children's camp for WGM kids every summer; and when my granddad passed away, my grandmom gave his car and many of his possessions to WGM.  When I was in high school and we were assigned to "job shadow" individuals working in our career fields of interest, my guidance counselor sent me to WGM for two days.  Now I have my own page on WGM's website ( and my daughter's name is painted on the wall in the WGM nursery room!  It feels somewhat surreal and I am amazed and blessed to look back and see how God has directed us!

A snowy view of Headquarters during our week-long orientation in January
We look forward to the day that a Cambodian flag flies on one of the empty poles at WGM Headquarters.  When that happens, it will not be because of us - it will fly in honor of God's faithfulness to lead us, His faithfulness to lead WGM, and your obedience to obey His call in giving to and praying for His Kingdom work in Cambodia.

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To see Christ glorified in Cambodia,
Titus, Jewel, & Sophear

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sophear Jane: The 6th Love Language

In his popular book The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman identifies the following five ways to express or communicate love: words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time, and physical touch.  According to Chapman (and we agree), each person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved.  From Chapman's list, my primary and secondary love languages are quality time and words of affirmation; however, I want to suggest a sixth love language - loving my child.

My love tank is filled as I watch our family, friends, and church community pour love into Sophear.  By investing in and loving Sophear, you are edifying our whole family!

Sophear is a special girl.  She's full of joy, full of laughter, full of life, full of energy, and full of love.  She's the sweetest thing and so hilarious!  On Thursday, she turned two-years-old.

Sophear Jane's name means "Beautiful Gift from God" - and she is!  She has only been a tremendous blessing in our lives and I'm certain the Lord is going to use her spirit and determination to bless others.  The Lord has called us to His ministry and He has given us Sophear; we're confident that He has also called her into His ministry in Cambodia, even if only for the time that she is in our home.

Will you join us in praying for Sophear as she journeys with us?

Like many other babies, our girl was born with a hole in her heart called a PDA.  Unlike most of those other babies, Sophear's hole has never closed.  At nine-months-old, her pediatrician told us, "If this hole was going to close on it's own, it would have by now."  We were sent to a pediatric cardiologist (Dr. Kumar) at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.  He explained that since Sophear was not having any complications, he wanted to wait until she's 3+-years-old to do surgery.  Last month, a year after her first appointment, Dr. Kumar discovered that Sophear's heart is enlarged (due to increased blood flow) and he wants to do surgery now.

Will you join us in praying for Sophear's heart?  For Dr. Kumar?  For wisdom as we make decisions regarding her surgery?

Thank you family and friends for loving our girl, for loving us, for investing in our family and in our ministry.

To see Christ glorified in Cambodia,
Titus, Jewel, & Sophear