Archive for March, 2012

A Great Missionary Just Died

Dear Ginnie and Jonathan,

I am stunned. My heart is overwhelmed for you. I have been offering up continual prayers for you and Jonathan since I heard the news. Your family has truly been an inspiration to all who have known and loved you. We are praying that our Lord will give you strength and peace for the days to follow.

Judy (Psalm 73:25-26)

First email sent out today 3/28/2012

Dear Friends,
I am writing this e-mail on behalf of my parents, Rex and Ginnie Switzer. During the past three weeks, dad and I have been in South Sudan. Last week dad began to become very ill and by Sunday we decided to get back to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for medical treatment. After getting back to Addis and getting some medical attention, it became apparent that his situation is dire. He has three strains of malaria, potential liver damage, and kidney failure. Please pray for him. We are trying to get him evacuated to better treatment.
Jonathan Switzer

Second email sent out a few hours later today

Dear Pastors,
I just received word from Jonathan Switzer that his dad, Rex went home to be with the Lord a few hours ago. Arrangements are being made to transport his body to OKC. Please be in prayer for Ginnie, Jonathan and family. Rex and Ginnie have been faithful missionaries for a long time and it was my privilege to be their sending pastor. I have known them for many years and served as her parents pastor for a few years in Oklahoma. Keep them in prayer.
Grace & Peace
Pastor Rick Stout, Enfield, CT

Missionary David Bennett sent this out when he received the news of Missionary Rex Switzer’s death.

A Soldier Has Just Left Us

A soldier has just left us, he gave his life away;
In duty for the Master he sacrificed alway.

A soldier has just left us, he died in full attire;
He died high in the saddle while facing heavy fire.

A soldier has just left us, but died not due to foes;
He died because of loving dear Sharon’s precious Rose.

A soldier has just left us for God has called him home;
His work on earth is ended, he nevermore shall roam.

A soldier has just left us, oh, hear the trumpets sound
For angels are announcing in Heav’n the news around.

A soldier has just left us, a hero strong and true;
His life has left us better, now Heaven’s better too.

A soldier has just left us, he died with dying grace;
In death the soldier’s fallen. Now who will take his place?

Closing Refrain:
Now who will take his place? Yes, who will take his place
To tell a dying world of Christ Jesus and His grace?

Email from Ginnie Switzer

March 29, 2012  Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Precious Friends

Words cannot express what your notes of compassion and prayer means to Jonathan, Katie & I.
I would desire to answer each personally but we have received countless messages & this is the only way, at this time, I can respond.

As I read the names attached to each email memories flooded back.  Each of you had a very special place in his life.  You were colleagues, friends and family.

We are still in shock.  This happened so quickly that we are still trying to process it all.  He was with the people he treasured & loved & with his son he adored, when he became sick.  He was thrilled that God would choose to allow us to finish our course in South Sudan.  It was a joy to his heart when God brought Jonathan, Katie & Jeremiah to do their internship with us.  There were father & son, but also friend & co-worker in this ministry.

The days ahead for the 4 of us are uncertain & painful but we know the One who had been before us & He knows the way.  Those are not just words on a page, it is a principle truth that comes from God’s Word which Rex loved with all his being.  Rex & I firmly believed that nothing touches us that doesn’t pass through God’s hands first.  I hold that truth close in my heart today.

We will be returning to the United State soon.  No date has been organized, as of yet.
A memorial service will be at Southwest Baptist Church in Okla City., Ok.  This church is Jonathan’s sending church & a church that has been our “family” in recent years.  A date & time has not yet been decided.

Nancy Wutka our stateside secretary will be sending an email with this information as soon as it is available.  If you have questions regarding any of this, you are welcome to contact her at

mwutkajr@gmail.com

Email sent out to announce funeral

Memorial Service for Rex Switzer

Date: Tuesday April 24, 2012
Time: 2 PM

PLACE
Southwest Baptist Church
1300 S.W. 54th Street
Okla City, OK  73119

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be given to the:
Rex Switzer Missions Memorial Fund
Sent to:
Southwest Baptist Church
1300 S.W. 54th Street
Okla City, OK 73119
Checks are to be make out to:
Southwest Baptist Church
Designated:  Rex Switzer Missions Memorial Fund 
Email received  from Ginnie 12/21/13
Judy,
I listened today (Sat. December 21) the DVD from Southwest’s Conference last March.Your testimony sounded so familiar to me.  You talked about the “ministering spirit”.  I’ve experienced that as well several times during the time Rex was dying and after.  You were brave to say it to a group like that.  People don’t understand this kind of thing but God does it when His children are at the breaking point and have no where to turn.Bob’s message ministered to my heart as well.  That is exactly the path faith will take if you let it.He mentioned a “scholarship for plodders” to make a point.  I thought that very interesting as the Scholarship we set up in Rex’s name that was given for the first time this last May at Heartland was exactly that idea.  Jonathan and I set the criteria.  There was no grade point average necessary.  We wanted it to go to someone that was faithful in  God’s call and continued through difficulties.  I passed the word to Bro. House (sp) that when you get to the field the people that can “sing and dance” don’t usually make it.  The flash wears off after about a few months.  Your grade point average means nothing on the field.  You have to be sure that you are where God wants you and are willing to stay no matter what, until HE tells you to leave.  That takes a certain kind of person.  Rex was that kind of person.  No flash.  He just pursued God’s will in His life NO MATTER WHAT.  It lead him to his death.  He never “observed the clouds”.He preached a message on that passage I will never forget.  God tells us to count the cost, we know what we are facing to some extent but then when we put our hand to the plow, we are not to turn back.  If you observe what is around you, people, circumstances, difficulties, weather, dangers and on and on it gos…you will never accomplish anything for the cause of the kingdom.
Rex knew where God lead him and he went.  Other missionaries would talk about the dangers: animals, weather, politics, disease and so on.One time I remember hearing him tell another missionary in our home in Addis that if he didn’t want to go on a certain trip, that was ok.
Rex said, I’m going.  That is where God is leading.  I know the difficulties but it is all in God’s hands, His total control. I’m going forward until God tells me to stop….and he did, even to death.
I read something today that Rex would have and did heartily agree with, “is necessary for me to go, it is not necessary for me to live!”As I was listening to both of you speak I remembered the good times we had together in Tulsa and through the years.  Rex and I have appreciated your friendship.  Lasting friends are few.I just wanted you to know you both were an encouragement to me today as I sit in Addis Ababa.
Ginnie

You Can Have Great Influence on Your Husband

As I was having my devotions this morning, I was reading about Deborah. Deborah was a unique woman in Bible history. She was a prophetess, a judge, and a military leader. The Bible says that the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided, and she held court under the Palm tree.

Judges 4:6 And she sent and called Barak…, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded… I love this verse because it shows that Deborah didn’t use her personal opinion for counsel, but she used God’s Word. She tells Barak, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you to take ten thousand men from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor. I will bait Sisera and his troops to the Kishon River, and the Lord will give him into your hands.” It seems as if Barak lacked faith because he says to Deborah, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” Then Deborah tells him, “I will go with you, but you won’t get the honor for this victory. The honor will go to a woman.”

This is exactly what happened:

Judges 4:18-21 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle. And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and inquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No. Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

Wow! Jael had such courage and strength. I don’t know if I would have had the courage to drive a nail through the temple of a great military leader!

This story shows what an influence a woman can have on a man. When your husband begins to have a lapse of faith, think of the courage of Deborah and Jael, and encourage him with these words, “ WE CAN DO THIS WITH THE LORD’S HELP!

This  ebook  is a real time saver if you work in a church office and have to prepare church bulletins. My brother compiled this book which contains hundreds of illustrations and poems about many different topics.  Gary spent many months compiling this information into one place. You can purchase his ebook and download it to your computer.   Here is a sample of one of the poems in the book.

A Mother’s Love

Tender is a mother’s love, a love that cannot be measured,
A love that is known by all as one to be greatly treasured;

God placed a special kind of love within a mother’s heart,
One she bestows on all her children whether near or far apart;

Her love remains steadfast through all the fleeting years,
Always wrapped in gentleness that wipes away all tears;

The precious love of a mother lingers all the while,
Kindling that bond between a mother and her child.

 

Taken from the book Life Changing Thoughts by Gary Smith (authorhouse.com)

 

Idols of the Heart

An idol is anything that we desire more than pleasing God. Our purpose is to glorify God and love Him with all of our hearts.  Self-will leads to idolatry.

I Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubborness is as iniquity and idolatry…

I Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Matthew 23:47-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

I Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteousness shall inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

As Christians, we must all deal with idols in our lives. Every area where we are tempted to sin falls into one of these categories:

1. Lust of the flesh   2.  Lust of the eyes   3.  Pride of Life

Satan knows that if he can trap us in one of these idols, we are at risk of losing our testimony.

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Idols of the lust of the flesh
Music: Listening to ungodly music creates impure thoughts which can lead to other idols (sins). We must listen to music that praises the Lord and brings glory to Him.

Idols of the lust of the eyes
Pornography or Sexually Explicit Movies: Viewing ungodly pictures can create desires which lead to other idols (sins). These idols can destroy marriages and break up families.

Don’t listen to Satan’s lies when he whispers, “It’s only a picture or it is only a movie!”  Replace these idols with good wholesome family entertainment. Do some fun things with your family. Show your family how much you love them.

Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Covetousness: This idol can cause women many financial problems. They  see things that they can’t afford, but they purchase them anyway.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Idols of the pride of life
Materialism: Women are convinced that true fulfillment comes only when they have the bigger house, the better car, and the latest fashions. When they more concerned with what others think of them than what God thinks of them, they become self-centered rather than others-centered.

Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Pride: Pride causes many problems in relationships. It can cause alienations from others in churches and on jobs. Beware of the idol “I”, “I deserve!” Satan’s original sin, “I”. Many women fall into this trap. They become so full of vanity that they are consumed with a position, a title, status, children’s success, career success.

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Idols can be a snare to us and can hamper us from future blessings.  Psalm 106:36 And they served idols: which were a snare to them.

I John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Planning Meals for Those in Your Church

Great Idea for Pastors’ Wives!

I am staying in the home of Pastor and Mrs. Farinella in Washington State.  As she and I were visiting, she has been sharing different ideas with me.  She shared something with me that will save you as the Pastor’s’ wife much time.  It is a great website to help you organize meals for your members when they have hospital stays, births, funerals, or general illnesses.  You or a staff worker will be the administrator of the website. Your ladies can get on this website and sign up for meals.  Diana said that she sends an email to all her ladies at once informing them of the need. She then gives them the password in that email.  If some of her older ladies have a problem getting on the site, she tells them to call her. After the phone call, she then immediately goes to the website and logs in their information. Check this out!

www.takethemameal.com

 

 

If It Were You-Wouldn’t You Want To Know?

If you were lost in darkness and night

With no one to show you the way,

Would you want someone to bring you a light?

If no one had told you of Jesus at all,

His love, His compassion, His death

Oh, wouldn’t you want the message to come

Before you had drawn your last breath?

If, sinking in evil traditions, you were

Bound by what you believed,

Helpless and hopeless, oh, wouldn’t you want

A chance at least to be freed?

Would you want them to wait while they built a new home,

And paid for a “still better” car

Or while making the home base an elegant place

Before sending the message afar?

Would you want them to table the plans that were made,

To expand on missions this year,

Because of conditions around the world,

And the days of uncertainty here?

Would you want them to wait with the message of hope,

While you are dying and lost?

Oh, I know that your answer would ring through the gloom

“Please, send it at any cost!”

So, let’s send it out to the missions in need,

The light that will show them the way!

For if it were you in darkness and night,

You’d want it! You’d want it today!

—Author unknown–

Consequences of Not Reading Your Bible

You will not understand how to live the Christian life
God’s word has a solution to any problem that you might face in this life. If you don’t read and discover these truths, you will not find these solutions.

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

You will become nervous and fearful
You will begin to think about all the “what ifs” of life. What if I can’t pay my bills? What if my husband leaves me? What if I get cancer?

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

You will become spiritually malnourished
Getting into God’s word in the mornings will give you the energy that you need to face the day.  If you allow your mind to only  feed on the bad news of television and radio, you will become spiritually malnourished.

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

You will be easily deceived and confused
As you get into God’s word and begin to understand His precepts, you will begin to understand the false ways of the world. You will not try to justify sin by your own opinions, but you will begin to see the consequences of sin through His word.

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.

 Psalms 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

You will make wrong choices in life and be vulnerable to God’s judgment
When you fail to read your Bible, you will not have the understanding to make the right choices for your life.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 

Save Yourself Work

Tips To Help Save Yourself Work

Use heavy duty mats at your front and back door to catch the dirt before it comes into the house. (Don Aslett, American’s number one cleaning expert says that if you invest in good mats it can save 80% of the dirt before it enters the house. This alone can save you time and work).

Spray shower down with shower cleaner. Do something else for 15 minutes. Let the cleaner work for you. Then rinse.

If you have more than one bathroom, keep cleaning and paper supplies well stocked in each each bathroom.

 Check vacuum bags periodically. Remember as the bag fills, the suction becomes less powerful.

Keep a laundry bag in closet to store items that need to be dry-cleaned. Next time you have to do errands, you won’t have to search for clothing that needs to be dry-cleaned just grap the bag.

My son tells me, “Many hands make light work!” When there is work to do, he gives his four children different assignments. It amazes me how fast he can get things done with everyone pulling together.

 Enlist others to help!!!

Teach your children to clean out the car once a week. Even toddlers can clean the garbage and toys out of the car. Older children can help wash the outside of the vehicle.

Delegate certain daily chores to various family members. Example: Empty dishwasher before you go to bed.

Children who are 2-4 years of age can do simple chores such as putting their toys away and putting laundry in the hamper.

Children who are 4-7 years of age can do larger chores such as setting the table, making their beds and putting the dishes in the dishwasher. They can also to some outdoor chores such as watering plants, pulling weeds, and raking leaves.

Children who are 8-10 years of age can do larger chores such as washing the car, washing dishes, dusting, and vacuuming.

Children who are 11 years of age and older can do more difficult chores such as preparing dinner, taking out the garbage, mowing the lawn, and shoveling snow. At this age, they are old enough to vacuum the entire house.

Don’t expect children to help in the right way, if you haven’t shown them and taught them. Once you have taught them, don’t complain or nag if  their jobs are not done perfectly! When you nag and complain, your helpers will  give up helping. They will get the idea that they can never measure up to your standards.

Godliness with contentment???

Today many women suffer with not being content. I just came across this poem that was written by a fourteen-year-old boy.  Doesn’t this poem show how restless and discontent the human heart really can be?

It was spring but it was summer I wanted; the warm days and the great outdoors.

It was summer but it was fall I wanted; the colorful leaves and the cool dry air.

It was fall but it was winter I wanted; the beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.

It was now winter but it was spring I wanted;  the warmth and the blossoming of nature.

I was a child but it was adulthood I wanted; the freedom and the respect.

I was twenty but it was thirty I wanted; to be mature and sophisticated.

I was middle-aged but it was twenty I wanted; the youth and the free spirit.

I was retired but it was middle-age I wanted; the presence of mind without limitations.

My life was over but I never got what I wanted

Taken from a message by Charles R Swindoll  “Who Gets the Glory?” 

“Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”     —St. Augustine

Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best;  God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it. ”    —George MacDonald 

Decorating? What Style Do You Like?

The first step in decorating is to decide what style you prefer.

Since there have been many books written on decorating, I will not be presumptuous enough to think that I know everything there is about the subject. My goal is not to impress you with my knowledge of decorating, but it is to give you a few pointers which may help you decorate your home in an attractive and comfortable style. By using your imagination, you will be able to decorate your home in your own special way. When you use your individual way of expressing yourself, your personality will shine through, and your home will become a place where others will feel warmth and welcome.

When you begin to decorate, remember there is a wealth of information out there. Look for ideas in fabric stores, paint and wallpaper stores, furniture store brochures, free samples, and catalogs. Check magazines and newspapers for the dates of home shows. Locate a home show near you and invite a friend to go with you just to get some ideas.  Today there are television cable decorating programs, and the library also has a wealth of information. Through the years, I have watched many decorating shows—I have viewed videos from the library—I have searched through books and magazines looking for ideas to use in decorating. If you keep your eyes open and use your imagination, you can make your home a real haven for entertaining.

Do you lean toward formal or informal? Remember the goal in decorating is not to impress, but to reflect you and your family. Look through magazines and books for ideas. Start a file of pictures of rooms that you really like.

Are you drawn to modern furniture with glass or are you drawn to a colonial farmhouse?  Do you prefer wall-to-wall carpeting or do you prefer Oriental rugs with wood exposed around the edges? Do you enjoy hosting formal dinners or do enjoy casual get-togethers with close friends and family?

There are three styles of decor in decorating. They are traditional, contemporary, and transitional. Traditional style is the style which refers to any historical era. This could be the style from 1600’s to the 1900’s. Contemporary style refers to the time after the 1920’s. Transitional style is a mixture of the two other styles. Although transitional is the style most of us use, it is the style that takes the most skill and planning. Not having a plan when you use transitional can cause confusion and chaos. It seems to be easier to stay with one style, but blending the styles can be beautiful if you remember to keep balance, proportion, and scale. No matter what style you choose to decorate your home, the end result of your decorating should be to make others feel comfortable and welcome.

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