We’re all here. We have fabulous weather. We have renewed friendships. We went to church. We visited our new mission site. We are prepared. We are trusting the Lord. We are open to His plan. We desire to do His will. We share some photos and now for sleep.
In two weeks, our bags will be packed, our preparation will end and our travel will begin. Here is a message I sent to family and friends today.
In exactly 2 weeks from today, John and I will be leaving for Chisinau, Moldova for our 10th summer trip there as part of a Mission Team from our Kerrville, TX church in partnership with CERI, Children’s Emergency Relief, International. There will be 7 members for this team. We will arrive in Moldova on June 20th. We will leave San Antonio early on June 19th. Our flights will take us through Atlanta, Paris, Kiev and into Chisinau, Moldova. Return on July 3rd will have the same routing.
CERI continues to be committed to working in Moldova with the poorest, neediest children and feels that those children are living in villages. A community center has been identified which is being used to host some activities for children in an area called Criuleni – about 30 minutes outside of Chisinau, the capitol of Moldova. Our team will stay in a Team House as we have done in the past and will go to Criuleni daily where we will conduct lessons and activities for children ages 7-15 from 10am – 3pm each day. We plan to share Biblical truth and hope through the life of Joseph, son of Jacob, who was a trustworthy, godly man of faithfulness, integrity, purity and perhaps most importantly, a man who was able to forgive the wrongs of the past which were inflicted on him by jealous, hateful brothers. What man had planned for evil, God planned for good. We will be doing much the same thing as we have done in the past but we’ll be doing it at a different place. In the past we have worked at a summer camp which was the summer home for about 150 children from an orphanage. But over the past few years, Moldova has been moving children from orphanages into homes with family members or into foster care. The camp is now being used for children no longer part of CERI’s work in Moldova.
Preparation for this trip is well underway but we would love to have you join us in prayer. I will list some requests but ask you to lift our team to the Lord as you feel led.
The team members are:
- Deanna Caraway, Kerrville, TX
- Mark Clemons, Kerrville, TX
- Lesley Toops, Dallas, TX
- James Worden, Detroit, MI
- John C. Worden, Kerrville, TX
- Linda Worden, Kerrville, TX
- Sarah Worden, San Antonio, TX
- Completion of preparation and packing before we leave.
- Safety and rest as we travel.
- Truthful, helpful, winsome sharing of God’s message through our words and actions.
- Health and strength for our God prepared opportunities.
- Team comradery.
- Favor with airlines so that checked bags will be accepted without a charge.
- Life changing response to things God shows our team and those we meet during this trip.
We are grateful for this opportunity and will try to update the blog each day as time, energy and wi-fi service allow.
With His Hope and Help,
Linda L. Worden
When my husband and I married, I had two more years of undergrad school and he had at least three years of seminary to complete before we would add children to our family. We agreed to wait five years before having our babies. And so it was, though I longed to be a mother and at times begged my husband to agree to a change in our plans. He could not be convinced and I knew he was choosing wisely, but still I counted the months until we could have a baby.
|John Groves Worden, June 12, 1971|
I know that I am very blessed. Not all women are able to conceive when they want but when the agreed upon time arrived, I became pregnant and our first son was born the day after I turned in my keys and completed my third year as a librarian in a middle school in Racine, WI. I was thrilled. He was perfect and the deep desire of my heart was being fulfilled.
|James William Worden, September 4, 1973|
Our first church was in Loomis, NE and that was where our second son arrived two years after his brother.
Again, I was thrilled. He, too, was perfect and he was another answer for the deep desire of my heart.
Our second church was in Brooklyn, NY.
|Sarah Joy Worden, December 10, 1976|
From a town of 320 people in rural NE to a borough of 3.2 million in NYC, we were adjusting to major culture shock and busy toddlers when we learned baby number 3 was on the way. I was secretly hoping for a girl this time and again, the deep desire of my heart was fulfilled. The church we served was bilingual – English and Norwegian. My husband was the English speaking pastor and another man from Norway served the Norwegian congregation. I have some Norwegian blood in my veins from both my father and mother so relished the opportunity to learn more about my heritage while we lived there. Some kind ladies of the church loaned costumes to my daughter and me for an annual Syttende Mai (Seventeenth of May) Parade and we took advantage of those bunads for a portrait when Sarah was 18 months old.
We were now a very blessed and completed family of five.
Though our lives have not constantly been easy, I have always been very grateful that God allowed me to become a wife and mother. I am fulfilled in these roles and know that by husband and our children are a gift from the hand of God.
As our children grew, I tried to get a photo taken with them around Mother’s Day each year. I share some of those treasures here.
|Early morning in Brooklyn, NY on Mother’s Day, 1978. Can you guess what’s in the box? hint: I’ll be prepared for rain.|
|Also 1978 in front of our church – First Evangelical Free Church – 66th Street Church, Brooklyn, NY.|
|We all had marched/walked in the Syttende Mai Parade down 5th avenue in Brooklyn.|
The Norwegian population in Brooklyn was still large at that time in the mid – late 70’s. There were about 5,000 Norwegian speaking people there. Red, white and blue were required for the parade.
This photo has a couple stories hidden in it. Baby girl is not happy – she usually wasn’t when it was photo taking time. For this reason the photographer nicknamed her Beverly Sills – that reveals how loudly Sarah protested and what favor she had gained with the opera loving photographer. The boys in their Norwegian wool sweaters will be quick to point out that the only time they consented to wearing these scratchy, hot sweaters was when Mom prevailed “just for the photo, please!” Aren’t they all adorable?
|Fall 1978 on our way to a few days at Cape Cod. We have our Norwegian exchange student, Tina Gulling, with us.|
|March 1979 at the Bronz Zoo – one of my favorite photos.|
|1980 – Soccer players in Hartland, WI|
|1981 at my parents home near LaCrosse, WI|
|1982 at Camp Timber-lee where we now lived and began our work in the camping world.|
|Fall of 1983 at Camp Timber-lee in WI|
|Christmas of 1983 at Camp Timber-lee in WI|
|May 1985 while visiting cousins in Austin, TX not far from our Kerrville, TX home|
|1986 – Kerrville, TX|
|1987 – Mother’s Day – still using this same waffle iron|
|1991 Kerrville, TX|
And from the busy, demanding years of parenting, I have now moved into another period in which God continues to fulfill the deep desire of my heart… Grand-parenting!
Proverbs 17: 6a
Children’s children are a crown to the aged,…
I conclude with another of God’s rich blessings to me – a photo with our five grandchildren with whom we spent Christmas this past December 2013.
|Dec. 2013 Richmond, VA with Stephen, Lydia, Grandpa, Grandma, Constantine, Phillip & Joanna|
Psalm 78 is a prayer and an assignment for me:
Psalm 78: 4b-7
“…we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”
“Oh Lord, may all the descendents of my husband and me put their trust in you and not forget your deeds but keep your commands all the days of their lives. May this be so for all generations that bear our name. In Jesus name, Amen“
|France in late March, 2012|
With Easter approaching and spring already here, I decided my blog could not sit idle with the last post created as 2013 drew to an end. In order to brighten my blog and align it with the season, I searched my photos and found a number of photos displaying the pastel beauty of spring. I share photos here with captions to note date and location.
|A flower market in Paris, France – a stop-over on a European tour in late March, 2012.|
I had the privilege of sharing a European music tour with a son, his singer-composer wife and their nearly 2 year old son, 2 years ago. That little guy and I were best buddies during that month and as we explored each stop, I captured the surroundings with my camera. My blogging began with a short post on March 17, 2012. There are 33 entries with the label, Europe Tour, Spring 2012.
Following a challenging winter, it is delightful to focus on the beauty and loveliness of spring flowers – especially tulips. These beauties were in a flower market in Paris, France – very near the outdoor table where we ate our breakfast. Such an endearing memory of a special tour in Spring, 2012.