The Hero to this story is my Husband Brian, HE IS MY HERO … shhhh … I might embarrass him! But honestly, the man is my Hero, His heart is true and His desire to serve Jesus is inspiring! I watch Him working each day with the different circumstances God brings into his life and I am amazed at his calm poise as he sorts through each request and demand with a quiet strength that only comes from a deep faith and trust in Jesus.
Just this past month Brian has accomplished so much in our ministry! He has poured cement, helped the Local Christian book store clean up large cement debris from the property with our big equipment, and driven the boat on two separate occasions to pick up and deliver Missionaries to the Island of Biem. Brian took a day and flew into three different bush locations to fix equipment to keep an airstrip mowed, he went on a timber run to pick up a load of ordered timber for a local Mission and I’m not sure there has been a day He hasn’t been in town to pick up supplies, process paperwork and do banking. He’s worked in the office, tracked down packages, looked up parts for Missionaries and fixed boat motors, tires, and injectors, a truck. Brian has selflessly served the men that work with us, and BLESSED SO MANY! I see him walking wearily into the house at the end of the day not to collapse on the floor for an afternoon well earned siesta (even though I encourage him to do so) but rather to play with the boys or help me in the kitchen.
I LOOK AT BRIAN AND ASK IS THERE ANYTHING THIS MAN CAN’T DO?
I will confess, I’m the ideas girl, Brian why don’t we do this or why can’t we build that…. Translation actually…I don’t have any idea how I would possible build this but is it possible for you to brave the craziness in town, buy the necessary supplies and come home and build what I hope will make life a bit easier or the children’s lives a bit more creative. Brian the dogs need a new kennel lets build that this weekend, or honey we need new screen on the porch why don’t we work on that in your spare time.
Honestly this man could be sainted because although I keep Him company and try to be useful He really accomplished 98% of any task I come up with! I hope you don’t think I’m demanding but honestly living in PNG you don’t just run to Lowes or Home Depot when you need a new shelf. Brian goes to the sawmill and cuts, planes, sands, the timber we need to then go on and build the current project!
In our time here in PNG He has built our family a lovely screened in Porch, quite a few bookshelves, a large dinning room table, a desk for our computer, a children’s fort for the boys to play in, lines to hang my cloths, racks to hang the hats, and a few surf boards for the boys to use in the ocean and a few for me to paint. Brian has built me frames and pallets for my paintings, He rebuilt our shower and refinished the floor in my classroom to eradicate the mold and has built me a cat box for kittens, a cat platform including ramps so I can feed the cats where the dogs can’t reach them. Honestly Brian is an amazing example of a man that serves His family with His whole heart and we benefit from His love daily!
Brian has a way of loving on the boys with His can do attitude as when Colton requests a set of stilts, in a matter of minutes Brian has created a toy for the Colt or a bike ramp for the boys to feel a bit daring. Now don’t get me wrong all these accomplishments are not over a weekend but over the course of a few years and yet each time Brian selflessly takes his time to care for his family, he ministers to my heart! He really has a way of showing us his amazing love, he has a way of demonstrating the love of Christ to us and I am so thankful for the loving example Brian has been to our boys! Just the other day the boys had fun carving out Balsa planes, they might now have flown but they all got a lot of laughs.
Recently He built two dog kennels and a puppy proof pen including a divider. Brian did not build all this because of His great love of dogs (though he certainly does love them) but because he knows he is ministering to my heart and giving me peace of mind that our animal friends have a nice home. And all that is done in His spare time, honestly the man could be out fishing every weekend ( I encourage him to go) and yet He chooses to meet the needs of His family in tangible ways that show us how much he cares. Brian shows his love by reading to his boys or building a Lego creation with them, playing ball or watching the boys ride their rip stick and scooter ~calling out His praise.
Blessed, spoiled, cherished, grateful, amazed, loved are just a few words this girl has to say to explain her life since she married this amazing man back in 2003. Brian’s selfless actions and servant heart bless not only our family but also the friends around us and our ministry we are daily involved in.
I wish you could hear the boys’ laughter in the next room as they are once again enjoying time with their dad. They may be wrestling or just watching a funny movie but they are together and that’s the best part of having such a wonderful person in your life. Our daily gift is just being together. I think that is the biggest blessing of being a missionary ~ We are together!