I apologize for taking so long to update our site. We had an amazing 4 months in Thailand.

I know what your saying, ” I thought it was to be 2 years?”

That was our plan. But God had another plan.

I will share here what I shared on our Facebook page.

“How do you make a change when you have worked so hard and for so long? How do you share this change with everyone? This has been my prayer. Through much prayer and fasting God has told us to go home. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” That is not always easy and we spend a lot of time questioning. But we must be obedient to what we know God is telling us to do. We are very thankful to Mike and Bee Arter for welcoming us and teaching us so much. Thank you to everyone that has supported us with your love, prayers and finances. This is not the end, it is just the beginning of the adventures God has for us.” February 9, 2016

Our adventures with God are not done. He has more plans for us and we are being obedient.

Stay tuned for more of our adventures.

Jamie and Ethel Maize


Life like a book

I can hardly believe we are in Thailand!

We have have been here for 3 weeks and I am often amazed at God’s grace.

Thanks to our wonderful friends Mike and Bee, we were able to stay with them since we arrived. They have been a huge blessing to us. We couldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.

But two days ago we were given the most amazing news. We are able to move into our own place! The building Mike and Bee are in, has 3 units.  We were able to rent the 3rd unit!

It is hard to put into words how I am feeling. I’m excited, blessed, humbled, overwhelmed, thankful, encouraged, surprised, very, very happy……..just so many emotions.

We don’t have much, but again thanks to the kindness of our friends we have curtains, chairs in the living room, some fans, a Japanese table for the kitchen, pillows and fluffy bedding to sleep on.

I have my sons, my husband, good friends here and abroad, food and a roof over my head. What more do I need?


Just Jesus.


I look at everything I have listed and it is all empty without Jesus.

I need Jesus in my marriage, for my children, for my ministry here and I need Him in my home. Without Jesus it is all emptiness.

And that sums up our job here. Our job isn’t just teaching, it is loving.

Loving like Jesus.

We are living in a world that knows sin and tries everyday to make merit or just be good enough to have the good out weigh the bad.

Jesus came to this world and became the sacrifice that took care of that sin. All we have to do is accept Him, ask Him to forgive us of our sin and confess that He is Lord. But how can people accept Him if they don’t even know who He is. Our job here or at home is to share the love of Jesus in all that we do.

I’ve heard a saying for many years, “your life is the first book about Jesus that people read.”

What is your book (life) saying?

Does your book say, ” Jesus loves me , so I love you ”

If it doesn’t ask God for the passion to change that.



100 Days To Go



I can’t believe that we have only one hundred days to go until we leave.

It is exciting and saddening all at the same time.

We said goodbye to our beloved dog Susie. We have searched for a couple of months to find her a home that would love her as much as we did. We are so blessed that we found her one. We already miss her very much.

We will also be taking our son Tim to bible college in 25 days. I’m so excited for this new adventure in his life and I am so proud of him for following the call God has on his life. But I am so sad to be leaving my baby behind. I don’t care how old he gets, he will always be my baby boy.

*He read that last part from over my shoulder and I got the typical “Mom, I’m not a baby” hehehe*

God never promised that leaving would be easy but He told us to go.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 NIV”

Our promise for going is He will never leave us, He is always with us.

That is an invaluable promise to me. He will never leave me.

Thank God for His promises.

It makes leaving easier.

Not easy but easier.


Just a News Update

Wow there is so much going on right now, I don’t even know where to start.

This is not one of my normal posts on here. This is purely to let every one know all that is going on in our lives right now.

We have set the date to leave for Thailand, November 4, 2015.  We are super excited to be moving forward in the adventure God has called us to.

Our son Tim has been accepted to the University of Valley Forge and he will be attending there this fall. As mom, I am excited for him but sad because he will not be joining us in Thailand. I’m so proud that he is following the call God has on his life.

In response to our date to leave, we have started an online fundraiser. You can check it out here  on FundRazr  You can also still donate on our give page.

We are also sponsoring a craft show at our church Life Way Church. If your interested in more information, you can check it out on Facebook. Share the Light Missions Craft Show

The April edition of our newsletter will be coming out soon. To receive our Newsletter just click here

Thank you everyone for your wonderful support. We are so blessed.





Have you ever stopped and looked at a single snowflake?

One itsy bitsy tiny snowflake?

Not the easiest thing to do, is it?

But if you have the chance try it, you will be surprised by what you see.

I have never been one to like the snow. I don’t like being cold. I would rather sit inside with a blanket, next to a fire, looking out the window at the snow, not being out in it.


Andreas / Flicker

But this changed last year when I saw a picture of a snowflake close up. I had to go outside and see for myself.

As I look at the intricate design of each snowflake, I am amazed at the variety.

According to NOAA, ” A snowflake begins to form when an extremely cold water droplet freezes onto a pollen or dust particle in the sky.This creates an ice crystal. As the ice crystal fall to the ground, water vapor freezes on the primary crystal, building new crystals – the six arms of the snowflake.”

But the science of it is just part of the wonder. As you look closely at each snowflake you’ll find that each one is different, unique, and special.

Just as God created each snowflake to be.

Just as our loving God created each one of us to be.
 “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible….” (Colossians 1:16a)
Our gracious God created us in his image, perfect just they way we are. (Genesis 1:27) He created us to be unique, special, different, one of a kind.
He didn’t just take cookie cutters and stamp us all out the same, nor did he create clones. He has a plan just for each individual person.
He planned how we would look, talk and how we would live.
He has a plan for each one of us, if we would just take the time to seek him.
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Nedral / Flicker

   (Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
 God has a plan for each of us, wonderful, beautiful, unique plans. God’s word tells us “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all you heart” (Jeremiah 29:13)
    Just as our wonderful God took the time to create each snowflake unique and special.
Snowflakes are here today and gone tomorrow.
How much more wonderful is it that our precious Lord took the time to create each one of us unique and special, with a plan the would amaze us.
A plan that is for an eternity.
I don’t look at the snow the same way I used to.
As I look out the window from the comfort of my chair and watch the snow fall.
My heart is blessed to know that my Jesus created such beauty that only lasts for short time but the beauty that God has planned for me is so much more wonderful.
It is for a lifetime.
verses are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible

Prayer Challenge for 2015

My challenge for this year is to spend extravagant time with Jesus.

Spending time in His word and in prayer, what a great way to enter into a new year.

livedeadcoverI’ve chosen to reread a wonderful book that totally challenges the way I spend time with my Lord.

The “Live Dead Journal” is designed as a 30-day prayer journey. Each day includes info about an unreached people group and reflection on what it means to live dead.

What is “Live Dead”?

Romans 6:1-11 makes it clear that through the death of our Savior, we also have opportunity to die to self, living in and through Him.

In essence, “Living Dead”

This book really challenges us to give a tithe of our Day. That’s two and a half hours each day.

Now your thinking,”That’s crazy! I don’t have that much time to give!”

The point is not about being legalistic but about valuing time with Jesus.

There is no specific way to spend time with God. We are simply to just do it.

Whatever works best, Just do it!

Take your Bible or tablet/phone with bible app (I recommend YouVersion), read during waiting times at the Dr, the pharmacy, Walmart checkout. You will be surprised with all the time you find.

Pray and worship at different times. While your drive, go for your daily walk or run, when you do chores or when you get your shower in the morning.

As the Live Dead Journal states, “To live dead is as much about living for and with Jesus as it is about dying to self. Thus the Live Dead challenge centers on Jesus. Jesus is our everything. Giving Jesus extravagant daily time will “life” you. His life in you will give you the courage and desire to die to self. The result will not only be inward joy, it will also be outward blessing – even to the uttermost parts and the unreached peoples of the earth.” (Dick Brogen- Live Dead Journal Copyright 2012)

Now the journal focuses on the unreached people of East Africa. But why stop there.

http://www.joshuaproject.net/ is a great resource for finding unreached people groups to pray for.

This year, 2015, I choose to spend extravagant time with my Jesus.

How about you? Want to join me?

Found out that Dick Brogden also has a one year devotional, “Live Dead Joy“. I plan on reading this too.



Abraham was noted at a great man of faith because he trusted and believed God at His word that he would have many decedents. But if you would read more of the story of Abraham we would learn that he was not always a man of faith. He was just like us, he had fears and failures. We  romanticize the stories in the Bible and forget that not only were the people full of faith but they were also full of faults. They were no different than we are today.

God had promised Abraham a son with his wife Sarah. But they were both very old and Sarah was past the age of child bearing. Now you could blame Sarah for having the idea but Abraham could have said no. Abraham must have thought it was a good idea, he didn’t wait for God’s promise and took Sarah’s maid Hagar as his wife (Genesis 16). We know how that ended, Sarah and Hagar came to resent each other and Sarah had Abraham send Hagar and her son away.

Robert Stallman in *They Spoke from God: A Survey of the Old Testament  says, “What really stands out in this story, however, is the way Abraham and Sarah took matters into their own hands. The whole Book of Genesis makes it clear that not only does God promise, he delivers. But God always reserves the right to do things His way and in His time. God didn’t need Abraham’s clever ideas and help any more than He needs ours today. Faith does more than believe that God can do what He said He would. Faith trusts that God will do it and then patiently endures to the end.”


Many people ask when we are leaving for Thailand, I have given different dates, then made excuses when that date comes and goes. I want to apologize because it is not me who should be setting the date but God. I have used my knowledge and done my research but what I haven’t done is just sit and listen to when God wants us to leave. I thought I did but what I’ve done is lie to myself and say this looks good so it must be God. God doesn’t always function like that. What looks good to us, is not always His will. If it was in my power, why would I need God? My focus needs to be on His desires not mine. He has made me a promise and I need to wait on Him. God doesn’t need my help. “God always reserves the right to do things His way and in His time.”(Stallman) He doesn’t need my ideas to help things along.

Studying God’s word should always be our priority.

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV ) I don’t claim to have it together, I claim to be a servant and one that is willing to learn. I am thankful that God uses me despite my failures, He will even uses my failures for His glory.  It can be embarrassing when I have to back peddle and have God straighten me out. But I would rather stop, ask for forgiveness, have Him correct me then continue in my error and mess things up more.

So to everyone that wants to know when we are leaving. I don’t know.

God has called us to go, He has made promises and has confirmed His calling in us but it is not time yet. He will let us know when. It is my job to serve God, draw closer to Him and continue to be patient (not something I’m real good at.) If I look back to a previous blog post “I Hate Waiting” you would think I had learned this lesson. Obviously not yet, thankfully God is patient with me and continues to teach me, even when it is the same lesson over and over.

So to quote myself “So, I can wait, because I know what He has planned is so much better than what I want.  And it is going to be incredible!” and Stallman “Faith trusts that God will do it and then patiently endures to the end.”

Time for me to take my own advice and Gods.

Time to Wait, have Faith, then Repeat previous instructions as needed.



*They Spoke from God: A Survey of the Old Testament by William C. Williams, Springfield, Mo. : Logion Press/Gospel Pub. House, ©2003


Two years ago my family adopted the little boy that has been living with us since he was 10 months old. He has always been my little boy but on August 16, 2012 in the eyes of the state he became my son. And according to the state he is more legally mine than my natural born sons. But as far as I am concerned he is just my son, no different than the others. He gets the same discipline, the same chores, the same shopping trips, the same time spent with, same inheritance and the same love as his brothers. He even looks like my husband and I. He is just my son.

That is how our Lord God sees us, as his natural born children.

When we come to the knowledge of his saving grace and confess Him as our Lord and Savior, we are adopted as his child.  Romans 8:15 says that the Spirit we received brought about our adoption as sons.  It goes on to say that we can cry out to him “Abba, Father.” Abba, from the Aramaic, expresses an intimacy, like a child calling his father “Daddy”. The Jews did not address God in a personal way, to do so would have been thought of as extremely improper. Fear that saying God’s name inappropriately would make him mad at them and incur punishment. They Jews lived as slaves to fear. We as children of God no longer live under that fear. We have been adopted as His heirs.  James Edwards says it like this in his commentary, “The imagery is that of a family. Sin abducts, God adopts. Sin makes slaves, God makes children. Sin provokes fear, the Spirit evokes trust. Sin foments rebellion and hostility, the Spirit leads believers to appeal to God in the most intimate and urgent cry, “Abba, Father.” The paradox of grace is that those who deserve death are granted life” *

Living under the law and sin leads to fear and death but Jesus came so that we may have life. John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”NIV  That life that we have been given, gives us the freedom to love God as our “Daddy, Father”, with a relationship so close that it is of a father to his child.

Our “Daddy, Father” desires a intimate relationship with us, we have that right under salvation in Jesus. Some of us may not have had a good father here earth, but just imagine what the best Daddy in the world would be and that is our Lord. He loves us unconditionally, disciplines us when we disobey, provides our needs and is our ever present help. Our God wants to be a part of every part of our lives. He never promised things would be easy but He did promise to never leave us.

And if you ask me, that is what the best Daddy in the world would do.

You can have that close of a relationship with God too. All you have to do is declare with your mouth “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NIV) God talks to His children through His word (bible) and we can talk to Him through our prayers. Seek Him and you will find Him. (Matthew 7:7 NIV) He desires to call you His child today.



For those who are lead by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  Romans 8:14-17 NIV Copyright 2012 by Biblica, Inc.

Romans: New International Biblical Commentary by James R. Edwards






I returned from church camp yesterday. Wow, I am seriously worn out. But I was very inspired by my week in the presence of the young people of our wonderful state. I watched as they gave all they had as they competed on the field and as they worship in service. There were some campers that would read their bibles as they waited for dinner to start, others would play worship songs on guitar during free time. There is no way you could be in the presence of these young people without being challenged by their energy for serving our Lord.

Watching them I become introspective, has my passion diminished? Do I live my life to the fullest that God created it to be? Socially, physically and spiritually? Do I share Christ in a very visual and vocal way with those around me? Do I take care of this body that God has given me, so that I will have the energy to do what he has asked me to do? Do I crave His word and desire to study to have a deeper understanding of Him? I have an answer to all those questions, and the answer is “no.” I seriously lack in so many areas.

At the beginning of this year God gave me a word for the year and that word is “focus.” He has brought that to my attention so many time since this year started and this is no different. My focus has to be on my Lord, in every area of my life. My passion needs to be for Him and His word. My world needs to revolve around Him. My total “focus” needs to be on Him.

I am challenged and inspired by the youth that I have spent the last week with and I know my life is better for it. They have challenged and inspired me to “focus” more on my Jesus.

Has anything challenged and inspired you lately? If not, start looking now. You never know what it may be.

Picture is from the Ohio Youth Ministy facebook page.