Debra Allison and Family

To Czech Republic and Back Again

Family letter by Debra

November 13, 2016

Dear ladies,

It is autumn! Here in the Czech Republic, maybe in other areas, as well, the construction of the apartments and houses are such that you must vent (or open) a window in each room for approximately 10 minutes twice a day to prevent mold from growing on the walls. The other morning, just like any other morning, I headed down the hall to David's room when I noticed a single white birch leaf sitting alone on the front window sill. It was little in size, yet it had once been a part of that very large tree in the park across the street. As a single leaf it's fragile, driven by the wind, but as part of a collective group this single leaf plays an important part in the life of the mighty tree. Some days I feel like that leaf on the window sill, and other days I feel like an important member of God's kingdom, I am so glad God sees the importance of the little things (and bigger ones) in the seasons of my life.

There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces. Proverbs 30:24-28.

Brno Bible Baptist Church is home to some of those little things that make a difference in our life and the lives of those around us. A jolly laugh about "monkey" bread for dessert, the quiet voice of a young child quoting Psalms 23, a missionary's heart for the scriptures, and the tears of a member, who knows he needs the power of the Holy Spirit in his life and the life of his family.

Grandchildren are always a good place to start with those little things that make big differences in whom we are and who they will become based on our reaction to them. A toothless smile, school photos, harvest pumpkins with painted on faces, and very small hands drawing a picture of how he sees life.

David is not such a little one today, but the little things that show up in his life are making him the man the Lord would have him to be in the future. A"100%" on the latest geometry quiz, a new zipper in his winter coat; now it will stay closed, memorizing Psalm 23 in English and Czech, making plans for that 16th birthday party, and seeking the Lord in his daily reading.

As for me, I have come to realize, after passing out last Sunday and needing an ambulance ride to the hospital for stitches and a two day stay for observation, that it is the little things in life that make all the difference. Please pray for me, I still have some blank moments in my memory and sitting down and getting up are still quite painful thanks to my broken tail bone.

So here's to the little things in your life - they are the big things in someone else's season of life. Thank you Lord.

Love and prayers,