Dear Family and Friends,
Well, I know it has been waaayyyy too long since I made an update, but I had a very difficult winter and spring as I had an asthmatic reaction to a medication in early December which triggered a return of asthma that I had not had in years and more powerful than I had ever experienced. Then I got Covid on December 27 and between the two illnesses, I spent months not feeling well at all and just barely getting through the daily chores and taking care of our finances for the missionaries at IMS. I am very happy to say that I feel better than I have since last fall and I’m praying that this continues. For those who knew what was going on with me, thank you ever so much for your prayers!
Beyond the above health issues, a lot has been transpiring. First of all, having spent two winters in considerable isolation, I began to realize early this spring, that I need to be closer to family. I began looking around near my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Redlands, Ca. because we are very close and and it also puts me closer to my daughter, Leah, and her family in L.A., and closer to my friends and IMS board members in Palm Desert and La Quinta, CA. It has been quite a process, but at this time I am about to close escrow to purchase a house in Calimesa, CA (about 10 minutes from Redlands) and also about to close escrow to sell my house here. If all goes as expected, I will be moving in next Tuesday, June 21!! It still seems a little surreal part of the time, but I believe the Lord is leading me in it and I trust that He will give me the strength to complete it and settle into my new abode that has a fenced yard with grass (for Finley) and even a little view of the big mountains from my front porch!
My new address will be:
IMS (or Teresa Shearer for personal mail)
10961 Desert Lawn Dr., #446
Calimesa, Ca. 92320.
The phone number remains the same (760 641 4048).
Meanwhile, things at IMS have been going well and we have continued to be able to direct resources to India, to an orphanage in Viet Nam, to the Philippines and to Mexico. We were even able to help channel the funds for a pastor and his family who were in Ukraine and trying to get back to England. I have been so very thankful for each one who sends funds through IMS and the faithfulness to stand by those on the mission field who depend on support from abroad. You have been amazing!!! For those who gave to New Seasons Ministry in the Philippines after the cyclone, your generosity was greater than Alicia even expected and they were able to give beyond their initial expectation to those who so desperately needed it. I know this has happened at times for Hilda and Cynthia in India in the last couple of years, too, that your giving has helped them to reach out more and more. I get so excited as I make the money transfers and think of the relief that will be brought to these faithful workers and those for whom they carry such a great burden.
I recently returned from Puerto Penasco and their annual conference in which I participate. It was truly a wonderful time of being with the church and with Pastor Conrad and Heidi Quiros as well as the other members of the pastoral counsel: Stan and Becky Tedrow, founding pastors of Peñasco Christian Fellowship, and Joe and Laurie Pachecho, pastors of Ministerio de Espiritu Y Verdad in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. And we all had a wonderful, total surprise when Pastors Duane and Sue Kershner, founders of Roca Blanca Ministries in Oaxaca, Mexico, arrived! Ps. Duane is spiritual dad to several of us and we all hold them in great esteem for the work that they have accomplished at Roca Blanca Ministries in Oaxaca! It was a wonderful time of deep spiritual connection and just rejoicing and having fun with life long friends.
“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26.
The blog entries here will be written by Teresa but always with Leon and his heart for missions in mind.