COVID – 19 Through a Dog’s Eyes

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Have you ever wondered what goes through a dog’s mind?  I have.  Nori doesn’t seem too phased or concerned by this pandemic that has caused major unrest around the world.  She bides her time daily laying in the sun… it’s a dog’s life!  She knows she will be fed and loved and she doesn’t worry about her day.  She lives it one moment at at time.  Oh! To live a dog’s life!  And yet, I’ve been reminded of some great truths watching her.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  – Matthew 6: 25-34

We know life has been complex for many of you and some have lost loved ones, we are deeply sorry and in prayer with and for you.  As I found myself worrying about what might become of our future and ministry here back in March, God reminded me it’s not for me to worry about.  Much like Nori, my obedience is to trust Him more than I trust myself.  Easier said than done some days but I am resolved to live my days the way my pooch does.  Trusting my master that He will take care of the heavy lifting in life.

We have been on lock down since mid-March and only time will tell how we open back up.  As for now, we are not able to have service members over for a home cooked meal and Bible study yet, but we are praying this changes soon!  Will you pray with us!

Pictures always tell better stories than words so here is our contribution for this blog post.

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Our mens group Band of Brothers went virtual much like many things!  One bonus has been including our Marines who are currently deployed to Okinawa Japan to our meetings!  These meetings have been super encouraging to both Todd and Service member!

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Penny continues to Co-lead her women’s bible study associated with Pearl Harbor Chapel!

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Every Friday since Mid March we’ve been virtually meeting with our Home Port Ohana!  We so miss a full house, hugs, and fellowship but we are thankful for technology!  We pray out loud for each others prayer requests & praises, study the Word of God, and fellowship afterwards until the last person signs off!

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Todd has been doing online leadership training and has been meeting with one of our Chaplains weekly to train and encourage him on the same content.

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Penny and Todd have been exercising daily to keep the COVID – 19 (pounds) off!  We never tire of the beauty of Hawaii!

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Just before quarantine Todd had the privilege of helping one of our Sailors find and buy her first car!

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Normally Homeport Ohana prays for our service members who PCS or ETS off the island, but we had to ask an Alaskan family visiting us as quarantine begun to help us send off Ben.

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We pray God’s blessing on your life Ben, as you step into the next part of your life.  Thank you for serving all of us Sailor!

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Todd & Penny continued to lead hikes to get service members out of the barracks and into the sunshine to lift their spirits before everyone was told to shelter in place.  Many service members have struggled with depression and there have been suicides and deaths from drinking because of the lock down.

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Our first pineapple!

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The sky was literally this color one evening as Todd & Penny took a walk!

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Sunday worship has been different for us too.  We watch Pearl Harbor Chapel services online as well as our home church in Soldotna!

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We have taken on several projects around Home Port to fix and improve the property while sheltering in place!

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Penny making new valances

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Emily still doesn’t have answers to her medical questions.  The cardiologist visit did not find anything concerning – I guess that in itself is good news.

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Walking on the beach for exercise!

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Penny finished a baby quilt for little Annabel!  She is in the world now and snuggling in her blanket!  These two new parents are doing well!  Both have served in the Army and are a blessing to Home Port!

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Our neighbors have shared some Bird of Paradise plants with us!  We are trying our best to see them grow!

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It’s always bittersweet to see service members go.  We loved your presence in our lives Guhn!  May the Lord bless you in your future in business!

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Penny proudly sitting next to her lily pond

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As Hawaii slowly opens back up we are able to meet in small groups and have continued our hikes.  These service members haven’t seen us or each other in two months.  It was a HUGE shot of encouragement to fellowship together.

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Matthew sharing a devotion with us

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Thank you for taking the time to catch up with us as we continue to serve the military the best we can.  We so appreciate your partnership in financial support and prayer.  It’s awesome knowing we have all of you behind us supporting and encouraging us to reach our military with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Continue to pray for our brave warriors as they serve us in these difficult times!

Remember!  Live life like Nori and trust your Master!

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