What is rest?

Josh and Beth Paulick on April 13, 2021

What is rest? I (Josh) used to think of rest as not doing anything or just sleeping. Then a world wide pandemic hits and while I have been in a country with very few restrictions I see that many of my friends in the US, France, and other countries around the world do not feel rested from being stuck at home doing “nothing” for months. They are tired of it. Then what is rest? I hear at least once a week if not more some version of “I”m going to go home and tell everyone I know to come here!”...

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Unity of Mind

Josh and Beth Paulick on February 16, 2021

    “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8. This has been something that I have been praying over our team and has been on my mind a lot lately.  The Lord has really been showing me a lot through this study of 1 Peter (by Jen Wilkin) that I have been in with the other ladies on the field.  It can feel hard sometimes to have unity when we haven’t been able to meet as much as a team in the past year and when we...

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Christmas in Togo

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 3, 2021

      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious...

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A glimpse of life in Togo

Josh and Beth Paulick on November 24, 2020

    I think we have started a prayer letter 2 or 3 times in the last few weeks and it is just so hard to know where to even begin with how much our hearts are heavy for America; heavy for the political situation, heavy for all of those facing COVID, and heavy for all of those facing lockdowns once again.  We are praying for all of you, and wanted to know that we are thinking of all of you and know this is not an easy time by any means.  Anything we can say in an update feels small...

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"Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!"

Josh and Beth Paulick on September 7, 2020

    One of the days this week during my Bible reading, I was reading in Psalm 33, verses 6-8.  “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their hosts. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses.  Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!”  Recently Josh and I, along with Owen, were able to get down to Lomé, the capital city to do some shopping for us and for some...

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God is always faithful

Josh and Beth Paulick on July 19, 2020

    With our youngest turning 2 this week (July 18th), I (Beth) have been doing a lot of reflecting.  I thought back to when Owen was born and how leading up to his birth and my scheduled induction, I had been praying that he would come on his own.  All of our children were on the bigger side, and we knew he was going to be as well, so as much as I wanted the induction, I had hoped to go into labor on my own.  So, the night I was supposed to be induced, we dropped our other children...

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Listening to God in the busyness

Josh and Beth Paulick on May 3, 2020

    The other day I was reading a book (“Who sang the first song?” By Eliie Holcomb) to Isaiah (4 yo) and afterwards he said, “Sometimes God talks to me, but I’m too busy to listen.”  Talk about a humility check.  I told him, that happens to all of us.  It can be so easy to get caught up with everything going on to listen to God and His word.       Like everyone else, we too are dealing with the result of COVID-19.  Togo shut the borders pretty quickly after we had our first cases in the country of...

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"Be still"

Josh and Beth Paulick on March 10, 2020

    Yesterday Owen woke up from his nap early and fell back asleep in my arms.  As I was sitting there, soaking up the time just to be able to hold him, I looked around our house, and it hit me suddenly, we really are here!  We are in Togo.  In many ways, we got here and “hit the ground, running” unpacking and setting up our house and it was nice to sit and just rest in being here in Togo.  This is what we have been working towards for a long time now.  I thought back to one of...

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Bonne Nouvelle Année!

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 12, 2020

    As we have come into the New Year, we have been doing a lot of reflection.  I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how they were going to choose a word for the new year and as I thought through, I thought, I guess the all-encompassing word that I keep coming back to is “Intentional.”  Our first Sunday back in the States, in our Sunday school class, we talked about fellowship and what that means and one of the words used to take about it was “intentional.”  As I thought about it more, I thought so much about...

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"O Holy Night"

Josh and Beth Paulick on December 4, 2019

    In preparing our hearts for Christmas, Beth has started going through a book, “Advent, the weary world rejoices.”  The first chapter talks about the song “O Holy Night,” where the book gets the title from and talks about how the song was originally in another language but was translated into English in 1855.  I didn’t realize that this song was originally written in French, and like most songs it was not translated exactly like the original French, but holds a lot of the same sentiment with the hope of waiting to be delivered and that Jesus came to earth...

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Josh and Beth Paulick on October 17, 2019

    We have devotions as a school on Monday and Thursday mornings (in French of course!). One of our professors gave a devotion at the beginning of the year that has stuck with me.  She used a picture of a train and used the illustration of the different “cars” needed for the “train” of adapting to a new culture.  First of all, we need to be willing to try and communicate “communiquer” (even when we mess words up and say things like “I am finished” which means basically that you are dead instead of “I have finished” or that your...

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No Fear....

Josh and Beth Paulick on August 26, 2019

    “Je ne suis plus esclave de la peur….”  It’s interesting reflecting back on this past year.  We’ve almost hit the one year mark from arriving in Albertville.  This time last year we were finishing up packing and trying to say our goodbyes.  That seems in many ways so long ago now.  This has been a very challenging, draining and exhausting year.  It’s been very easy to get discouraged and to allow fear to control us.  I wrote in our first prayer here using this song.  At that point, I understood the words to the chorus (probably after looking them...

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Psalm 121

Josh and Beth Paulick on June 19, 2019

    Psalm 121 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  3 He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.  4 Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand.  6 The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.  8 The Lord will guard your...

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"When peace like a river..."

Josh and Beth Paulick on May 6, 2019

    “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, ‘It is well, it is well, with my soul.’”  Avery has been asking for this song for her bedtime song a lot recently and some nights it’s been a little difficult to sing.  My grandma loved this song and it was a song we sang at her funeral.  I am amazed at the story behind this song.  With a father writing this song while traveling near the spot he lost his four daughters after they died...

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Be on guard

Josh and Beth Paulick on March 27, 2019

    Beth has been reading through a devotional book, “A Gentle Answer: Showering your children with words of Grace,”  and one of the topics was “Trials will come.”  1 Peter 4:12 says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”  The book says, “Be on guard.  When you strive to walk in God’s word, the enemy will come to attack.  He does not want you or your family to be working in unity…I typically don’t expect it because I forget that the enemy...

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A dot in life...

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 15, 2019

    Recently I (Beth) was reminded of when in nursing school I was studying with some friends for the “beloved” HESI test.  (A test to help prepare for the NClex, which is a professional licensure test for nursing).  While we were studying and overwhelmed with how much material was covered on it.  One of my friends drew a big circle and said “This is our life.”  She then put a dot in in the circle and said “This is this test,” showing in the grand scheme of life, that test was so small and insignificant.  It was funny how much...

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"Seek ye first...."

Josh and Beth Paulick on December 12, 2018

    Every night before bed, we read a devotional with the kids, pray and sing some songs (each of the kids get to pick one song).  Recently Elijah has been asking for “Seek ye First.”  The other night after singing it, I started thinking about this verse in Matthew 6:33 and thought about other places in the Bible this is.  I started thinking about Jeremiah 29:13 where it says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”  One of the biggest challenges right now that Josh and I are facing is that it...

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Je suis enfant de Dieu

Josh and Beth Paulick on September 5, 2018

    “Je ne suis plus esclave de la peur.  Je suis enfant de Dieu.”  Fear is such a powerful thing.  It can stop us from doing some pretty amazing things sometimes.  It can be crippling and consume our thoughts.  I have to keep reminding myself in 2 Timothy 1:7 where Paul is telling Timothy, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  But even more powerful as I continued reading, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the...

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"Do I trust you?"

Josh and Beth Paulick on July 30, 2018

    A little over two years ago when my father-in-law passed away, Josh’s mom shared a song that was helping her.  The Lord brought this song to my mind today (July 24th) and it has been playing in my head off and on since then!  “Sometimes my little heart can't understand What’s in Your will, what’s in Your plan So many times I’m tempted to ask You why But I can never forget it for long Lord, what You do could not be wrong So I believe you even when I must cry Do I trust You, Lord?  Does the...

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"...when my heart is overwhelmed..."

Josh and Beth Paulick on June 11, 2018

Psalm 61:1-2 says, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.  From the end of the earth, I will cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:  lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”  Someone in college sent this verse to me (Beth) during finals week one year in college and ever since then, I have also liked these verses and frequently look to them in times of being “overwhelmed”.  This is definitely a time of being overwhelmed, but it is an exciting time.  June has been busy with traveling, speaking at churches.  Two weeks ago,...

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"Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!"

Josh and Beth Paulick on May 10, 2018

“Praise God from Whom all Blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above ye Heavenly host, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Amen.”  Friday evening 18 missionaries stood in the Rotunda of ABWE headquarters, sang together and prayed for each other.  It was so humbling and encouraging to have brothers and sisters in Christ lifting each other up and “sending” each other off to their field of service.  People heading to Asia, South America, Africa, and beyond.    We just finished up our two week training with ABWE last weekend.  We had such a great time there,...

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"Facing a Task Unfinished"

Josh and Beth Paulick on March 11, 2018

      “Facing a task unfinished that drives us to our knees, a need that, undiminished, rebukes our slothful ease.  We, who rejoice to know thee, renew before thy throne the solemn pledge we owe thee to go and make Thee known…We bear the torch that flaming, fell from the hands of those, who gave their life proclaiming that Jesus died and rose, ours is the same commission, the same glad message ours, fired by the same ambition to Thee we yield our powers, we go to all the world, with kingdom hope unfurled, no other name has power...

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Be Content

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 25, 2018

    “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me.  You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.  11) Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  12) I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”  Philippians 4:10-12.  It is so amazing to me that Paul wrote these words while in prison.  I...

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Enter His gates with Thanksgiving...

Josh and Beth Paulick on November 28, 2017

    Psalm 100 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2) Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3) Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. 4) Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5) For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”  For the month of November, Elijah has been memorizing this passage and...

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Rejoicing through disappointments!

Josh and Beth Paulick on October 16, 2017

    Beth was able to attend a women’s conference the last weekend of September based on Titus 2 principles.  “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine.  They are to teach what is good, and so train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:3-4  This conference focused on the principles of having sound doctrine, having self-control, purity, being kind and what submission looks like.  This...

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Faith like a mustard seed

Josh and Beth Paulick on September 7, 2017

    We have been so blessed to be able to be back at our sending church, Washington Heights Baptist Church for the last few weeks and were so touched by the messages from Pastor Josh Tuttle.  He has been talking about “Knowing God” and one of the weeks he spoke from Matthew 17.  The disciples were trying to cast out a demon from a boy and were not successful.  Jesus cast out the demon, and then verses 19-21 say, “Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because...

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Josh and Beth Paulick on July 31, 2017

    This week in Sunday School we talked about Nehemiah.  Nehemiah was an Israelite that served as a cupbearer to the king while in exile, but heard that Jerusalem was in ruins, with the walls broken down and the gates destroyed by fire.  He spent many days in fasting and prayer, while being very upset about this news.  He was sad and went before the king (which he says he hadn’t done before) and the king granted his request to go to Jerusalem.  We spent time talking about how he was submissive to God, and knew that God was in...

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Josh and Beth Paulick on July 11, 2017

    “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, (4) what is man that you are mindful of him, and the sons of man that you care for him?  (5) yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5  Growing up, I (Beth) went to Lake Ann Baptist Camp near Traverse City, MI.  She also worked there as a camp counselor during a summer.  One of my favorite things to do was the campout...

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Be strong and Courageous

Josh and Beth Paulick on June 6, 2017

    Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Taking a big step of faith can be scary sometimes, but we know we can trust God and He will be with us wherever we go.  Beth has been listening to a cd she got for Christmas by Hillary Scott “Love Remains,”  specifically the song “Untitled Hymn, (Come to Jesus).”  There is a verse in there that says, “And like a newborn baby, don’t be afraid to crawl,...

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Josh and Beth Paulick on April 27, 2017

    Beth has always really liked the symbolism of the anchor.  The idea that if we are “anchored” in the Lord, we have a “sure and steadfast” foundation.  Hebrews 6:19 “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul…”  This is a good reminder to us to stay grounded in the Lord and trust Him, even when things get discouraging.  We have verses for each of the kids, and this is the verse we have prayed for Isaiah and have hanging in his room.     We were disappointed that we didn’t make our goal of 85% by...

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Josh and Beth Paulick on March 4, 2017

    Beth has started doing a scripture writing plan and this past month (February) has been on peace.  This has been so fitting this month as peace is definitely been something we need.  John 14:25-27 says, “ These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all I have said to you. 27) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do...

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"Mary treasured up all these things..."

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 5, 2017

    “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”  Luke 2:19.  These words have been going through my (Beth’s) mind a lot this Christmas season.  Especially as one of the songs that has been on repeat in our house has been “Mary, did you know?”  A few nights ago as I was putting Isaiah to bed, I was holding him and thinking, “I wonder who he is going to be someday?”  After that I started wondering how Mary must have felt holding her newborn baby.  She already knew who this baby she was holding was going...

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Bell Sheep

Josh and Beth Paulick on December 3, 2016

                “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  6. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  7. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise…” Deuteronomy 6:5-7.  This has been on my (Beth’s) heart and mind recently while reading “Raising a Daughter after God’s Own Heart.”  In the first chapter of the book,...

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Josh and Beth Paulick on September 12, 2016

              Matthew 11: 28-29 says, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  July was a month of “resting” in a sense.  We started our two week “vacation” with Missionary Enrichment conference.  We were so encouraged during our time there.  We loved getting to spend some time with fellow missionaries, worshipping and fellowshipping with them.                  After we left, we were able to spend some time with...

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God is in Control!

Josh and Beth Paulick on July 14, 2016

    “God is in control” has very much been the theme of our lives recently.  We have been talking about Joseph in Sunday School and how much God was working in his life even though it was not always evident.  It has even been evident in the music we’ve been listening.  “I’m not gonna worry I know that You’ve got me right inside the palm of your hand.  Each and every moment what’s good and what gets broken happens just the way you plan.”  (Kari Jobe “Steady my Heart”)        In the month of June, we had the opportunity...

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Isaiah 55:8-9

Josh and Beth Paulick on May 10, 2016

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.  Elijah and Avery have been learning this verse, but I don’t know if they really catch the gravity of it just yet. I don’t know if I have fully felt it’s weight, but the last couple of months have certainly made it a little more real.     It seems like a lot has happened since our last update....

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"Peace like a River"

Josh and Beth Paulick on March 1, 2016

    Isaiah 48:18 says, “Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!  Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea…”  This verse sticks with me often as I (Beth) remember in college going through the Beth Moore bible study, “Breaking Free.”  In it, Beth Moore talks about this verse and how God doesn’t say that our peace will be like a pond, but rather like a river.  Rivers have rocks, twists, and turns, basically, rivers are filled with the unexpected.  In the study, Beth Moore says, “To have peace...

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 5, 2016

       “(8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. (10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (12) And this shall be a sign unto...

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"Pray without ceasing"

Josh and Beth Paulick on November 1, 2015

        “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  Wow!  We can not believe it has been almost 4 months since we returned from Togo and 3 months since we updated everyone!  A lot has happened in those 3 months.  As most of you know, we welcomed Isaiah Jude into our family on August 31st at 10:45pm.  He was 8 pounds and 20 and 3/4 inches long :)         This has been a tough transition for us as a family. ...

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A Sacrifice?

Josh and Beth Paulick on July 29, 2015

    “For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office.  People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa….Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter?  Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought!  It is emphatically no sacrifice.  Say rather it is a privilege.  Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a...

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Ephesians 1:3-10

Josh and Beth Paulick on May 11, 2015

     We spent the last weekend in April at a missions conference at our sending church, Washington Heights Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio.  We left feeling tired, but so refreshed and encouraged.  While we were there, Josh read a passage of scripture that touched my heart in a new way.  Ephesians 1:3-10, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  In...

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"I need thee every hour"

Josh and Beth Paulick on March 10, 2015

    “I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord; No tender voice like Thine can peace afford…I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly and abide, or life is in vain…I need thee every hour; teach me Thy will, and Thy rich promises in me fulfill…”     Recently, I (Beth) saw on a friend’s blog that these words were penned by a 37 year old mother Annie S Hawks.  One day when going about her daily tasks of being a wife and mother she wrote, “Sud­den­ly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the...

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"And He will be called Wonderful Counselor"

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 19, 2015

    “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6     Christmas was a fun and busy time.  We hosted Beth’s family for Christmas which, included four kids four and under.  It was a little chaotic at times, but a wonderful blessing to be all together again under the same roof.  Christmas was such a fun time with an advent devotional that Beth found to do with Elijah that pointed back to...

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Colossians 3:23-24

Josh and Beth Paulick on November 4, 2014

      Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”  Sometimes it is a good reminder that we are serving the Lord and that we should do everything we do with that in mind.  I (Beth) have been pretty discouraged with how much time and energy has been spent trying to get the ultrasound program for the pregnancy center going.  I was able to spend time in October going through a training in limited...

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2 Timothy 1:7

Josh and Beth Paulick on August 31, 2014

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7     There are a lot of frightening things in the news lately. We find ourselves watching the news often, with the ebola virus and militant anti-Christian groups making headlines.  We have been talking recently about how much there is at this time to fear.  We recently watched a news interview with Matt Lauer and Jeremy Writebol (son of Nancy Writebol, who survived Ebola that she contracted while working in Liberia).  We were struck by his answer when he was asked “how...

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Josh and Beth Paulick on July 1, 2014

  Before Beth went on a missions trip to Mexico in 2009, Pastor Mikal Kildal gave all the team members a Gumby and Pokey.  Gumby and Pokey are very flexible and moldable toys, which was definitely a good reminder that in ministry (and in life), there is a need to learn how to be moldable and flexible to what God has for us.  Learning how to be flexible has been the biggest part of the last two months.     Beth started work in the middle of May, and from the beginning learned very quickly about spiritual warfare.  It seemed that...

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"I'm waiting" John Waller

Josh and Beth Paulick on April 24, 2014

“I’m waiting, I’m waiting on you Lord, and I am hopeful, I’m waiting on you Lord, though it’s painful, but patiently I will wait And I will move ahead bold and confident, taking every step in obedience While I’m waiting I will serve You, while I’m waiting I will worship You, while I’m waiting I will not faint, I’ll be running the race even while I wait….” -While I’m waiting by John Waller     This song has been running through my (Beth’s) mind a lot recently.  In many ways, we feel like we are in a waiting phase.  We are...

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February Update

Josh and Beth Paulick on March 9, 2014

February was a very busy but refreshing month. Josh had a very busy couple of weeks at work the at the beginning of the month and we finished the month out on a trip out of town. Josh had a course near San Francisco, Ca. The course was a international humanitarian surgery course. It was an excellent course that taught many surgical skills not covered in general surgery training and it focused on doing them in a low resource setting. At the course we learned some basic orthopedic, obstetric and plastic surgery skills. These skills will be very helpful while...

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Micah 6:8

Josh and Beth Paulick on February 16, 2014

"He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8 (ESV)              A while back we mentioned this verse in one of our updates and this month brings it to mind again. In the month of January we spend a fair amount of time giving attention to the right to life. After reading Micah 6:8 about a year ago I started asking the question “what does it mean to ‘do justice?’” As I studied justice,...

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December 2013

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 7, 2014

“And the angel of the Lord said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11           December was a very busy month for us as I’m sure it was for most of you. It was also a month of celebration. We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary, we celebrated Eli’s 2nd birthday, and we celebrated the arrival of our niece, Danica (who missed sharing Eli’s birthday by...

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October/November Prayer update

Josh and Beth Paulick on November 24, 2013

“And you will say in that day: Give Thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.” Isaiah 12:4 and 5 We have many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.” 1 Samuel 1:27. We are thankful for our most recent addition.  Avery Grace Paulick joined our family on October...

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September prayer letter

Josh and Beth Paulick on September 30, 2013

            Recently, I heard an interesting news report that talked about the happiest places on earth.  The top was Denmark, and the United States ranked 17th.  The part of the report that caught our attention was that Togo ranked last out of the 156 countries involved in the survey.  This definitely struck a chord with us.  There is a huge need for “The Hospital of Hope,” and more importantly, the One true Hope.             We were excited to see the construction update from the hospital that most of the roof is on the OR’s and the floor is being completed. ...

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Month of Prayer

Josh and Beth Paulick on August 5, 2013

            Our hearts have been heavy this month for Ramadan.  The ABWE family has been spending this month in prayer asking God that he would bring the truth to the people around the world celebrating this holiday and that they would accept that truth. I have been reading about Islam and the Qur’an recently and I continue to realize how much more I have to learn about the people we will be working with and what they believe.             The construction of The Hospital of Hope in Mango continues to move forward. They are making some real headway on the...

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"Break our hearts for what breaks yours..."

Josh and Beth Paulick on July 5, 2013

            As we were driving last week, a song came on the radio, and the lyrics really struck me.  “Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours.”  These words, although simple, are very powerful.  If this was our prayer, how different would our actions, our lives be.              June was filled with Josh spending almost two weeks in a row on call.  We were able to spend a long weekend with Beth’s brother and family.  It was a lot of fun to spend time together and to see the cousins “playing together,” as well as an eighteen...

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Acts 2 Church

Josh and Beth Paulick on June 9, 2013

           This past Sunday, we had the privilege of attending our sending church, Washington Heights Baptist Church in Dayton.  We loved being able to see our church family and to worship with them.  Pastor spoke from Acts 2, and one of the things that he talked about was how we need to view other believers in the church almost like marriage partners, needing to be able to sit together, planning together and encouraging one another.  We have really missed our church family there and were very thankful to be able to spend time with them.  We also have been enjoying...

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Love Mercy

Josh and Beth Paulick on May 10, 2013

We are going through a devotional book for couples and a few weeks ago we went through a chapter that God used to speak to me entitled “Love Mercy.” The chapter quotes Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Mercy is a term that refers to benevolence, forgiveness and kindness and it is derived from a Latin word that means, “price paid.” The author of the book encouraged us to fall deeply in love...

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Josh and Beth Paulick on April 12, 2013

     He is risen!  March closed with celebrating the blessing of our Savior’s resurrection. We hear and talk about the resurrection so much that it can be easy to forget the significance of it. I Corinthians 15 reminds us of the critical importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (vs. 16-17).  This has been a great reminder to us as we celebrated Easter.        March definitely proved to...

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Luke 14:33 What does discipleship cost?

Josh and Beth Paulick on March 3, 2013

        In our Bible study last week we looked at Luke 14:33 “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” They made reference to believers in the Middle East and the quote was “what we consider a progress in many parts of the world is considered a perquisite.” This made me think about how in America it doesn’t have to turn our whole world upside down to believe in Jesus (although it should), but in some parts of the world with the predominant religion that is common to northern Togo,...

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"Do everything you do to the Glory of the one who made you"

Josh and Beth Paulick on January 29, 2013

While driving to Parent/Child swim classes with Elijah this morning, a song came on the radio.  It is called, "Do Everything" by Steven Curtis Chapman.  Here are some ofthe lyrics that really touched my heart... “You're picking up toys on the living room floor for the 15th time today Matching up socks, Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away You put a baby on your hip, color on your lips and head out the door While I may not know you, I bet I know you Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all? Well let me remind you, it all...

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Psalm 45:10 "Be still and know that I am God..."

Josh and Beth Paulick on November 29, 2012

Today, as I (Beth) took time to rock my son to sleep, I caught myself feeling guilty (since some sources don’t think you should), and realized it doesn’t matter.  Some day, I know I will look back and miss those times, but for today, I was enjoying being still and sitting with my son.  That got me thinking though, about how often, I also don’t allow myself to “Be still” before the Lord.  It is so easy to get caught up with the busyness of life and forget to take time to sit before the throne of the Lord, and...

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