Thanks Mom!

I have hesitated in purchasing one of these for more than 4 years.  I have never really missed one.  However, there were a couple of times I thought about buying one in Kyiv.  However, I had a balcony there and so it was so much needed.

Moving to Karaganda where winter is 5-6 months long and living in an apartment without a balcony has caused me to re-evaluate the situation.  When I moved here in June, I couldn’t find one and so the decision was easy… 🙂

Then when I found a business that could get one, it was more than $1,000!  Well,  needless to say, I didn’t even give it a second thought.

Well, recently, I saw one in a store and went and looked at the price.  I was quite shocked at how inexpensive it was.  I looked at other stores and they didn’t have any at all.  Then I found one store that had one at $1,000.

So, I have spent the last couple of weeks praying about it and finally felt I received an answer from the Lord.  After mom died last year, I received some money that was left over after all her expenses were paid.  I have been saving the money thinking that if I ever found one of these that I felt was affordable, I would buy one.

Well, today I made the purchase.  I almost didn’t.  The price was listed on the machine, but when they went to write up the paperwork it was 5,000 tenge more (more than $40).  I asked to speak to a manager.  The manager came over and agreed with me that I should be able to purchase the machine for the listed price.  This is nothing short of a miracle and more confirmation.

So, they loaded the machine into my car and upon arriving home, I carried it by myself up to my second floor apartment.  It wasn’t that heavy.  I cleaned out the corner of my office room and placed the machine there.  I have already tried the machine out and am extremely pleased.

When I pulled the first articles out of it and felt how soft they were you cannot imagine how happy I was!  Every time I use this machine I will remember my mom.  She always took such good care of the articles she placed in this machine and I think a little of her has rubbed off on me.

What is this machine?  I bet most of you have already figured it out, but if by chance you haven’t, here is a photo of it sitting in my office…


Now, if I can just get some dryer sheets…

14 thoughts on “Thanks Mom!

  1. Mom’s just keep on blessing us !!! She would be happy to know this Joe. I take this for granted so I am humbled today with your message and thank God for your willingness to sacrific so much for the Kingdom and allows me to be a tiny tiny part of it. We serve a MIGHTY GOD!


  2. Scott,
    I haven’t figured it out yet. Can you help me??? LOL!

    I honestly don’t think I am sacrificing. It is a privilege! We do serve a MIGHTY GOD! Amen!

    What can I say!!! I know, I know!!!

  3. Joe,
    I am so very pleased that you now have a clothes dryer. It will give you more time for ministry. I know your Mom would be so happy that you purchased one. We mom’s always want our kids to have conveniences. God’s continued blessings on you.

  4. Well, Joe, you have taken a big leap. I don’t think you will regret it, as the timing and circumstances seemed just right.

    If you can believe it, I finally found one here in Lugansk, but I’d have to save grivna in the old cookie jar till Kingdom come before we could afford it. Ha!

    I’ll bet you’ll be receiving a ton of dryer sheets now, but in case you don’t, let me know and I’ll send you some. I use them as sachets in our drawers but would gladly share with you on this happy occasion!
    Take care and enjoy the softness!

  5. Of all the things we do not have that we had back in the US of A, this is the one thing Virgil misses the most. Enjoy all the softness. You are blessed.

  6. Joe,

    After carrying your new purchase up to the apartment, I guess we’ll have to start praying for your back!

  7. Inez,
    I struggle with these “conveniences” since I don’t want to be out of touch with the people I am serving. However, I have been praying about this for some time and believe the Lord gave me the freedom to purchase it. Thanks for praying for me.

    I never thought I would be able to afford one either. Watch out! Less expensive machines could be on their way to Ukraine. It is EXTREMELY rare to find household appliances in Kstan that are less expensive than in Ukraine… This dryer is from Turkey.

    I understand Virgil completely. I really haven’t “missed” a dryer that much. However, not having a balcony precipitated the idea of buying one. It is truly a blessing to have one.

    I worried about my back, however, the dryer wasn’t that heavy. Also, they aren’t a big as the ones in the US.

  8. Hey Joe, next time we’re coming down your way, can we bring our laundry? Seriously, we’re happy for your “find” and getting the dryer up into your apartment. We know how steep the several steps are into your place. Way to go! Your friends in Astana, Don and Diane

  9. Don and Diane,
    Bring them! I just have to figure out how to build one of those vents for the apt. Hopefully, I can find the material at the market.
    See you next week!

  10. Glad you were able to get that machine. Never fear , dryer sheets on way!! Thanks for the idea–just right for an empty spot in a “care box” that need to be filled. Isn’t our God wonderful & amazing how He meets our smallest need!!! Praying daily for you Wendy

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