Betty's Newsletter

APPLES OF GOLD NEWSLETTER 2018 SPRING

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:10-11

The saying is, “Hope Springs Eternal”. For me Spring brings new hope and joy. It is coming; less snow, some warmer days, Forsythia with just a glint of yellow is a sure sign that a full bloom, incredibly large bouquet of them will soon cover my coffee table. The birds are working on nests and making themselves heard and seen. We have an amazing eagle’s nest in our neighborhood, a landmark now for the last several years. Watching papa eagle swoop down on the nest is an amazing sight, and the entire pine tree sways back and forth until he is settled. Then mama takes off to return with a twig in her mouth. It is a neighborhood gathering spot and puts another spot of hope and life in our hearts. One winter day we had four eagles in one of our front yard trees. They stayed four hours in the same spot. What a sight! When we looked at them through our binoculars, their piercing eyes were looking right back at us.

We have other EXCITING SPRING NEWS from the publishers. Apples of Gold is getting a new look, a brand new cover. I cannot wait to see their ideas! Cook Ministries has faithfully published our books for 18 years. For any book, that is a good run. God started this ministry and He has been so faithful to honor and bless it to this day. Though we have discussed other changes to the book internally, it is their best determination that the book is current and should stay as is.

In our home, we spring forward to the wedding of grandson Nicolas to lovely Sharon in May in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is home to our first daughter and her family. It is also a time of fun reunion for our expanding family. This is our fifth wedding for grandchildren so far. We rented a large home looking straight at the mountains and will all stay together. What fun and what a blessing. We will also meet our first great granddaughter for the first time. She is named after my mother, which is super special, and she is just precious.

For those who have been asking about Lee and me, we are thankful for each day and that we have one another. These last years have held some pretty hard challenges for our hearts but we hold on to the Lord and to one another. Losses of family members, some older, some seemingly way too young, are now with the Lord. How wonderful for His children to be ‘Safe in the Arms of Jesus”.

Apples of Gold classes continue to start up and so many have continued year after year; many for over twenty years. The faithfulness of the mentors is such a joy to my heart and to theirs as well. Seeing younger women interact with one another and with the mentors is just exactly what Titus 2 is all about. The stories of change and growth are truly inspiring. This should come as no surprise because when we follow the Word of God, the Holy Spirit teaches us how to better live for Christ.

I believe there has never been a better time to mentor younger women in the ways of the Lord. This world has invaded our Christian world in unbelievable ways, causing so many to struggle with life issues that we never faced before. God’s truths of kindness, faithfulness, purity, submission, are so very needed and relevant. If the Holy Spirit is tugging at your heart to carry out the commission of Titus 2, I pray you will heed the call. It will change lives, including your own.

When visiting a class in Sanibel FL, one of those over twenty year classes, it is now the women who were in the first classes who are the mentors. What a treasure to see the growth in their lives and how God is calling them to carry on, teaching what they learned to the next generation. For the first class, there were just a handful of younger women in the church, but they were eager to learn. They wanted mentors, and that’s how it all started there. Today the church is thriving with young families.

Our church held one class in November and another in January. Now that’s back to back challenge for both hostess and mentors. They loved serving the Lord through this ministry and the younger women were so blest.

Cathy Mc Cormick, one of our longtime mentor/leaders in the Pittsburgh area, recently moved to Ohio. You guessed it. She is right back at it. Apples of Gold, when seen through the eyes of those who serve, is just such a blessing. While in Pittsburgh, their mentors went on mission trips to South America to teach apples. After several years of doing this, the women there decided they were ready to carry on their own classes. What a huge ministry of service!

We want to hear from you. We would love to have some testimonies from your classes. I have always loved receiving these testimonies and Cook would love to use some in promotional materials. So please, send us your favorites as soon as possible. Just send to the contact us part of the website

It still amazing me, that in spite of me and my shortcomings, the Lord continues to bless and grow Apples of Gold. It is time that we catch you up. I pray for a REFIRING of my own heart to obey Him and to encourage you as you encourage me with your faithful service..

So let us encourage one another and build each other up.

Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
I John 4: 7-12.

May the Lord bless you as you serve Him with joy and purpose.

With deep gratitude,

Betty