We have begun our big south trip! We will be traveling a total of 2,231 miles…36 of driving time. Which we all know for our family of 5, it’s going to take a lot more than 36 hours of driving. Graham eats every 3 hours, so we stop. And by that point, Sophie and Olivia have reached their limit in the car! Anyways, we are having a great time traveling as a family and getting to tell people about our ministry plans! And, here is our new prayer card, so send us your address if you want one!!
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It is always wonderful seeing them grow and then leave here excited about walking with the Lord in whatever He has next for them! One thing that is a huge blessing for us, is that 75% of these graduates have plans to continue on in ministry serving the Lord!!! WOW!!!!
Currently it’s really hard to keep my part of the preparation ball rolling because I spend so much of each day schooling. I have one more week of school to finish up with the children. I’m thankful we homeschool and have flexibility in our schedule to finish up our year a little early. After that, it will be much easier for me to give our mission field preparations more of my focus, time, and energy.
I’m pretty sure I could go on and on if listed all the things that need to be done, taken care of, or figured out before we make it to the field. None of these jobs are in and of themselves huge, undoable tasks, but when I start thinking about all of them I tend to get very overwhelmed. I’m thankful to God (who is the best match-maker) for a husband that doesn’t get so easily overwhelmed, who keeps things all in perspective with a good outlook on them and keeps me focused on what needs to be done each day. He calls the day’s task “the long-lead item”. Today’s long-lead item is painting cabinet doors. I can do that.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16
Yep, it’s time to get out our suitcases again. We are preparing for an important trip to Bolivia. We leave the end of this month for Bolivia. One project we’ve been working on is to update the literacy training that missionary candidates receive and then to train the trainers. This trip to Bolivia is a part of that process. We are so excited to work with about 15 students from Bolivia and Peru, as well as help train the literacy course teachers and field literacy consultants. And we have an added blessing of being able to visit our daughter and her family who are serving at a school for missionary children in Bolivia!
Our senior class of over 50 students will walk the stage this Saturday as we celebrate their amazing work these past two years. You could almost hear their sighs of relief today as they finished their classes. What a joy to have had this time with them, focused on the Word of God. It has been their steady diet since August 2011 when they arrived. Hours and hours each day in class and doing homework. We figure that they have logged over 2,000 hours of study during their time here. After about 1,000 hours they come to realize they are not just reading and studying a book…they are interacting with God Himself. It is the living Word isn’t it?!
The Spirit of God is so faithful to reward those who diligently seek Him. We see evidence all around us each day. Faces lighting up…faces troubled. Hearts soaring…hearts heavy. The joy of knowing Him and the reality of knowing what we are like on our own. The victory of walking in freedom from sin and the defeat of finding ourselves in sin again. But God is faithful, Who forgives and loves unconditionally. Full of grace and truth! What a privilege to be a part of training so many young people to walk in truth and the Spirit. Thank You Lord!
We thank God for you all often…those who pray for us and support us in this, His work! May you know the joy of His Spirit as you invest in eternity with us! Thank you!
Phil 1.3-6 Thankful and confident!
Thanks so much for your prayers for us this past month as we traveled back here to Paraguay and have gotten settled back into our various ministry responsibilities. We were warmly welcomed by our co-workers and neighbors as well as by a variety of creepy creatures who set up house while we were gone. We had birds, scorpions, centipedes, frogs, and hundreds of spiders taking up residence not to mention the snake that came up the shower drain. If you hear an ear-piercing scream, it is probably just Janet finding another welcoming creature.
Shortly after getting back, we were able to attend a workshop called Strengthening Your Interpersonal Skills. It was a great week of learning and growing in the areas of listening, problem solving, confronting, encouraging, dealing with conflicts, managing stress, and dealing with loss among a host of other concepts. We want to be effective tools in God’s hands for impacting others for all of eternity, and we are very thankful for this week of personal learning and growing.
Pray for our family as we balance a variety of ministry responsibilities. One couple recently needed to leave for a six month home assignment, so we are endeavoring to cover their responsibilities while they are gone. Pray for Josh as he finishes up his 9th grade schoolwork. He is enjoying being back home here in Paraguay. Pray for Ben as he finished his first year of college and has a variety of different activities and work planned for the summer.
Thanks for your prayers!
Callie and her 6th grade class went on a camping field trip to dig for fossils on the Peace River. They visited Dr. Parker’s Creation Science Museum in Arcadia, FL and then went on a canoe expedition up the river to find fossils. Apparently the Peace River is a hotbed of fossils. They each came home with a sack full of all sorts of interesting things! They camped on the shores and were kept awake by an assortment of wildlife including fighting raccoons, hooting owls and, yes, a herd of cows that passed nearby! Callie was the only one to sleep through it all. Apparently all those years of “Bush” sleeping have made her immune to things that go “bump, hiss, hoot or moo” in the night!