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Crystal’s Crossings :: February 2013

Posted by Crystal Pierce on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Crystal’s Crossings :: February 2013

Thank you so much for your prayers and constant support.  I pray this new year finds you and your family looking for the will of God in your own lives.

Well, last time I wrote, I was in El Paso, TX in December, helping translate for Edwin & Anita.  Since then, Edwin had finished his 12 days of therapy with the chiropractor, and we went back to Chihuahua.   He had recovered quite well, but he wasn’t a 100% better.  After making it back to Chihuahua, he continued heading to physical therapy to continue to strengthen the back muscles.  But after Christmas, he sneezed, and he was back in bed with a ton of pain.  So after much prayer, he did decide to have a back surgery, which happened a few days after Christmas. Since then, he is still going to therapy every day plus water therapy.   

Please be praying for him.  This school year has been so rough, because as director, he was only able to teach about 6 weeks of classes, and the rest of the time he has been in bed.  He feels like he is useless during this time of healing.  Please be praying for his healing and for strength for his family.

It has been a very good test for us as a team.  We’ve all had to work hard and in different ways to help Edwin get to therapy.  I’ve helped drive him and Anita the 40 minutes to therapy numerous times, and other staff members too.  We’ve also had to team together to get the kids to and from school each day.  It’s been a very good test for us to work together as a team, and help each other out.

Plus I’ve also been helping out the Grangers, my other co-workers, since the middle of December.  In December, Mexico got a new presi.dent, and one of his first actions as presi.dent was to change the immigration and visa process.  The Grangers turned in their paperwork for their visas right after Thanksgiving and they have to wait two more weeks (almost 3 whole months) for the visas!  We used to be able to get the visas in about 3 weeks!  Because their car papers expired in December, since then they had to leave their two vehicles in El Paso until they could get their visas. Therefore I have been working with them in coordinating rides to the city and letting them borrow my car to take the kids to school and pick up them up each day, plus for meetings, church, ministry, etc.

Oh.  And the water pump plus a valve in the engine on my car went out on the Grangers as they drove it into town three weeks ago. :S  And I will start my visa process, and probably sell my car in the states in March.  Then try to figure out the options of buying a Mexican car down here, and the whole registration process, etc.

The good news is that the Grangers got their visas last week, and this wek they were able to bring in their van, so that will help a lot.  And my car has been fixed and now I’m free to travel back and forth to the city!


Some days it just seems to be one thing after another, right? And I know I’m not the only one.  Plus, then there are days when Satan is a punk.  And he knows how to discourage us almost constantly.  For example, since I came back from Christmas break, I honestly had not been 100% excited to be back.  I was in a hard core funk.  I just had no desire to do anything.  And I have no idea why.  It’s not that I wanted to leave Mexico, or that  I wanted to move back to the states.  But I was having serious doubts about almost everything.  All these new visa rules, issues that constantly come up with the students, not knowing what God has for my future (tribe or the Ranch), just a lot of things were stressing me out.  I just had like 5 weeks of constant discouragement.

Plus, before I even crossed back into Mexico in January, I got an email from a place where I used to work, asking me to come back and help them out.  It’s a really good job, and it has awesome benefits, and there would be a secure outcome.  It’s the kind of job that parents dream for their kids to have.  And I had to turn it down.

But it’s not what God has for me.   He has me serving here in Mexico, amidst the difficulties, and trials, and issues.  And I have been daily relying on Him, and His strength to keep me going. Things are going better now here for me.  I’m staying encouraged, and looking forward to what God has for me here in the Ranch, and the rest of the year.

This is our group of young adults, jr. highers, and high schoolers.  This is a picture we took after one of our studies.  I taught for three weeks on our Identity in Christ.  And for the group it was eye opening and freeing.  Now they do not feel the pressure to “perform” but instead they can rest in their acceptance because of what Christ has done for them!  Such a good reminder for us all.
This is a photo with (L-R): Ana’s mom, Ana, Kari, Anita, and myself.  We attended the Quincenera for Ana’s niece.  Remember the family that I keep having y’all pray for, it’s them.  We enjoyed the night together!  Her niece’s color for the party was purple, that’s why we are all in purple! :)
Something awesome happened at Christmas time.  My parents blessed our family with a three week trip to Germany!  What!  Our family hasn’t had a vacation in 15 years or so.  And as a part of my dad’s retirement this month he wants to take us on a trip.  We, which includes my parents, my grandma, her sister (my great aunt), my sister, brother and sister-in-law, and me, will be heading to Germany & France to visit family and see some sights.  As a family we have always wanted to do something like this, but we never thought it would be possible.  Germany is the birthplace of my grandma and her sister, and my father was born in France.  This trip happens at an awesome time for me, because we will be having spring break during my trip. :)
Praises ::
– A nice Christmas with my family & friends in Oregon
– God’s grace that’s new every day
– the awesome team that I am a part of in the Ranch
– three amazing years in Mexico
– wonderful Mexican friends & families that have adopted meRequests ::
– for the work here this semester at the Ranch
– for the plans I have to go to Oregon for a 3-4 month furlough
– God’s leading & provision to go to a tribe – there might be some news next month or in April
– for the new visa process and buying a Mexican vehicle – I’ll need some hard core wisdom
– for selling my car in El Paso in April – that things can go smoothly
If you are interested in seeing some of the things God’s been doing in Mexico please check out the following link:
Mexico News
Check out the stories about the Guarijio and my friend Katie!  It’s pretty cool to see what is happening among tribal people in Mexico.I’m hoping that within the next two months I’ll have an update on moving to a tribe.  It’s looking like I might be heading to work with the Mixteco people in Baja, but keep praying, because it’s not final yet!  And I’m really wanting to follow God’s timing.

Also, I’m working on planning for a 3-4 month furlough this summer (mid-June-mid-September)!  I’m excited to be able to head towards Oregon for a few months to visit my three supporting churches, lots of friends, and enjoying summer activities with my family! :)

Your missionary in Mexico,
Crystal

Crystal’s Crossings :: My Summer Vacation

Posted by Crystal Pierce on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
What I did on my Summer Vacation::

I spent part of my summer vacation with the Tarahumara Church in the mountains of Chihuahua.  My second trip this year to them (I was with them in April & May).  I spent 4 weeks helping out with a VBS that their church did.  We spent those weeks highlighting different “heroes” of the Bible like Abraham, Ruth, Ester, David, Solomon, etc.  One of my main jobs was helping prepare the lunch for the kids.  During the summertime, when the kids aren’t going to school, they might get a meal each day, otherwise they don’t really eat.  So as a way to show Christ’s love, the church decided that they would have a VBS and serve lunch to the kids, so that they at least get to eat once a day!  Teach them God’s Word, share a meal with them, show them God’s love for each one!  There was a group of 9 teens/adults that came from Juarez, Mexico to help for the first week.  On Saturday they left, but one guy came directly back to help out (he actually tried to leave again, but God had plans for him to stay the whole 4 weeks).  On Monday of the second week, one other guy came back, and by that Wednesday 7 of them plus one other girl came back to help out for the rest of the time!  Angelica (a missionary from Juarez, that is working with Tarahumaras in a community 3 hours from where we were) and I were in charge of preparing a meal each day for the 45 kiddos that came.  It was a huge blessing for me to be able to help out in the kitchen, hang out with the kids, and just be around the people.  There were a few days where ladies came into the kitchen and helped out, so I had a fun time visiting with them.

Now I want to share with you some pictures of my time, including a top 10 list!  Here goes:
The highlights from my summer with the Tarahumara Church::
the kids :: I enjoyed spending many afternoons & evenings with the kids after VBS.  They would try to patiently wait for me to finish cleaning up the kitchen, and then they would yell my name until I came out of the house, because they wanted me to take pictures of them!  I have no idea how many pictures I took of them, but they loved laughing at the preview of each picture.  
the rainy season :: If you’ve ever lived in the desert you understand what a huge blessing it is to receive rain.  You know what it’s like to say, “the last time it rained was in October” or “we’ve gone 6 (or more) months without rain”.  And especially after enduring 100* days in June, I was thrilled to enjoy cooler weather and see everything green up.  It was a blessing!
made me thankful for indoor plumbing & not having to use an outhouse! :: Sharing a house with 11-15 other people with only one outhouse, and an indoor bathroom that is only to be used during the night was rough.  Always having to wait and then rush out before someone else.  It made me super grateful for having my own bathroom, and not having to wait in line.  It’s the little things.
the time spent relaxing & reading books :: Its been over 2 1/2 years since I read a book just for pure enjoyment!  And while I was in the mountains I read 6, and I’ve started my 7th book!  Awesome!
daily being reminded of God’s love for me and others, his grace, forgiveness and mercy :: I just daily loved the encouragement that God’s word & the Holy Spirit reminded me each day of His love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy.  

wearing flannel & long sleeve shirts in the summer! :: loved it!  Seems like here in the desert we only get to wear them for two months, so I thoroughly enjoyed wearing flannel and reading my books!
not driving a car for a whole month :: I just stayed in the village and walked everywhere I needed to go!  It was crazy.  Plus it was awesome not having to drive or have that responsibility! :)
spending time helping out the church ::  I had just a great time with the ladies and children, just visiting with them, and showing interest in their lives.  I loved hearing their testimonies, what the Lord was teaching them, and what He was teaching them.  I enjoyed showing them the embroidery projects that I was working on, and they enjoyed seeing/learning new techniques.
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:: the new semester at the Ranch starts August 13!
:: unity for the team of teachers here at the Ranch & the Bible School in Chihuahua
:: that the cars would run well – each of us staff members have had issues with our cars in the last 3 weeks.  Between the three families + myself, there have been two new car batteries bought, a new fuel filter, an alignment, and one car is still in the shop!  Pray that we would stay encouraged when things don’t run smoothly.

Praises
:: the amazing month spent helping the Tarahumara church!
:: the last couple of days of rest, relaxing, and finishing some projects around the house
:: extra days to continue serving the Savior!

Please pray for wisdom for me.  I’m working on making plans to sell my ’97 Ford Taurus, and buy something more “tribal ready”, aka, a small SUV.  I have been saving for my next car for almost a year, and I’ve almost reached my goal!  Please be praying for a buyer for this car (anyone interested), plans to work out for me to travel to Oregon this fall or next summer, and that God would have a car ready to meet my needs here in Mexico.  I look forward to see how God responds to these prayers!
getting to make new friends & constantly working on my translation skills :: two American teenage girls, Bekah & Carissa, came out to spend 7 weeks in the village, and Bekah didn’t speak any Spanish.  So I constantly worked on translating for everyone so all could understand.  It was super good for my English & Spanish levels!
not having to do all the cooking :: I enjoyed not having to cook or prepare every single meal.  Angelica & I prepared the meal for the kids & staff, and then the team that came to help out was split in two groups to help prepare the other meals!  It was so nice.  But I did make cinnamon rolls, chili, and numerous other things to help out!

I’ve reached 62% & Going to Mexico!

Posted by Crystal Pierce on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

We are heading for Mexico!

Two weeks ago I wrote you an email letting you know how far Amy & I were away from heading to Mexico. Within one week of us praying together for my support, I got it all plus some more! Here’s how it went. Each day, my support went up a bit, some days by a lot, others by a little. But each day it went up. Then on Monday I went past 60% & reached 62%! Tuesday Amy & I found out that we need to get to Texas on February 24th! Wednesday & Thursday I started to tell some friends & let things start soaking in – Amy & I are moving to Mexico! Now I’m starting to plan for my last few weeks in Oregon & travel plans on the way to Colorado. I’ll be leaving Oregon on February 18 or 19th, arriving in Texas on February 24th, and entering Mexico soon after!

It is so amazing to me at how quickly my support went up! It truly is a huge answer to our prayers for these last two years. And it’s an answer at how faithful God is to us, just by listening and responding to us according to His plan & will!

Here’s what my current checklist is looking like: praying, taxes, Mexican car insurance, packing, saying goodbyes, planning for the road trip, praying, getting things fixed on my car, a dentist appointment, and of course there will be some more things that will get added to my checklist!

Thank you to all of you who have been praying for me as I’ve been working on heading to Mexico, and for some of you it’s been almost 2 years! I am so excited at how God has worked through friends, family & believers that I’ve not met to provide for both Amy’s support and mine!

Thank you so much for your prayers. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Heading to Mexico,
Crystal

Christmas 2009

Posted by Crystal Pierce on Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

xmas 2009

Merry Christmas to y’all!

Home for Christmas!

With my plans coming together for moving to Mexico – possibly in February – I am blessed with being able to stay home for Christmas with my family.  Last year my family was altogether, but this year my brother won’t be around.  He’s currently overseas until March or early Spring.  But my parents, sister, sister-in-law, and two of my grandparents will be together!  We are excited to just have a laid back holiday with each other.  Right now it’s time to go over to Mom & Dad’s for dinner & presents with the grandparents.  I made cranberry sauce (for the first time), pumpkin/cheesecake pie, and sweet potatoes!

God’s Perfect Timing

Amy Heckman & I are very close in reaching the required 60% monthly support level.  Amy has reached 54% & I’m at 52.6%!  How cool & amazing is that!

We received an email last week that we have a church to connect with once we reach Mexico.  They are excited to meet us & praying for us!  What a blessing is the body of Christ!

This last month we also learned that Glenn & Teo Urquhart – the missionaries whose house we were going to live in for two years – won’t be able to leave Mexico until Summer 2010.  That means that we will be getting a different place than what we were expecting.  Amy & I are looking forward to seeing how God will provide for us with another place to live in a different neighborhood!

We are also looking to God to see when & how He will be providing the last part of our monthly support.  We are both less than $235 away from our monthly goal!  Exciting!  We are so close to being able to head to Mexico, but we will need to reach 60% before we can set a travel.

I Praise God For…

  • my family
  • the opportunity to serve Him wherever I am
  • the constant provisions in my life
  • all of my prayer & financial supporters

Please Pray That…

  • my brother will be safe
  • the last $235 in monthly support will come in

I want to wish you all a blessed Christmas & a Happy New Year as we continue to remember Christ every day!

Crystal

Still waiting…

Posted by Crystal Pierce on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

October 2009 - 141 October 2009

The month of October was quite exciting with the leaves changing colors and with a few flakes of snow here in Eastern Oregon.  It was also a month in which I was sick quite a bit.  After my trip to Florida and Louisiana, I was a bit worn out, and was hit with some sickness.  And then last weekend I got the swine flu, but I survived!  Now I’m feeling pretty good, just in time for a trip to Denver, tomorrow!

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