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I have not been writing letters or updating posts much in the last month as it has been busy here with the holidays and with Wellington out of school for almost a month. He returned the middle of Jan and it felt so good to have some uninterrupted time to work in quietness. Several times during his vacation when we were at the park he would ask/motion to go by his school, always being disapointed when no one was there. The first few days back to school he shed a few tears, but they were quickly gone as other kids arrived. He is going through a stage of being timid and a bit clingy. He still loves to hand out high 5’s, hugs and kisses but he is a bit more choosey as to whom they go to. It doesn’t take long to get into his good graces. This last weekend came number 3 of his 4 molars. All weekend long he had fevers and didn’t want to each much except yogurt. He was really snuggley which I thoroughly enjoyed. He is waking during his naps in soft cries and falling back to sleep. The fevers come and go, I have been using oral gel and he understands that relieves the pain so he can go back to sleep or playing but that still doesn’t make it easy to put on his molar that is coming in.

We passed the holidays with friends and even though it wasn’t the same without our families, it was still a special time celebrating the birth of our Savior. We got to experience many cultural things over the holidays. We attended a horse parade and an antique car parade with Wellington. We also spent Jan 1 at the Pance River which is a custom for many Colombians. We had the incredible opportunity to go to a finca (farm, rather it was an urban community) with Pastor and almost his whole family. It was really nice to connect with them and their family on a deeper level and just pass some time together. There schedules are incredibly busy so we feel fortunate we were able to spend this special time with them. We were blessed to attend an overnight trip to another finca (farm) which was a youth camp with a local church we have become very close to. Vincent and I shared a message with the youth around a bonfire, it was the exercise we learned with LWM (Lay Witness Mission) of a quiet time with the Lord where you write a letter to yourself from Jesus. Our dear friend Myra helped us through a few tricky times with the language but we were able to share everything in Spanish. Praise the Lord, your prayers are being answered. For us to be at this point in our Spanish communication is a miracle in our eyes and we cannot thank you enough for all your prayers as far as learning the language but there is much more to learn so please keep praying. Here are some other prayer requests we currently have:

1. New projects and website design for Extreme Colombia at www.extremenazarene.org/colombia. This is a project we have been working on for the last month and a half and it is almost complete. Pray for this to be a tool that will draw people to Colombia to fill the vision of 300. We are praying for a total of 300 people to register for projects this year. Movement is starting to happen with a few teams deciding on dates to come and registering. We also have a Jesus Film group coming. God is so good and faithful to our prayers. Pray with us to hit the vision of 300!

2. Praise the Lord that my family is coming to visit us at the end of March (my sister and her daughter, my mom and my aunt). Pray for God to prepare them for mighty things while they are here and for safe traveling mercies. They will be staying with us through Easter.

3. Wisdom for Vincent and I as we discipline Wellington. We pray for creativity in parenting. Wellington is an incredible and intelligent kiddo and we are working to keep up with his level- working to raise him to be a Godly young man.

4. Praise the Lord! As of Feb 1 we will have renters for our home in Missoula, MT. It has been vacant since the beginning of Dec. We trusted in God that he had very specific people to rent our home. We are grateful for our dear friends who are managing this for us. We had to drop our rental price below our monthly expenses but know that God will provide as he has called us to do what we are doing.

5. We have our flights purchased for our trip back to the States for 2012: Aug 23 – Sept 18. Please pray for God to work the details of our travels and speaking engagements. We will be working to make contacts for these during the months of Jan and Feb hoping to have our schedule in place by mid March.

Settling In…

Posted: December 9, 2010 in language training, Prayer Requests

Anyone who has visited or lived in a different culture will be able to attest to parts of this blog. We haven’t been here long enough to be anything close to experts on Peruvian culture or to draw any solid conclusions. But the best we can tell …’people will be people.’ Peruvians appear to have some different values and then some not so different. One area we are sure about is those who truly love God love others. We have been treated well everywhere we’ve been both in church and outside of church.

We are adapting well, things are different but good; our schedules and routines are all messed up as we struggle for continuity. We’re ecstatic at the fact we get to be together as a family almost all the time during language training. Since the church services are in Spanish we really try to listen and understand, but we don’t get much out of them… except an ache in our cabesas(heads), however we are happy we can read the scripture passage with our bilingual Bibles. We would like to interact more with the people but don’t know how to say much in regards to deeper conversation. It’ll get better,  poco a poco (little by little).

It’s interesting that we are here learning a second language to be better equipped for some of the most intense serving we will have done in our lives thus far, yet this is probably the most isolated we will have ever been as well. Without understanding the language, having very frustrating days in language school, overwhelming hours of studying and no immediate access to spiritual family we are left to cling to Him alone, not being aided by those who love us and wish to protect us. Please don’t misunderstand me; we know you all are doing what you can by supporting us through your prayers, encouragement and finances. We don’t feel abandoned at all but rather find encouragement knowing your trusting God to take care of us. We have also found new friends here in Peru both American and Peruvian, but still feel like our Father is saying… “I am all you need, seek me each day and I will give you your daily bread. I am sufficient for you in every aspect. It’s just you and I.” Some days we feel so defeated in our language training its discouraging, but God recently allowed me to see that He wouldn’t have called us here if it He was wasn’t going to see us through. Instead of me being frustrated with myself for not getting the language, I need to have faith in God that He will allow me to learn exactly what I need, when I need it… all in His timing and in His wisdom. I am finding the old cliché to be true… “God doesn’t call the equipped but equips the called.”

This time of what I think is isolation can be one of the most full, fruitful and wonderful times of my life if I will but cling to Him during anything I think is a storm. While I’m clung to the Rock sheltered and tucked in a crevice the so called storm will seem so intense and fierce but it will pass. Once on the other side, I will emerge to look back on the squall to see it looked worse than it really was… realizing it only to be but a breeze. You see I must exercise my faith and realize if I don’t believe God will enable me to learn this language well enough, that God has called me to this mission solely for my frustration. Which cannot be true as my Father doesn’t want me just to survive or get by but to thrive in His abundance of power and strength that is allowed to me through being His child, thanks to the sacrifice of my brother Jesus Christ. “I keep asking that… the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better…that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Eph 1:18&19) I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, I’m just saying He’s going to give me everything I need for this work he has prepared for me to do. My Father did not give me a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, love and self-control. (2 Tim 1:7) For I know I cannot sit back and patiently wait to learn the language by sitting in class but I must discipline myself by studying and practicing. I…”must discipline my body and bring it into subjection…” (1 Cor 9:27) For discipline will be the key to getting through this period, disciplining myself not only in my studies but also: to continue my daily quiet time, seek Him in prayer, intercede for you (our partners in ministry), and in everything give thanks good or bad.

I must get back to the race that’s set before me and strive for the prize. Thank you for listening. And if you wish to hear more about disciplining your walk and body, God’s temple, I suggest a quick read of Oswald Chamber’s December 5th devotional from My Utmost for His Highest.

Prayer requests:

Continued prayer for language school for all the rules, exceptions and conjugations to sink in so they can roll off our tongues.

Praise God for the 26 that signed up during the Black Friday promotion. We have some family coming and are extremely excited.

Prayer for those already signed up to come for an Extreme Colombia project. For God to prepare them for what He has for them in Colombia.

Enjoy the slideshow of our recent activities here in Peru.

Highlights: Visiting the Plaza de Armas and feeding pigeons, peeling chicken feet for soup, finding a nearby park for Wellington and buying a much needed highchair, snow on the volcanos and not pictured is the 5.6 earthquake we were in a few nights ago.

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We can’t thank all of our partners in ministry enough for making this journey possible, being God’s hands and working miracles in our lives. Here are some of our first sights and encounters to help you feel as close to us and our new lives as possible. Know you are close to our hearts as well.

Answered prayers:

  • Wellington traveled extremely well considering the molar coming in.
  • We arrived safely with no unusual hiccups just delayed flights and a few lost items.
  • We have a wonderful loving familia anfitriona (host family) – yes you can learn some Spanish along with us!
  • Despite the smoke coming out of our ears we are already communicating better after 3 days of classes than when we arrived.

Prayer requests:

  • Continued absorption of the Spanish language.
  • Loose ends on the home front in Missoula to be completed so we can concentrate on life here and the new tasks at hand.
  • Wellington has #2 of 4 for the first set of molars coming in with gusto. Fever, running nose and cough which may be due to adjustment of the climate here in Arequipa (we hope).