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Since our last blog we have gone through a lot of change and continue to do so. Our whole family traveled to Bogota, Colombia on Dec 22 to pick up our son, we stayed three days and flew back to Cali on Christmas Eve. We got to spend our first few days as a family taking care of paper work and doing some exploration of Bogota together. It was a blessing to receive our son during a time when we could shut down work responsibilities and just concentrate on our family although this was not reality of real life which we had to explain to our new son.

The adaptation and integration into the family has not been easy, but we are grateful to be on this journey. We have been dealing with some pretty severe behavioral issues which were non-existent while he was at the foundation. We had a visit from two psychologists from Bogota last week, they did a session with Ferley and a lot of work with us. We learned so much about some of his behaviors and what is really behind them (not what it looks like on the surface). We have made huge strides since their visit and are so thankful for the support we have received. The finalization of the adoption should be taking place within the next few weeks. I look forward to posting great pictures I have with Ferley’s smiling face after it is official. Vincent or I will travel to Bogota with Ferley to sign the final papers with the judge, change his name on his ID and birth certificate, apply for his Colombian passport, and take Ferley to see the US Embassy physician to prepare for his naturalization process that begins once he touches US soil. Speaking of US soil, below are the dates of our tentative trip to the US as well as a list of the events and hosting/training we will be doing over the next six months. We are so thankful that God has given us a few months as a family with a few overnight visitors here and there to bond as a family before the busy months come.

SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT 6 MONTHS

Feb ?? — Vincent or Alyson and Ferley traveling to Bogota to finalize adoption

March 18 – 20 — Vincent attending Men’s Conference in Cali

March 31 – April 13 — Hosting a short term project several from our home town of Missoula, MT

April 21 – May 21 — Training the Cordoba, Argentina Church Planting Team

June 6 – 9 — Hosting a portion of the Extreme Board’s Vision Tour

June 14 – 21 — Hosting the first week of 40 Days Experience

July — Travel to the US for 5-6 weeks

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray that Ferley finds his place in our family where he feels safe, secure, loved and that this is permanent.
  • Pray for Wellington as he adjusts to this big change. He looks up to his big brother and wants to do what he does, but Ferley is not always making the best choices for lack of knowing better.

PARTNERING WITH US

  • Through Extreme, we have a new way to receive support through partners through the donation of material items. You can find out more details at this link.  www.extremenazarene.org/donatestuff
  • We are in need of an iPhone 5 if any of you upgraded over the holidays or were gifted a new phone you could donate your old one directly to us (not through the link above).

 

 

 

 

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Stateside Trip Summary :

We traveled close to 4,000 miles driving through 10 states in 5 weeks. We had prayed over our path for several months before we started piecing it together and God did an amazing job giving us so many opportunities to share, to see to friends and family (several we had not seen in over a decade), and to meet new people who are partners in our ministry whom we had never met face to face. We want to say a great big thank you to the all that opened up their homes for us to stay. In our first two weeks on the road we stayed in one house a night with the exception of two nights in Meridian, ID where we took Wellington into Urgent Care thinking he may be suffering from parasites from our travels to Peru. All the test results came back negative and they deduced that it was just a virus that had to run its course (10-14 days). He was a trooper doing all that travel when his mouth was full of sores which made it hard to eat, some belly aches and occasional diarrhea. Grandma Book (my mom) treated his sores with frankincense and that gave him great relief. The day he started to turn around was obvious as the Wellington we knew was coming back. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story of our time in the States. Hard to believe but I had to cut back on my original picture selection. I love how pictures capture so much of the story.

Something to laugh about… arriving to Seattle with Wellington in “high-waters,” we immediately picked up some clothes for him at a second-hand store as he was quickly growing out of everything we had for him. By the time we returned to Seattle and were packing… we realized we had to leave the pants we had just bought with his little cousin as they were now too short!!! We had a week after our arrival home to prepare for the Prairie Lakes District Team  who stayed with us for 2 weeks which is why I am so behind in getting this blog out. You will also see an update from that project soon. God is so good to us giving us the strength we needed to get through this time with such a packed schedule.

NEW items added to the Blog:

  • Calendar of Events link to a new page on the top bar so you can keep up with who is coming and going from Cali, Colombia and what we are up to thanks to the suggestion of a good friend who wants to be praying specifically for us.
  • I also added the image of our prayer card on the left side.

Coming up….. (also listed on the NEW Calendar of Events page)

Oct 11 – 15, 2013: We will be hosting a Vision Casting Team of 5 who are applying for positions within Extreme Nazarene Ministries from finances to HR. We cast the vision of what we do to support the 40/40 church planters here in Cali and then they travel to Ecuador to see directly what the 40/40s do on a daily basis.

Nov 21 – Dec 19, 2013: The Ibarra, Ecuador church planting team will be with us in Cali, Colombia for their 30 days of the Master’s Plan Training.

Mid Jan 2014: We will be traveling as a family to Quito, Ecuador to take part in summit meetings with the officers and managers of Extreme.

April 25 – May 25, 2014: The Manta, Ecuador church planting team will be with us in Cali, Colombia for their 30 days of the Master’s Plan Training.

Prayer Requests:

We are looking to rent a new house in Nov before our big Ibarra, Ecuador team arrives. We had been praying for this house over a year ago and it had been sold and resold over this time and now the owner is willing to rent. God is so faithful, even when it appears impossible. We need it to be in our budget and for us to be able to gracefully exit our contract with the current house.

For God to open the doors to a big change in our family I will blog more about later.