Archive for the ‘Partnership’ Category

 

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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).

 

 

 

 

27 days — 3680 miles — 1550 pictures — 15 offical US city stops — 7 speaking engagements — 10 different sleeping locations — 22.5 hours longest road trip (includes a 2 hr dinner stop followed by a 12 hour flu bug for Alyson)

For you statisticians and those who like numbers, this gives you a little snapshot of what our time in the United States looked like. Crazy, yes…Fun, yes…Exhausting, yes…Worth it, absolutely. God was incredible in paving the way for us as we traveled cross country. The first provision was the use of my sister’s car for our travels, the second was the gift of my mom traveling with us to help with all the driving and keeping Wellington entertained in the back seat. This was just in the first 16 hours of our arrival to the US.

I tried to scale back with the pictures for the slideshow on this post but we have so many wonderful memories I want to share you may want to sit back with some coffee and enjoy. You may want to pause the slide show and scroll through them as I have added captions to the majority of the pictures. We were blessed by so many during our travels from those we have known for a lifetime as well as new found friends and now partners in our ministry.

We were privileged to share the exciting changes with Extreme Nazarene Ministries, and our new roles within the new mission, XSA (Extreme South America) God has called us to. The changes were taking place on Sept 4 during our time in the US. You can view the new site and mission at www.extremenazarene.org. You can view our previous post titled “No more Extreme Colombia, changes coming” blog to learn of our new work within this mission of XSA.

We want to express our thankful hearts and gratitude for everyone we met with, everyone who housed us, everyone who fed us, everyone who supported us and everyone who prayed for us. Without all of you we would not be able to do this work that God has called us to. May God shower his blessings upon you as you fulfill his will for your lives as the compassionate and caring people He has made you to be. Praise to God for his hand of protection over us for the many hours on the road (and the hundreds of animals that stayed out of our path), orchestrating special reunions and being present with us in all we did and in all the places we traveled.

New prayer requests as we settle back into our lives in Cali, Colombia:

  • Discernment as we prepare all the training materials, schedules, and the plethora of details that need to be in place before our first our first team coming for the Master’s Plan Training in the beginning of March 2013.
  • Guidance as Vincent and I continue to learn more of the Master’s Plan, attending classes, finding disciples and opening our own cell groups.
  • Pray for God to reveal to those coming His power we can have through the infilling of the Holy Spirit  for a team coming in Nov this year and another possibly in Jan 2013.  I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses…For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

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partnership: a contractual relationship between two or more persons carrying on a joint business venture witha view to profit, each incurring liability for losses and the right to share in the profits

I want to write and let you know how much we appreciate you as partners in this ministry. We know that without you, our ministry would have a much more narrow scope. We are happy to know that we all “…share in the profits” (blessings). A recent revelation in God’s Word has left me challenged and hungry. Challenged to see what I am to Christ and where I stand in my relationship to my Father and hungry for more of Him. If you look closely at John 9, the healing of the blind man, you will see what I mean. It states immediately that he was blind so Jesus could show God’s glory but what hit me was the events after the healing.

If you look at the whole chapter, see how you identify with the blind man spiritually. Ask yourself, ‘if I was put in a spot to say who Jesus is to me, how would I answer?’ You can watch this man’s thoughts and perception of Jesus change as his life is turned upside down. Thank goodness that never happens to us. The blind man could now see, a miracle happened and he was challenged to explain it. So I asked myself, ‘…what am I to Jesus and my Father? Do I really know Him enough to call Him, Father? Were my eyes really opened? Can I share the proof? Who is this Jesus that has gifted me sight?’ (To see my commentary on John 9 click here)

“As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. (v4)” This verse that was mentioned so early in the chapter is truly what I had to ask myself after receiving the revelation of the rest of the chapter. Am I showing God’s glory as long as I have light… as long as I am alive? Am I giving it my all?

I am learning and improving through our work together and I continue to try and be all that God made me to be. My prayer is that we will be able to do the same for you. Thank you for your partnership, for I know we are proceeding in a venture together to see a profit, God’s glory done. “…this happened so that the works of God might be displayed…”(v3). I am well aware if the Corks become a liability and fail to show God’s glory we will incur losses as a partnership but, its my prayer that we see profits thru blessings from obedience to what God has called the Corks and you to. Thanks for your continued partnership in prayers, encouragement, and giving.

vincent