Thursday, December 1, 2011

Embracing the Holidays!!!

December 1, 2011
Embracing the Holidays:     
Each stage contains a purpose, a calling, from God. As we travel those phases we need to keep our focus on God who orchestrates every day.  Because it is so easy to run ahead of God and become discontented we must wait on the Lord.  After all he is in control. Waiting is hard to do but is necessary as it teaches us his sovereignty and goodness.  Our family is definitely experiencing his goodness. As we approach the holidays I wondered how it would look for our family. Here is a transparent look into what lies on my heart, an answer from the Lord in his abundant provision for our lives.  Slow down and remember your loved ones.  Reminisce the past holidays; cherishing the memories.  Remember that change is different but we can still enjoy this time of the year, as we make new memories.  Carry out the family traditions, possibly creating new ones. This time of the year offers lots of ways to help people in need. Look for ways to help and give to others and you’ll be blessed. Remember to love others like yourself. Remember you will get through this with God’s help.
 ”I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:1-3
Mike and Kirk went to Colorado to a Pastor’s retreat/conference in October.  It was a great chance to bond, and to share the experience together. Michael Frost, Australian missiologist and author was one of the speakers.  He co-wrote The Faith of LEAP which is one of the books we were required to read. To see a list of the other books we have read, please visit my blog.
Mike has been working hard around the camp.  The open house for the new dining hall is this Sunday, December 6th from 2-4.
 The interns are enrolled in EMT classes starting Wednesday December 7th. They will attend every Tuesday and Thursday for three months. 

 Co-op Classes:
We have finished our first semester of co-op classes. We will break for December and January; however, the boys have a service project Dec 16th, to ring the Bells for Salvation Army. The Fremont Art Association has invited us to display our art work in their gallery in February. The children will have the opportunity to work on an art project and get the privilege to participate in the upcoming art gallery.  Mike will work with the High School group when the co-op resumes.  His goal is to allow the children to do volunteer work, which will require hands on activities.
God’s peace is so overwhelming.  We serve such a big God. Over the last few months……
*God met our need for Kirks’ ART SCHOOL classes (even though we have not currently enrolled him at this time)
*God has provided financially, emotionally, and spiritually for our family.  Currently we have met approximately 27% of our goal, financially, for this year! We do not have approximate numbers for our prayers partners; however we have a goal for 100 prayer partners. Would you consider being one, and letting us know? We need all the prayer support we can get!
*God is opening doors for us through our marriage training.
*We have been given an opportunity for this summer to serve.
*We’ve met wonderful friends, who just welcome us with open arms.  Their friendship is heartwarming and much needed.
*Wanda and Ryan came to visit us for 4 DAYS!! A priceless gift that was maximized with wonderful memories will never be forgotten.
Prayer Requests:
 Mike and I are in need of a reliable vehicle. 
Owen needs three root canals, and extensive work done to his teeth.
The following is a list of personal items:
  **Cleaning supplies
  **Laundry detergent    
  **Paper/ink for printer (homeschool)     
**Homeschool supplies

We are confident that as we continue our mission and continue to be faithful to God, he will provide all of our NEEDS according to his riches and glory _Phil 4:19
Thank you and God Bless,

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