A Time of Rest & Renewal (by Chris)
Many people have been curious as to what has been happening in our life since we left Peru. This blog attempts to convey where we are at, what we have been doing and more importantly what the Lord has been doing these past 5 weeks. I would also like to convey what we are working toward as a goal.
|Karen and I in the FMC chapel|
|Jack and I reading|
I was blessed this Lent to read a book that a benefactor sent to me called "Man in the Mirror" (no, it is not a Michael Jackson biography). This book opened my eyes to the traps that I had fallen into where the devil was working to divide me from my family. The good news is that Jesus saved me from that! A wise parish priest from my pass used to tell me that the truth is that "Jesus has saved me, Jesus is saving me and Jesus will save me" and I can tell you that this is sooooo true. He is saving me from the tricks of the devil and is showing me my true identity and how blessed I am to have Karen as a wife and the beautiful children he has blessed me with in this call to missions. Jesus is teaching me about the beautiful way in which He loves me and loves Karen and our kids and how we are all called to love and to share that love with others. In addition, Jesus is actively saving me everyday and I know from the bottom of my heart with a whole ton of faith that He will save me again in the future when I am too weak to carry on, when I stumble and fall and mess up His beautiful plan for my life. So, with all of this said, I will try to convey with words and pictures how this is all playing out in our life recently and hopefully it will help you in some way with your family or marriage or relationship or .....??? I hope it does.
We have been spending time with Jesus in the FMC chapel. We have spent a lot of time in prayer, individually, together and as a family. This has been a constant for the last few years but we have ramped it up recently during this beautiful time we have together. Jesus knows each of us individually better than we know ourselves or each other and He really wants to help us to know ourselves and each other much better than we already do. I hope that was clearer than it looks written down....
|Some of the books we have been working our way through|
|Katelyn LOVES to read!!!|
|1st day of school!!!|
|Family Bowling outing with another missionary family|
the night before they left to serve in Malawi
|Our family up in our "tree house"|
We have also been blessed to scrounge together scrap pieces of wood and other materials from around the FMC campus to build a tree house together behind the house we are living in. This was a super fun Saturday activity and was something I personally always wanted to do for my kids but never made the time to do it before now.
People have been inquiring as to how we get around and where we are staying. The Lord has provided for this as well!! Thank the Lord that another missionary family that just left for Malawi has offered to let us use their full-size van while we are here. Here is a picture of me in the van.
|The van we are using to get around in|
|Karen on the porch of where we are staying|
|Anna planting flowers to beautify where we are staying|
Regarding ministry while we are here in Louisiana. We have been available to help out with "Intake 2018" which is the process of formation that we went through back in 2015. We attend morning praise & worship and Christian prayer with all of them a few days each week. We have also been available as "the missionary family that is back from the field to ask questions to" for all of them. This has been a blessing for our family and hopefully for the families in Intake.
|Our family with Fr. Francoise|
|Katelyn sings in the Hispanic choir during the Spanish mass at St. Theresa|
|Jack and I playing musical chairs at St. Theresa's "Family Reunion"|
Here are some misc. photos of our time together:
|Anna and Katelyn writing down "what blesses them"|
|Katelyn and I doing a puzzle|
|Anna and Michael making chocolate chip cookies|
|Katelyn doing homework on the computer w/ Michael waiting in line|
Our goal is that after our family has been through a season of healing (we do not know how long this will be but the Lord knows and we are confident He will let us know) after which we plan to begin discerning our next mission post. We are in need of continued financial support during this time of healing as the cost of living in the U.S. is much higher than what we have been used to in the jungle of Peru. In addition, the cost of the counselors (even with their reduced missionary rates) and the travel costs to and from have been adding up quickly. Thank you to all of you that have been supporting us on this missionary journey. Please pray for our family's healing and for our house to sell and we will continue to pray for all of you! Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen, Alleluia, Glory!!!