It’s such a privilege to be a part of God’s work here in the Dominican! Enjoy these pictures of our last few months at Freedom!
Sorry for the hiatus. We’ve been in the States for a short furlough. We’re enjoying our time sharing what God is doing in the Dominican, but we picked 2 crazy weeks to come back – the cold and snow have been a bit of a shock to our systems. Leyton does not enjoy putting on his coat to go outside, and his teeth start chattering after just seconds in the freezing weather.
Pray for us. We have several more meetings before flying back to the DR on February 11th. We’re looking for more people (particularly school-year interns) who are interested in being a part of God’s vision for the DR. It’s been amazing to watch Him provide in His perfect timing. The adventure continues!
The holidays are over. We absolutely loved every minute we were able to spend with our friends and family over the past month, but I am so thankful to be home. Traveling pregnant (and sick at times) was a little taxing, yet I made it. God’s abundant faithfulness and blessings were simply overflowing throughout 2011. A year ago, we were living in our “cozy” little one-bedroom apartment in Virginia with a 5-month old wondering what exactly our future held for us. Now we’re in Indiana preparing for the arrival of Baby Boy #2 next month. Two kids under 18 months will be a challenge, I’m sure, but we’re ready to get to know our new little guy before we make The Big Move (as I’m now calling it) to the Dominican Republic.
Speaking of The Big Move, let’s get to the good stuff! As of last week, we are at 59% of our budgeted support to move to the Dominican! That’s basically a 10% jump in three weeks. Pretty awesome, right? I’ve said it before, but this “support raising” chapter of our lives has been quite the roller coaster emotionally. Right now, Scott and I are so excited to be moving in a forward direction. In fact, we have tentatively set a date (month) for The Big Move! As God continues to provide, we’re aiming to be on Dominican soil in May. A lot of preparation has already gone into this decision, and we still have much to accomplish to reach this goal. But it feels encouraging to be making more defined plans. Besides finishing up raising support, we’ll be starting on plans/paperwork for our living arrangements, Spanish study, residency, and so much more.
For those of you mathematically inclined, here are some really cool and really important numbers for our family:
5 – The number of weeks before our second baby makes his debut
4 – The number of months before The Big Move
40 – The number of $50/month supporters we still need to reach 100% support (That would break down to 10 new supporters each month from now until May.)
Thank you – to the new members of our support team, and to those who have been faithfully praying and giving since the start. You all are helping make God’s call on our lives a reality. I am still learning the lesson of trusting God completely in every aspect of life. We’re looking forward to sharing more good news with you in the coming months!
While in the Dominican for three weeks in July, we met Wander and Francis, two young men from the sugarcane village of Lima. Since returning to the States, we’ve learned that Francis has accepted Christ and has grown in his faith! Now, Wander, Francis and Yuleisy are working hard teaching and building relationships with even more kids as our team is now involved in a third village called Cabeza de Toro.