Friday, December 12, 2014

Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed.

One month and counting,

A new country, a new culture, a new language, a new home.
His abundant provision.
One week and counting,

Saying good-bye once again to family and to friends who are like family.
His unending comfort.
Two months and counting,

A little girl, who likes to be held, by her mom, all.the.time.
His all sufficient strength.
Many days and counting,

Schooling to be done. Lessons to be learned. Boys to be trained and discipled.
His enduring faithfulness.

His lavish love.
His sweet mercy.
His glorious grace.

Overwhelmed.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Next Step

Highlights:

  • David's trip to Tanzania was successful and very productive.
  • We have decided the next step for our ministry is...

Dearest friends and family,

During this season of thanksgiving, we have much for which we are thankful.  We are thankful for a Savior who continues to lavish us with His grace and mercy.  We are thankful for Caleb and Nathan's decisions to follow Christ and to be baptized!  We are thankful for three healthy, beautiful children.  We are thankful for David’s safe return from Tanzania and for a productive trip.  We are thankful for each of you, our prayer and financial partners, who make this ministry possible.

We are especially thankful that God has shown us what we believe to be the next step in our ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translators!  We have been offered and have accepted an invitation to serve with the Uganda/Tanzania branch of Wycliffe in the city of Mbeya, Tanzania.  We plan to leave for Tanzania in mid-January.  David will use his technology skills to support about 70 people who are currently working on 9 different languages with 4 more languages expected to be added in the near future.  Wendi will continue to manage the home as well as homeschool the boys.

We are truly blessed to be able to continue to serve the Bibleless using the skills and talents with which God has blessed us.  Mbeya, Tanzania is a slightly smaller city than Nampula and promises a very different climate due to its location in the mountains of southern Tanzania.  David said the land around Mbeya looked as if God had crumpled up a piece of paper and then flattened it out again, leaving ripples throughout.  For all the coffee fans, Mbeya is a large producer of the famous Tanzanian coffee a couple of you have mentioned to us.

Before we get settled in Mbeya, we will do three weeks of orientation in Dar es Salaam, followed by twelve weeks of language school in Iringa, Tanzania.  While English is spoken by many, Swahili is the main language of Tanzania and we will do our best to learn and use it.  Orientation is offered twice a year and we hope to attend the next available one in mid-January 2015.  This is a very quick turn-around for our family, as well as the paperwork necessary for work visas.  Please be praying for all the details to fall into place in God’s perfect timing.

While this time back in the US was initially unexpected, it has been full of abundant blessings.  We have truly enjoyed connecting with several of you (and look forward to seeing many more of you over the next month or so).  Moreover, your calls, emails, gifts, meals, and kind words have repeatedly shown our family the love of God in tangible and practical ways.  Thank you for loving us so very well!

Once again, thank you for walking with us along this journey, even through the most unexpected turns.  Thank you for being willing to be used by God to bring His word and His kingdom to the nations!

In His Hands,
David, Wendi, Caleb, Nathan and Esther

Praise God for:

  • Safe travel for David to and from Tanzania.
  • Esther's growth and for several good nights of sleep.
  • Renewal of friendships and relationships.
  • Time with family and friends.
  • The many opportunities to share about God's work in Mozambique.
  • Caleb and Nathan's decision to follow Christ and for their baptisms.
  • His faithfulness in answering our prayers and walking through the transition with us.

Pray for:

  • Our preparations for travel and transition. 
  • Paperwork to be completed in a timely manner for our visas to Tanzania
  • God to go before us, preparing a place to live and for friends & community.
  • All the hard good-byes we will be saying once again.
  • Esther's continued growth and settling in.
  • Health for all.
  • The boys during this time of transition.

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