Hey friends and family,
We just wanted to send a little update about how life is affected here by the Coronavirus. First I just wanted to share that we have been keeping up to date with the situation in the United States and we are praying for each one of you during this time as each of our lives have been affected by this event. Life here is different. Mexico has issued a nationwide stay at home policy like much of the U.S. We are honoring that as a mission and are not having classes in the classroom because the office building and the school are all shut down for the time being. By God’s grace we are still able to have sessions with our amazing teacher because she is willing to come to our house for our sessions.
It is definitely an interesting time being stuck inside, but we are continuing to trust God and look to him for daily strength, wisdom, and creativity to best use the time we have. Our main goal at this stage of ministry is to learn Spanish and the Mexican culture. Language and culture study is best done with people, but that does not mean we can’t learn a ton from our language sessions and through self study.
The other morning, I woke up with all of you on my heart. Time and again one of you has sent us a message to see how we are doing during the quarantine, to see if we are alright, if we need anything, or have any prayer requests. Overwhelmed and humbled by you. You sent your hearts with us to Mexico! Not to mention the financial provisions as well. Thank you.
Caleb has had his first Spanish evaluation this past week! We will find out what level in the language he is currently at next week sometime. We are waiting to evaluate my (Emily) Spanish for another several months, (with good reason too)!
Prayer requests and praises reports:
- Caleb had an opportunity to share with a man about Christ. Some sad and hard things happened to him and he felt like there is no point in believing in God. But Caleb connected with him and they were able to have a long conversation (yes, in Spanish!) about the Lord! Pray for this man, (we don’t know his name, unfortunately) that his heart would soften to the Lord.
- We have been so thankful that we can still study Spanish during the quarantine. We have had to put a hold on meeting with our language helpers until the quarantine is over though. We are excited to make some friends!…sometime!
- The kids are doing great! We are blessed with a house large enough to spread out and “change scenery” as we play.
We pray for you during this odd time as well! This virus is God’s virus, meaning, He is still sovereign over it and uses it to do His good and perfect will. We are still living in the hands of a good God who does all things well! Stay rooted in Christ!
With love and prayers,
Caleb, Emily, Deslianne and Cohen Arnold