Thank you so much for your prayers for me this summer. I had a wonderful time at home. I have no idea how many places I visited or how many miles, all I know is that it was wonderful to be with family and spend the summer in Oregon! I was able to escape the desert heat this year! Also, I was able to spend time with each supporting church and visit a few others. It did my heart so good to see so many people and visit with everyone, plus receive tons of encouragement. Eight weeks is a very short amount of time to be in Oregon, which is what God allowed me this time.
At the end of July, I started my journey back to Mexico. In northern New Mexico I had to replace my A/C in the car, but thankfully I was able to see some friends and they recommended a shop. I made it back to Chihuahua at the beginning of August. We only had one week to get apartments set up for the new students before we started the year!
New Semester. New Group. New Crazy!
We are beginning fresh with a new group of students. We currently have four students (I’m going to post their pictures below). The two classes I’m teaching this semester are Time Management and the History of New Tribes Mission. I’ve just finished my Time Management class. This week the students are doing a practicum by implementing some of the tools we discussed during the class. It’ll be exciting to see how they do, as time management for a Latino culture is difficult. But I believe they will do great!
Bible Teaching Opportunity with Brenda
Brenda was the neighbor to one of my missionaries friends, but now she lives in the city near me. Events earlier this year affected her and her family’s safety, so they had to move to the city. My missionary friend had started studying the Bible with Brenda, but the events interrupted them. After Brenda moved to the city, I picked up where my missionary friend left off.Teaching through the Bible is an honor and privilege. Brenda is so excited to learn and she has been enjoying every story from Genesis that we’ve studied. This week we studied Noah, the Ark, and God’s promise to never flood the whole earth again. Brenda was so surprised when she found out that the rainbow was actually a promise from God to us! She has some very legalistic influences in her life (mother-in-law, and grandma), so I’m praying she doesn’t get distracted with “good works” as a means to salvation. Pray for wisdom for me in helping teach her, wisdom in knowing how to respond to their questions, and also for us both to not to get discouraged with the legalistic influence in her life.
– for the wonderful time, I had this summer in Oregon. I really needed the refreshment and encouragement.
– for a safe trip back to Mexico. Only broke down once and had to replace the Air Conditioner in my car. (God has already provided for that repair!)
– an exciting new start to the semester, unity as a team, and students passionate about tribal missions.
– already finished one class: Time Management, now prepping for the next one!
– I just got over two weeks of being sick with allergies that turned into bronchitis. I’m so thankful to be back to normal with enough energy to get my responsibilities done.Requests::
– in preparation for my next class: the history of New Tribes Mission (translated from English into Spanish).
– for my time with Brenda & her salvation (see above)
– our students as they are challenged each week with new classes, new habits, and more changes. They are doing great, but can always use prayers.
– a work team is coming from Halfway, Oregon in November for two weeks to help with some projects at the Ranch. I’m in charge of their time. Please pray I can do it to the best of my ability and hopefully I won’t forget anything!
– our English Language Practicum is also coming in November and we currently have two couples planning on coming too. Pray for us as we get things ready for their arrival.
– as always continue to pray for my safety and fellow missionaries here in Mexico.
Thank you for being interested in what God is doing in my life and how He is using me to reach others!
Preparing “Discada” a typical Northern Mexican dish
Enjoying fishing in Oregon!
Teachers refreshed & ready for a new semester & new group of students
Road tripping back to Mexico with a full rig & July