It’s hard to believe we’re already into the third month of 2018. Next week Areli, Galilee, and Tyndale will have their week-long mid-semester break from school. Tyndale’s passport needs to be renewed by May of this year, so we’re planning to take a trip to another city on this island to get that done. While we’re there, we plan to take a few vacation days as a family. It’s been about a year since we last got to do that.
This week we’re working to get as many things ready for the new families’ arrival as we can, since their scheduled arrival (March 23) is less than a week after we return from our break. Once they are here, we as a team will be helping them to get settled in, find their way around town, shop for household items, and get started into their culture and language studies. We’ll provide some of their first meals too, until they are set up to cook on their own. We consultants will teach 2 mornings of kick-off classes to get them started into CLA (Culture & Language Acquisition), check in with them during their 2 weeks of warm-up time, and then teach another full day of classes to get them started into their stage 1 studies. During this time we’ll also facilitate their introductions to a number of national language helpers with whom they can study regularly once they start stage 1. As always, please be in prayer for these new coworkers of ours (one family with a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old, and one single lady) to get a good and encouraging start into this daunting but incredibly crucial job of learning a new language and culture.
Thank you for all of you who have been praying about our children’s educational needs. It seems like we may have found a much more affordable testing and diagnosis option for them. However since this testing only takes place once a year (in another Asian country), it will probably be early next year before they can be tested. We’d appreciate prayer for wisdom as we navigate this process, and also for the kids to be able to get the help they need in school between now and then.
Thanks so much for your prayers and support.