Thank you so much for your prayers for us. We have so much to be thankful for! Both Eric and I are officially done with language study now. It has been a long couple of years of learning the national language but we are so thankful now to be considered fluent enough to be done with officially studying the language here. We are excited now to move on to the next steps in our ministry here.
Last week Eric went on a survey trip to a place around fourteen hours by road from here. The village they visited is about as far out as you can get from the city and was very isolated. The people there were very friendly and the leader of the village asked and even begged for us to come there and live among them as teachers. It was very exciting to be enthusiastically invited into a village. It does seem that the Lord is leading us and these two other families to this village. We are wanting to spend a time devoted to prayer as we seek the Lord’s guidance in whether this village is where he would have us to go. Please pray with us especially in this coming week as we pray earnestly together that the Lord would make his plan clear to us.
Now that we are done with language study, Eric is focusing on joining in and teaching at the local church and local bible studies here. He is also beginning to study Greek in his spare time in order that later he can use that as a tool in the translation of the Bible.
Joshua is now in Kindergarten and loves learning all about reading and simple math. Lily would love to join him but is content to color and play with her stickers while he studies. Dell likes to get into everything and loves to aggravate his siblings but overall the kids love each other and play really well together. We are so thankful for our kids! They have been a huge blessing from the Lord.
I am now almost 6 months pregnant with our little girl and I am very thankful that this pregnancy has been rather smooth so far. My due date is in May so we will be in town here until after the baby is born and the paperwork for her visa is processed.
As Eric and I look back over the years of being here we are amazed at how the Lord has brought us to where we are. He has been so faithful even when we aren’t, he has been always leading even when we couldn’t see, and he has been so very patient with us in our weakness. What an amazing Father he is!
We thank every one of you for the part you have had in the ministry here. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord and to us. We love you guys!