We are so excited to be apart of welcoming the newest family to the field. It is fun to have more friends and partners on the field. We clearly remember the difficult transition of the beginning months and are praying that we can be source of encouragement during this time of transition.
We prayed that our retreat would be a refreshing time and that is exactly what it was. God spoke to us in so many ways and encouraged our hearts just when we needed the encouragement. We go back home with the same circumstances as when we left, but God blessed us with the opportunity to take a step back and see the big picture. It was so refreshing to be reminded that God is at work and our struggle is part of that work. Here are some of the ways we were encouraged and challenged this week:
- God reminded me specifically of the peace that comes from being thankful in ALL circumstances.
- We got to hear from all teams who were already at work out in different villages. It was exciting to hear what God is doing!
- We got to hear the future dreams and vision of the leadership team…so exciting!
- There are so many people needed on different ministries and team. We were challenged to press on in language so that we will soon be able to fill one of those holes soon.
- We were challenged by the speaker that it is not just about suffering for God, but serving God. It was so good to remember that our number one focus needs to be on following the Lord
I knew that the only way I would be able to enjoy this week, was if my boys were enjoying the week. I prayed specifically for this and God answered my prayer. I was so proud of my boys this week. I could really see the progress they have made in their transition to life here. Tyler was in a class with teachers who spoke no English. Yet by the end of the week he would grab his Senegalese teacher’s hand and walk to class all on his own. Ethan ate everything that we put in front of him without complaint. He loved his class, after all it was in ENGLISH. In all the transition we have gone through it was great to see the boys having so much fun.
Aunt Patti says
Looks like a good time was had by all. How great that you have a new family, and with two boys as well! Talk about God’s goodness! We had an inch of snow on Monday morning, the ground was completely white and all the trees draped with snow. Today it will up around 60 or so! Got to love an Oregon spring! Have a wonderful Easter.
love and prayers, Aunt Patti
Jane Van Ryn says
Thanks for sharing your “heart”. It is refreshing to be with sisters & brothers who are going through the same (closely anyway) lessons, trials, etc. Praise the LORD for HIS goodness in all circumstances. You are doing such a great job of keeping us up-to-date with what is going on in your lives. Thank you and may GOD continue to bless you.
GP & GGP says
Looks good! We would like to try some of that food.Remember how to prepare it and make us a meal when you come home. Thanks Andi. You are good at keeping “In Touch.” Grandma and Grandpa
Mike Pinkerton says
Thank you, daughter. It did my heart good to read this and see the pictures. Not only did it give me a greater peace about your current circumstances, but it reminded me of the lessons God is teaching me in my own life. Thank you.
Oh, I’m so glad you had this time of refreshment! Praise the Lord! He is so good. And it’s nice to remember you’re not alone and to have vision-casting. So good. I love you all and miss you so much!