It occurred to Amy and I a few days back that we’ve been in Mexico for half a year. Believe it or not, we’re actually closer to the seven-month mark now than six! And crazy as it seems that so much time has passed, it’s pretty cool to look back and see how God blessed our work learning language and culture here in Mexico.
These days it has become harder to point out daily progress in my (Jordan’s) study. That happens because daily changes are a continually smaller part of the whole… but when I compare what I can do and say now with what was possible last August, I am very excited to see so much growth! I’ve started focusing on new areas, such as: advanced verb forms, describing detail in photos, softening my terrible American accent, and learning vocabulary in key Old Testament stories. Our church family here is also helping out, preparing me to take turns hosting our Sunday morning services. (Yikes!)
Since Joel was born, Amy has been working toward meeting her weekly target of 27 weekly hours in language study. Now, she’s hitting (or surpassing) that goal regularly! And her progress is very evident as well. One of her friends recently was quite emphatic on the issue, telling Amy, “No, you need to believe me! You are doing really well, Amy!” I’m sure you can imagine how encouraging that was for all of us.
Our kids continue to grow as well! Just the other day, I asked Elayne where her mother was. Being at church, I spat the question out in Spanish without thinking: “¿Adónde se fue tu mamá?” Before I could correct myself, she answered me in English… and when I excitedly asked if she realized I’d asked her that in Spanish, Elayne was as startled as I to learn what she’d understood! Similarly, we are seeing Titus begin to understand and use a growing Spanish vocabulary… though I hope no-one is too disappointed that Joel has yet to utter a single word of the local language! =)
There are lots of things to work on, and many exciting possibilities just on the horizon as we continue preparing for long-term church planting! We can’t wait to share with you what happens next.
Thanking God for:
- …His faithfulness to sustain us beyond our strength
- …continuing progress in language and culture
- …our amazing local church body
- …ongoing and upcoming opportunities to explore potential groups, locations, and co-workers for our future work in church planting
Ways to pray:
- Continued strength and encouragement in the face of exhaustion
- Monolingual language helpers to add to our awesome existing language team, and deeper relationships within our local community
- Growth in the Lord for each of our family members, relative to where God has us