We had a wonderful trip to Pennsylvania in January, and we are so glad to be home in Missouri now! Thank you to everyone who connected with us and hosted us. God met our partnership needs during our trip, providing new prayer and financial partners. This is exciting because it means we can keep serving missionaries in training here at ETR (Ethnos360 Training).
Since returning, Nick has been hard at work. One of his recent projects is rebuilding the electric motors for the bucket lift (pictured below). He also has more trees to cut down for the cedar tree removal project. Hopefully, taking down some cedar trees near student housing will lessen allergies and solve some pollen/mold issues in the housing units.
Campus life is busy as well. Students in their second year of training graduate in April. Over the next month, they will pack and prepare for their own partnership development trips. As their training comes to an end, pray for them as the reality of goodbyes, moving, and change sinks in.
Students in their first year of training are gearing up for Simple Living, a 3-week practical skills class. They move into the woods, build shelters, and live “off-grid” with the supplies they carry in. It is a great way to learn how to live in future remote locations. A major emphasis of the three weeks is teamwork—learning how to live in a challenging environment while functioning as a team.
While things on campus keep moving quickly, I (Kathy) have actually slowed down a bit in my usual ministry roles. I’ve been working on something else very important…
We are expecting our third baby in early October! We are so thankful for this gift from God, and we are grateful for His grace in allowing us another child.
We covet your prayers for my pregnancy. The first trimester has been very difficult so far. I’ve experienced severe nausea and vomiting, and I have spent most of my time at home laying down (or sick in the bathroom).
Please pray for:
- A safe, healthy pregnancy and some relief from the nausea and vomiting
- ETR students: for our graduates to look to God as they experience change and transition, and for the students headed to Simple Living to prepare well
- Nick and his co-workers as they balance many important campus projects