By the raynors, Nov 30 2014 08:24PM
We have hit the 6-month mark. Wow. Looking back at all that God has done in these past 6 months in us and through us – it is truly amazing. We are blessed with the time that we have had here so far, thankful for the relationships that have been made, and are excited for the work the Lord will continue to do in this next year.
In the beginning of November, Len had the opportunity to travel to Houston, Texas, for a pastor’s conference. With the 8 days he was there he was very blessed by the church there – Calvary Chapel Houston. He had the chance to reunite with many of the team members that came here this past summer. He had a bit of reverse culture shock: seeing water fountains that you could actually drink free water, stores that had sales, and everyone spoke English. He also picked up a few things we could get only in the states like a 4 lb. back of candy corn!!!! We just now finished it. Mmmmm… so good.
While Len was away, Natalie came across a lost puppy. She was cleaning out the car on the street and looked down the block and saw this little puppy eating out of the garbage. She went to go look at him and noticed he was very sick. He has a blown-up tummy, an infected cut on his head, and was full of ticks. She took it to the vet and was able to get it looked at and got the medicine it needed to get better. We kept it until it was all better and then started to look for a home for it. We ended up finding the owner and she was happy to see her puppy again. The boys had a great time while it lasted, but we are glad to be back to only 2 dogs now. Puppies are a lot of work!
Noah had two different trips to Cancun this month for football. Cancun is a 4-hr. drive from where we live in Merida. The team met at the church at 5am to go all together in the church bus and didn’t come back until after dark. The first trip Natalie and Caleb went along with the team as Len was in Houston at that time. They won that game and Noah had a great time with his friends on the way home on the bus. The last trip was just this past Saturday and Len was able to go with him this time. They played 2 games – won one and lost one. It was their last Cancun trip of the season.
The boys received their first report cards in school for the first semester. They did pretty well. Noah also received a Student of the Week award for his participation in his Spanish class. We are so very proud of them both.
Len went with the high schoolers on a 3-day mission trip to Chetamul, a city 6 hours south of here. There worked with a Calvary Chapel there and the team did a lot of outreach. Len was glad he brought his hammock to sleep on, as there were many bugs that would’ve joined him if he slept on the floor!
Natalie was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead worship for Influencia that same weekend, as the worship leader was away on that mission trip. She had another girl from the worship team sing with her. Natalie is even more involved now in the worship team for this ministry with being there for their weekly practices and helping them with improvements. She will be teaching the next Bible study for the Influencia worship team on Dec. 6. Exciting!
One thing that is very heavy on our hearts is a teenage boy that is here. Currently he is a part of discipleship program at church. He has a difficult home life. We are praying that God would open the door for him to come live with us for a year. We would need an extra $400-$500 of monthly support to be able to support a teenager living with us. We want to love on him, invest and help him grow in his relationship with Jesus. We want him to experience what a godly family life is like: family dinners, devotion time, praying together, etc. He hasn’t had much normality in his life. We can share more details with you privately if God puts it on your heart to pray or help by giving financial support. We are waiting until December 15 to give our final answer to the pastor here. If enough people commit to a year of giving extra support to have him live with us, we would be very grateful for the opportunity to give this boy a home. If God puts it on your heart to help support us financially for one year so we can have him live with us, please let us know.
Thanksgiving day here was certainly different. Having the kids go to school on Thanksgiving was the first thing. But even though Thanksgiving is an American holiday, they still celebrated it in school due to the American influence. The boys were assigned different foods to bring and share and all of the kids at school had a feast when it came to lunchtime. Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie… Noah had so much fun. And Caleb’s class dressed up like little Indians and pilgrims to put on a little presentation for the parents. That night we were invited to eat Thanksgiving dinner with some other families from the church that had once lived in the states. Close to 30 people there in total, we all sat at a long row of tables with red tablecloths on top. Yummy food, great people, fun time.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now. We are excited for the season of this upcoming month and the ministry that is planned. The boys are happy that we now get to watch Christmas movies and Noah even made a to-do list of things we need to get done in time for Christmas. We hope to have some great fruitful times of ministry as well as some time off with our own family to enjoy. And may we always put Christ first this season as we celebrate Him above all.