Samuel and Daddy having lunch in the dining hall...pumpkin soup!
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age old
foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets
Kia Ora from
Samuel and his schoolmates listening to a story.
Hope all is
well with you and yours!We'd love to
hear what's going on in your life when you get a chance to drop a line.Wow, as I sit and type this I am amazed by
the fact that 8 of our 12 weeks here in NZ are done and gone. It has been quite challenging and difficult
at times, but it sure has been good too!We have learned SO much in the short time we've been here.Some of the subjects covered so far are:
Learning Styles; Father Heart of God; Ministry to Children and Teens;
Generational Issues; Biblical Worldview; Basic Counseling Skills; Family
Systems and more.Through these
teachings God has opened our eyes to areas in each of our own lives that needed
healing and restoration...stuff from our childhood and personal family
system.We have learned how these things
affect our parenting and marriage today...in good ways and in not-so-good
ways.In addition to the weekly
teachings, we are going through The Marriage Course.Topics covered include: Building Strong
Foundations; The Art of Communication; Resolving Conflict; The Power of
Forgiveness; The Impact of Family - Past and Present; Good Sex; Love in Action.If interested, click here http://www.alphausa.org/Groups/1000067841/The_Marriage_Course.aspxWe are also working through a book titled
Families in Ministry: How to Thrive - Not Just Survive.This has been very helpful in learning how to
function best as a family in full-time ministry!
to the curriculum side of things, we have small groups, discussion groups, work
duties, worship, and intercession.All
of this keeps us very busy, but thankfully we still have plenty of time to
spend as a family on a daily basis.In
addition, God has blessed us with a car for much of the time that we are here,
so we have been able to do a few day trips on the weekends.It's been fun!
Samuel and his best friend, Michael, from Czech Republic!
awesome part of our time here so far is all the international friends we have
made.My small group consists of 6
women; all of us from different nations: South Korea, Brazil, Switzerland,
Germany, Netherlands, and of course, USA.Samuel's best friend lives next door and is from Czech Republic.In fact, Samuel has been learning a few
German words and is now saying, "Nine, nine" to us when he doesn't
want to do something!!("Nine"
is "no" in German)He is
having a ball here and his favorite pastime is jumping on the big trampoline.He does "flips" (bouncing onto his
buns) and turns in circles while he jumps.The base is like one big park for him!
has been exciting stuff going on with our ships ministry.PLEASE take a quick look at the 3 minute
video our team in Micronesia put together!Click on the link and watch the video:www.ywamships.netWe are excited to return in April and get to
As always, we
truly appreciate your encouragements and prayers.Please do not hesitate to let us know if
there is any way we can be specifically praying for you!
-for God's continued work in us while here in NZ
-a living space and a vehicle when we return to