We haven’t updated our blog in a long time. We have some big news to share and, also, what I hope will be some encouragement. After a hard 2017, January 2018 started out with this news: World Team France has closed the position you were going for; other field have been contacted; however, we have…
I think one of the hardest things in life has to be living out Corrie ten Boom’s phrase, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Christ calls us, as his followers, to ‘come and die’, to ‘take up our cross and follow him’. He asks us to keep our eyes…
The city of Nice was attacked last week on France’s independence day, Bastille day. It has now been confirmed as a terrorist attack by a radical Islamist. These events always reminds me of the day we went to the Post Office to get my and Ellie’s passports to go to France for our Vision Trip.…
I was struck this week with a marvelous example of anticipation from my daughter, Ellie. When I am close to home, Mama(Bethany) tells her that Papa is coming and she runs to the window looking for “Papa red car!” to pull in the driveway. When I arrive and walk to the front door she is…
Paul, the Philippians, and Missionary Partnerships. What’s the connection? In the following paragraphs I’ll explain the details of support raising for long-term missions from the example of Paul and share the details of our support raising. We like to refer to this process as “Partnership Development”, because those that come along side us – whether…
May Support Raising Update Hello Friends! I’ve been wanting to write an update on our mission and current status. We’ve have a lot going on this year. Joe began a new job at Percepta in Dearborn in January, which is a more technical and stressful position than most of his other past positions, and also…
I never wanted a dull life. I think I have succeeded. We have had some great adventures in 2015 and lots more anticipated for 2016 and ’17. We have enjoyed all of Ellie’s stages of growth and development this year – from rolling over, crawling, walking, now to running and trying to talk. Her vocabulary…
All our bags are packed, and we are super excited about this trip! We are flying out tomorrow for our Vision Trip in France. We will spend 10 days visiting the teams there and seeking the Lord’s continued confirmation on our life. After years of believing He has called us to missions, this is another…
We are praising God for His faithfulness, goodness, provision, and great love for us! Everyday we are experiencing examples of these wonderful traits in tangible ways as we prepare for our Vision Trip with World Team to France in a few short weeks (Sept. 6-17, 2015). So much has been happening and I wanted to…
Things are starting to heat up around here! We officially began our fundraising for our Vision Trip two weeks ago. We have raised 35% as of today. We get so excited seeing God’s continued confirmation of our call to France. It is becoming more and more real that we are going on this trip with every donation received. Our church has asked us to share about our mission and Vision Trip this Sunday, and they will also take up a love offering for our trip. We are so amazed at the love of our church family and all the ways they express His Love.
And this morning we had an appointment at the Post Office to renew my expired passport and get a passport for our girl Ellie. I was worried that she would be wiggly and squirmy for the picture. She did such a great job! She sat straight up on the stool by herself and looked directly at the camera. Her photo was great on the first try! (I’m one proud mama, if you couldn’t tell.) I keep thinking how lucky she is to have a passport before the age of 1. I received my first passport when I was 17, and many Americans never even leave the U.S. It is definitely my prayer for her that she will have a global heart for God’s global people.
Joe and I have recently started doing French lessons through Duolingo online. This way we can learn French in small nuggets everyday. It doesn’t require a lot of time; just a little bit every day (at least that’s the goal). We have also done from Pimsleur Speak and Understand French CDs that my great-aunt bought for us. I’ve also pulled out Ellie’s French language-learning cartoon DVDs and French songs for Children CD. But, unfortunately, our DVD player has recently bit the dust. However, we are working to incorporate more French into our life now.
Two weeks ago I started working as a freelance Assistant Project Manager for an online web design and marketing company based in Canada. This is the first job I’ve had since I was laid off from Detroit Oxygen 2 years ago. I will be only working 10 hours per week to start, but my boss really likes my work and wants to increase my hours to 20/week in about 2 weeks. It is so great to be able to find a job that I can do well and still stay home and care for Ellie! Thank you, UpWork.com!
In other news:
- Ellie just made 11 months old last Saturday!
- Joe’s birthday is this Thursday, July 23rd (Wish him a Happy Birthday if you think about it)
- We will be sharing about our Vision trip at church this Sunday (we will also be on worship team too!)
- Ellie has 3 – almost 4 – teeth.
- She has also attempted two steps on her own, and loves to stand independently and dance
- I am taking classes online in Project Management Fundamentals and Creative Writing (something I’ve always wanted to do)
- We are hopeful to purchase our tickets to Paris in the coming weeks.