So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. --Joshua 4:4-7
We are so thankful that we can be part of God's story here in Ecuador. Many days it is easy to feel discouraged with all of the day to day and family issues that we have to deal with. But we want to choose to remember just like the Lord asked the Israelites to—remember all the amazing things God has done for us. Please pray that we not become discouraged but continue to be faithful to God and what he has asked us to do.
I continue with the administrative role of trying to sell mission property here in Ecuador. I'm hoping to travel out to the jungle this week along with our legal representative to sign some papers for a couple of properties out there. Please pray that things can move forward in this area. It's amazing to me how many details need to be waded through to make the slightest bit of progress, and how often it feels like I'm making no progress at all!
As you know I have been working as the 6th grade teachers aide the past 2 years. I am excited to let you know that I have been hired as 6th grade teacher for the coming school year. I will be teaching Math and Science as well as Bible to my homeroom students. This whole process has been quite amazing and definitely designed by God. I am in the middle of taking a class "The Truth Project" along with several others at Alliance. After I finish this class I'll be able to apply for my ACSI teacher certification.
The other news is that I'm scheduled to have my 2nd hip replacement next month. I've had a lot of pain in my second hip since a year ago April and since Christmas it has gotten worse. I'll be having the surgery in Wichita again and will be gone from home for about a month.
We really enjoyed having David at home for a month around Christmas. He is looking at doing an internship this summer in his field of civil engineering.
Joel could use some extra prayers as he finishes up his senior year. It has been a difficult year for him. He has decided he wants to take a year off before going to college but we still don't know what that is going to look like.
Luke is now a teenager and has passed Kristi up in height. He finished his basketball season and really loved it. His team finished 1st in the tournament. Now we actually have him home after school.
Lindsey turned 8 back in December. She loved playing soccer. She keeps us all smiling with her love and energy for life.
Pray for encouragement in our responsibilities.
Pray for advancement in paperwork for mission properties.
Praise the Lord for Kristi's new teaching position.
Pray for Kristi's upcoming hip replacement.
Pray for David's upcoming internship.
Pray for Joel during his senior year at school.
Praise the Lord for Luke and Lindsey's growth.