Dalton took a trip with a small media team to Israel last month to work on this film. I can not tell you how excited I am about this film! I am so impressed with the work that these guys have done so far and can not wait to see the finished project. Read more about it on the website! Hoping that it will be released within the year.
Dalton heads to the states on Saturday to be a part of the Israel Convocation that is taking place in Kansas City. You can read more about it here. He will be gone for about 10 days and will be bringing us back some American treats! 🙂
In March he is heading with some dear servant hearted friends to the Syrian border where many of the Syrian refugees are coming in. We are hoping to form some relationships over that way and find some open doors so that we can continue to visit and lend a helping hand. Later in the month he is heading to France to teach on a DTS.
And finally, in April he is headed back to the states, this time to Chicago to be apart of the Ekballo Conference with our new friend, David Sitton. You can read more about what David and his team are doing here.
Isaiah is cuter than ever and loving using the little bit of language that he has learned wherever he goes. He energetically and enthusiastically greats everyone that we pass and delights every passerby because of his joy and his efforts to communicate with them in their native tongue. It surprises them every time that this little blonde haired, blue eyed boy is speaking to them in their language. Isaiah is also VERY HAPPY to have his best friend from New Zealand join us with his brother and his parents.
Elisha turned 2 years old!! I can not believe it! My baby is growing so very fast and my heart just can’t keep up. He is delightful as ever bringing joy to all that he encounters. He is so affectionate and warms all of our hearts with his hugs and cuddles. He also is finding his temper and throws tantrums with the best of two year olds. He still isn’t interested in talking but we’re all ok with that because we love his gibberish. J I love watching him grow but want him to stay a baby forever too. I’m sure every parent can relate.
I am doing well. It has been a crazy 4 ½ months! I have had more up’s and down’s than I can count and have thought numerous times about checking myself into a sanitarium. But, all in all, I am well. I feel honored to be here, ministering among these precious people. I have been deeply impacted by the warmth and hospitality of the people of this nation. I feel humbled that the Lord would bring me here and often feel I have little to offer but then of course I am reminded that no matter how warm and how hospitable these people are, if they don’t know Jesus they are going to hell. And it’s at that moment that I realize that that I have treasure of great value to offer these precious people. I’m marked by the wisdom of 1 Corinthians 1:27. I am weak and I am definitely foolish, therefore I am qualified. I am getting the hang of things here, making friends at the markets and the salon and even the stationary store. I am glad to be living here.
We have 3 new families and 1 young man that have joined us in the last month and a half. We have doubled in size and by May we will have tripled in size with still more dear saints joining us. In September we are running our first training school which you can read more about on our website. We are currently receiving applications and conducting interviews with prospective students. We have capped the number at 12 units. To us a “unit” includes single individuals, married couples as well as couples with children. We are excited to see what the Lord does during the time that we have these dear people that will join us for the school.
We are continuing in our language learning, which is challenging! But oh so rewarding every time we get to use what we have learned. We are making friends with neighbors, vendors, real estate agents, and anyone else we may happen to meet on the street. It’s not hard to make friends because of the warmth of the people. We’re meeting every morning for prayer and worship. WE meet twice a week for bible study, fellowship and prophetic exhortation from different ones in the community. We’re still learning, making lots of mistakes, and covered in lots of grace. The Lord is faithful and we are leaning in on Him for strength and guidance as we walk this journey.
I know my updates have been few and far between on this blog but it is sometime I desire to keep up. I have been sick for almost a month now, fighting a chest cold that I just can’t seem to shake. But, as I said, it is my desire to keep it up. Thanks for those who keep checking in to see if it’s been updated! It may take a while but eventually there will be something worth reading slapped up on here.
Pray for us! We need it. Pray for our family while Dalton is traveling. Pray for health in our family and community. Pray for us as we experience growth and the growing pains that come with it. Pray for grace upon grace upon grace to rest on our weak frames. We love you all and are so thankful for your love and support.