Saturday, February 27, 2010

Refuge for Sale

Well, at the moment, what seems to be a crazy move (which we shall call a "leap of faith"), we have put our house on the infamous "market". Know anyone who wants to buy a house? :)

Seriously though, throughout our marriage, we have witnessed God provide for us a place to live...usually at the last minute from our perspective. HE is our refuge and He has always provided a physical "refuge" for us to call home. I have no doubt He will do that again.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dear God, THANK YOU for this food.

A big heart-felt thank you to everyone who came to munch on yummy food at our house for our Tastefully Simple Night for Nica! A very special THANK YOU to Julie, our Tastefully Simple consultant who so generously donated a percentage of her profit from the night to Shepherd's Gate, our ministry fund for Nicaragua. Thank you to Brenda for coming early to help prepare food and for staying after to help clean up. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped eat the great food, to everyone who placed orders both at the party and through email...what a successful night! We feel so supported and loved when others join us in this journey!!! Muchos Gracias!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's Crazy, We know.

Jeff read Ella the story of Noah (the Bible guy not our little guy), tonight at bedtime. If you stop to think about it, and you don't have to "stop" long...the account of Noah building the ark is pretty crazy-sounding. Big boat, dry land...not a cloud in sight....CRAZY!

Sometimes when we tell others about our plans to move our family to Nicaragua, they say, "WOW! How...uh...exciting!" Okay, we know that by exciting you actually mean crazy. It's okay, you can say it. We know. Sometimes, with God, things do seem crazy.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ACTS of FAITH

We are in the stage of our journey to Nica where we are "raising support". It is a time of humility and blessing. We have the privilege (if we choose) to see the incredible Provision of the Sovereign God at work. There is an account in Scripture that really amazes me considering where we are in our journey. It is in the Book of Acts...the new Gentile church in Antioch takes up a generous collection to help the church of Jewish believers in Judea. This act of service, financial sacrifice, was all based on the "prediction" of one man who was listening to the Holy Spirit and heard from Him that a famine was coming that would affect the Jewish believers. What amazes me about this story is that the Gentile believers gave IN FAITH. The famine hadn't happened yet...but they gave generously in preparation for what was to come. I am humbled and blessed and even amazed as we receive monetary gifts in preparation for our ministry and life in Nicaragua. We aren't there...yet, people give sacrificially and generously IN FAITH that we will one day (hopefully soon) go to Nicaragua to love and serve the people there.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Essential Phrases

¿Hay café?

This means: Do you have coffee?

This is a VERY important phrase to know. Here are some other Spanish phrases we have learned or are learning.

¿Dónde está el baño? (Where is the bathroom?)
No entiendo! (I don't understand.)
Yo quiero agua de botella, por favor. (I want BOTTLED water, please.)

So at the point, we can get coffee, water, use the bathroom and let others know we don't understand anything else. We are making some progress.

Monday, February 1, 2010

New Word,New Meaning

As we prepare to "go", we are trying to learn Spanish. Of course, when we get to Nica, we will learn Spanish at a language school, however the more we can learn the better...we need all the help we can get!! I even practiced a little Spanish with the "new carpet to make the house more sellable" installers today.

However, I recently learned a new English word from Andrew. The word is "demolicious". It describes the character trait that allows a young boy to take a crowbar and hammer and joyously demolish a old TV cabinet that was sitting in our basement So, if you like to take things apart and destroy things...you can describe yourself as "demolicious". Now, go use it in a sentence.