Friday, July 30, 2010

Peace that Transcends

With all the changes and transition (and yes, stress) that have been swirling around us these last few months...it could be easy to become exhausted, tired and fail to enjoy the journey. It started out all exciting and new and that excitement can grow dim. However, I recently experienced one of those moments in which I feel a sense peace and excitement deep in my heart...it's that peace that only comes from God. Philippians 4:7 talks about it--"and the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." I often experience it only for a moment...but really, that is all I need to know that God is there and He is walking this journey with us. Transcendent peace is a cool thing!

posted by bethany

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sweet Fellowship

We were back at our home church (Ogletown Baptist) this morning after being away for 7 weeks. While we enjoyed our time with another fellowship in North Carolina (thanks Pleasant Grove UMC), it was very good to be "home". It was like water to my (Jeff's) soul to worship the Lord with my church family and to hear my friend, Curtis, teach me more about God's word.

I hope that each of you have a fellowship that you love and loves you, it is an amazing blessing. I am excited to love the future fellowship in Nicaragua, and learn their expressions of worship.

Blessed beyond measure,
Jeff

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Snow Globe Existence

While we were driving the other day, I heard Andrew repeat three times to himself which state he was in at the moment. Poor kid, he was struggling to get his bearings. We've been traveling quite a bit and that trend is likely to continue...especially since we are somewhat nomadic at this point in our journey!
At times, it feels like we live in a snow globe that has been turned upside-down and shaken. Where do we live? Where are we? Where are we going today?

It reminds me of a great song by J.J. Heller...here are a few lines from her song Your Hands:

Your hands that shape the world
Are holding me, they hold me still
When my world is shaking
Heaven stands.


It is good to remember that no matter how upside-down and shaken our world seems...God holds us in His hands and heaven stands.

posted by bethany

Monday, July 5, 2010

Greetings from Pigland

Over the last week and a half, the main focus of our classes here at "mission camp" has been language learning. Jeff and I are mostly learning how to learn a new language. We study phonetics, make funny sounds, gather skills on self-directed learning, practice how to work with a language helper, etc. The kids are learning different languages too. Andrew is thankfully learning how to speak Spanish. Ella and Noah are learning Portuguese.

Noah calls Portuguese: Porkeys. One of the staff here joked that Porkeys must be the official language of Pigland. Ironic, wouldn't you say...since he used to add "pig" to whatever we asked him to say in Spanish. Gracias, pig. Hola, pig. Adios, pig!!!