It is time for our final prayer letter before we leave the United States on our first term for Bolivia. What a bittersweet time! Bitter because of all we are leaving behind; our families, our church and our friends. Yet sweet because of what we anticipate God to do once we get to Bolivia. Our hearts are thrilled with the possibilities.
We are most excited, in this prayer letter, to announce that after 11 years the Lord has blessed us with our first child! For several years, we have been told that this would not be possible, yet we know with God all things are possible. We are excited about this new addition to our lives. We have an appointment with a high-risk specialist the day before we leave for Bolivia and if everything continues to look good we will head out the following day!
With this pregnancy, it has renewed our desire to purchase a water filtration system for the safety of Jessica and the baby. In the past we have been forced to purchase bottled water for everything we cook and drink. This can be
Thank you for helping us pray over our Bolivian Visas. We have finally received them in the mail. Overall, it was more of a pain, took 2 weeks longer and cost more than we originally hoped for. However, all of that is normal when working with government agencies both in the USA and abroad.
Honestly though, it went fairly well. While it did cost more, it was well worth paying a the Visa/Passport company to take care of this for us.
Again, thank you for making this a matter of prayer. We have had several of you respond to us and encouraging us through your prayers. You will never know how much that means.
Lastly, please be looking for our prayer letter in the next couple of days. We have mailed copies to our churches but have not quite got it put up and sent through the website yet. We will get it to you ASAP.
Sometimes God comes along and does something amazing in our lives! He doesn't always need a reason, maybe it's just because He loves us so much. But regardless of why, our Lord Jesus sends us undeserved surprises occasionally that help make the journey a little sweeter. This is what He did for us when we found out we were expecting our first child! It was a gift of love from the Heavenly Father to two of His children.
However, being pregnant and being on deputation has turned out to be somewhat of a challenge. I won't lie; it has been rough at times, having to travel while dealing with morning sickness and extra tiredness has taught me to seek out deeper levels of endurance. And at times I haven't felt like I have giving my all to our journey.
I was thinking of how this really relates to our spiritual walk. Sometimes the devil clouds our minds with all the struggles and hardships and we lose sight of that precious gift that Christ has given all of us. We have been saved by His marvelous grace, called to tell others and to spend our lives glorifying Him! What an amazing honor to serve The Lord.
I have caught myself feeling this way as we travel from church to church and state to state. It has become easy to dwell on the difficulty instead of the wondrous miracle that we have been given. In another week or two the sickness should pass and hopefully I will gain some strength back. But in the mean time, I am going to focus on all God is doing and praise His name for His love toward us.