Thursday, December 19, 2013

Some summer pictures before Christmas hits us.....

We had the privilege to stay at a beach house on Seabrook Island at the beginning of October this year. It was the first time the children experienced warm weather at the beach and water warm enough to swim in. After our big move from the West Coast to the East Coast and the all the craziness that come with that we had a wonderful time as a family. Thank you Debbie Moore!!!
I hope you enjoy looking at the kids having such a fun time!!! Next to the beach which we were able to almost have all to ourselves, we enjoyed the beauty of the oak trees and spanish moss, the palmetto trees and the golf course. Grateful for wonderful memories!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Go Send Or Disobey: English Camp Recap Meeting

This is a talk that I gave in the meeting where we reported on what happened on our trip to Germany.  We did an English Camp and I shared about missions and what we should be doing about it.  Thanks for sending us!!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Early November Update

Hi, from a much cooler Columbia, South Carolina. The leaves are turning all beautiful shades of wonderful colors. We are enjoying all the fall feelings and the fresh weather. School is great for both Girls. Ana goes to a special day class and her teachers are great. They love her and I was super impressed with the aid that picks her up everyday. He said after a few days "Ana is a joy to teach!" Wow what dedicated and loving people. I sat in for a little while on her class. It is amazing what they are getting Ana to do in class. After a while of me being there she got up out of her seat and walked over to me wrapped her arms around me gave me a big hug and said loudly "goodbye"! Everyone in the class laughed. It was as if she was saying, "dad this is my classroom you can go home now". It was pretty funny. I have had some great interactions with the kids as I have not been working, and been doing the main support raising. We have been playing at the local park lots which is a really nice park, and been playing out in the yard a lot. The leaves are falling everywhere and I am just going to wait till the end of November to rake anything, because every time I rake or blow the driveway it is just as bad as it was before I raked.
As you can see Caleb now knows how to climb the fence.  He is turning 2 on November 16th so We are grateful for his bubbly, happy, kind demeanor. He truly loves his sisters and they look out for him too. Lydia loves her school too She goes to Ben Lippen for half a day in K-4 class.  It is pretty good as well and she is learning a number a letter everyday. She is also learning how to do work and accomplish things by herself. She is a social butterfly and wants everyone to be involved in what she is doing. So this is tough to learn to do stuff by herself. 
 We spent Halloween out at my parents place and actually celebrated Reformation Day by talking politics and the great Lutheran Reformation. These subjects come easily in my family. The kids love to play out in the vast space that my parents have on their 11 acres of property. As you can see above the girls enjoyed the trampoline. And the picture below gives a little picture of how beautiful it is here with the leaves changing colors. We are grateful and thankful to The Lord for you as we approach Thanksgiving holidays. We are not just thankful to the god of turkey, and football on this approaching Holiday, but we are thankful to the God of the Universe who has sent His Son Jesus to free us from the penalty, curse, and power of our sins by his death on the cross for us. please join us in directing our thanksgiving toward Jesus! The author and perfecter of our faith! The only one worthy of such Thanksgiving.
A few prayer requests...
1. Praise for provision of the sale of our House in California!
2. Praise God with us that He has continued to meet our needs even though I (Richard) still search for ministry work (or any work for that matter).
3. Support raising would continue and that God would raise up monthly supporters.
4. For ministry opportunity and possibilities to be used for Christ while we are preparing to go to Germany

God bless you and thank you for supporting us through your gifts and prayers.
Richard for the Moore's 
Simone, Ana, Lydia, and Caleb

Friday, October 18, 2013

October update!


Dear friends,
it has been a while since we gave you an update. I can't believe it has been 7 weeks since we left California. It is odd to find yourselves in a mode to think that our time in San Leandro has now become past tense. Our thoughts are often over at the West Coast and we often talk about people and experiences. God has widened our horizon and given us the opportunity to expand our experience with him and our trust in his provision. I find myself often being filled with thankfulness while thinking about our journey.     

Columbia has a different flare then Oakland and we are rejoicing in the family friendly environments and the overall feeling of safety. Especially in the neighborhood we are living, we find ourselves surround by family and friends from our church and retired professors from the Seminary right around the corner. How good to see a person walking their dog and to know they are possibly on a prayer walk and are lifting up their neighborhood to our GOD. WOW.

We have found a church. Funny enough the name is 
"Riverside Community Church". God has lead us from Creekside to Riverside....haha. I'm
wondering if the next church we are going to go to will have something to do with oceans or lakes...

 (Broad River in Columbia, SC)

Ana is about to have her first IEP.

Please lift us up in your prayers for we are in need of new hope and faith every day. Today I first want to focus on our need for prayer for Ana.

We are going to meet with Psychologist, Therapist and Teachers that know her now for about 6 weeks. We are confident that her team is excellent and are very ecstatic about phenomenal teachers in her life. Since Ana has started talking a lot we are more aware of the need of regular and focused mouth/oral therapy to help her speak more clearly. Please pray for us to have the discipline to continue with the Therapy we started with Heather at the Down Syndrome Connection in Danville, CA, as well as find therapy here in Columbia that will enhance this path. We know that there is a therapist in Charleston that works with Talk Tools, but Charleston is about 2 hours away and so we could not go there on a regular basis.
We are also praying to get help with a behavioral Therapist who could guide our efforts to help Ana get potty trained. Since she is very uncomfortable with a wet or soiled diaper she continues to take them off and henceforth spill whatever is in the diaper onto her bed and/or other surroundings. She will go to the restroom by herself and when I/we ask her. She can tell us if she needs to go but it is very inconsistent and she often only realizes that she had to go potty after the fact. We are praying for a way to help her with a practical routine to continue this training and find a happy way for all of us. With 2 other children in the house my attention is often divided and Richard and I are not able to help her.

(having fun in the warm Atlantic Ocean water)

Another big prayer is the need for a job for Richard.

Since I have started working at the University and teach Tuesdays and Wednesdays all day Richard will need to stay home those days to take care of Caleb. We knew that we are not looking for a full time job for either one of us but in Richard's line of work that is a very difficult thing to find. Richard has had plenty of interested churches but most of them are unable to hire him for only 3-6 months or the pay is not compatible with the time and work he would have to invest. Please pray for comfort for Richard in time of searching as well as furthering our support raising efforts. We are praying for a part time job that pays decently and leaves enough time to raise support.

Support Raising:

In general we are trying to focus on getting to know old friends again and making new friends. That in itself is a fulltime job and with 3 kids and me working and Richard taking on odd jobs here and there we are pulled in many different directions. Our desire to get to Germany is pushing us forward but our focus gets distracted by every day life.

We very much would like to hear from you all. Please write us on this blog, who you are and how you are doing. We love to get your feed back.
Until then,
God's rich blessings!
The Moore Family