Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summer 2017 What's New?

“In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, ‭‭                                                  -Luke 10:21-

“Da brach Jesus, erfüllt vom Heiligen Geist, in Jubel aus und betete: »Mein Vater, Herr über Himmel und Erde! Ich preise dich                       -Lukas 10:21-

These verses have struck me between the eyes lately. Jesus Rejoiced in the Holy Spirit? Wow How did that look I wonder? Well it looked so remarkable that Luke wrote down that it happened, and then immediately Jesus broke out in praise to the Father. Our hope for you our faithful supporters is that you can also find reason to REJOICE in the Holy Spirit. We hope you are able to rejoice in the Holy Spirit in these warm summer days. Praise and worship is the way that Jesus broke out and rejoiced, and we can too. God has given our family such joy in the Holy Spirit lately and that is our prayer for you too this summer! Here are a few updates from our family

Lydia and Richard running in the Freiheitslauf
Lydia Proudly carrying the Canadian flag in school parade
Lydia & Richard ran in a Freiheitslauf (Freedom Run) helping women who escaped from slavery and education for children who have no school. Lydia was in a parade with her school the Christian School of Kandern celebrating 1250 year anniversary of the town where her school is located. She proudly carried the Canadian flag.

FAMILY as a family we had the wonderful opportunity to go to a camp together where Richard was preaching. The whole family had a great time the kids and Simone got to be involved in the program. Wort des Lebens (Word of Life) is a German ministry that has camps and retreats for youth. This was a musical camp where Simone was able to give vocal coaching to the kids in the musical. They prepared a musical and after the camp was over toured Germany to present it in several different  cities. The musical this year was Joseph. Please pray for Simone & Richard that they can build further partnership in Wort des Lebens organization. 

SUPPORT UPDATE: We are doing much better financially. We are still hovering at around 90% of our normal salary. We still need a few supporters to...
1. Increasing their monthly donation by $25-$50.

2. Share our ministry with others, who are interested in Europe or Germany, or those who are looking for missionaries to support. Please share our information, BLOG, or personal support giving link HERE.

3. Pray that God would provide every need as he has so faithfully done

Family Vacation with the Müller's and De Leeuw van Weenen
SIMONE loved the time serving at Wort des Lebens musical camp. She really feels a calling to work with them more in the future. She loves being used in that way where her musical gifts can be used practically right away to love and serve teenagers giving them more confidence and ministering to them. Pray for further partnership with them for camps and other events. Simone is giving up students from the Christian school in Lörrach to be more available for students in Kandern.

LYDIA is almost finished with second grade. She has caught up in her Math skills and is starting to understand the real concept behind multiplication and division. Lydia also loves swimming these days and meeting all her friends at the pool. Thanks for praying for Lydia in her difficulty that she experienced last year. She has come through it well. 

Richard Preaching on the Holy Spirit
RICHARD was glad to have the whole family with him this time at Wort des Lebens camp.  Richard was able to spend time with the dynamic leadership of W.D.L. It was so encouraging to see such an on fire group of young leaders. Richard has a few more preaching opportunities over the summer along with preparations for the kick-off of ISTL (International School of Theology and Leadership) in the Fall in Freiburg. Richard is also planning with a few young men that he has been mentoring what a church plant in the town Weil am Rhein could look like. These few guys are really excited about doing a business and church plant alongside each other to reach people and to support the work of a church. Yafet, Florian, & Marco are the guys who have had the vision together to start a church. God is doing something in this generation in Germany!

FAMILY is looking forward to vacation & a short six week break from school, work, etc. We will take vacation in Germany this year. We do not have to drive very far & it's less expensive. We are grateful  to find such a nice place. Please pray that we will have a time of rest & recuperation from a very busy and hectic year. 

ANA has been creating her own type of opinions of what she likes and dislikes. This is very good, but then she can be very stubborn too. She just received new orthotics for her legs to help her walk better. She has loved the warm weather so that she can swim more often. She is almost able to swim on her own without a life vest.

Caleb getting a quick nap in while playing in he new box
CALEB has been taking swim lessons the last month and getting very good at it. He loves Kindergarten. He had a great time also at the camp and played so well with all the teenagers there. He is growing so much. Caleb is often mistaken for a 6 year old, but still has one more year in Kindergarten.

Prayer requests…
1. For the new Church Planting project that Richard is involved in.
2. We still need a few more monthly supporters to get us to 100%.
3. For more Gospel opportunities for Richard & Simone with our current contacts & neighbors.
4. Praise God Simone has plenty of extra work on the side, but pray for balance and energy.
5. For success in Richard's ideas for a few books that he wants to write.
6. Praise God we will now receive monthly financial support from our health care for Ana
7. Please pray for the start of International School of Theology & Leadership that will start in Freiburg in the Fall ISTL