Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It's Christmas Time Again!

Yesterday we finally received our long awaited packages from home that had our Christmas in them!  The boys were super excited!!!

While the below photos may not be thrilling for all of you to look at, I know some grandparents who won't mind seeing them!  =)

"Christmas Morning" - except it almost wasn't!  Even though the boys were excited about having Christmas, they slept in fairly late which is unusual for them!

Jacinda and her new baby doll!

Although Parker can be quite rambunctious, he's actually the one who carefully opens all his packages. No haphazard tearing of wrapping paper for him!!

 Taylor - he's the Lego man!
And he got quite a few Lego related sets and an idea book this year!

Even though Kyle is growing up (so quickly), he still gets "pumped" about opening up gifts!

Thank you to all who sent Christmas cards, texts and emails, money, and packages...we deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness!

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The next thing on the agenda is a revival in Santo Domingo this weekend!  Bro. Javier, from the H.I.M. church in Motozintla, MX will be the special speaker.  Michael (and I, at times) will be singing.

After that, our whole family is leaving Jan. 16th to go to Florida for a month!  Michael has a revival he will be speaking at in Boynton Beach at a H.I.M. hispanic church.  We will also be doing a few deputation services in Florida and then attending Sea Breeze camp in Hobe Sound.  We are looking forward to a change of pace and hopefully re-charging our spiritual, emotional, and ministry "batteries."

While we are gone, we are putting into effect a time of transition here at our churches in Tapachula and Santo Domingo.  We have been training nationals pastors who will start taking over the works here.  We are excited and they are excited to see how the Lord has been leading and working in their lives to bring them to this point.  Pray for our churches here while we're gone that the Lord would give wisdom in leadership and that the churches would stay encouraged!

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Update on my sister:  she came home from the hospital on Jan. 3rd!  PTL!  We're praying and hoping for a swift recovery and that she would generally start to feel better, more often!  I know she's happy to be back with her little boy!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Capturing December: Day 31

{ New Year's Eve }

Yesterday was the last day for these Capturing December posts!  It's actually been quite a challenge to do something unique or (hopefully) interesting every day!

Today I just want to share about our New Year's Eve service we held last night in the mountains at our church in Santo Domingo.  A small group from our Tapachula church also drove up to join us.

After service, we were served some yummy barbacoa tacos and fresh, mountain grown coffee!

On our way home, we were going over an overpass a few miles from home right at midnight...and it was so incredible to watch as the city of Tapachula lit up the night sky with hundreds of fireworks!  We quickly stopped to try and get a picture, but it was hard to capture and then Parker started crying because he was scared of them!  Below is a fuzzy pic that we got that will give you a little idea of what we saw!  They were beautiful - it was like 4th of July fireworks on steroids around the whole city!

I trust y'all will have a wonderfully, blessed new year!