It has been several months since I wrote and for that I am sorry. I am new at this and I will get the hang of it soon enough. We are in the state of Michigan right now and I am so thankful to God that He has given us good weather. I didn’t say warm weather just good weather.
We started on a two month journey the beginning of March. By the end of this trip we will have traveled around 5,000 miles. I really don’t even know where to start with how God has blessed us. But I think sometimes it does us good to sit down and write out the things that God has done in our lives, so lets begin…
Safety on the road…
A kind stranger…
A willing mechanic to work late…
A place to stay for free…
Anonymous people paying for your meal…
The list could go on but I don’t want to bore you. I also don’t want you to think I am bragging by telling you what God has done. Sometimes all my husband and I can do is just look at each other and laugh/cry. I feel so humbled to be a part of God’s work. I know that He has placed me here right now but I really can’t wait to get to Uruguay and begin our life there.
Please continue to pray for our family as we continue on OUR JOURNEY TO URUGUAY!
Last night we were up until 11:30 talking with our graphic designer for our booklets and let me just say it has been a journey. I never realized how many things need to get done before you get approved. Prayer cards, business cards, booklets, car repairs, clothing for a whole month on the road, and homeschool materials. I can truly say that I am excited about starting this new life with my family. We just rearranged the van so there is more room in the back to store things. We will see how the boys manage all on the same row. Right now they are very excited to get on the road. The only travelling they have done is to Oklahoma and Texas. So to see any other state is a new adventure.
Please pray that God will supply some needs that we have and that we can adjust to this new stage in our lives.
This is a note I wrote a little while ago but thought it was interesting and I wanted to share it with you.
It’s funny how sometimes we read into a situation and we think we know what the outcome will be or we think we know how a person is going to react or what the other person is going to think. On Wednesdays, at church, we are doing an in-depth study of the old testament. Yes, I know, we are going to be there awhile. But we were reading and learning about Jacob and how he was going back to his home where his brother Esau was. If you remember, Jacob took Esau’s blessing which made Esau very upset. Jacob left and had not returned for many years. So during all the time that Jacob is gone he assumes that Esau is just as mad as he was the day he left. So as he is nearing Esau’s land he becomes more distraught and he prays to God pretty much begging God to save him from his brother. After a long night he decides to send ahead to Esau, kind of like a peace-offering, so that when Esau actually sees him he might not be so mad. I will not write down every animal that Jacob decides to send to Esau but let me just say it is a great amount. So, at this point, Jacob is trying to calm the anger of Esau with gifts. Assuming that Esau is still mad at him. Have you ever felt that way before. You may have done something to someone and after not seeing them for a while you think they are still mad and the next time you see them you are worried that they may still be mad at you. I have had that happen before. I have also had someone think I was mad at them for something they did to me. In 2001, at a children’s camp, I was in charge of a group of girls and while in the dorms one afternoon during nap time, I noticed a smell coming out from under my pillow. I realized that some girls were laughing and I began to suspect foul play. As I lifted my pillow to investigate, to my dismay I noticed the carcass of a frog. I realized that I was the victim of a prank joke. Not a good one might I add. I turned to the girls who were laughing and I said “Who did this?” One of the girls finally came forward and admitted she had been the one to put it under my pillow. I was not mad just not happy because of it being a dead animal under my pillow that can bring germs and bugs. Anyway, she apologized and I told her I forgave her. Of which I really did. I can even laugh about the whole situation now. Well, a couple of years passed and I returned to Uruguay for a visit. I saw this girl again and as I approached her I saw tears in her eyes. I asked her what was wrong and she said every time she saw me she remembered what she had done. She kept thinking I was still mad at her. I had to tell her over and over again that I wasn’t mad. And now we can both laugh at the situation. I tell you this story because I think that sometimes we let our thoughts get in the way of doing God’s will in our lives. Just like Jacob, he was engulfed with fear about returning to see his brother. He even wrestled with God. Can you believe that? So, I tell you all of this to get to the end of the story. After he worries so much about the whole situation. In chapter 33, verse 4, you can see that he spent so much time praying, begging, preparing and worrying all so that “..Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.” I can only imagine the burden that was lifted off of Jacobs shoulders when Esau reacted this way.
I believe that sometimes we worry too much about what people think of us that it consumes us inside. As long as we know we are doing what God wants then we should not be worried about what others think. Also we need to stop thinking that we know what or how a person is going to react. I have been married for 10 years and let me just say that I have assumed Esteban will react one way when he reacts a totally different way. If I had just asked him instead of assuming his reaction, I might have avoided a discussion. My son Phillip is not one to voice his feelings or thoughts too much. I have been trying to get him to understand that he cannot expect someone to read his mind. He must voice is fears, concerns or wants. I tell myself this all the time. These are just some thoughts that popped into my head as I was reading this passage about Jacob and Esau again this morning. Hope you have a great day.
Well, I said I was going to tell you a little about myself so here it goes. I am an only child who was raised in Uruguay South America. My parents are missionaries and have been there for 32 years. I left when I was 18 to go to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo. I graduated in 1999 and returned to Uruguay. During the last two years of college I began writing and keeping in touch with my best friend who is now my husband. When I returned to Uruguay we began dating and we were married in April of 2001. He decided he wanted to return to Springfield to go to College so in June of 2001 we came to USA.
This picture was one of the first pictures that was taken as missionaries to Uruguay South America
I feel very blessed to have grown up in another country. It allowed me to see and experience things from a different perspective. Although I went through some difficult times I can honestly say I would not change my life for anything.
I am so excited to see what God is going to do in my family’s life. I can’t wait to get approved in September and begin our deputation journey. Will you pray with us that God will use us to glorify Him and encourage the churches that we visit.
I want to welcome everyone on this journey that we are getting ready to embark on together. It took us a little while to get started but it is finally here. I want to take the time to introduce my family since they will be coming along with us.
I want to introduce my wonderful husband Esteban. He is the most amazing husband anyone could ever have. I feel so blessed that God sent him to me. I will tell you more about our story a little later.
Felipe is my oldest son and he is 9 years old. He loves to read and play sports.
Xavier is my 7-year-old that is always busy and active but he has such a compassionate heart.
Nicolas is 5 years old and loves to play with blocks and draw.
I will be talking more about them as the time goes by but that is just a short glimpse into my family. I will talk about myself in another post at another time. I am excited about what God is going to do in my family’s life and I hope that you will follow us on our Journey to Uruguay!