Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Well, we made it back to SNOWY Ontario, safe and sound! One thing I’ve told Megan and Carly often this year: we couldn’t have picked a more CANADIAN winter to experience than this year’s winter!
New Spain Team Members – Mike and Daniela Riley join World Team in Spain!
Update on March Trip – We met with old friends, met new friends, and enjoyed God’s blessings in many ways!
Paella Night Cancellation – Sorry to say, we needed to cancel our March 31 Paella Night. New arrangements to be announced.
Relational Dynamics – Please pray for us as Karen and I talk through some needed changes
New Spain Team Members
Mike and Daniela Riley, along with their 1 year old son, Will, visited the Spain field recently for a time of mutual evaluation. Our team was unanimous in inviting them to join and Mike and Daniela were equally excited about joining! Now they begin the process of raising support, entering language studies, and processing visas for Spanish residency. Please pray for the Rileys as they prepare, and for our team as we welcome them to Spain!
Update on March Trip
There were so many times on our trip, after a conversation, or a particularly fun event, that I commented to Karen, “Just THIS item made the trip worthwhile!” We experienced God’s smile on our lives in so many circumstances! I already mentioned our wonderful interaction with the Goodmans and the Cockrums in Tennessee. Our time in Atlanta went equally well. What a joy to interact with Will and Amanda Guzman, and much of Will’s family! We were encouraged by people’s love for Christ, we were challenged by some of the family dynamics we’d like to emulate, and we rejoiced with a friend who’s recently received a major promotion at work, giving him tremendous opportunities to share and live Christ with many influential people. Maybe I’ll write a short story about this trip someday! It’s the stuff “inspirational novels” are made of! Thanks for praying!
Paella Night Cancellation
This is a note to all who were planning to attend the March 31 Paella Night at the Ben’s home in Waterloo. We needed to cancel this event. As soon as new arrangements have been finalized, we will let you all know! Sorry for the confusion this might cause. Please email us if other dates won’t work for you, so that we can make other individual arrangements.
During this year in Canada, Karen and I have talked considerably about our relational dynamics, and how that affects the way we organize our personal and ministry lives. While we’ve seen God bless our lives in ways we can’t take credit for, we honestly believe that we can glorify Him much better. Would you pray for us as we dialogue and seek to adjust our way of life to some of the new realities as God transforms us more and more into the image of His Son?
Thanks so much for your prayers! Lately my prayers have been filled with thanksgiving and praise. God is just SO good to us! His patience, love, generosity, grace and faithfulness fill us with hope for the future. His joy becomes our strength! He is our life.