So how do you follow a post about dreaming when everything you thought was good falls apart shortly after?
I didn’t know how or where to start a post like that, so I decided to stop writing for awhile.
Sometimes things don’t go as you hoped or planned. Even if you try your best, serve whole heartedly, and do things the best you know how, it is not enough. I am not sure how to explain what ended our time serving at Welcome Home Outreach Ministries, because it is something I still don’t understand entirely. We continue to have a great relationship with those that we worked and served along side with, and join with them every Monday night for a service in a local village. We love Welcome Home and are thankful we had the opportunity to serve there while we could, but leaving was hard. The situation was messy and hurtful, and not the way we wanted to leave serving with people we really loved and worked well with. We trust God and His plans. Nothing about following Jesus is particularly easy or comfortable, but some times I forget that. We are willing to be broken, if it means we learn and can become more effective in loving and serving others.
Part of that change involved us moving… again. It was hard to leave the sweet little community that we lived in at Welcome Home, but we know it was the best for our family. It was hard living in a place that needed to be available to people at all times. It was hard to rest there. We now live in a fairly large apartment over a cafe in the centre of town. We are thankful that we found a comfortable place to live, that our big family can fit in.
We had a nice summer here in Mexico. Saul worked for two different organizations helping with building houses for those in need. He also recently started a new job with Live Diffrerent, a Canadian organization he has worked on and off with for the last few years. He is looking forward to his position as community adviser and hopes to able to be an influence toward making a positive impact in community development.
The kids are all doing good.
Gloria works full time in a nearby Sushi restaurant. She is very hard working and responsible. Her boss loves her, which is no surprise to us, as she is truly a gem.
Moy is continuing school at home. we are hoping he can finish the year so he can go into a public high school next year. He is growing into a compassionate, hard working young man who has a heart to serve others.
Kayden started grade 3, he does very well in school and has just started drum lessons again, which is is really excited about. He is funny and learning to be more responsible at home and school.
Brielle started kindgarten, she has made lots of new friends, loves her teacher, and is doing really well. This girl is natural leader who is very compassionate and sensitive to others.
I am thankful to be focusing the majority of my time on my home and family, without an extra outside work load to deal with. I continue to dream of ways to serve women and children in more practical ways in the future, and look forward to when those dreams get to become a reality. For now I am content to focus on my husband and the kids I have been entrusted with.
Thanks to all of you who have supported our family with encouragement, prayers, and gifts. We know we could not continue to serve full time with out your continual support.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)
But forget all that –
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness
I will create rivers in the wasteland.