Friday, December 9, 2011

First and Last

This Christmas marks the first and last Christmas we've been alone and in our home. We have always been visiting the US for the holidays or with family here visiting. This year, we will celebrate Christmas morning just the two of us. I know this could be one of the only ones like that for a long time after the baby comes!

We had a great Thanksgiving. We made the family recipe for brownies (which are non-existent in Peru) and handed out baggies of them to our closest friends. It was really nice because with each drop-off, we got to visit with each family and God really used that time to strengthen our relationships with friends. We really enjoyed the day despite being far from family.

Here, the kids are about to start their "summer" break. It's the most logical time for kids to be out of school because it's rainy season. Due to mostly unpaved roads in the city, a lot of people have trouble getting out of their neighborhoods when it's covered with mud. Actually, a lot of families go on a two-month-long vacation to visit family in other cities or to go work their land in the country.

Needless to say, all of those things really change our schedule up at the youth center. There are less kids, but they have more free time because school is out. We're in the middle of planning our changes for the summer. We're also planning for next year. As soon as the kids get back to school, we will be moving to Lima to wait for our baby's arrival. The latest I can fly is the end of March. Please keep all this planning and organizing in your prayers.

God has brought several people into our lives to start helping us at the youth center. We've known both of them since we moved here, so we know we can trust them. It's just worked out timing wise that they are available now to help us a little. One is a 24 year old guy who is passionate about music. He's really helping us teach the kids the instruments. We have bought an electric guitar and a bass! He's been helping us keep open the youth center when we are doing other things, like the feeding program on Saturdays. We're praying he can continue to be available to be a presence at the youth center as we are in Lima.

The other is a 22 year old young lady. I love her! She's been a good friend to me since we've been here, but she's always had very busy jobs. She's had very little time for helping or just hanging out. But we're so excited that God provided her just two weeks ago with a new job that leaves her evenings open! Praise Him! She's been coming to help with English nights. She's studied English formally, and did very well teaching her first English night this past Wednesday! It was so exciting for me to be able to hand it over to her and get to enjoy it with the kids. I'm praying that her job will continue to allow her presence at the youth center.

We know God has brought these two people in our lives for a purpose. Please pray for them. Pray for us to have wisdom in how to let go of the youth center to see Peruvians extend the Kingdom of God in their city.

The size of the baby right now!

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