"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. We worked day and night in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you." 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9

This blog is much more than our family and our crazy antics. After being overseas in Haiti for 4 years we prayed about coming back to the States and just still felt like God was going to use our family overseas...so here we go again. The big move to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and now the school growing and moving to Barbados. We just can't seem to rest until our family can love as many as we can to relationships with Christ. We always feel so blessed to meet the many people we get to serve with overseas, and of course love that you are reading with us as we serve in a new culture!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A full, crazy life!

    So enjoying life right now.  It resembles this picture a little.  Very hot, so we are enjoying popsicles (Kensington's first)!  Baby Greeley sleeping away.....   Keeping our 1 year old busy and buckled so we can get schooling done.  But, to be home is so very great.

    Upon arrival we were told and stamped on our passports to get student visas or kids have to leave in 3 months.  The process seemed overwhelming- submit a letter to the department of education, be granted an interview there, then submit to immigration to see about approval.  All these require lots of driving from where we live, waiting, and juggling kids.  Thankfully we had a group here from Elizabethtown, KY and while I usually try to just do things ourselves- this time I asked them for help watching the kids so we could get all these meetings done this week.  And we did get them done and approved and it also felt like Brice and I got a few dates with the driving time and no kids along.  So we are good to go until we do the process over again next year :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Student visas granted!

     I wish everyone could know our students personally and hear their stories.  We heard today immigration granted the student visas!!!   Daily staff was calling, praying, and checking on their status.  Yesterday we racked our brains....and remembered a friend had a friend at immigration.  She gave us some great advice in a certain letter to take.  Staff took it in and ....they are coming!

     Ebi here has waited over 2 years for classes to resume at WISE to finish his degree and he finally is coming back!  Thank you, Lord!!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Waiting, waiting, waiting

     Still we wait on immigration to let the students come to start school.  We have pushed classes back, but praying this next week classes can start as we can only push back so much for this term.  We just submitted a request as all the paperwork was in the 1st of June for the students and new staff to receive visas.  We pray they see our diligence and will grant the visas anyday now.

     We are also praising God for our grads and students coming from Aintgua that they were spared from the hurricane and we are praying for our friends in Haiti and Florida now.

     For our family we are waiting on baby's documents.  Brice hopes to travel as soon as the storm passes in a few days and then the rest of us are hoping to travel back the week after.  Thanks for the prayers, keep praying!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Greeley Arrived Today!

     Well, our other babies came early, so we had thought Greeley would come by now and we would be on our way back to Barbados.  In fact, the last several weeks we did lots of walking and trying to find hills in Kansas to climb to get her to come.  We just miss home and our own place and cooking and life in Barbados, not that our parents are not so generous in sharing their homes with us.  We even thought about delivering in Barbados since baby was not going to be so early, but without insurance there did not see a way to afford a $10,000 birth there and figure our the dual citizenship, etc.  So,  after 4 trips to the hospital and being stuck at a 4 dilation for weeks with the doctor saying as soon as you feel anything come in as your labors go fast...the 4th time she did come!

     Each of the places we have lived we have a child named after, except for our time we cherished in CO.  So....this last baby got a Colorado name - Greeley Lechelle.  She was our biggest baby even being 3 weeks early!  Brice will head back to Barbados soon to start the semester off and I will follow as soon as birth certificate comes, social security card, and then her passport.  We have heard this can be done anywhere from a week to 4, so we are praying on the shorter side but know may not be the case.

     As we waited on baby, we have also been waiting on immigration in Barbados.  Even though staff work permits for fellow teammates and student visas were submitted months ago, they still have not processed them.  Frustrating for the students waiting and our new teammates to just wait.  We have pushed back our Sept start date and praying we hear any day now that they are processed and can all come in.  This wait and see what the Lord does in HIS timing certainly is faith stretching and seems to be how everything works in our lives now :)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Waiting on baby

     So we are back in the States now.  And so blessed with family basements and guest rooms to stay in, but sure longing for our own home.  We are really just waiting on this baby girl to join our family and head back!   We are still 8 weeks from delivering and while the other 3 have come a month early, 2 months is a lot early.  This past week our family all got some vomiting sickness, which caused me to go into labor.  Brice was away at camp and my sister went with me to the hospital.  Thankful for great care and medicine and baby staying put at least for now.

     Brice leaves to go back to Barbados in a few days and so praying baby will keep growing inside me, he can help get work done there with accreditation, visas, etc.  Also prayers as every week we are in the States we are sharing at a different church all over to maximize our time here and so prayers we make wise decisions with baby's health.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Crazy trip back to the States

     I can't ever say we have had a stress free travel day, can anyone?   Maybe because luggage, kids, and international travel are added in to ours?  But, Brice does say his worst days being married to me are travel days :)  But, hey- we have had a lot of those travel days in our marriage and he is still staying with me :)

     We had a totally different schedule this time.  Usually we get up at 3am for a drive, and early 6am departure.  This time we were on an afternoon flight getting it at midnight.  And then a 2 and half hour drive back to parents house.  We were thrilled to make it in one day and while getting in late, we would still make it in one day.

     A fellow teacher dropped us off and our bag we brought (full of medicines, etc) was in the trunk to have space to sit.   Naturally the bag was forgotten.  By the time, we realized it after check-in time we  kept calling him, his wife, his neighbors.  Thankfully someone reached him an hour later and he got the back to us in time, because our flight had been delayed.

     Because of the now 3 hour delay, we now had just 30 minutes in Miami to get off, walk their 10 mile long airport, go through customs, grab our luggage, recheck it, go back through security, and find out plane.  So we missed the connection.  We got in a super long line for a reconnection at 10pm and were informed all the hotels in the city were booked up (of course).  So the kids and I just kind of plopped down and laid down on the suitcases and a very kind worker said...let me see what I can do...and found us a room at the MIAMI Airport hotel for free and gave us $60 in food vouchers.  And by 11:30pm we had the kids( in the only bed left around) asleep, our bellies were full, and as Brice and I awoke early to leave at 3am, we realized we would have just been pulling in to his parents place and that the delay was such indeed a blessing!

     I'd love to hear your travel stories sometime!  We are sure thankful for quick travel nowadays, but do love when we are "home" for awhile and don't have to travel.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Resting in God's goodness

     So much good news with the mission - thought I should share with all.  So, one year ago at this time when we were back sharing with churches we were in a tough spot.  In fact, at one church we could not share all the god things happening at the missions meeting, because we felt so disheartened and just started crying.  We even talked to several mentors about moving back.  First time to ever think that way as we have always felt like not all want to go and for now we can and God was using us.  But last summer we felt defeated.  Immigration for us and for our students was blocking us, properties were not selling, we were struggling with not having a full teaching staff in place, etc.  And discouragement set in.

     Someone said.....there are seasons and I will pray for a season of rest and joy for you.  That season is here - thank you, Lord!  We have students who applied from 9 DIFFERENT Caribbean countries!  Several we have never had a student from!  We are thrilled, as our prayer has been for WISE to be a school reaching out to train leaders from all over the Caribbean and it is even more now.

     We also are excited for our teaching team.  Local teacher Andrew Best joins our staff as well as the Termeer family of 4 this Aug!  And then we have other teammates joining a few months later.

     We also received and discovered how to get staff permits here and also we have discovered how to get students here.  We would ask your prayers, though as student visas are quite a process and praying they can all be granted in time for the fall semester term.

     And we sold one of the properties in St. Vincent, which helps us purchase the new property here!

     We are so thankful for God's continual provision in the hard, growing times and the joyous times of growth.  Thanks for your encouragement and prayers and support too!