"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, December 28, 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Brice is in St. Vincent!  On Christmas Eve our customs agent quit and said she was too busy...so Brice scrambled to get a new one and hopes to in person be able to get things out of customs this week.  The new agent did say supplies for WISE should be discounted, so we are seeing this delay as a blessing.
I flew down to see my family and new 2 week old nephew in Florida for a few days while Brice sets up our home.  I figured taking the kids would be easy with 2 short flights.  Unfortunately, our first flight at 6 am got stuck on the tarmac for 2 hours.....which caused us to miss our next flight, so they had to put us on 3 additional flights to get us here.  All day I kept hearing, "Where is the dad?  Here is some candy to quiet your kids.  Here are some kleenexes.  Sorry the flight has been delayed."  16 hours later mommy carrying the baby and 2 carry-ons, a 5 yr old pulling her suitcase, and a 2 yr old dragging his suitcase made it to...to Florida at least.  The end of the trip begins Saturday.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Making a List & Checking it Twice

Customs List Typed and Sent with every box labeled what is inside & the value - check

Boxes ready to be loaded on the truck to head to the dock in Miami by boat - check

Amanda & kids enjoying the last of this furlough time with christmas pagents & parties & quality time with friends - check

Brice preparing to drive to Miami with his dad and a big truck loaded down with supplies for WISE and our family – check

We are so close to departure!  Brice leaves Dec 27th to get to St. Vincent and battle with customs. Amanda & kids will follow Dec 31st. We ask for your prayers -

- As Brice drives the things this week to Miami and then as he talks to customs officials that they would be gracious and not overcharge, and so finances can be used on ministering there.

-For the students as for most of them this is their first Christmas away from home.

-For the staff as they continue to lead & the changes for our team with a new director and family coming on board

-Praise for a great & busy, joy filled extended time in the states to visit churches here and talk to more churches about partnering with WISE and the chance to see family and friends and also be with OCC family and students.

-Praise for the 2 groups that came & helped do so much for our new home (our first one that is ours with our own things in it since we married!) from putting in the ceiling to water to everything!

-Praise as we miss Haiti and our friends too but the new family God brought there and the families already there we see God using them in huge ways of service there & are so thankful to see God's love being shown all over in this big family for Him.

- For the graduates of WISE that are ministering all over.

- For our kids as we transition countries…Naiyah is so excited to meet her new friends and have a bunk bed. Beckett (we hear this is a stage for 2 year olds) is having a hard time with not being in the same place and routine and meeting new people constantly.  Paxson of course is just enjoying eating and being held. 

Thanks for all your help as we transition through support, prayers, & encouragement.

Brice & Amanda

Here is a picture of our new home!  Groups, WISE staff & students have helped get it ready!  We are so thankful and hope you can come visit & enjoy it too!  The upstairs level is the part we will live in.

Here is the beautiful country we are moving to this month!