"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!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A busy student

One of our Bible College students, Sister Nikki, has so much going on.  She is a mom to little Marni, age two.  She commutes from off campus and waits to catch a bus, which can be tricky lots of days.  She attends classes, is extremely bright, and then after classes rushes off to her accounting job downtown.  Her son naps next to her while she gets her new business off the ground.  And then I can't imagine all she does after work - studies, playing with Marni, and tidying house.  Pray for her as she is doing so much and growing so much and we are so proud of the growing love for the Lord she has.  

She invited all of WISE to be a part of her open house last weekend for her new business.  What fun.  Even the news was there! 

If you visit, we have to have her show you her beautiful office.  It is in an upstairs that give the most fantastic view of the 3 oldest churches in St. Vincent.  Thanks, for letting us be a part of your special day, Sis Nikki!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Caribbean Thanksgiving

I was a bit nervous about making most of the Thanksgiving meal.  Last year Maddie helped do half.   This year we had several visiting teachers and all staff families were coming and another family in the community.
When I went to shop for a turkey, they were $65 US!  I picked it up and put it back 3 times and then decided chicken would be just as appreciated.  3 days before Thanksgiving a turkey was left on our doorstep!  Thank you, Lord, and sweet friends.  We all got to enjoy turkey.  And we has so much leftover to share with our neighbors who had several families visiting her and don't often get enough to eat.  And there was still enough leftover to share at the Bible College too!

The girls enjoying friendships.

Baby Jordan was out!

The kid table.


And fun fellowship.

Our tablecloth with all of signing what we were thankful for. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Convention Time

Last week thanks to such great staff and grandparents leaving us travel money we got to go back for the first time in Nov to the Missionary Convention in Kansas City, MO.  Brr...the cold weather was freezing to us (even though it was 60 most of the time).  The kids were so excited to take the 4 airplane rides. 

The booth, kid convention, and catching us with cousins and families is always the best times.  We had our annual WISE board meeting.  And also we were so encouraged by fellow missionaries and seeing old friends.

And then there's the plane ride home.....Cranky from 2 straight days of travel that no matter our plans always include missed flights, long waiting times, and exhaustion.

So happy to he HOME again!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thanks, River Tree, gang!

This is our first group with our new students this year.  And this is the first time we have met most of these people.  I had met Kay several times in Haiti and loved her there.  They support Sonlight, the mission we love and worked with in Haiti.  And they asked about coming here too for an adventure.  I am not sure they are getting an adventure as everyday they are loving on people and serving all day long, but here are a few pics of all they are doing and how grateful we are to have them this week!

Praying with some of our preschool moms and making prayer bracelets with them.

Pictures or how our kids as missionary kids corrupt our students.  While the others were praying and teaching, our kids showed our student Ribinson a path to the river to play a bit.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

First "WISE got Talent" Night

For fellowship Sis Becky helped organize a talent show.  It was hilarious.  Hopefully you can see all the fun had.

And here are the judges tallying all the scores up!

Halloween in St. Vincent?

As a missionary there are just some things you are going to miss out on.  For example, they don't celebrate 4th of July here, Halloween, or Thanksgiving.  Now, you can make your own turkey dinner, but just showing up at houses to get candy and show your costume isn't going to work.  So, a few months ago our Syrian friends asked us if we would want to join their Syrian community to go trick or treating.  We were excited for our kids to experience this as we have always lived on the mission field and the kids have not gotten to do this since they were born.  

My Syrian friend gave our youngest a hand- me-down costume.  But the other 2 we just had to scrounge for::)  Here we are with our friends who invited us.

So, the way you do this is you all meet at this house.  They are all from Syrian located in St. Vincent now.  And then we walked to each of their houses as a group and the person from that house would run ahead and pass out bags of candy.  Most of it was homemade donuts or cakes.  

Here is the group walking about 50 of us.

Here we are ready to go.  Now, though their language was different, the treats were different, and we were the only non- Syrians.   Yet, despite all this we so enjoyed being included and getting to experience a fun night of fellowship with friends.  As always experiencing something in a different culture is foreign, but something we are enjoying and thankful for!