"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, 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!