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Ministry and Family Update - September 2017


We are thankful for a change of pace, some R&R and quality time together this past summer.

However, now Justin (Americas Area Director) has a full travel schedule booked for the fall. Below are some recent, or impending, trips.

  • At the end of August Justin flew to Colombia to attend COMIBAM Congress, an Ibero-American missions conference that is held once every ten years. SIL* had a booth there and hundreds of people engaged with the SIL reps. Praise God that dozens and dozens of people expressed an interest in Bible translation and possibly attending CILTA (Spanish SIL school). Pray that the commitments made will turn into real action in the coming weeks and months. Pray for fruit to grow from the hundreds of seeds planted, and pray for those following up with the contacts made.

Busy SIL booth at COMIBAM Congress

Busy SIL booth at COMIBAM Congress

  • Immediately after COMIBAM, since most of the Americas Area leadership team was already there, Justin led a three-day leadership team retreat. Since the leadership team has recently changed, this was their first time all together as a new team. It was an encouraging time of team building and getting to know each other.
  • Last week Justin was in Oaxaca, Mexico for executive committee meetings of the SIL Mexico Branch. It was a good time of talking through various issues as well as good relationship building. Oaxaca was the state hardest hit by the recent earthquake. Our teams and facilities are fine. But tens of thousands of people have been left homeless.
  • September 25th-30th he heads to Lima, Peru for advisory committee meetings of the SIL Peru Group. Pray for good communication and dialogue.

On the homefront:
My role remains the same: part-time Receptionist for Wycliffe Canada and part-time Administrative Assistant to the Americas Area Director (Justin). Now that our sons are both finished high school, I will continue to accompany and assist Justin on some of his trips.

Caleb (Photo taken in August, before his last surgery.)

  • Caleb started his first year at  Ambrose University and is thoroughly enjoying campus life. He loves the small, Christian, community-based environment and he’s already making great friends. He’s enrolled in a Bachelor of Science: Biology (with a focus in Kinesiology) program. His life just got a lot busier and he’s learning to balance his time between his studies, part-time work (swim instructor/lifeguard), and with his lovely girlfriend. Caleb has now undergone nine facial surgeries, with more to come. The last one was on August 30. Praise God that he healed quickly, considering university orientation started four days later! We give thanks to God for this milestone in Caleb's life (starting university/launching out on his own) and for how far he's come in a year and a half. Thanks so much for standing behind him/us as encouragers and prayer warriors. Your love/support has made such a huge difference in this journey!
    • Note: I continue to post occasional updates on Caleb's Journey to Recovery on Facebook, where you can find more detailed info (of the procedures and results) and how you can specifically pray for Caleb on an ongoing basis. If you are not a member of this group, you can request to join. If you would rather receive email updates on Caleb's recovery, let me know, and I will add you to an email group that I have created for this purpose.​

Jesse in his happy place

  • After graduating from high school in June, Jesse has been working for a friend in the rubber paving business. When he’s not working, he’s often scrambling to the top of some mountain. He’ll be celebrating his 18th birthday on September 24, so soon we will have two adult children. He’s counting down the days (Oct. 12) until he flies to SE Asia to travel for a few months.

Thank you for standing behind us with your prayers, financial support, and encouragement. Please let us know how we can pray for you as well.

*SIL, Wycliffe's closest partner, serves language communities worldwide, building their capacity for sustainable language development by means of research, translation, training and material development.


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