Not sure why I have been so stumped to think of the best word to call these monthly updates. It probably was the hardest part of writing this post.
Update: too predictable.
News: too bland.
Royer Review: what we would have called it 15 years ago.
Rundown: has some other connotations to it.
So, we decided to call it something different every time. This month, it’s the What What.
I guess the first What is that we are continuing to prepare for our move to Brazil. It’s a busy season for us as nothing has really stopped – we’re still working, raising kids, coaching soccer, gardening, cooking, cleaning (somewhat), hosting, living. Meanwhile, we added a whole other dimension that requires wading through paperwork, learning portuguese, figuring out homeschooling, sorting through what to store or sell, and gathering addresses for dear ones from different walks of life. (BTW, If you would like to receive our vision letter, we may need your address. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get one to you.)
Some big Whats!!
– We received our boys’ Brazilian passports in the mail.
– We booked our flights to Florida for NTM Orientation/Training in June.
– We are humbled and honored by the support of others.
– We already are receiving 30% of our monthly support needed for us to work in Brazil!
– We are so very thankful for our excitement for the future. As we think of the dangers and difficulties and adjustments ahead, I am reminded “She can laugh at the days to come.” (Proverbs 31.25b) Praise God! This is His work in my heart!
Some prayer Whats:
– Wisdom in ordering our days.
– God would build the team He has for us – pray-ers, supporters, co-laborers.
– Our boys – as all they are “leaving” becomes more real to them, that God would give them with an understanding of all we “gain” in following Jesus.
– Journeying through all of this with surrendered hearts and open hands.
How can we begin to thank you for your interest in our family? We so deeply appreciate your care, thankful we are not alone. But this is so much bigger than us! Since the very beginning, God has been all about shining His light into the dark corners of this world. He was the light and shared His light with His people. Then Jesus, the Light of the World came to us. And to those who follow Him, He has given the light that leads to life. We are thrilled to be a part of sharing His light with the people in Brazil who live in spiritual darkness, who have no access to the Good News of Jesus. Because we believe this is God’s heart.
Genesis 1.3: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
2 Samuel 22.29: You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
Psalm 27.1: The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
Psalm 104.2: The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment.
Matthew 5.16: In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
John 8.12: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
2 Corinthians 4.6: For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
1 Peter 2.9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
I have made you a light..to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.
(Image taken from The Dark, by Lemony Snicket)
Shine on, dear friends!