Saturday, November 16, 2013

Odds and Ends: Wrapping It Up

Hello, friends! This is a quick post to fill you in on some final bits of news and info before we wrap up our furlough and return to Honduras the first week of December.

BILD Conference
Fernando is back from the Midwest, where he attended the annual conference for BILD International, the theological training program being implemented in the Garifuna seminary. He had the opportunity to meet others from around the world involved in leadership training and church planting, as well as get a good feel for strategic ways to expand our work in Honduras. Thank you for praying for him, and we praise God for safe travels, good health, and a productive trip.

Immigration Process: Complete!
We also praise God that Fernando has completed all necessary requirements for being able to be in Honduras or the U.S. at any point in the future. This is a big answer to prayer! Our heart's desire is to serve in Honduras indefinitely, but we are so glad we can travel to the U.S. as a family whenever needed for future ministry and personal visits. Thank you for supporting us in prayer during this process!

Speaking Engagements
This past week we shared with a small group and with almost 100 fifth graders at a Christian elementary school. Since God called me (Alison) to missions at a young age, it is always a gift for me to share with children and youth about God's heart for the nations and how we can serve Him in different ways wherever He calls us. We have two more speaking commitments: tomorrow morning we will share at a church and then on Thursday with a small group. Please continue to pray that God will speak through us and lead people to join with us in serving the Garifuna church in Honduras.

Partnership and Provision
We praise God for the many people who pray for us and for our Garifuna brothers and sisters. We are continually reminded of how God has raised up a faithful team standing with us in prayer. The past few months we have had the opportunity to share more in-depth and meet more people who will be praying. We also are grateful for more monthly supporters and for gifts for special projects. For more details, feel free to email me. Thank you to each of you for being part of this answer to prayer, which will help us so much as we serve in Honduras.

Family, Suitcases, and Good-Byes
We are looking forward to spending time with my family, including my brother, who will come for Thanksgiving. Then we will finish packing and head back to our home in Honduras. If you think of it, pray for each detail to come together and for God to prepare our hearts for the transition.

Here are two pictures from a baby shower our church small group held for us. A big thanks to them for "adopting" us as missionaries, praying for us, making us feel welcome, and "showering" us as parents-to-be!

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