Live with Abandon
Last Sunday, Sarah went along with some teammates to celebrate the dedication of the book of Luke and the Jesus Film in the Zaramo language. The above pictures are from that celebration. Please join us praying that the Spirit, through His Word, may speak to this people group in a way that has never been possible before.
First Few Weeks of School
This year, Sarah has become Ms. Sarah to a handful of preschool students for the 2019-2020 school year. She is really in her element with these littles ones. Nonetheless, there is a bit of juggling that goes on to make all this possible as currently our team is short a MK teacher for the school year. On Mondays, Sarah spends her day teaching Jonathan, then on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Jonathan joins with his friend at their house as his friend’s mom oversees the first part of his day. This, in turn, allows Sarah to teach the preschoolers. On Fridays, Sarah and Jonathan complete the rest of his school week together. So far, with this arrangement, everything has been going smooth. We are blessed to have another teacher this year who has been helping with the 1st and 2nd graders. Please be praying that God will send two additional teachers to the field as our team continues to grow.
Our Bi-annual Branch Meeting/Spiritual Retreat
Twice a year our team comes together to share, encourage, and make decisions affecting the coming year. During our fall branch meetings we try to combine that time with a spiritual retreat. This fall we had a group from Compass Christian Church in Dallas, TX come and lead us in a spiritual retreat and love on our children during our meeting times. The left picture [above] is from the this past meeting when our children sang, “Raise a Hallelujah.” The right photo is Jonathan putting together a terrarium that the church team graciously brought for each child.
It is with much anticipation and joy that Rich’s brother’s family has welcomed their first child, Dominic. We are so thankful to be an Uncle and Aunt to another little one but we grieve as we miss those first precious months and years. The other picture is of Sarah’s paternal grandparents. Currently, her grandma’s health is failing. It is really difficult not to be there with family during this time of grief and deep sadness. Please pray for Rich’s brother and wife and they adjust to being first-time parents and for Sarah’s grandma who is in the hospital.
A Surprising Rainy Season
During our branch meeting, we experienced a torrential raining for several days in a row. However, because our regular rainy season in March was very little, this was a very pleasant surprise! It really cooled things down during this hotter season and has helped those who depend on producing food for a living. Unfortunately, as seen above, the rains also chase all the creepy crawlers from their hiding holes into our yard, home and even washing machines!