Thursday, October 25, 2018

October 2018

Summer has come and gone and with it the heat and humidity!  We are very much looking forward to cooler weather, (temperatures in the 70's instead of the 90's) and the holidays!! Another "Florida fun fact", knowing that the hurricane season will have passed by the end of next month :).  On that note, THANK YOU for those of you who got in touch to be certain we were not impacted in any way by hurricane Michael.  We have been protected once again this year and only experienced wind and rain-usual weather for Florida. PLEASE continue to pray for the folks in the "panhandle" or northwest section of Florida; they were hit hard and it will take years to recover from the devastation of such a storm!

Over the last months, we have celebrated our 33rd anniversary, Kevin celebrated a birthday  - we won't mention his age - our organization sent out more workers, and we heard from the folks in Russia.

In June, we decided to head south and visit our oldest son and his fiancee for our anniversary. It's so nice to have both of our sons on the same coast, in the same state, and for us to be in the same country for a change! Soooo, whenever possible, we take advantage and spend time with our 'boys'. Over the course of a few days, we went to a Miami Marlin's baseball game, ate at a great Peruvian restaurant, hit some golf balls and took our first airboat ride. We both realized we have lived in Florida for over 35 years and never been on an airboat! It was very cool but very short so we have decided we'll have to do this again soon with all the 'kids' next time.

Marlin's game with Joshua and Jessica

First airboat ride - great fun!!
The only alligator we saw and it was just a baby.

A few moments earlier this tree was filled with these white birds
that originated from Africa - beautiful!

Apparently, meat on french fries is a Peruvian food thing - amazing!

Roasted kernels of corn... different but very good as well.

In July, we were able to be a part of a week-long orientation with our organization for six couples and some single folks preparing to head out to Asia.

Imagine…“Our people are not working with the persecuted church; they are planting the next persecuted church.” (Anonymous) 

Think about that for a moment… our folks are truly our heroes! They are engaging with people groups that are unreached, they have no church yet, which also means no Bibles or Christian literature in their language. Our workers are going into areas where they will most likely need to learn two languages before having the ability to speak into the lives of the people they've gone to reach. They will be there for 'the long haul'; most have committed from 10-20 years! PLEASE keep them in prayer as they leave the familiar for the unknown...all for His glory!
Praying for our workers as they prepare to GO!
August was Kevin's birthday as well as an amazing journey taken by the churches in Siberia. We'll share the birthday picture first...Kevin always complains that I, Laura, get to celebrate at least a month for my birthday. (That may be true) So this year, we made it last about two weeks:). I was able to surprise him by going to a Tampa Rays baseball game! (He's not the easiest guy to surprise!) We also had a chance to dine with friends and go to the beach with our granddaughter. (That's always a treat!) 

Although birthdays are always exciting for us, better news came from the churches we worked with in SIberia....Were you able to take time this year to refresh and relax? Was your pastor able to get away for a time of spiritual refreshment? How about last year? How about the year before?? We are so blessed to live in a society where this is such an important part of who we are. Even our pastors and their families take time at least once a year to ‘get away’ and ‘re-charge’ for the work that lies ahead. This is not always the case in remote areas or in countries where there are few believers to have such an opportunity; for some, it has been a decade! Matthew 28 11:28-30 in part states; 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” 

Why do we share this? Three Car/van loads from Siberia drove across Russia to another country (over 3,000 miles) to help with a conference that was held for pastors and their families. The pastors came from some very remote areas where there is little Christian presence! We can't share details but please know that these pastors and their families were refreshed, encouraged, prayed for, housed and fed for ten days. Our group from Siberia was a part of a larger group from other countries who came together to show the love of Jesus to fellow workers. Please continue to pray for those who serve in areas where it's extremely difficult to be followers of Christ.
Part of the group from Siberia.

Skits for the adults.

Teaching for the kids.
We've been so blessed this summer. THANK YOU to all who continue to lift us in prayer and for your continued financial support. Kevin's work in the main office of our organization has kept him quite busy. We are growing in numbers and eagerly watch as the Lord continues to bring young folks that encourage us with their willingness to leave their 'comfort zones' to GO. 

I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with Thanksgiving. Ps. 69:30

Serving together for the Gospel.

Kevin and Laura