Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Keep Seeking the Things Above"

It is a true joy to be called a child of God, and a tremendous privilege to be able to serve Him.  I will never tire of saying that.  Despite our depravity, He loves us, and gives us the awesome responsibility of being a part of furthering His kingdom.  I am so thankful for that truth.

After a restful holiday season spent with dear families of our church, we are back in full swing of a busy schedule.  I have about fifteen hours of teaching English per week all around the city of Porto.  My students are made up of several members of our church, as well as those from the company that I teach for.  We praise the Lord for how He perfectly provides the work needed.  I also spend an hour and a half twice a week in Portuguese language class, taking the valuable information I've learned back to Caryne and the girls. Monday and Friday nights we are involved in church-based theological classes, where we learn and discuss together with several individuals and couples of the church.  Saturdays and Sundays typically consist of the girls being a part of the kids program, we have a time together with the youth of church, and our Sunday services.  Our prayer is that we will always follow the Lord's leading in our lives, and we are thankful for the opportunities in ministry He has given us.

Caryne is 21 weeks along, and she and the baby are doing well.  We are so thankful for our church family, who shower us with gifts and things we need as we get ready for this new life.  The girls are well, growing every day both spiritually and physically.  Caryne and I are so aware of the important responsibility and blessing we have in raising our children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord."  Each one brings joy to our hearts.

Things You Can Be In Prayer For:

 - Please continue to pray for this pregnancy.  Pray for strength and good health for both Caryne and the baby.
 - With our fourth child coming soon, we will need to purchase a larger vehicle to accommodate our growing family.  We are praying for approximately $8,000 for that need.
 - Please pray for our church.  There are several important changes being made in our effort to reach the city of Porto with the Gospel.  Please pray for wisdom and discernment in this important time.

Thank you so much for your invaluable partnership in this ministry!