Sunday, May 8, 2016

Arrival and Departure (June 17!)

For those of you who didn't already know, our son - Rafael Martim (Martin in English) Darling - was born April 14 at around 3am Portugal time!  Praise the Lord for his safe arrival, and for a complication-free labor and delivery.  Caryne and Rafa are doing great, Rafa is growing well, and as you can see, the girls are all in love with him!  They are all awesome helpers, and we are all overjoyed to have him here!

Proverbs 16:9 - "The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps."  This verse came to my mind as the Lord establishes the next steps for our family.  We had originally planned to head back to the States in August or September, but some "out-of-this-world" plane ticket prices showed up last week, and our timetable really accelerated!  We are flying back June 17!  Much has to be done in a short amount of time, so we covet your prayers as we work through everything for the big move!

Financial Transition
There are two financial aspects involved in this transition back to the States.  First, we thank you for your continued monthly support as I actively seek a full-time position in the Central Virginia area.  Praise the Lord He has provided part-time/temporary work for me in the next coming months, but we are grateful for your monthly giving as we transition to full-time vocational work.

Secondly, we are praying for specific transitional project funds as we are essentially starting all over again! We will be in need of funds for a family vehicle, and startup funds for things like furniture and everything that will be needed to get reestablished in the States.

Thank you in advance for prayerfully considering giving to these needs!

We are so grateful for each and every one of you, and we are looking forward to reconnecting with all of you!