...and The Summer Never Ends
A lot has happened since you've heard from us, and for that I apologize. This will be a attempt to put it all in a nutshell.
Christmas was a bit strange so far from all people and things familiar. We learned that the idea of baking and hot beverages are not quite as appealing when you have sweat running down your back. It was very touching to receive so many cards and care packages...we felt very loved!
Two days after Christmas...we moved! Our new place is much closer to the kids' school and out from the city...truly a Godsend, and we are so thankful. We are able to close the bedrooms and sleep in air conditioning, but the rest of the house is very open. This is great for breezes, but please pray against mosquitos.
For half of January, we were without our car. This was quite challenging, especially in the rain, but we were able to make two motorbikes work! We came away from the experience very thankful, and feeling more Indonesian (most Indonesian families primarily use motorbikes...many do not have the option of using a car).
Silas just celebrated his ninth birthday! All of the children are doing great and making lots of friends. The photo above is of Biggi and her friend, Tatiana, at a birthday party. It is sometimes difficult to realize that many of their friends are not believers. Please pray for their friendships and that The Lord will use them for His good purpose.
Our family is still on a forming (not yet complete) team, and are getting a lot closer to realizing our practical purpose here. Perhaps next month I will be able to tell you more about it! Right now, our primary focus is still on language learning. It is a bit challenging, and we will have a second year of language classes in our future. Please pray for grace in understanding Indonesian grammar!
I am finding comfort lately in these words from the Apostle Paul:
Romans 8: 38 & 39:
"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
I will leave these with you in closing. Thank you so much for your continued patience and prayers. We love you and miss you!
Luke, Julie, Norine, Silas, Biggi, & Lucy