Well I know it has been way too long since my last post and I know there are no excuses for that, but the last few months have been a blur. I don't even know where to begin. Since getting back home in September the enemy has came at us with everything. We have struggled with so much but it always seemed to be the little things. Like, lack of sleep, strange smells in the house, nightmares, waking up with a figure in your room, or the feeling of a rope around your neck. It seemed that the harder we prayed and the more we read and studied the word of God the tougher it got.
The kids both got settled in to their classes and were doing well. Then Megan felt like she needed to be at Evangel, so Susan and Megan began the process of all the paper work to get the transfer done. Now she is an offical student at Evangel University with her brother, Ethan. We are so excited about them being together at the same school.
Over Thanksgiving we had a Latin American Carribian Missionary retreat in Mexico. While we were there we recived the news that my stepfather passed away suddenly. Needless to say, we were devistated. So Susan and I changed our flights to immediatly return to the states to be with my mom and our family. We were so glad that we could be there with my mom during this very difficult time. However, we knew the time would come when we would have to leave and return to our home here in Ecuador. Susan and I returned home last Sunday to get ready for our big Christmas outreach for one of our Quichua communities that we are working in. Then our kids had already planned on coming home for Christmas and they arrived on the 22nd. The last two nights we have been putting together food baskets. The pastor of the church is so excited. She has told us that she has dreamed of this day coming but it has been many years in the making. She said this will be the best Christmas ever. If you remember last Febuary in this community the chief/president would not let us announce our medical team coming to the area. So he himself climbed the tower and removed the public speakers to prevent any announcement. Well, tonight he announced the outreach himself and asked that the community come to church tomorrow and recieve a special gift.
It is amazing what God is doing. Sure we struggle everyday, but it is worth it. He is worth it. This is what Christmas is all about. Keep us in your prayers. We appreciate each and everyone of you. None of this would be possible without your support.
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