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Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Happy New Year!
We pray that this newsletter finds you all eagerly anticipating the new year and considering the past with joy. If you would like to see the pictures normally included in our newsletters or get our newsletter regularly in your email inbox, let us know and we will add you to our subscribers list.
The beginning of December was a rush to get all the kids 100% prepared for the program. We don't have many good pictures, but we hope to have some video up sometime in the next couple of months. One of the parents recorded for us and we are waiting to get it.
The Christmas Program was fantastic! All the kids preformed wonderfully and were full of joy! You could see on every face a sense of accomplishment and pride! The program began with Dan's guitar students, then the dancers, and last to go was my one ukulele student! The kids danced to a Jazzy version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen in Spanish. We finished up the program with a big finale number of dancers and then provided a meal for the folks that came to the show.
We had a visit from my dear friend Julee Ward this month as well. I always say missionary care is so important and friends from home are such a joy for us. Julee not only got to see us in action, teaching our classes; but we also got to play tourist for a few days! It was like a vacation for me too! Amy's son, (my other dear friend), Torin stopped by for a visit on his way to southern Mexico. I have known Torin his whole life and he was another welcome friend from home. He and Dan both love to play guitar so they jammed a few times and both had a blast.
The day after Recital we were out early to go apply for our three year temporary visa. It took most of the day running around Ensenada, and waiting in lines; but we got all the paperwork in........ Until we got an e-mail telling us that they needed another paper. That is how we spent the morning of new year's eve: in Ensenada, turning in what they assure us is "the last of the paperwork." If all goes well, we will have three years before we have to do this again! We thank God for our dear friend Daniel who helped us out with the whole process. If it were not for him we would not be here legally.
The week before Christmas, I spent large chunks of time at the local orphanage wrapping Christmas gifts for 120 kids. The staff are super busy around Christmas time! I really enjoy wrapping so it was fun and I was glad to help. We also are catching up on tons of stuff. Costumes are put away, taxes are almost done, and a few blogs are in the shoot ready to be released! I spent three days after Christmas with stomach pains in bed, ugh! A few days before Christmas we had our pastor and his wife, as well as a pastor from Sinaloa with his wife and daughter at our home for dinner. We made elk stew and homemade bread! It was a big hit, and we had a very nice evening, well chatting in our broken Spanish. They are always so kind to Dan when he is in Sinaloa and we really wanted to return the kindness and try to get to know them better!
On Christmas day we went to the "Garden House" to visit both the boys home and the girls home (for children removed from sexual exploration) to celebrating Christmas. We made them a Christmas lunch of ham, potatoes, salad, rolls, cider and cupcakes. There are a lot of mouths to feed and normally we see them eating meals that are portioned out exactly for each of them. They are always feed well, and no one goes hungry, but eating a feast is a rare occurrence. It was super fun to plunk down a ton of food in front of the kids and see their eyes get huge, and watch them go back for seconds with smiles on their faces. We enjoyed spending Christmas with them and after we left we went to see a movie and have Chinese food (where I am sure I accidentally ate gluten and had a severe allergic reaction and thus the three day in bed). All in all it was a wonderful Christmas.
This week we finish up prep for our classes which start again. We pick up a young lady named Hailey at the end of the week. She is a dance teacher for a non-profit and is coming to learn about other ways to serve God with dance. She will help me out the first two weeks of classes. Morgan and her husband Taylor, (you might remember Dan officiated their wedding last May), good friends of ours, are coming for a short visit mid-month. Also, I finished the updates and changes to the web site and included our statement of faith. We have a few changes in our schedule this month but there are too many details to put on here.
PRAYER AND PRAISE
We have so much to be thankful for as the new year begins. Looking back over the last year we see the hand of God moving us in the direction He wants us to go. Not just in our ministry but in our daily lives to make us the people He wants us to be. There have been thousands of little things all though this year to show us the goodness and kindness of our Lord and Savior. This past month alone....... The show went well, our residency papers are in process, Archie again got many Christmas gifts even although we bought him only one, I was able to start some online classes on natural healing and Dan is one step away from playing music for a crowd. Archie got sick and as I keep saying it was a prayer fueled miracle that Dan and I never got it. I could just go on and on about all the things God has done for us and through us this year!
We would love prayer for the upcoming month as classes start back up and people come and go. Prayer that God would be able to reach the kids we teach and the people we come in contact with. We are counseling a few people and we would love prayer that God would speak through us and that we would be wise and helpful. I would love prayer for my health as it has been almost a week since I got sick and the road to recovery seems a bit longer then usual. Finally, we would like prayer that our Visas are accepted and that there are no snags in the process.
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