Monday, May 31, 2010
Thats what my husband has inherited as a 6th grade level teacher. Every year the 6th grade class puts on a play and the teachers and students are all expected without question to participate in it. Though its an added stressor to their already crazy end of the school year expectation I know Mr. Tuten has enjoyed working with this group of students. The play has a spiritual undertone and lesson for the audience to ponder. This year it is called "Pirates of the I don't Carribean". This weekend they have an overnight trip for the whole class.
After much prayer and thought we decided to keep Ethan back in Kindergarten. So he won't be graduating with his class. We greatly appreciate your prayers for our eldest as he has had a rough year. On Friday we sat down in a meeting with his teachers, speech therapist, educational therapist and director to hear their feedback on his progress and areas that still need work. It was overall an encouraging meeting but at the end we all concurred that the best thing for Ethan is for him to stay back in Kinder. Please continue to lift us up so that we will have wisdom and discernment into his little heart and mind. As a counselor and Ben as a teacher it is sometimes so frustrating for us that we can't help him and make it all better. Since most of his problems lie within the emotional and academic realm. But I know the Lord has a plan for his little life and that the Lord will guide us as we raise this precious little one He has given us.
This school maybe the only place these kids get a hot meal. We were able to partner with this school and get a bible club going. We had about 6 highschool kids come out on Wed. throughout the school year and lead the club. The picture in the middle is only part of the group. They were so sweet to prepare for us a little gift as a thank you for our group. The last picture is the neighborhood they live in. We thank the Lord for all of these smiling faces, their hugs, and desire to learn.
Friday, May 14, 2010
And only God knows how many faithful and sacrificial prayer warriors we have out there lifting us up to our Lord on a regular basis. We are blessed by you all!
If you have changed your address please let us know because we will be sending you an updated prayer picture card soon.
The picture over to the left is the largest waterfall in Ecuador that we recently got to visit. Its power and beauty reminds me of our Lord!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Bad news: We are not heading to the states for our furlough.
Unfortunately, I suffer from months and months of nausea and vomiting which make me feel weak and exhausted all the time. To be exact 6-7 months. This being the main reason why I don't think I can handle traveling for 2-3 weeks of non stop traveling will be possible for me.
This was a very hard decision to make because we were excited at the thought of seeing all of your lovely faces and spending sometime with you all. Lord willing we will try again next year.
Unfortunately, I can't share with you all the needs and the praises that happen in my ministry here as a counselor. I have realized that we live in a small world and random people have random connections here in Ecuador. So to keep everything confidential its better that I don't share anything. I do want you to know that the Lord has been doing some great things in our department and at the same time the enemy has also been doing his work of seeking to destroy. Pray for us! There are 4 counselors and only one of them is full time. Usually mid spring problems rise to the surface so we have a lot more to deal with. On the other hand, around this time some students we have worked with all year show a lot of progress and freedom!! Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom and discernment. That we would be carriers of His Truth, His Love and His Grace.