As we wait for the return of Jesus and the arrival of our new baby; Craig and I have been thinking about our last phase of preparations to leave for Papua New Guinea in January 2017. We call it Partnership Development.
Over the next months we will share the vision of the ministry and opportunities to be involved with our close friends and acquaintances. This will be done in small groups and with individuals, inviting them to be a part of the team that reaches a group of people who have no access to the Gospel!
What we’re doing now:
We feel like life is on hold while we wait for baby #3 to arrive but really we are still quite busy with Ashea and Solomon and getting things lined up to begin partnership development in earnest.
Craig is reading, organizing, going over budgets, writing emails and more to determine just what we need to do this year to be ready to move to PNG. He has also gone on some easy snowy mountain hikes with Ashea and some more challenging ones with other men. These hikes offer a great setting for openness, encouragement and discipleship. (Click HERE to see a video from the last hike)
I have been mostly preparing for new baby, watching the kids and getting settled in at my parent’s house. Craig has been wonderful allowing me to get the extra rest I need during the end of this pregnancy. Thankfully a bad cough and a hurt rib have finally gotten better! I look forward to coordinating and planning to host the small group meetings and aid in one-on-one meetings (after adjusting to the newborn :) ). Hopefully the “zombie” stage newborns gift their parents with will be shortened with all the wonderful help for my parents and siblings nearby. All the aunties are so excited to help out with the kids once the newborn arrives.
Ashea is learning and growing so much. Craig takes her on Daddy Daughter dates in town. She gets all bundled up and they walk down main street, he takes her out to lunch or they stop to visit people they know who work in town. She even appeared on the WCAX evening news with her daddy on their most recent visit to the local library! (Click HERE to see the story)
Solomon is officially WALKING!!!! Hooray!!! He is a bundle of joy to watch as he toddles to and from the piano bench to the couch across the living room.
He had his first experience playing out in the snow with his daddy, sister and Grandpa Scott. At first he just sat in the snow eating fistfuls of it. So precious! He eventually sat and intently watched Grandpa and Ashea play in the snow!
We all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with BOTH sides of the family! Craig’s family came up to Vermont for Christmas and celebrated the life of our dear friend, Lynn Gordon, who saw Jesus for the first time on November 6th. Praise Jesus she is free from her long battle with Lupus!
Please pray for a safe delivery; Sara’s due date was the 11th.
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