Hello everyone…. we thought it was time to write an update on what we are doing and also what we are planning on doing. So that is what I am going to do.
One of the main reasons we returned to the states was to work on finding a medication that would do a better job of controlling our daughter Sophia’s seizures. We had done a lot of reading and searching regarding a medication called Cannabis (CBD). It was a long process to get her approved. We also knew we would have to live in one of the states where it was legal. We chose Minnesota. It is where she was born. It is where all of her doctors are located. It is only two hours away from our family and Tyler found a Bible School he wanted to attend. Just three days ago we were able to begin giving her the medication. It seemed to work almost instantaneously. The first night she took it, she did not have any seizures, when she normally has been having 3-4 big ones every night. We are very hopeful that this will work in significantly reducing her seizures, if not stop them altogether. We are super excited about this, it will be such an answer to prayers.
Tyler has been attending the Bethlehem College and Seminary as a part of their Degree Completion Program. He has a quite a bit of homework and tons of reading but I don’t feel sorry for him because he loves every minute of it. If you asked me what Tyler's favorite thing to do was, I would say studying the Bible. He was so excited about his Old Testament Survey class that when it was offered at church, I decided to take it. It is free of charge to the wives of students so how could I pass that up.
Another ministry we have gotten involved with is called SALT (Somali Adult Literacy Training). We each volunteer about four hours per week teaching them how to read, write, and speak English as a second language. Tyler has begun a friendship with a man named Mumin. He is actually from Uzbekistan. He is a Muslim. He speaks Uzbek, Russian, and a little English. Every Tuesday after class Tyler goes to his house for coffee and talks about God. Last week they watched The Jesus Movie together in Russian.
Kennedy moved to the cities with us. She has a job working at a big department store called Macy’s. She likes her job and is looking to attend a technical college in 2016. Her hope is to get certified as an interpreter. She has been a real blessing to have around and she helps out tremendously with Sophia and Kiki, our super spunky and beautiful granddaughter. Yeah, it has been awesome, Kiki has come and stayed with us quite a bit, we have really enjoyed it. She falls asleep in my arms every night she stays here.
Nevaeh has been doing well with her homeschooling. She loves to work out, go to the library, and go swimming and biking with us. She has also enjoyed her time at Bethlehem’s Children’s Ministry twice a week. Tyler works on her fighter verses every week and makes sure she has them memorized. From December to January Tyler will have five weeks of school off and we intend to use this break to go to Guatemala for language school. We also intend to go back to language school in May and again in August. Tyler will be done with school at the end of November 2016. Lord willing, at that time we want to move back to Guatemala for good. It is our plan to possibly start a language school in Comitancillo. Whereby we could would offer English classes to people who want to learn English as well as teach Spanish to those from other countries who want to come learn Spanish. We are contemplating having a Bible based curriculum. We would hire people to teach the Spanish and maybe eventually hire some English teachers (besides us). First, we hope this might be able to bring some jobs to the area and maybe even give people a way to better themselves and their family. Second, this is something we really enjoy. Third, we believe it would be a bridge to reach people and build people up in the gospel, locals and outsiders alike. It would be unique, as it would be in a rural indigenous area, whereas most language schools are in the cities. It would teach conversational speech as well as theological ideas. What would be most amazing is if it were to become a place to train future missionaries, a place training Guatemalans to go out into the world, as well as people from around the world coming to learn language to go into the world. All of God people going into all the world fulfilling all that He has commanded. (Gen.1:28, Matt. 28:19-20) Though it is not our goal to build something big, it is just our goal to know and be faithful to Jesus, but I do hear it is good to dream.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and financial support. Looking forward to spending an eternity with you all... Becky
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38)