Yes, I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here. My apologies. I feel ashamed. But, rather than give a bunch of excuses and do a lot of groveling, let’s just get caught up.
Since I last posted, we’ve moved into a new house with another family (Stephen and Ayala’s family), had another baby boy, Journey Edan, hosted a few visitors from Rose Creek Village, and have been devoting a lot of time to fellowship with the church here.
The house is great. It’s got plenty of room for us without being extravagant, a large living room and dining room which make it perfect for having a bunch of folks over for meetings and get-togethers, a big backyard for the kids to romp in, complete with a trampoline and large above-ground pool which the previous tenants decided to leave for us.
God’s been providing for us wonderfully; work is going more than well. I’m facing a new problem; how to schedule out everything I need to do, as well as which jobs to take.
Living with Stephen and Ayala has been a treat. We’ve had some rubs, but get them worked out quickly and stay clear with each other. Mostly, we operate like one big family.
Journey Edan was born on March 1st at home. The birth was amazing. It went really fast once things picked up–the baby was born just 50 minutes after the midwives arrived–but we never felt rushed or stressed. There was a constant feeling of calm which was wonderful. Kaleem and Marlene, the midwives, are some of the most loving and serving women we’ve met, and they took very good care of us, even in the few weeks following the birth.
Noah and Haviylah arrived to visit a couple weeks ago, and stayed for a week. They are headed to Nakuru, Kenya for six months to be with the church there, so it was really great to get to be with them. God really spoke through them, too, and they spent a good deal of time encouraging the church here. There’s been some good fruit from the trip–seems like some things were just at the tipping point, and they ‘tipped’ during the time they were here. God’s been really pouring out His Spirit on us then and since, and the love and fellowship we’ve been experiencing is incredible. It seems that a dam has burst sometimes.
Mercy, Ari and Aya’s mom, arrived to visit just a few days after Noah and Haviy did, and is still with us. She’s been a huge blessing and help.
Rick and Katie are in the process of closing on a house which is within walking distance of us. They’re encountering some technicalities which are being difficult and discouraging, so please be praying for them. We know that God wants us to be close together, and it seems that this is the house He’s providing; He’s just going to have to make it work.
We had an amazing “love feast” together during the time Noah and Haviylah were with us. The church gathered here at our house, and we broke bread together, worshipped God, and gave each other gifts and blessings. God’s presence was very strong there, and it was so awesome to watch Him go around the room and speak through just about everybody there, touching each person with His love.
God’s opening doors for us around this area as well. We’ve been meeting some neat people who it seems God may be bringing us into fellowship with. We’ll give more details as things pan out.
This is an exciting time. God is on the move!