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Church Planting among the Nahuatl


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A Move & A Marathon

Hi everyone!  My goodness, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted! I hate when I procrastinate this long because then there is so much to post about and I honestly don’t know where to begin or end.

May was a super busy month for us, you will get to read more about that in our prayer letter that comes out next week! We finished up our missions training, said goodbye to friends who had become family, packed up all of our belongings, and headed into the next phase of life in preparation for missionary service in Mexico.

We arrived back in Baraboo, Wisconsin late Friday night, May 22nd. Baraboo will be the place we call home for the next 6 months or there about. We are excited to be here and visit with many friends, family, and prayer and financial partners while we are here. You all have encouraged us so much throughout our training journey, and we hope to encourage you this summer and fall in sharing how God has answered prayer and continues to lead us into missionary work.

First things first, we had to get our small studio apartment ready for us to move in. There were a few last minute painting projects, a little carpet laying, and alot of cleaning! Saturday we spent most of the day working like crazy on it, and got alot done. Thanks to our friend Ryan for helping bring up all the heavy furniture and other boxes, it would have take us forever without you. We were both exhausted, but had to get to bed early anyways because I was running in my half marathon in Madison on Sunday morning and the race start was at 7am!

Unpacking the kitchen

Unpacking the kitchen

View of the kitchen from the bathroom door way...through the other door way is our bedroom/living room area

View of the kitchen from the bathroom door way...through the other door way is our bedroom/living room area

Another view of the kitchen leading into the bedroom/living room

Another view of the kitchen leading into the bedroom/living room

The unpacking continues...and we have a fabulous view of the river out our patio window

The unpacking continues...and we have a fabulous view of the river out our patio window

Our relaxing space

Our relaxing space

So Sunday morning came…early, 4:30am is when I rolled out of bed. I headed right upstairs (we slept at my parents last night, not everything was unpacked in our place) and I made some coffee. Got dressed for the race, made some pre-race food and Pete, Mom, Dad, and I piled into the car to head to Madison for the marathon, half, and quarter races. I have been training for this half marathon for 10 weeks, and things have been great! So I was really looking forward to the morning. The family dropped me off at the start and headed to Starbucks for coffee, and the boys napped in the car while Mom read…and I was running. 🙂

My goal was to finish the 13.1 miles in 1hr. 55min, which would be a 4 minute improvement on my last half marathon time. Another goal was for me to start out slow, pacing myself for the first couple of miles because I always go out too fast in a race, I think it’s too much adrenaline and all the other racers passing me, but I vowed I would not do that this time. I held a good 8:30min/mile pace for the first 3 miles and felt great so I began to push my pace a bit. By about mile 6 I passed the pace team that was scheduled to finish the race in 1hr. 50min. and I managed to stay ahead of them pushing through each mile to finish the half marathon in 1hr. 49min. 32sec!! I was so happy with my time! In fact, I came in so fast that Pete and my parents were not even ready with the cameras and missed a shot of me finishing!! Oh well, we got some other good shots after I recovered with a water and some pretzels. This was the best I have felt during or after a race, I must be improving, which makes all the hard work and effort worth it.

Right after the race

Right after the race

I may have had a bit of a runners high...

I may have had a bit of a runners high...

I insisted on taking a handstand picture in the parking lot...gymnast at heart

I insisted on taking a handstand picture in the parking lot...gymnast at heart

After the race, Dad treated us to brunch at the Blue Spoon in Middleton. The food was fabulous, and the company even better, I love being with family and have missed them so much! I feasted on a spicy egg scramble with black beans, tons of veggies and chipotle cheddar cheese! Fruit and wheat toast rounded out the meal, yummy!! We then went across the street to the gardening place and picked out some herbs, I love fresh herbs for cooking and thanks to Mom now I have my own!! YAH!

When we got home, I wanted to take a nap, but instead we came over to the apartment and worked some more…I was exhausted by 6:00pm…and wanted to fall over. Great day though! However, next Sunday I am really looking forward to being back at Walnut Hill Bible Church and seeing our wonderful church family.

This week has been filled with unpacking, settling in, planning our summer calendar, and even babysitting.

My nephew Paxton that spent the day at our place yesterday

My nephew Paxton that spent the day at our place yesterday

It’s been a busy one, but has also been an opportunity for God to teach me some serious things about redeeming the time. I don’t know how many more days I have on this earth to serve Him, or how many more opportunities I will have to tell someone about God’s saving grace for them, I cannot and will not waste a moment! Each moment is a precious gift and God wants to use me to glorify Himself through my life, and He gives me His Holy Spirit to guide me in that. It is not by my own strength, but through Him that I am anything of worth, and I am daily in awe of His love for me.

So I’m off, not to waste another moment, but to allow the Lord to work in me His mighty, awesome, and incredible will. Another update to come again…much sooner than this one!


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First of all, I have not blogged in forever over two weeks! I cannot believe it, and frankly I’m a little disappointed in myself. I have been busy, but the Lord has really been teaching me so much through His Word and life that I do not know how I have not had time to share  it with you all. Not to mention just what Pete and I have been doing just these last few weeks.

Where to begin…well Sunday, April 19th we were able to host a Mexico Night get-together for some friends from Lake Family Church. (the church we attend here in Missouri) Pete presented a short power point presentation sharing about our lives, God leading us into missions, and about the tribal works in Mexico. We also talked about what we prayerfully believe to be God’s vision for the tribal people of Mexico. Question and answer time was last on the agenda for the evening, the coffee was hot, and homemade pico de galo and Tres Leches (3 milks)  cake were on the menu.  Overall it was a great time of fellowship and encouragement.

We have been keeping busy with life…Pete with his Linguistics homework and classes, and me with keeping the home, church obligations, letter writing, cooking experiments, laundry, preparing for our move back to WI, and planning out our calendar for the summer. Also, we celebrate my (Liesl) birthday this past weekend. I received some birthday money in the mail and was able to purchase a much needed new pair of running shoes!! God always provides! God is our rock and we are encouraged as He leads us day in and day out. Thank you for your prayers for us, they truly help us remember to keep our focus on Him.

So…what I’ve been learning. I don’t know where to start. God has been so good, so faithful in showing me that He loves me through what He teaches me and allows me to experience.

I think I mentioned a few posts back that I was doing a once a week study on prayer. Usually I spend time on Thursday mornings reading through some verses and a chapter in my study book, and going before the Lord to allow His Spirit to teach me throughout the week, in practical ways what  I have studied that morning. Well…it’s only Friday and wowzers, He’s already taking me through the ringer! But I love it!

My prayer study this week was about God’s silence when we pray. Reading through the Psalms we see David crying out to God, and often God is silent. Even in Job, as he was going through extreme trials in his life he was turning to God and asking why and for awhile there was no clear answer from God. I don’t know if you can relate to this, but I sure can. What I have realized in my life is that often I go to prayer with expectations, hoping God is going to answer in a way that I think would be according to His will. Wow, how could I think that I would even begin to fathom what His will might be for a certain situation, He is God after all.

However, a cool thing that I am learning is that, God wants us to know His will. He wants to be actively involved in our lives and wants us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that our desires begin to fall in line with His will. As you read on in the book of Job he never ceases to call out to God, but as the chapters progress you see Job’s understanding of God, and his relationship with God grow deeper. It seems like Job is really beginning to know God-His character and His power even in the midst of intense hardship. His relationship with the Almighty becomes reality, and he gains a new humility and respect for God and His timing and purpose in Job’s life.

What has this meant for me? It has reminded me that even in times of silence the Lord is faithful. He never changes, and His relationship with and view of us never changes. He continues to see me as His precious child, even though He may want to use His silence to teach me something greater about Himself.

Lately I have been concentrating a little more on my prayer life. Mostly because prayer intrigues me and God says in His Word that He wants our prayers and desires us to come to Him. My prayers as of late have been of thanksgiving for what God has done for Pete and I, or of petition to God for family, friends, Pete, and our financial support situation. I pray for Mexico as a country and all that is going on there right now with health concerns and the violence, for the tribal people that we will one day  minister to and share truth with, for our future partners we will be working with one day in the tribe. Sometimes days go by where I’m curious if God heard me…our financial situation stays the same, the death toll rises in Mexico due to the Swine Flu, and Pete gets more burnt out over homework. The truth is, am I looking for the “more” that God may want to teach me through this? Am I trusting Him wholly?

Those are some things to start thinking about…and I know this post is long, but thanks for reading. God is glorious, and faithful, and worthy of praise. I have more to share on the concept of trusting God, and what it means to me, and how I know and experience that I am fully trusting Him, but I’m saving those thoughts for another post, hopefully this weekend.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Oswald Chambers about God’s silence in prayer: “It will be a wonderful moment when we stand before God and find that the prayers we clamored for way back and imagined were never answered, have been answered in the most amazing way, and that God’s silence has been the sign of the answer.”

Have a fabulous weekend, we love you all, and cannot wait to see many of you very soon!!