The sun rose on us in El Paso, TX this morning, another reminder of God’s mercies new every morning and His faithfulness that is never-ending for us, His children.
I’ve been reading through Psalms this month, a book I haven’t read in awhile, and the Lord has encouraged me so much through it. This week has brought alot of changes, a bit of a displaced feeling as we travel, but yet a complete peace that we are exactly where the Lord wants us right now.
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.” Ps. 37:23,24
We have truly felt the Lord’s delight as we are learning what it means to trust that He has established our steps, and He may allow us to fall, but He holds us in His hand, nothing is out of His desire for us, and His longing to have relationship with us.
Wisconsin disappeared into the distance as we left the familiar, our friends, family and churches last Thursday and embarked on the first leg of our journey south to Mexico. Our Muscanero family goodbyes were said Wednesday night as we all spent time together over some delicious Italian food. Thank you, Mom & Dad Muskie for a yummy dinner and Jay & Lins, Mike & Tessa and all our awesome nephews and niece for coming to say goodbye. We love you all and will miss you very much!
Our first day, on the road, we drove 9.5 hours to Camdenton, MO and were warmly welcomed by our friends Grant & Alana Mayer at the Missionary Training Center there. It was so excited to have the opportunity to spend some time with them since it had been about 6 months since we had last seen them. Also, while we were at the MTC we were able to spend some time with Matt & Starr Arnold, a couple who are serving (currently on furlough) in a tribal work in Mexico, and Jonathan & Rachel Wilcock, the tribal coordinator for the field of Mexico. We were not expecting this so it was a very welcome surprise to have a lunch and dinner with both couples.
Next stop, Oklahoma City, where we stayed with friends Travis & Audra King. Travis it was great to meet you, and we loved spending time talking with you both. Thanks for opening your home to us! Monday night we also had dinner with Luke & Karen, Robert & Paula, some of Liesl’s friends from her time working for the IBLP ministry. It was great to see everyone, thank you for all of your prayers for us and your interest in Mexico. It was great to catch up on your lives as well.
We left OKC bright and early Tuesday morning for our 11 hour drive to El Paso! The trip was uneventful, even though we did have a bit of snow and ice to drive through in northern Texas. A definite surprise, but we made it.
Once we dropped south on I20 and then down to I10 the sun came out and it was blue and sky and gorgeous for the rest of the drive.
We arrived in El Paso around 7:45 pm and the city was beautiful, all the lights at the base of the moutains shone brightly. We couldn’t really get a great picture from in the car, but here is a little glimpse.
We are now at the New Tribes guest facility in El Paso, getting some projects done today so we are ready for border crossing. We will meet with our National Culture and Language course advisors tomorrow for an orientation time and then head for Mexico!
Thank you for all of your prayers and support on this journey so far, we are incredibly excited for what the future holds and can only pray that the Lord will continue to mold us into what He wants us to be as we learn to depend on Him for all things.
Check back for another update as we move into our new home in the next couple of days!!