The title of this post really has two meanings to us, the first being that just three weeks ago we embarked on the trip back home to Mexico after finishing our two month mini furlough in the states. However it also means that we are packing up our things, and beginning our journey to Las Moras which will be our permanent home for what we are hoping and praying will be a long time.
Let me just give you a quick update on the second half of our furlough time. During the month of September we spent about three weeks in Waukesha, WI and the Milwaukee area. This was our time with Pete’s family, and we made some great new memories including being treated to a 4 day get-away to Door County!
Also, with September came some INCREDIBLE answers to prayer as God provided the $7,000.00 we needed for the initial payment to purchase our house out in Las Moras!
He has also brought in money so that we can begin to buy materials to finish our home! We have been completely overwhelmed and amazed at His goodness and His faithfulness. Not only did He provide financially for us, but also He gave us time with so many of you and we were refreshed and renewed by the time we shared. There are not enough ways to say thank you for the way you have personally lifted our spirits and been living tokens of God’s love. To see all of you excited about the Nahuatl of Las Moras hearing the gospel truly touched us and challenged us in ways you will never know, so thank you!
As September came to a close we began our trek back to Mexico from Wisconsin. This trip included three nights spent with dear friends in both St. Louis, and Oklahoma, and a few hours with Pete’s Cherokee language helper that he worked with back in the fall of 2009 when finishing up the linguistics program. We also stopped in the middle at the Missionary Training Center for New Tribes Mission. Pete had the privilege of sharing during the chapel time, and we talked at a few student small groups as well. It was incredible to be able to challenge the students sitting in the very chairs where we were just 2.5 years ago.
Now back in Mexico we have been packing and saying goodbye to friends we have made here in Chihuahua before we begin our trip south to the state of Durango to begin working among the Nahuatl in the village of Las Moras. Tomorrow, Monday we will be packing both our truck and our co-worker’s truck with all of our belongings and making the 7 hour drive to the city of Durango. There we will meet and do some planning with our co-workers, Tom & Teresa Elkins, Rachel, and Katie and begin our move into Las Moras.
This new life change is incredibly exciting for us, and without a doubt we know God is placing us there at just His right timing and all we want is to become vessels in His hands.
Thank you for praying for us and supporting us, we would not be here without your encouragement, it is amazing to know that you are all on your knees for the Lord to work in the hearts of the Nahuatl. We have a confident hope and peace that His work will be done. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Please check out the “Pray” page on the blog for updated prayer requests! Also, we have some exciting news regarding how you can be apart of bringing clean water to the village of Las Moras. Check out this post for more details. http://www.ntm.org/wp/rachel_chapman/