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A Return

Well, for those of you who once regularly viewed this blog, you probably noticed something. It hasn’t been updated in a while. Hence, the title of this post: “A Return.” It’s a return to blogging, a return to sharing a glimpse of our lives with you. It also seems apt since, at this point, we’re nearing the end of our big return to the U.S. – an eight-month furlough/home-assignment/whatever-you-want-to-call-it.

US Arrival

All smiles arriving in the US!

Since this is the big return to the blog, though, we should probably get you up to speed on a few things. First, we stopped blogging last March because that was right around the time our satellite internet in the tribe failed on us. It took about three months, but we finally got it up and running in late June of last year. So that’s good.

Tom & Pete working on the dish

Satellite internet – when it works you love it; when it doesn’t…you don’t update your blog.

What’s interesting, is that we now aren’t even there. We returned to the States in September for the first long period of time since we left for Mexico in 2010. We’ve spent the past few months reconnecting with our sending churches, our supporters, and of course, our dear family and friends.

CHICAGO!

Having a blast while reconnecting with friends in Chicago!

It’s been a good, though busy, time. We’ve spoken at churches, small groups, youth groups, Sunday schools, you name it, and we’ve enjoyed sharing what God has been doing in our lives and in the village of Las Moras.

Preaching

Pete preaching at our sending church Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo, WI

We also had our first Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families in years. Some people asked why we came back for the coldest months – we reply, we came back for the best ones – holidays with family are hard to beat.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving with Muskies AND Hypkis!

Christmas

Christmas morning at the Hypkis!

The last big holiday we’ll be here for is Easter. Even though it seems like we haven’t been here that long, we’re already gearing up to return to Mexico in May. We’ll spend a couple weeks visiting friends and supporters out south and east, then return to Wisconsin for a couple weeks, and then begin the long trip back to Las Moras.

Our friends Matt and Chris helped get our truck ready to face the mountain roads again

Our friends Matt and Chris helped get our truck ready to face the mountain roads again

By mid-June, we hope to be back in the village, working with the Nahuatl. Once there, we’ll begin preparing lessons in concert with our coworkers who are preparing the Bible translation and literacy lessons so that we can begin teaching the Word of God for the first time in the Nahuatl language. That’s right folks, we are all done with language study – we tested out of it back in April of 2014, you know, when our satellite internet was down.

Pete & Ben checking one of the lessons

Pete & Ben checking one of the lessons

Liesl and Jan doing some comprehension checking

Liesl and Jan doing some comprehension checking

Our coworker Rachel checking translation with our consultants and a language helper

Our coworker Rachel checking translation with our consultants and a language helper

It will be an exciting, though busy, time in the tribe. Lots of work do, lots of adjustments, cleaning our house after a long break away, and oh, getting used to parenting out in the village. Yeah, we had a kid. His name is Kester Lewis, and he’s awesome. By the time we get to Mexico, he’ll be six-months already, and we’re looking forward to sharing life with him as we seek to serve God and bring hope to those living in Las Moras.

Brand new parents with a crying baby

Brand new parents with a crying baby

Liesl and Kester at Thanksgiving

Liesl and Kester at Thanksgiving

Our son showing some personality

Our son showing some personality

Almost 5 months!

Almost 5 months!

That was an incredibly brief summary of where we’ve been and what we’re up to. I’m sure I’ve left things out, and I’ll try to bring them up in future posts if need be, but at least you’re caught up enough now that we can begin posting and hopefully you’ll come along for the ride.

Our home awaits us in the village

Our home awaits us in the village

Salud!

The Three of Us

The Three of Us