Saturday, July 25, 2009

Terrific Tennessee

These beautiful flowers are just off the front porch of the Pott's home. Just beautiful and so relaxing.

We enjoyed seeing the Potts, Dan, Sara, and the boys, as well as Bob, Janelle, and Olivia for a couple of days. They surprised us with a going to Brazil-themed party complete with fantastic food as well as green, yellow, and blue decorations. We always enjoy playing with the kids and the park had lots of playground stuff. The time went by too fast!

We are going to try to contact the consulate in Brazil next week to check on our visa process. Some decisions must wait until we have the visas in hand. Thanks for praying for us.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My mountain named Brazil...

Jim recently preached from 2 Peter and I was thinking about 2 Peter 3:14. We are to be diligent, even facing the mountains in life, because we look for the return of the Lord.

So we are still putting one foot in front of the other as we pack and finish getting ready to move to Brazil. Please pray for our visas to be granted soon.

"Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless..." 2 Peter 3:14

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Moving, waiting, and packing

We have returned from our trip to Maryland and Virginia. Dan was officially ordained last Sunday, and our family was able to spend some wonderful time relaxing on the beach at Sandbridge, Virginia.

Last evening Jim reported to our home church. It was so good to talk with many and be encouraged in the Lord to move forward with our plans to go to Brazil in August.

We will go down to Bob and Janelle's tomorrow to help them move from their current apartment to a different apartment in a better location. It is an exciting time of change.

We are waiting to hear from the Brazilian Consulate that our visas are approved. When that happens we can buy plane tickets and pack our container to go to Brazil. It's a busy time.

We thank you for praying for us.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Big mission accomplished!

We got some more papers from Brazil yesterday.
We stayed up late to copy and organize all of the stacks of visa paperwork.
This morning we took another trip into Chicago to visit our friends at the consulate (who are now starting to remember us....)

And they took all of our papers today!

They said all papers were in order and can be processed to get our missionary visas.

This has been a big job and we had been warned by others that it is a picky and long process. So we will pray. We won't hear anything from them until the middle to end of next month.

Thanks for remembering to pray for us.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Travels continue

We will be traveling to Maryland for this coming Sunday. As always thanks for remembering us in your prayers.

Psalm 109:21 "But You, O GOD, the Lord,
deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake;
Because Your loving kindness is good"

Friday, May 22, 2009

The last few weeks have been busy....

Since I last updated I went to Dan and Sara's to watch the boys for a few days. Sara was able to travel to her brother's graduation and enjoyed seeing her extended family. I have also been with Jim to a couple of meetings in Iowa and Indiana.

Last week, Bob and Janelle were told of some possible problems with her pregnancy so Jim and I wanted to be here in Ohio to help if possible. It may be that the problems have resolved themselves and Janelle will continue with a healthy pregnancy. I am still in Ohio. Jim is traveling this weekend to Virginia to be present at Dan's ordination examination.

Jim and I also made a trek to Chicago several days ago. We had stacks of paperwork, passports, money, and prayers for being able to submit all the required items necessary for visas. As it turns out we came very close to having everything. We are now waiting on two more pieces of paperwork from Brazil. We will go into Chicago again very soon to try another submission.

I am tempted to feel discouraged because I do not understand the details and timing of things. We are grateful for prayer.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Getting close ...

We have received the documents from Brazil (in Portuguese) that will be needed to apply for the missionary visas. We are still waiting on some paperwork from Alabama and some paperwork from Bob Jones University. We will be going to Chicago within a week or two with all of the papers to see if we meet their requirements for formal application. We hope to have everything in the correct order and with the correct legalizations.

Psalm 107:9 "For He has satisfied the thirsty soul,
And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good."