We're not complaining, though. We are thankful to have people to celebrate with and jobs that allow us to serve others in this holiday season. It's a crazy time, but it's a crazy good time.
With that said, here is a summary of what's been keeping us active, inspired, and/or running around like crazy this month:
We are taking our House of Hope kids to church! Three churches, actually. We are taking them to our Chilean churches that support us financially to say thank you and have them pray for our kids. It was this time last year I was gearing up for my 8+ weeks of public speaking, and this year I get to watch our Director, Susi, present our kids to these congregations. I am again reminded of how much we need community in our lives.
The end of the Sunday School year is approaching. A year of conversations, investment, craziness, organizing, planning, discipling, etc. is coming to an end. My (Tracey here) kids are awesome and I don't want to see any of the graduating class go. Typically there has always been that one kid who just drives you nuts, but all of our kids are just stinkin' awesome. I'm going to miss them over the summer break. Speaking of the summer break, it's going to be a lot of work and energy honing in on the things we've all learned through out the year. To me it's incredible necessary if we want to be "filled back" up, trained, equipped and in tune with a fresh vision for the year to come.
We had our first job interview… as the interviewer! We are in the process of bringing down our first teacher from the States to teach for goEnglish. This is a huge answer to prayer! God has provided a qualified candidate for us that seems to really share the vision we have for our business and how we want to serve the community through it.
An expanding business brings a lot of questions. After a year and a half of business, we are reevaluating and learning from our mistakes in order to do the best job we can and keep us sane. Bringing on employees now brings a whole new world to conquer, so we are doing some small business advising, rewriting some of our policies, and trying to learn everything we need to know about legally hiring employees in Chile. While at times it seems overwhelming and super intimidating, we keep remembering that God has provided what we've needed for this business one step at a time, and we trust that this will be no different.
I am graduating from Bible Institute. I (Christine) took my last two classes this month from our Bible institute (seminary-like classes) and will graduate with a certificate of ministry next month. Tracey speaking, I on the other hand will not be graduating, no questions please, maybe sometime soon though.
The end-of-the-year "paseo" is in 2 weeks! This year we are taking all of Tracey's Sunday School kids, plus House of Hope kids, PLUS a short-term mission team of kids from the U.S. to our end of the year "outing." We will swim, grill out, play soccer, and hang out all day. We've never done this with a mixed-language group, or with House of Hope kids, or with an infant, so it should be a pretty memorable event.
60 pieces of chicken will fit in that oven!
Who needs a play yard?
I am trying to figure out how to get anything done during the day. See previous paragraph.
We are running a half-marathon. Next Sunday we will be running a half-marathon along the coast! Should be a good time. Christine has trained, I have not. Sports are 95% mental right?
Nice weather for a long run
Happy Thanksgiving, Ya'll!
December Prayer Requests
1) Following God's vision for goEnglish, Sunday School, and House of Hope
2) Dedication in planning
3) Patience and energy in the craziness of December