Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Several Ways to Keep in Touch

Hello All,

Time for us is flying by! We are staying very busy working, preparing, and trying to find time to relax and enjoy this wonderful time of life with each other.

We wanted to let you know that while we are away from The States there are many ways to keep up on what we are doing besides this blog. We will be trying to bring in many of these outside sources of information here to the blog on a regular basis, but you are welcome to check out these other places with more frequency if you would like.

Photos - We will be putting our picture on this new Flickr site we just made

Video - Jordan hosts his videos here on Vimeo

Facebook - Missy's Facebook account is here (Jordan doesn't have one)

-Jordan and Missy

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Moving Ahead...In God's Timing

Well, Things are definitely moving along. Some days we wake up feeling like this trip may never get going, and others it seems as if the trip is right upon us. We both are so glad that we have waited for God's timing through this whole process as we have seen many potential issues work themselves out without any involvement of our own (other than prayer). It has been very difficult for us to wait as both of our hearts are already down with our brothers and sisters in Chile, and are anxious to get on the ground and start running.

We have had some real answers to prayer lately that include:
-Clear objectives for what we will be doing in out year living in Tomé, Chile
-A place for us to live that is already furnished right in the middle of town, within walking distance to the church
-Several donations to support us for our year away
-A good relationship and communication between our pastors here in Portland, and the pastor that we will be working for down in Chile
-I (Jordan) found a computer that is powerful enough to edit on, and got a good deal on it

A few prayer requests that we still have are
-Plane tickets, We still haven't found the right ones yet.
-That clear communication will continue to take place between ourselves, our pastors, and Pastor Luciano in Chile
-That the preparations for our house in Chile would go smoothly
-That God will continue to give us the support that is needed for our year abroad


Thursday, July 8, 2010

An Exciting Letter

Well, it’s been awhile since our last update, and honestly it was mostly because we had little to update everyone with! We’ve been waiting for about a month and a half now for a letter from the pastor in Chile responding to the letter our pastors at Riversgate sent down there. I’m exciting to say we received a letter yesterday from the pastor of Amigos de la Misión church in Tomé, Chile! Pastor Luciano’s response to our letter was insightful, encouraging, and really opened up the communication between our church here in Portland, and the church in Tomé. How exciting it is to see how the Lord has orchestrated this relationship between churches already, though they have never met! It was also encouraging to hear how the church down there can use our help, and how excited they are to have us in Tomé!

Some of the things Pastor Luciano mentioned in his letter were specific ways that we can come alongside the church and serve. These included developing the children’s ministry, young married couples ministry, Missy teaching classes, Jordan working with media presentations and communication, and serving the youth group. It was really a blessing to see how Pastor Luciano revealed how both Jordan and I could serve together in some areas, and how our presence was valuable from the individual talents we can bring as well. What a step in our journey this is!

It’s hard to believe how the praying, seeking, asking, and waiting is really coming together, and I can only praise God for His leading in this area, and His challenges as we wait and grow and learn to seek Him more and more. I think that there are going to be some amazing learning opportunities in Tomé, but I also think about how the past 5 months have been full of learning experiences since I first returned from Chile.

Thank you all of you who have been praying for us, may you continue to intercede with us for the people of Chile who are still without some of the basic necessities. There is a fundraiser that Pastor Luciano is currently working on to buy hot water bottles for families without heat this winter (it is currently winter in Chile) to keep them warm at night. If you are interested in seeing some pictures from their hot water bottle-raiser, go here.

Can’t tell you how thrilled we are for this answered prayer, looking forward to sharing more as it comes…!