Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here we go!
It has been so much fun to get to see our nephew and fellow missionary in Saltillo, Kent Stetler, for the past few days. He was able to come to Youth Challenge and spend a few extra days here in Indiana with family and is flying back to Mexico today. We love you, Kent and can't wait to get back to Mexico and be altogether again!
I'll go ahead and extend the invitation for you to come to our house (wherever that may be) for my Sloppy Joe's!
See ya then!
I'll say more about this in a later post, but Marci has been a tremendous help to me during this Share Support Tour. Helping with everything from our display design to newsletters to taking family photos for promotional items to mailing things that we've needed to us and much more!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here I am pictured with 2 precious little girls at the Community Church. The girl on the left, Allyson Gardner, prays for me and our family every day. Thank you, sweetheart!
On Thursday, we stopped in Alexandria, IN at the Gaither Family Resource Center/Gift Shop. The boys had fun rocking in the chairs and watching a video.
We also took a drive through tour of Indiana Wesleyan University.
Can you see the dates on the cornerstone? Beautiful old church....
Our boys always love being with Andrew Street. He prayed a special prayer of blessing over them at the end of our service, and one of the ladies of the church prayed a prayer for me, and one of the men prayed for Marc. It was such a meaningful time!
Marc enjoyed visiting with his friend, Tom Eckert, from GBS Quartet days. It was good to be with his wife, Bethany and son Braden, too.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Bro. Trouten called Jordan "Marc II" when he saw him - and mentioned that he would have liked to see Marc but of course that wasn't possible with him being in Mexico.
I remember - and he mentioned it yesterday - that Bro. Trouten was a part of one of the most genuine revivals we ever had while we were pastoring at Franklin Bible Methodist Church. Any Franklin people reading this would probably remember it as well - that time of God's moving among us was one of the true highlights of our ministry there.
Mom's mums and pumpkin on her front porch
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Professor Snider teaching, Professor Rundell translating into Spanish
A Class session
Enjoying tacos de bistec after evening class
Marc reports that the Institute classes are being especially blessed with God's presence and that the pastors and students are just "drinking it in". Both Prof. Snider and Prof. Rundell's presentations are so relevant and annointed and are ministering to all who are present!
Pastor Luna and President Balderas' sessions have also been wonderful and Marc says that the Lord helped him present his class last night on the topic "Cultivating a Spirit of Worship in our Services". Steve Stetler will be presenting his class tonight on the topic "How to Study the Bible".
Please continue to pray for the day tomorrow and the class sessions that will be presented by Bros. Rundell and Snider. Thank you!
Friday, October 17, 2008
The sessions of the Mexico Bible Methodist General Assembly were blessed with the presence of the Lord yesterday and Wednesday. We are so thankful for answers to prayer in some very important decisions that needed to be made - God prepared the way, and we are so grateful. We are so blessed to be working with our National President Dolores Hernandez (newly elected for 4 years), National Board and dedicated group of pastors in Mexico! We link arms with them for the furthering of God's Kingdom in Mexico.
The answers to prayer that we have experienced over the past 2 days are further validation of God's leadership in Mexico Bible Methodist Missions. May God continue to help us walk in step with Him and let Him lead as we look forward to the future He has planned for us!
Yesterday afternoon, Professors Rusty Rundell and William Snider arrived and both gave class introductions and presentations last evening. An almost instant connection was made with our pastors and students and now today, they are teaching a full day of classes and sessions. The weekend is very full with a tight schedule, packing in every bit of instruction and interaction possible, but the Institute is underway!
Thank you - a special thank you - to each of you who are praying for this event. Your prayers are being heard and answered.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
We visited 2 of our favorite places in the city: the Union Terminal and the Riverfront. We enjoyed the OmniMax presentation and then walked down the Riverfront/the Serpentine Wall to the very River overlook where Marc asked me to be his wife. I'll never forget that cloudy cool May evening. I said Yes! and have never regretted it! He has made me the happiest girl alive!
We showed our boys the exact place where we became engaged to be married on May 14, 1991 - they seemed duly impressed...smiles...
We arrived on the God's Bible School Campus, our alma mater from which we both graduated in May of 1994, for the evening Homecoming Celebration. It was awesome to see lots of old friends, former professors, be with some of our family, and to walk the campus of GBS. So many happy memories were brought back to mind, days of spiritual formation and personal happiness. We were blessed indeed to be able to attend Homecoming!
We enjoyed singing in the Alumni Choir
The Mass Choir was outstanding!
Papaw and Grandma Sankey enjoying HomeFest with the boys
Spending time with their cousin, Maria
Jordan's already planning his arrival in a few years! Now that's hard to believe.
Here is one of the pictures he quickly sent to me last night so I could get an idea of the setup. When I saw these pictures I almost cried - I miss our dear people there so badly and wish I could be there for this important event.
Thank you for praying for the reopening of the Bible Institute. Your prayer support is so valuable as we take this first big step in taking the Bible training to the people!
For more photos, see Stetlers' blog at http://www.stetlers.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Today is the day for the Reopening of the Bible Institute in Mexico! Marc left yesterday to fly down for this event. The boys and I are here in Bedford for the next 9 days while he's gone. He will be addressing the Mexican National Church General Assembly, meeting with each pastor, and teaching a class in the Institute - all of this in Spanish, a language God is helping him learn, but that he's been "out of" for many months now. I know he would appreciate your prayers that he minister effectively this week.
The boys are attending SCCA this week and a couple days next week - they're so excited.
Another request: Next Monday and Tuesday, Marc will be traveling to Saltillo, the city in Mexico where we will be living when we go back on December 1. He will be going there for the express purpose of finding housing for our family. We would appreciate your prayers that God would guide him to just the right place that would be adequate for our family and within our budget. Thank you!!
I will be reporting on Sunday's services soon!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
On Tuesday we shared our service with Pastor Bailey and the Danville Bible Methodist Church. On Wednesday we shared our service with Pastor Daryl Muir and family and the Warren Bible Methodist Church. Then on Thursday night, we presented our service in New Lexington, OH with Pastor and Mrs. Kenneth Teter and the Community Holiness Church.
Thank you to each pastor and church for allowing us to come and share our ministry, for the share support and love offerings, accomodations and delicious meals! Thank you for each kindness to us.
Cameron is always making new friends - always! Here are 3 other 11 year olds he met in Warren.
Marc and Jordan setting up the equipment in New Lexington
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The boys also enjoyed getting to play with Braxton and Caden recently, too but I didn't catch any pictures of their fun. :(