Wednesday, 25 December 2013

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" - Isaiah 9:6

That's the reason! Why slip out of your comfort zone? Why leave family and friends? Why go thru the wear and tear of such a transition? No better reason... than that God sent HIS son, who took on flesh, went thru transition, left his heavenly home, for us, to save us, to redeem us. Doesn't it make sense then to make the sharing of that GOOD NEWS a high priority? Even if it means change... transition... the unknown? Are we not also called to 'incarnate' the gospel for those who have no personal relationship with the God who sent his son to redeem them? I can think of no better reason...

With that in mind, our hope is to begin our journey to Guadalajara, Mexico on January 3rd. We look forward to sharing the GOOD NEWS with the wonderful people of that great city. Thanks for your support, encouragement, and prayers!

What motivates you? What is your reason for living, for getting up in the morning? What priorities does your life reflect?  Are you sharing the greatest story ever told?

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

     
Gluten 
  Free


Allergies and Celiac Disease

     “How can you move to Mexico with Ernie’s allergies and your Celiac Disease?”  That is an ongoing question that has been asked of us, so I thought I would shed some like on it.
     
     Ernie has been seeing an allergist since we returned home from Mexico.  He has been receiving injections over the years in hopes of ‘curing’ him.  We went to see his allergist, with exactly the question you all are asking.  Her response, “The environmental allergies are under control.  You will always have allergies, no matter where you live, we just need to treat whatever presents itself.”  So, with confidence we head off, with meds in hand, and a need to find an allergist in Guadalajara. 

     As for Diane’s issues with gluten?  Well, it is actually easier to live in Latin America than in Canada as a Celiac.  Our flour consumption in Canada is high; its in everything!  It will be a matter of finding products that I can eat, teaching those in my circle of influence, and a basic learning curve.  I have actually had less issues while in Latin America that when I’m here.  I LOVE ‘hot off the press’ corn tortillas, beans, rice, fruit and veggies. 

     These issues really boil down to adapting to our new environment, finding good doctors and making any adjustments we need.  

Friday, 13 December 2013

December 13, 2013

"You’re Gonna Miss This"

This is the first tour that we are doing without our children, which seems to amaze many.  We are often asked how we could possibly leave our kids behind, and move across the globe?  These same voices we hear also say they could 'never' do that.  So I would like to address this concern.
We are so very bless to have three children that are friends and for the most part get along. We are not leaving them alone, as they have each other.  Not to mention that we are leaving them in community, with good friends, good church family, plus extended family.  As much as we think our kids can't live without us, they can. We raised them to be independent and they are. They have given us their blessing to go and are fully supporting us. That said, we have no idea what this will be like. What will it be like to not have our children within arm’s reach? I am sure I will shed a tear or two over the weeks to come but that is only as a mother’s heart should be.
Our sons often sing Trade Adkin’s song, "You’re Gonna Miss This" to us.  This is often done when I am lamenting an action of theirs; like tracking in gravel or mud,  not cleaning up after themselves, tickling me, or while play fighting.  While I doubt I will miss the muddy entrance, I will miss many things they do, good and bad.

God has called us to serve Him in Guadalajara, and we have answered the call. We have no idea what leaving our kids behind will be like but we have faith in God that He will take care of them and us. So, join us in praying for them ...  

Thinking about "Your Gonna Miss This" and what that means to me (Diane).  Well, I will miss the texts during the day that say, "Mom, you busy..." or finding little green ear plugs in the dryer from work, going out for breakfast, suppers around the table hearing about their day...and much more.  When Jaycia joined our family, during their high school days, bubbly laughter could be heard throughout the house and singing; that will be missed too.  So many little things that make up the big picture of what family is and what will be missed.
November 27, 2013

“Treasures”

Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:19-21 have crossed my mind over and over again, as I have been trying to decide; Take – Toss – Store?  Going through everything you own, with those questions in your mind, while at the same time that verse is playing in the background, has been quite a challenge.  What things are so important that you would want to store them? “One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure”, they say. Am I so ungrateful for what I have that I can just ‘toss’ it out?  Will I need this particular thing in Mexico?  Will we have room for it?  Those questions we have battled again and again, as we go through our ‘treasures’ to get ready to leave.  It has not been easy.
One thing I do know, I want treasures in heaven.  My perspective must be eternal.  I want to put my energy into people, into kingdom things, for in the end everything else will perish.

Verse 21 says: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
November 1, 2013

“This Old House”

Why do we think we know best?
Once we had made the decision, to return to the foreign mission field, we put our house on the market.  We used our logic to make this decision, clearly thinking it was for the best.  We got it all ready and then patiently waited as countless people traipsed through our home.  As time moved on we worried, then gave it over to the Lord, then we worried again. We used our logic once again, altered the price, and still nothing.  Finally we came to the place where we had to make a decision, list for another length of time, lower the price yet again, or maybe look at renting it out?  What to do?  As we were pondering this, someone asked if we would rent it to them? 
In the end, we decided to go with renting.  As it turned out, God had a plan that was amazing.  The missionaries that were leaving the field, for an extended leave, ended up swapping houses with us.  We are taking over their lease in Mexico and they are moving into our place.  We bought each other’s furniture, kitchenware, etc.  This lessened the stresses of moving tremendously, for both families. Our ‘logic’ would never have led us to this plan.
This process has reminded us of the fact that God’s plans are bigger than ours.  He knows best.  So why is it that we use our logic first, and make plans, hoping God will honor and bless them?  He took our ‘problem’ and solved it beyond what we could think or imagine.
June 26th, 2013

Changes

When Ernie came back from Guadalajara at the end of January disquiet was in his soul.  He talked about the work going on there with excitement and enthusiasm.  His disquiet turned into serious discussion about returning to the foreign field.  We talk to our kids and began to quietly look into options.   The first step Ernie took was to give his resignation at Steinbach Bible College - after 13 years of teaching missions.
In June we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in Costa Rica.  While the point of this vacation was our anniversary, we spent 3 days with mission organizations, talking about their work, and the possibility of joining them.  After this trip we talked and prayed about what God wanted us to do.  Ernie’s passion is church planting and we just felt he was leading us to join the existing church plant going on in Guadalajara. 
So, in early September, we went before the board of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference for the third time.  We had been there before, when we went to Nicaragua, then again when we went to Chihuahua, Mexico, and found ourselves there again, with hopes of going to Guadalajara.  We were accepted shortly after that meeting. 

Plans were soon put into motion to leave on January 3rd for Guadalajara.