Monday, August 18, 2014

Moving in!

Thank you for all your prayers. God has answered your prayers for an apartment, and I love my new place! It’s been so fun to watch God work and move in the little time that I’ve been living in my apartment. 

This past Sunday, I was able to bake cookies for all the people in my building and begin introducing myself to them. From that point, many people graciously accepted the cookies and said if I needed anything, they were there to help. A few people invited me in to meet everyone in the family, and a couple people want me to practice English with them. Already this week, I was invited to go on a walk with a neighbor and invited over for supper with another neighbor and her children.  
Praise God for these opportunities and relationships that are already forming! Please continue to pray for the people in my building.

Laundry leak...
Although it's been fun to meet new people, everything about the apartment hasn't been roses. My first full day here the laundry machine gushed water out the back, my oven didn't work, and my landlord was concerned the freezer wasn't working. It was frustrating, but I was thankful the landlord didn't have fixes either and it wasn't just my lack of knowledge for how things work in Spain!

Thank you so much for taking part in what God is doing here in Spain. Without your support, I wouldn’t be able to live where I do. Your support helped fund all the cookies I was able to make and helped open the doors for relationships. Thank you for your prayers that help move the hearts of the people here and keep me held before God too. I can’t say thank you enough. I thank God for you often and pray that He richly blesses you in return for your partnership here. Thank you so much!


Coming up...

Tomorrow I'll head to Madrid to be with my teammate, Kristin, as she flies in from the states. I’ll then be spending significant time with my Cáceres team as we travel for the World Team European Area Conference. We'll spend a few days together just the Cáceres team, and then we’ll meet up with the rest of World Team Spain and all of World Team Europe for a week long conference in Budapest. Please pray for this to be a good time for our team to grow in unity and love for each other.

Upon return to Cáceres, I’ll continue with driving school and begin taking classes at a Grammar School to improve my Spanish. The university classes will begin in September as well, and we are seeking God’s leading on what the university ministry will look like. 

The contract for the English Academy is being finalized with hopes to move into the building on Sept. 15. We still don’t have a full-time teacher, so if you know of anyone who is interested in missions, loves kids, and is willing to teach - let us know!

We are approaching a busy season and gearing up for all that God has in store for the fall - as many of you are gearing up for the start of school and a busy season of life as well. Please pray that I would be drawing close to God every day and leaning on Him for all that I need. It has been difficult at times here in Cáceres to wait on God for relationships with people my age as well as more opportunities to improve my Spanish. Adjusting to team life and just figuring out what life looks like for me in Spain has been more of a challenge than I anticipated.

Your encouraging words, prayers, and support means so much to me - especially in the difficult times when I feel alone or wanting to give up. Thank you! Please let me know how I can be praying specifically for you too. I love hearing your updates and how I can pray.