We were busy preparing and traveling to Guatemala in June. Then we came home in early July and had to find a place to live and move all in just over a month! We relocated to Waltham, MA in early August and are now fairly settled. Read on for all the details.
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Guatemala Trip Report
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The Soundtrack of Your Life
Guatemala Trip Report
Coming to Washington - Oct 6th-14th
Prayer Partners Needed
The Soundtrack of Your Life
This summer at Grace Chapel the pastors are teaching out of Psalms and noting that they are actually songs the Israelites sang for various occasions. Each week a different pastor shares a Psalm for different occasions in life. One in particular focused on the good times when it feels like God's face is shining on you. We can truly say that this is how we feel right now and give God all the glory.
Many of you know that we can identify with Paul in Philippians 4:12 where he says, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." Back in the early to mid 2000s we definitely knew what is was like to be in want, struggling to find consistent employment, etc. However, God has been a great provider for us and has ordered our steps as we continue moving forward with Impact Ministries. It has been a huge blessing to take this journey with you and give God the glory for how he continues to lead, guide, and direct.
Part of the sermon series was to identify a song that resonates with you. One of my favorite songs is Shout to the Lord. I can still clearly remember standing in a circle in the Dominican Republic in May 1999 and singing that song both in English and Spanish. This was at a time as we were preparing to move across the country from PA to WA, and had just received news that our house had sold while we were out of the country! The lyrics touched me deeply then and continue to resonate with me today. The chorus is below.
Shout to the Lord
All the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty
Praise to the King
Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
I sing for joy at the work
Of Your hands
Forever I'll love You
Forever I'll stand
To the promise I have
We returned from Guatemala on July 2nd after an amazing three weeks in country. We hosted the first two teams from Impact Ministries USA; a dental team for the first half of our time there and then Josh Bresler's youth group from Washington state. Candy also had the opportunity to meet up with Alex, our sponsor child, which was great to connect with him. Overall the time in Gautemala was wonderful and we felt very blessed to be a part of the two teams that were there serving. Each team was a blessing to the ministry and met some real needs. If you would like a more in depth report click here to read our trip summary with some pictures to help tell the story.
We moved to a smaller 1 bedroom apartment in Waltham, MA. It is really working out well as we settle into the new space and routines. Our goal was to be better prepared for more travel and lower monthly costs, which God supplied in amazing ways. For those who know Waltham, we areabout 2 1/2 blocks west of the square on Charles Street. Out new address and phone number are:
85 Charles St Apt #8
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone # - 781-609-7473
Any email address that you have for us that ends in verizon.net is no longer valid, as we are no longer with Verizon. You can reach us by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming to Washington! - Oct 6th to 14th
We are traveling to Washington to visit with friends, attend an Impact Ministries board meeting, and promote Impact Ministries USA at Seattle's Missions Fest on October 12th and 13th. We look forward to connecting with many of you in Washington. We are looking for a place(s) to stay while we are there; and if someone has an extra car that we could use while we are there that would be very helpful as well.
Physical therapy for my arm was interrupted by Guatemala, our apartment hunt and move. I've gained back full range of motion and lift most “normal” sized items. And, I use a very odd one handed/body technique to lift bags of horse feed at the barn. You would laugh if you saw me lifting feed bags. So my shoulder is doing great!
Shortly after we returned from Guatemala, we found a super apartment. We live in a 12 unit building with the most culturally diverse population I’ve ever experienced. Latino/Hispanic neighbors grilling in the parking lot next to their unit with a bunch of friends, having a wonderful time. Oscar who lives in unit one is super friendly. And, I went to get the mail and noticed that the people in unit 2 plays worship music that I like! The gal on the third floor moved in the same day we did. And, by the very aromatic smell of Indian spices, I venture to say we have an Indian (from India) person somewhere in the building. It is so cool that God thought of putting us here with such great neighbors. Again, thanks for your prayers!
We had some really sad times in the month of August. A horse at the barn colic and had to be put down. Very sad for all of us at the barn, but especially sad for my friend Julia who rode Harley all the time. Then not too long after that, two of my riding students lost their dad. He was a young guy with sole custody of his children who are 8 and 6 years old. Please pray for the family. Pray for peace and wisdom in such painful and difficult times.
On a final note, we’ve had little time to sit back and soak in the summer. But as much as I like the quick pace of life, God has taught me that I need strategic down time. One Sunday afternoon we went to Nahant Beach and chatted about life, took a swim in the water, and had lunch. Then on a Saturday with our friends Paul and Ketsuda, we went to Castle Island. It was so nice to catch up with friends, take a walk, swim in the water, and see the big ships head out to sea. Remember to build in down time with the ones you love.
Life has definitely been a blur since we returned from Guatemala. Locating, downsizing, packing, moving, and unpacking all took a lot of time over the last six weeks. Otherwise it has been pretty much catching up at work at MIT and taking care of key items for Impact Ministries. The IRS finally took a look at our application and came back with some additional questions. We responded to those questions in mid July and should hear back again from the IRS shortly. You can keep praying that the 501c3 tax exempt status gets granted in short order.
As I mentioned last time, I had a conversation with my boss about Impact Ministries and our desire to have more time to devote to the ministry as we move forward. I tried to give him a sense of how we saw the ministry growing over the next two years and what travel and time off might look like. We both agreed that any arrangement had to work for both sides. While nothing is finalized my boss has indicated he would like to keep me as long as it is feasible and is thinking of creative ways that might allow me to take longer chunks of time off from work without pay. This has been an answer to prayer and I ask that you keep praying that we would both know what would work out and be a benefit to both parties.
Starting in October we will be traveling quite a bit. As was mentioned above, in early October we will be out in the Seattle area for Missions Fest Seattle. At that point, I will also get the chance to head up to Impact Ministries Canadian office for a joint board meeting. Then in early November I will travel to Lexington, Kentucky for a large medical and dental conference with the goal of recruiting doctors and dentists to come to Guatemala and support the medical and dental clinic in Tactic. We will spend Thanksgiving in PA with family and then travel back to Urbana in Indianapolis from Dec 27th to Jan 1st. A busy end to the year indeed!
Prayer Partners Needed
We have a group of people praying for us on an ongoing basis. As we continue on life's journey we are still looking for at least 6 more people to commit to pray for us on a regular basis. If you would like to receive more frequent (about monthly) short updates with prayer and praise items as they arise please click here to be added to our prayer partner list.
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* Our trip to DC was the most rejuvenating camping trip we’ve ever had!
* Impact Ministries USA was contacted by the IRS and is awaiting a response.
* We saw our sponsor child Alex while we were in Guatemala.
* God provided a great new, smaller apartment!
* Candy’s rotator cuff is well on the mend without surgery!
* Our friends the Berry’s were able to adopt 4 children from the Ukraine!
* Continue to pray that the 501c3 application, submitted to the IRS is approved soon. Pray that our answers to the IRS' questions are clearly understood and the application is approved.
* Pray for the family of Candy’s riding students, who lost their father suddenly.
* Pray that we meet our neighbors and get to know them.
* Pray for us as we travel to Seattle, WA and Kamloops, BC in October
* Pray God’s blessing on the Berry’s as they raise their new son and three daughters.
Dental team in Gautemala City
Washing corn for grinding
Impact Ministries students
Electrical work at new guest house
Chacalte village visit
Electronic medical records check-in
Steve & Teri Brown praying with patient
Kids waiting to visit the dentist
Cross View Church team
Van breakdown with military police
Cross View team home visit
Impact Ministries classroom
Kelsie helping out with VBS
Two guys hauling firewood
Tim with some of his friends
A child like moment with God
Calendar of Events
* Aug - Settling into new apartment
* Oct 6-14- Seattle,WA - Missions Fest
* Nov 8-10- Lex., KY - Medical conf.
* Nov 17th-24th - PA Thanksgiving
* Dec hopefully some down time
* Dec 25 - Christmas in MA
* Dec 27 - Jan 1 - Urbana
* Impact Ministries
* Tim's Work