Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Moulding Chronicles January 2011

Dear Friends,

A very happy new year one and all. We hope that you were all able to enjoy the festive season and celebrate Gods gift to us in himself.

We have had a very enjoyable break from the normal routine with many moments of laughter with friends. It has been a good opportunity to look back over the year and see the lessons learnt and challenges overcome and to plan and look forward at the new year to come.

At the onset of this new year we face our first challenge in securing housing as our housing contract comes up for renewal, just about the time when our baby is due. We have a colleague who will be negotiating for us as we cannot afford an increase in rent this year. We are at peace about moving if we need too, but would very much appreciate your prayers that we would find suitable cheaper accommodation very quickly if that needs to be the case.

Our second challenge of the year is to increase our level of financial support. During our first 3 years of service we have been very blessed to have had sufficient, which is not something we take for granted. and are very grateful to each of you who have contributed to make that so. However, for this coming 3 year term we find ourselves with a considerable regular monthly shortfall of about 25%.

With this change of circumstances in mind we have been reviewing our calling here in Bolivia and feel that for now at least it is right for us to continue, a decision that has been confirmed to us from many different avenues. Therefore we are trusting God to continue to meet our needs as well as doing our part in reducing expenditure where possible.

If you feel that God is asking you to join us in this journey then please do either get in touch with us or direct with FHUK, for more information as to how you can do that.

Along with the challenges we also have many things to be looking forward to and excited about in this new year. The biggest excitement of course being the arrival of our new family member, which could happen any time onwards from the end of February.

Some of the other things we are looking forward to this year include a Latin America regional conference in April, family visits in July, and a further developing of our role as International staff coordinators as well as the things that God is going to show and teach us through this year. It is exciting times and we thank you for walking this journey together with us.

Thank God For:

  • A good relaxing Christmas
  • Good friends
  • A positive outlook for this year and excitement as we look forward to what God wants to teach us

Ask God for:

  • A stress free resolution to our housing situation
  • Clear direction for our work within FH this year
  • A healthy end of pregnancy and birth of our new family member

Much love
Ed, Sarah & Alana

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