Where we’re at…

We are “safe” back in the states as of now.  We arrived last Saturday just 2 days after the robbery in our home.  We are still greatly shaken up by this latest ordeal.  Maria and I have a lot of anxiety that just sits like a rock in our stomach.  We covet your prayers.  Isabela is doing well, so it seems, but we just want to make sure that she is being fully cared for and want her to have the opportunity to heal as well.  She looks very strong on the outside, and perhaps her innocence has protected her from the level of anxiety that Maria and I have, but nonetheless we want to make sure that she is being well cared for and has her own way of processing and healing.  Thank the Lord, baby Jake is doing great.  He nursed throughout the entire robbery and I don’t think he was affected by anything.

So, here is where we are at and what we are doing…

First, we just need some respite.  We need to be away from family and friends for now, and just be alone as a family so that we can process all that has happened and take a time to decompress.  We are really wound up right now.  So, we are staying at an undisclosed location so that we can just try to relax and let some of the initial stress let up.

After this, we will be seeking out some trauma counseling for our family.  We are looking into options right now and are praying that the Lord will lead us to the place that will be most effective for our issues to be addressed.  We appreciate your prayers.

After counseling, we will then visit with friends and family as I’m sure that there are many who just want to hug us and see that we are okay.  But the truth is that right now we are not okay.  And that is why we need to do counseling first before we see people.

The ministry in Haiti still continues even though we are stateside.  We have staff on the ground that are doing a great job continuing to minister the love of Jesus to the people through our sponsorship program, discipleship program, orphan care, etc.  So, thank you all for your continued giving to make a difference in the lives of many.

Everything that we are doing is in full support of our mission board.  We are thankful for their love, support, and godly counsel.

Please continue to pray for us as we seek this time of healing and further direction for our family and ministry.  Yes, we are hurting.  Yes, we are broken.  But God is still on His throne.  He still reigns.  He still pours out His love on the most undeserving.  Yet He is just in everything He does.  We don’t have to retaliate and take vengeance in our anger, for the Lord Himself said that vengeance belongs to Him.  he will be the One to repay for the evil that was committed against us and the other missionaries.  We need not fear.  He is in control.  He is good.  And His message still burns in our hearts.  And our desire is still to reach the nations with the message of such love, grace, and truth.  So please pray for us during this time.

You all have been so supportive of us and we are so thankful to have such great friends who stand with us through the difficult trials that we have endured.  As I often state in our newsletters and email updates with regards to the work of the ministry, “we couldn’t do this without you”, I state today just as emphatically in regards to where we’re at and the time of healing that we need, “we couldn’t do this without you.”  So, thanks so much for standing along side of us and lifting us up in prayer.  You are much appreciated.  God bless you.

118 thoughts on “Where we’re at…

  1. For the Lord your God is living among you. He is mighty to save. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful song.–Zeph 3:17

    And surely He is! Praying for your peace and healing.

  2. My eyes are filled with tears. I too know death of my child and extreme trauma. I also know God’s amazing love and grace, I know that he is sovereign, I know that he chooses hard things for us for His glory. I know that He will never leave you or forsake you. I pray for you for respite, for peace that surpasses all understanding, I pray for all the people of this earth and the beings of the heavenly realms who will be impacted by your amazing faith. You are strong, and brave, and amazing, and you are loved by this complete stranger (me).

  3. You and your family are in my prayers—-for God’s powerful ministry to your spirits and your minds, for each day. May His love and goodness drive out all of the fears and concerns.

    May Almighty God, by your rock, your refuge, and your strong deliverer.

  4. WOW. What a story. I am praying for your family! You are wise to take shelter in a safe pace, and to seek healing from such a traumatic event. I can’t even imagine the terror. I will pray the counseling will bring 1.) healing and comfort to you and your wife and 2.) wisdom of what God’s plan may be for your precious family.

  5. Praying for this time as you pull away as a family…that you all will find respite, rest, healing, and peace. May the Lord lead you all in His wisdom regarding the timing of each step in your process….and may grace abound as you walk though all of this. Blessings!

  6. Hang in there, Dear Hearts. He’s holding you close, and He’s working healing. It takes time, but He is faithful. I am so blessed by y’alls’ response, that you continue to Trust Him. I know that some days that’s harder to cling to than others. I wanted to encourage you, don’t lose heart! “Wait in faith on the Lord – be of good courage, and He will strengthen your hearts” (Psalm 27:14) I’m praying for your precious family. Keep clinging to Him! He is your lifeline, and His Steadfast, Faithful Love NEVER ends.

    Here are some songs and verses I love that might be encouragements:

    Romans 5:3-5
    James 1:2-3
    Proverbs 3:5-6

    Fernando Ortega – The Good Shepherd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=361OpSxEs6M)
    Jon Foreman – Your Love is Strong (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=301S7NgAkLs)

  7. Thank you for your continured trust in the Lord. Praying that you will have time to talk, cry, mourn, and be real with God. He loves you so much. Thank you for your words of faith.

  8. I have just read your story and know that prayers are what we can offer as fellow followers of Jesus Christ. I am amazed by your strength, and so sorry that you have had to endure so much. That said, I also know that the Lord will hold you in a way that most will never know, and that though you would have preferred an easier road, this one will mold you in ways that never could have been another way.
    The Lord must have incredible plans for you, as you are tested, I pray that you will find soon, the joy of the sun after the storm. May you be blessed as you give blessing, your lives speak to that for sure.

  9. My heart breaks for all the pain you have had to endure. Praise God, joy comes in the morning! Hold on to His promise as you take the time to heal. Rest assured we will all be here for you. We love you and will keep lifting you up for as long as it takes.

  10. I just read your post on suffering. It resonated with my heart. As a fellow worker, please know that I was encouraged by your perspective. I pray that you guys are healing and encouraged. Thank you for sharing your lives and the one who brings us such life!

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