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One of the advantages of being the directors of a ministry is the ability to make decisions that not only benefit the ministry, but ourselves as well. Such was the case last year when finalizing the schedule for team visits this summer. In that process, we not only made sure that our home church in Missouri was able to bring two teams, but also that the non-profit we founded was able to come too. All three teams were a huge blessing to the ministry and possibly more so to our family. Having them here made it feel a little like home. It was great to see our old friends and to make new ones.

Another advantage of being directors is the flexibility of schedule. Because of this flexibility we were able to take the whole family to language school for a week in August. It’s not just the flexibility, but also the necessity to speak the language that made this decision. While Bryon and Tiffany sought to improve their use of Spanish, Sierra was able to train for a test to become a certified translator. And though Aramie has done an amazing job learning the natural way (playing and interacting), she was able to improve her reading and writing skills during the week. This is the first opportunity we’ve had to take classes as a family and hopefully not the last.

This year, we are taking turns homeschooling Aramie. We’ve tried a variety of homeschooling settings in order to educate our little ball of energy, and this school year is no different. This year we are using a series of DVDs, in which there is a real teacher teaching a real class. The ABeka program consists of a classroom teacher doing the teaching while we facilitate the implementation. Aramie is a part of a virtual classroom in which she competes against her classmates as if she were actually there. She has stated several times that, “she is the tallest in the class” and has even said that she wants to go to Florida and meet her teacher and classmates.

One of our favorite responsibilities as directors is enabling our staff to improve at their jobs. We’ve been able to do this on many occasions and plan to do it as regularly as possible, especially with our house-parents. They perhaps have the toughest jobs on our staff and our desire is to help them as much as possible. Thanks to many personal friends (Eric and Trish Porter, Julie Higgins, Bob and Jenny Paul) we have been able to pour in to our house-parents with wisdom and insight into parenting. Through their ministry, the Porters have been able to provide resources in Spanish, that are not only the highest of quality, but Christ centered as well.

May God richly bless you.

Bryon, Tiffany, Jaqueline, Sierra, and Aramie

P.S. - Please consider joining our support team by praying, giving, and/or sharing what God's doing in Guatemala. 

KID UPDATE

Because of extreme pain in her jaws, Sierra had X-rays taken to determine if her wisdom teeth needed extracting. What we found out is that in addition to getting he wisdom teeth out, she has inherited her mother’s jaw issue and needs a bite guard and possibly braces to correct the issue. She’s praying that she won’t have brace-face in her senior pictures.

Our animal lover couldn’t stand the fact that our youngest goat had to stand out in the rain, as you can see in the picture. It’s amazing how much love she has for animals. Even the three-legged dogs with no hair or teeth are the “cutest things she’s ever seen”. But you have to admit the goat picture is pretty stinking cute. And life is never dull with Aramie.

Our Guatemalan “bonita” has decided on a post-high school field of study (she will graduate in October). Jaqui  has found a local beauty school to attend in January. The school offers a two year program in which she will graduate with a license to do whatever they do in beauty salons. The license will also allow her to practice in other countries. We are very excited for her future!


 

Our next goal is to raise an additional $5,000 to cover the expense of Guatemalan residency. This is a step our board and the Guatemalan government require from us as legal representatives for the ministry. Click here to donate.

Thank you to those that have supported our work in Guatemala! This ministry couldn't exist without your help.

PRAYER REQUESTS

1. Spanish fluency

2. Favor through the residency process

3. Internet availability

4. Home school patience

PRAISE REPORTS

1. Jaqui has made a decision regarding her post-graduate studies.

2.  Opportunity to go to language school

3. We've been able to start a weekly worship and discipleship service with all kids at the Project

4. We now have 5 goats! The milk project is growing.

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Jaqui is wrapping up her final year of high school, or careers. She is studying Tourism and had to give a presentation on the Mayan culture. She shared about the culture and showed everyone what a Mayan wedding was like.

For quite some time, we were required to take Mimi to the local medical center for weekly checks. She's doing well enough that they only need to see her once a month now.

Sierra has been interning in our sponsorship department. She's been a huge blessing and it's such a joy to see her serving in the ministry too.

Please pray for Helen and her future - that God's plans are fulfilled in her life.