We apologize for our absence these past six weeks. A lot has been happening here in Mazatlan and a lot of our daily life has been the same each week. Wake up, go to the church. Go home. Sleep. Repeat.
- The sponsorship program is at a point administratively to take on new donors. The volunteers have been working long hours in the office daily to make this happen. The Vineyard Church will soon be able to accept online donors. Yippee!
2. The Vineyard lobby is coming, and some of the building aspects are being started this week. The only problem is that we have two weeks of volunteer time left in Mazatlan. Where did the time go? Pray for success and action!
3. Emily set a goal of raising $500 Canadian dollars towards the feeding program, and I’m happy to say she has surpassed that goal bringing her total to over 6600 pesos. (Over $500). Good thing, because she is out of stock. Thank you to all who donated rainbow looms last year, as she put them to good use providing 100% profit towards her goal of feeding as many kids possible.
What is God doing in our hearts, and what is he saying to us?
God has shown me (Jodi) that I limit him far too quickly. I’ve limited his ability to use me for his glory. I see this in all aspects of my tiny design business, and my world. I’m praying that God would send a flood of open and closed doors for this spring and summer as I fully put my trust in him.
We’ve had a lot of prayerful moments of panic in the last few weeks. A lot of moments we feel like we are drowning, not knowing how to react. Our human nature wants to crawl under the covers and wait for the tidal wave to go over us. When will it be over? When will our family see the surface? Or will we ever?
Beyond all the uncertainty, we’ve seen a lot of amazing things happen in the life of our church here in Mazatlan, our home church in Langley, our family, and new friends we’ve met through the doors of the Vineyard Church of Mazatlan. We are seeing younger couples in their 30’s and 40’s asking God how they can be apart of Gods big story here in Mazatlan. It is so encouraging to see how the small seeds are growing here. Will you join me in prayer for these families? Some of them I don’t even know yet, but God does. God loves their hearts and discontent for the status quo and their love for all of Gods children.
To put all the grandparents at ease… We don’t feel called to move to Mazatlan at this time. We actually feel quite the opposite. God has placed both Darryl and I to lead a simple and sometimes awkward life in Langley. To love, give our time away, and to tell our children stories of Gods repetitive blessings. We are still waiting on Gods direction, and praying for a clear sense of his presence within our work in Langley.
We are excited to finish off our last two weeks here, please be praying that a lot can be accomplished, and for Darryl and I to have clear minds. Pray for our children Emily and Ben. They have been great troopers through these mundane weeks at the office. God has grown our children’s abilities to wait, to adjust to new challenges. One day, I’m hoping they’ll thank me.
We are deeply looking forward to a very short vacation at the beginning of April and we will be spending that time in beautiful Mazatlan. We arrive in Langley on April 6 th very late in the night, and we are so looking forward to our own beds. (Not to mention, coming home to a clean house) 🙂
Thank you for your prayers, please let us know if there is any way we can lift you up in prayer too as we talk with our Heavenly Father daily.
Darryl, Jodi, Emily, and Ben.