We moved into our house in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday. It was a long time coming, but this week I am praising God for his faithfulness to my family and for bringing us to this neighborhood in his perfect timing.
I was first introduced to Bhutanese refugees three years ago. I had a background in teaching English as a second language (ESL), and my church had asked me to help train some volunteers to become conversation partners. I had two small children at the time, so I didn’t think I could do more than one or two meetings. I decided to go to the first little class, and I was hooked! The Bhutanese people were so endearing and had such great needs. Soon after, we formalized a relationship with Mission Adelante and began offering weekly ESL classes. A year ago, I agreed to join staff and began fundraising. We bought a home to remodel close to Mission Adelante last April and put our southern Overland Park home on the market. It sold in one day. We found out we were expecting our third child and moved in with my (incredibly awesome) parents for the summer.
So we thought. The remodel of our home took longer than expected to complete. By the end of the summer, there were studs and wires, but not much else. Our baby girl was born in October, two months ahead of her due date. Praise God she was and has been perfectly healthy since then, but we needed a little more room, so we found a furnished apartment. Sometimes it was hard to understand why God didn’t help move things along faster with our house. We felt very much out of control and far away from what God was doing in our KCK neighborhood. But I think God used that to help us lean into him. Our friends and my Jesus Calling book kept reminding us that God uses time to make his sovereignty known, and that he doesn’t waste anything--that we could be close to him even if we physically weren’t where we wanted to be. Waiting can be very purposeful. So we waited.
As soon as there were flushing toilets and light switches, we moved. What seemed like an army of friends (including some Bhutanese teens!) came to help brush off the construction rubble from our things stored in the basement and move them upstairs. Still surrounded by boxes, we are humbled and blessed by where God has called us. We had three Bhutanese boys over to play with our kids on Monday, and it felt really good. We have been commuting to this neighborhood for three years, and we are eager to see what proximity does to grow our relationships here.
Please join us in praying for our Bhutanese friends and our family’s role as we begin to live among them. Pray for our children (8, 5, and 4 months) to adjust well and enjoy the adventure God is calling us to. God is definitely alive and active in this place, and we want to press in to what He is doing and use our resources well. The wait is over, but the adventure has just begun!
In other news:
- We were glad to have Rachelle Pichardo and Chris Gorney of Redeemer Fellowship visit us this week. Redeemer Fellowship exists to cultivate communities of transformed disciples who live for the glory of God and the good of the city, and we're thankful to be in partnership with them.
- Mission Adelante's Board of Directors and Leadership Team traveled to Arkansas for a couple of days this week to observe a ministry with experience in "business as missions." Pray for the Lord to grant wisdom as we explore whether particular business ventures could align well with our mission.
- Pray for us as we finalize our selection of 2012 summer interns. If you know someone that would be great for the internship this year, urge him or her to fill out this form. We would look at a late application.
- Teens Adelante is hoping for swimming lessons for 10-15 teenagers. Please contact Brooke if you can teach swimming lessons (to full grown teens) or can help us in finding a good instructor! email@example.com
- An industrial sewing machine: the Bhutanese women's sewing cooperative is beginning a new and very promising product line using recycled burlap that is allowing a few women the opportunity to use their cultural trade and skills to earn an income for their family. We already have orders for these products, but we need an industrial sewing machine to use with the burlap material
- A ceiling-mounted projector and protective cage
- A 3- or 4-drawer locking filing cabinet with keys
- A preschooler sized table and chairs or picnic table
- A small computer desk or computer table to create an additional workspace in our offices
- New vacuums or repair for our broken vacuums
- Men's and kids' winter clothing to make available through our resource center
- Containers of Goldfish crackers/animal crackers for Bhutanese Kids Club snacks (Sometimes the repeated purchase of seemingly inexpensive things can eat up a budget!)
- A well-working and Internet able C.P.U. or laptop for use by L.I.T. students
To respond to any of these needs, please e-mail Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Observation Day: Thursday, February 23 (Latino) 6:30-8:30- Have you wondered what all goes on around here on a typical evening of programming? Here's your opportunity to come and see for yourself! If these dates don't work for you, please contact email@example.com to schedule an alternate evening.
- Spring Break: March 14-17 the Mission Adelante office will be closed. No evening programs Tuesday, March 13 or Thursday, March 15.
- Adelante Missions Institute Seminar: Saturday, June 30 at 9:00 We're pleased to announce that Noel Castellanos, CEO of Christian Community Development Association, will visit Kansas City at the end of June. Mark your calendar!