We cannot believe that the clock is ticking and we only have three weeks until we leave Weimar. As we draw near the end of this chapter, we have a few urgent prayer requests that we wanted to share with you.
1. With VDM (our German mission agency), Heather has received a contract for our time in the US. However, this contract is dependent on us raising 1000 EUR in recurring monthly donations in Germany before we leave for the US. Please pray that God will provide the monthly donations to achieve that goal.
2. Housing in Oregon. Again, we have something available until October, but would be able to move into something “long term” as early as September. Please pray that God will open up that right location at just the right time.
3. Pray that we will say Farewell well. One of our children is really struggling with this transition of leaving the country they love and we are in the process of saying goodbye to “our people” of the last 10 years.
4. Pray for travel, good health, and logistics specifically July 26-29. There will be so many pieces of the puzzle that will be happening that week that apart from divine intervention, something could easily go wrong.
Thank you so much for praying for us. We will miss those of you in Europe and look forward to seeing those of you in Oregon.
Scott for Heather, Stanley, Holly, Stuart, Samuel
Hello Prayer Team,
After months of prayer, application, more prayer, interviews, even more prayer, and waiting, we are thrilled to announce that we have received full approval from Black Forest Academy, Be One Together (B1-2G), and Vereinigte Deutsches Missionshilfe (VDM) and we can now officially begin our support raising process to join BFA fall 2022. We just returned from a training week with VDM near Bremen, and it was a wonderful week of fellowship, good food, and lots of information. While we were there, Stanley stayed with friends, Stuart and Samuel were with a nanny (a former student we hired to babysit them for the week), and Holly was with a friend for half the week and with Stuart and Samuel the second half. This was the first time in 13 years that we have had time together without the kids for more than 12 hours.
When Jesus called Peter out of the boat, Peter had to keep his eyes on Jesus, but when he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the wind and waves instead, he started to sink. Right now as we continue to move forward in our faith walk, we have to daily remind ourselves of God’s calling and refocus our eyes on Jesus. During these past two months, God has been faithful and has graciously given us small affirmations when the waves got too big and all we could see were the unknowns. We are so thankful that God has led and provided so far, and are excited to see how He will move next.
Hello Prayer Team,
Er ist auferstanden! (He has risen) As we celebrate Easter this year we are reminded of the hope we have in Jesus because of His sacrifice for us on the cross. As our family steps into the uncertain, we know that our feet are firmly anchored on the rock that will not move. For us, March has flown by with its fill of prayer, applications, emails, and conversations. Here is an update on our family’s transition journey.
- I (Scott) have officially put in my notice that I will be done at Thuringia International School as of the end of this school year.
- Our passports arrived in record time, two weeks when we were told 4-6 weeks.
- We have passed round 1 (of 3) of the BFA application process.
- We are planning to stay with Be One Together on the American side of support raising
- Someone has offered the use of their Suburban while we are in Oregon.
Hello Prayer Team,
We are excited to announce a new direction that we feel God is leading us. After 10 years in Weimar, we are stepping out in faith to pursue work at the Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany. This has been a dream of mine (Scott) since 2002 when I served at an English camp at the Black Forest Academy (BFA) with a Good Shepherd short-term team. That summer inspired me to go into teaching with the pursuit of returning to BFA someday. That fall, I even changed my foreign language requirement from first-year Greek to German. Here are some ways that we feel God has uniquely prepared us for this work.
We are exhausted but we made it home. We are so thankful for how great the day was. It was because you were praying, and God paved the way. Here are some of the answered prayers.
Hello Family and Friends,
February is behind us and spring is just around the corner. Just like in many places in the USA, we had a pretty substantial snowfall this February with temperatures dipping below 0 Fahrenheit. But that is in the past, the sun is shining, and on March 1 many of our students are heading back to school for the first time since December 15. We want to keep this letter brief today, but we have a couple of big things that we are asking for prayer for this upcoming week.
Hello Friends and Family,
As we move into the fall, I think of a humorous YouTube video that was joking about the anticipation of fall, and the hope that the fall will bring a positive change, make us happy again, and fix all of our problems. However, with the forest fires in Oregon and the upcoming elections, we are quickly reminded that our hope is not in seasons or ourselves. 2020 will go down in history as the year where we were all stripped of the illusion that we are in control and the masters of our destinies. Our prayer is that you have found your hope in the Lord during this tumultuous year and He has given you a peace that surpasses all understanding in Christ Jesus. Read more
Hello Prayer team,
We hope this email finds you well as we roll into the summer months in this very strange year. I am sure many of you have had to cancel or change the plans you had made. We have been blessed here in Germany. As things begin to open up we have more options than we thought were possible 2 months ago. Fortunately, this is not our year to travel to Oregon so we get to travel in Germany instead.
These past few months our family tried our best to finish the school year with grace as the kids were able to go back to school for the last month. They wore masks, teachers moved from class to class while the students stayed put, and we used all the biggest spaces possible for make-shift classrooms. Cafeteria, auditorium, gym, foyer, etc. But we made it and the 2019-2020 school year is in the books. In August, Stanley will start 7th grade, Holly 5th, Stuart 2nd, and Samuel will still be in a German Kindergarten (pre-school).
Hello Friends and Family,
Thank you so much for all of your prayers during this season of uncertainty. We have good news from our last update. Our school decided not to apply for the government subsidy which would put us on half time to help keep the school afloat. Also, the director’s letter was poorly worded in that cutting our pay to 50% was not a possibility. But, given the uncertainties of these days, we would still appreciate your prayers, because when the dust has settled, we don’t know how many of the parents will still be able to afford the tuition of a private school.
This last month has been bittersweet for our family, as we are sure it has been for many of you. We have missed seeing our friends, especially from church. We have had a lot of fun time as a family, but also a lot of conflicts. The kids have enjoyed being at home, but they miss seeing their friends and the familiarity of the school routine. One day we were going out for a drive, and we decided to drive past Stuart’s school, and he started to squeal with delight as soon as he realized where we were. Stanley and Holly even had to cover their ears, if that helps you picture how loud and happy he was.