Well, December has crept up on us once again, and we finally have a working internet connection to let all of you know what has been going on these past couple months. So here's the big revelation - life here, after three months, seems normal. We still have to talk with a lot of hand gestures and the occasional animal noise (if it keeps me from ending up with the accidental plate of man's best friend, I'll put up with the laughs). We have settled into a nice daily routine, and are being kept busy teaching at school, and with the kids at home. Language acquisition is progressing slowly but surely, with classes three nights a week. Please continue to lift this up - so many doors for ministry will open the more we are able to converse in the native tongue.
The ministry here has had an interesting time lately. There was a major sporting event (the Asian games) in a nearby city, and because of this the government was on high alert. There were warnings issued to certain national leaders to suspend activities citywide, and in fact officials visited our school. We had to cancel normal activities for a couple of weeks, but are now back into the swing of things. The Saturday night 'foundational' class was also able to resume and is going great. Steve is enjoying getting to share with these young believers and getting to know them and their culture. Your pr**ers are coveted for this, both for protection and for a true move of the spirit.
On the health front, all is going well. Carissa is now 22 weeks, and feeling good. We recently got some packages from the states, so she now has some maternity clothes! Thank you so much to all who have sent over your love in package form :) The girls are doing great, all healthy, and getting as much attention as they possible could want every time we go out. Ruthee, of course, loves it; Vaylah is a take it or leave it kind of girl, and Dayuma, well, let's just say she ain't having it. Her chinese it not great, but her eyes clearly say 'don't even think about petting my hair'.
We were able to celebrate Thanksgiving last week with some other teachers from the school, and it really was a great time. We were even able to get a turkey (imported from Hong Kong)!
Thanks again for all of your thoughts toward us, for we know that our Father is watching over us and we feel safe and secure in His hands.
We are thankful for: Good health, new friends and good fellowship
Our requests are : continued open doors with the people here; language acquisition; continued health for mommy and baby;