I have officially moved into my new apartment! I got the keys on July 22nd and with the help of some seriously awesome friends and co-laborers, moved all of my belongings across the parking lot to the new place. It has been a crazy 6 weeks of packing, cleaning, unpacking, and organizing, but I am so thankful! On the night I moved in, we all sat around eating pizza and praying over the apartment - that it would be a place of peace and refuge for those who visit (and future kiddos who come to live). Already there is a sense of peace here. My favorite spot is sitting on my couch, looking out my living room window at the green mesquite tree swaying in the wind.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped with the move, whether it was helping with moving expenses, supporting me in prayer, or helping me lug all my belongings across the parking lot!
New Semester, New School
"Don't despise small beginnings". It's a mantra we have had as a pioneering location these past 2 1/2 years. Developing roots takes time. Growth takes time. You don't always see it in the beginning, but deep roots means the plant will be establish, better able to produce fruit that will be full of nutrients. This school right now is a 'small beginning' that will continue to establish us in the community and will training future generations of biblically-trained mariners to reach the isolated.
Our DTS currently has 2 trainees, but they are young men who have a heart to take the gospel to others using ocean-going vessels. We are so thankful that the Lord has entrusted these gentlemen to us for the next 5 months, to invest into their lives and train them in the ways of the Lord.
Praying Over Local Schools
Y'all, there is a hunger within the young people of Nueces County for something more than the world has to offer. Students starting up Bible clubs within the school, teachers and administrators are asking us to come to their schools to pray. It's making a difference!
One day we were praying over a middle school and had a strong sense to pray against violence that day and to pray for the peace of the Lord to walk the halls. We didn't know that this school struggled daily with violent outbreaks among the students. The next day, the principal called Mance and Amanda (the ministry leaders) and told them that it was the first day in a long time that they hadn't had any issues of violence!
I'm am so thankful that we get to be part of this ministry out of New Life Church. It makes my 'teacher heart' so happy to see the local body coming in to support those who are teaching the next generation.
I am one step closer to being a licensed foster care mom! I have the apartment that meets Texas requirements for 1 or 2 kiddos. Now to continue checking off the other items on the list. Here's what I still need to do:
Furnish the Room! I need to make sure that I have the supplies and furniture needed for the kiddos -
Prove Income. This is my biggest hurdle. You have to be able to prove that you can take care of the kiddos and that your income is over the federal poverty line for the number of people in your household. I'm getting closer, but I'm still not there yet.
Paperwork and Training! Background checks, home studies, fire inspections, classes, trauma training - it's quite a long list. Most of these items are only valid for 3-6 months, so they will be done once income is proved. Agape Harbor, the agency I will be licensed under, is amazing and so great at helping me understand the logistics of it all.
If you are interested in helping check some of these things off the list, click the button!
Your financial contributions, prayer support, love, and encouragement is what makes all of this possible. I am truly blessed to have such a great support team!