Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
I want to start off by saying that no we are not making a statement that it’s okay to keep our supporters in the dark as to what’s going on and what we are doing here in Guatemala. We are in no way making an excuse for the lack of newsletter, as a matter of fact we know there are many things we need to improve upon. As the title suggests though the lack of news lately really just boils down to we have been running around like chickens missing our heads. We are completely immersed in the ministry here at Prince of Peace (POP) and rarely get the opportunity to sit and collect our thoughts and put our experiences into words on a computer. If I can speak for you and maybe the others that help support us I would say that’s probably one of the qualities about us that you all like to support the most is that we are willing to knuckle up to the challenge and run ourselves into the ground even if that’s what the situation requires. The other thing that makes writing a newsletter difficult is the fact that what we do from day to day really doesn’t change for us a whole lot. This makes it hard because we don’t want every newsletter to sound the same. It would be very easy to put a newsletter once a month that’s says we are working with teams and assuming all of our regular duties here at Pop. We struggle with how to make what we do every month sound exciting in words. Please pray for us as we strive to improve upon this and if you have suggestions on how we can improve we are glad to hear them.
Now that we have said that piece I want to let you know what we have been up to. We recently traveled back to the states to renew our Visas per Guatemalan laws but this time the stay was almost for a month. My (Lawrence’s) father and his wife had decided to sell their home because it was no longer financially feasible for them. This trip was a 2 part trip, to spend time with family and friends in Midland, MI and then head to Flint, MI and help my father and his wife pack up their lives and move almost 2 hours north to Sterling, MI. We are not only missionaries all the time, sometimes we have to take time to be there when family needs us the most. I think I can honestly say I have no idea how my father and his wife would have been able to do it all on their own. Hey what’s family for anyways?
Since returning we literally hit the ground running with teams and still have not stopped. If you are not aware, when teams are here you basically have to be available all the time and work way more hours than a regular day job in most cases. While we were gone there was also several vehicle issues that popped up and needed to be dealt with as fast as possible. Lawrence has focused his main efforts on getting everything automotive here on property back to running condition pronto. Speaking of catching up on things also from being gone Jo had many office type duties to catch up on as well.
This is the point where we ask you to keep us in your prayers as we run low on patience, low on strength, and extremely low on personal and family time. When you add all this up sometimes you get a perfect storm where as a family our patience and understanding grows short with each other. These are the times when we need prayer and encouragement like a withered plant desperately needs water to survive. We are only human and at the end of ourselves is where we need God to intervene and help us run the race.
The next week or so here will be a turning point from the back to back to back teams as the last one for now returns home and we will welcome a visit from Jo’s mom Donna Jo and Tristan our son. We will be showing them for the first time what we do at Pop (Prince of Peace) and traveling some to let them experience the indigenous people and sights of Guatemala. We are hoping for it to be a refreshing time and for more of our family to really get to experience and have a better understanding of why we do what we do. Please pray that we have safe travel wherever we take them and that it’s an awesome experience for them.
Our daughter Jenna has been enjoying her summer off of school although it will be coming to an end soon. She is excited for the new school year as summer can be quite boring sometimes when both mom and Dad are working a lot. We ask for prayers for her as she starts the new school year soon. She needs prayers for acceptance by other students and that she is able to make more friends this year and also that she would be able to better understand her subjects. Jenna has always had a terrible time with math and homework in general.
Considering our financial situation, we are good shape for the shape we are in, ha-ha. We are praying to see growth in this area and at the same time praising God for what he is doing. We are currently still in need of a car insurance and health insurance in this country because without either it is much more dangerous way to live here than in the US. If anybody wants a full explanation why, that can be gladly provided. Our current budget still does not provide the bandwidth for these additions. Please pray that God helps us fill in these gaps. We also just want to take a moment and thank everyone who is already doing so much to help us. We know that being a missionary depends on each and every single one of you that helps financially or prays. Thank you!
Thank you to you all!
Lawrence, Jo and Jenna Adams