Greetings from Nicaragua!
We returned to Nicaragua on November 4. Prior to that we spent just about eight weeks stateside, primarily in Missouri! The main focus of our time in the States was allowing Yader to get to know his family for the first time, working on his US citizenship application home study and paperwork, speaking at a few churches, and visiting with friends and supporters. It is always encouraging to hear how the Lord is working among our family and friends. We had a wonderful time, but it flew by!
What’s the Plan from Here?
Here’s the plan: …Interesting Question!
We are now on a new phase of Yader’s application where we are waiting to hear from the US Embassy. Once we hear from them we’ll need to gather some more paperwork together, get a health assessment for Yader done, then go to an interview at the Embassy. We’re hoping the timeframe for all of these things is within the next two weeks.
As long as Yader’s US citizenship application is approved, we’re going to take advantage of a special 90 day furlough stateside. BMDMI allows an extra 90 days (over the normal 3 month/year furlough any missionary has) for adoptions or births. We’re looking forward to this time. We’re guesstimating this time will be from about Mid-December through Mid-March.
What’s Happening in Nicaragua?
Currently we’re not in the BMDMI team season, so the pace of work has significantly decreased. In the last week we’ve taken advantage of spending time reading great books: The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken, Well Done, Good and Faithful Mommy by Megan Breedlove, and Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel. We’ve also begun a Bible study with another family from David Platt’s Secret Church: Old Testament Survey. It’s great spending time specifically focused on getting re-centered and re-focused after such a busy summer and early fall.
What Will Happen Stateside?
We hope to attend the Family Life Weekend to Remember marriage retreat in St. Louis from December 6-8. God has provided the means for us to attend this retreat, and we’re very excited about it!
From January 26-31, 2014, we are excited to make a trip to Palmer Lake, Colorado, in order to attend the Mission Training International (www.mti.org)! MTI offers a special one-week course for missionaries at various stages of their ministry. God has provided the funds for us to attend this program! Our purpose in going is to receive some immersive training that deals with all the challenges missionary life can bring with it. We know a few people who have attended this program and they have wonderful things to say about it!
In addition to those to events, we plan to speak at churches and spend time with family, friends, and supporters during our furlough.
Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement. God is good!
Timothy, Jessie, and Yader Crabtree