Save me from myself, Lord;
Save me from my need
To always run my life, Lord,
To control my every deed.
Save me from my pride, Lord,
My focus on just me;
Help me learn to serve, Lord;
Show me how to be.
Save me from the world, Lord,
When tempting things entice;
Remind me of eternity
With You, in paradise.
I give my life to you, Lord
My every need you fill;
I’m resting in my faith, Lord;
You saved me, and you always will.
By Joanna Fuchs
I feel like I need this poem hanging approximately 5 feet out in front of my face every day. How about you?
I want to control the # of COVID cases. I want to control when teams will return to SRI at full force. I want to control all the sadness, the fighting, the division. I want to control a lot of things and the fact is that it’s all out of my control.
I need to just seek Jesus and love Him for who He is. PERIOD. Not for what He gives me and not even for how I think I should be serving Him. When I seek Him for who He is.. He shows me how to be.
How are we being?
We returned to San Juan on August 25. The following day, Ethan and Miriam went to their first day of the new school year at Lucille Rupp. For now (due to COVID protocols), they receive in-person instruction on Tuesday and Thursdays. On the other days and in the afternoons, we do homeschool in English and work on Dominican school assignments/homework. I enjoy watching them grow in knowledge and am so thankful for those that teach them. Many members of Central Mennonite teach at Lucille Rupp and/or were students at Lucille Rupp. As we continue to get to know more people there and as I watch the testimonies of those that went to Lucille Rupp (Student Sponsorship Week Videos- check them out!), I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what the school represents.
Jason has been working with our full time Dominican staff each day at the CCED school doing a drywall project. CCED is redoing their offices and asked for assistance in dividing the room. Drywall is not something that is commonly done here so Jason has appreciated teaching the skill to others. He has a reputation here of being a hard worker amongst the Dominicans and I don’t have to wonder why.
I have reached out to all winter teams for 2022 with the medical team prep email and I continue to pray that the COVID situation calms down enough that we can serve with these teams in the New Year. I know that it continues to be an extremely difficult time to make definitive plans. Last week, I went with our Dominican staff to do a Bible study in a rural town in El Cercado. It was a wonderful time, but I could tell that these kiddos have not been in school for over a year. They were a rowdy crew! I have also resumed my biweekly trips to El Cercado to do home visits with Samuel for the Child Nutrition Program.
We have reached out to the leadership at Central Mennonite Church about us leading Bible study there in English. We are awaiting confirmation to begin. Ethan has also begun to attend youth night at Central Mennonite on Saturday evenings. I have been encouraging him to invite some of his neighborhood friends. To the best of my knowledge, none of them are Christian. At this point, he is feeling awkward about the process of invitation. Pray for him to feel comfortable and bold to reach out and invite. The older youth are also encouraging Ethan to keep practicing the drums so that he can play on the youth worship team at church.
Shortly before we traveled to Pennsylvania, new neighbors moved into the house diagonally across the street from us. They are a Christian family, originally from Haiti, that works in ministry and attend Central Church. They have 3 children and Miriam has been enjoying playing with the girls. The family speaks multiple languages, and Akayla and Kristina are excited to learn more English. She also enjoys playing with Braegan. Miriam has started her ballet classes for the new season. This year, they are planning a Christmas presentation and an end-of-the year show.
As always, we thank you for your continued prayers and support as we continue to live and serve here.
- Residency process. I have been trying to stay on top of our attorney since our return. They keep telling us that we should have our medical appointments scheduled any day. Continue to pray for this process.
- Continued ministry of Solid Rock International. Yes. It looks different than it used to, but it doesn’t mean that we aren’t ministering.
- For our world. From afar, it seems like there is so much division. The news is depressing. Pray for unity, especially among brothers and sisters in Christ.