Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Count Down Begins

We only have 3 more days! On Thursday we will be heading down to Florida to visit with the grandparents. This week has been great. At the beginning of the week we got the results of our Myers/Briggs test that we took. David is an introvert (big surprise), sensor, thinker, judging and I am an extrovert, sensor, feeler, judging. That pretty much sums up both of us. It is good to know these things about yourself your co-workers and you spouse so you can figure out the way they think about different things. We also learned another tool called Pioneer Evangelism. It has been really interesting to learn all of these tools. The second part of the week we have been in contingency training. This is another tool that has been pretty intense to learn. In fact even today we are still going through it. I would tell you all about it but then I would have to kill you and I don't really want to do this. (ha ha)

Tomorrow we are starting the packing/cleaning process. I think we are pretty busy the rest of the week so we won't have much time. Wednesday will be our commissioning service. We are all pretty excited to get on with the moving process. It will be nice to have some down time in Florida. That reminds me. Thank you to those that sent the Easter care package. To the Cooke's I love the recipe game. To Kathi the pictures are beautiful. If you would like to continue to send us care packages please do not sent them to the VA address any longer. You can send them to 2155 Curry Lane, Orlando, FL 32812. We leave for South Africa April 17th. After that I will give you another address. Also, if you are on Facebook I have now joined so that is another way we can keep in touch.

You all have been so wonderful while we have been here at ILC. Thank you for your prayers.

Prayer/Praise Requests: Praise we are almost done!
Praise our nephew Samuel made a profession of faith!
We need to sell our van when we get home.
Easy transition for the children and us and the grandparents.
Saying goodbye to friends going all over the world will be difficult.
Travel mercies on Thursday.
David's mom is in Europe right now pray for her safe return.
Pray for our ministry when we get to the field.
Pray for our neighbors and people in the airports and on planes that they will have open hearts to the gospel.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter!

This is a picture of our quad. We live on the left side.

1 1/2 to go! This week was great. Last Saturday we went to D.C. again. We had a great time. We even got to go up in the Washington Monument. We went to the National Zoo and saw the pandas and to the Air and Space museum. It was great.

We spent most of the week here with our Regional leadership. We learned a lot of things about the culture we will be going into and ministering too. We had fun being with our CESA team. Yesterday was our last day of shots. Leah and Micah did fantastic Emily not so much. But it's over and we won't have to get shots for a long time. Thank you for all of your prayers.

This week was an interesting warfare week. You all know from my last blog that the house sold last Thursday. What you don't know is that for some unknown reason the money from the house sell sat in limbo until Wednesday. When it was finally transferred into our account. At the same time the air conditioning on the van decided to break. We prayed a lot and the van was fixed for $130 and the money from the house finally made it. It is amazing how the enemy knows exactly what things will throw you off. But we praise the Lord for bringing us through it.

I know that I said this last week but I just want to thank all of you who sent cards, gifts, e-mails or called David and Leah on their birthdays. You really blessed them. They both had great birthdays.

Prayer Requests: please pray for us especially Thurs. - Sat. David and I will be going through some training that will be tough.

Pray that we can stay focused. It is hard to do when you only have a 1 1/2 left.

Pray for the sell of our van.

Pray for our niece Katy and my sister Kym who both have birthdays this week.

We pray that you have a wonderful Easter. Thank you for all of your prayers. Please let us know if there is anything that we can be praying for you about.

Friday, March 14, 2008

THE HOUSE IS SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I never thought that it would feel this good to be homeless. The house sold yesterday at 1:00 p.m. What a blessing. Thank you so much for those who have prayed with us during this time.

We only have about 2 1/2 weeks to go. They will be intense weeks so keep praying. This week we learned about doctrines and spiritual warfare. Pretty interesting stuff. Jerry Rankin the President of the IMB is the spiritual warfare speaker. There are so many things that we have learned but one that really sticks out is that we need to die to self every day. If you drop the "h" in flesh and spell it backwards it spells self. We cannot live in the flesh.

Last night our regional leaders came to the ILC and the CESA team helped make an African meal. It was really good. At the end we had angel food cake with fruit (papaya, banana, mango, strawberries and pineapple). We celebrated all of the March birthdays. I think there were 5 of them. The food was so good. Emily ate most of it. Leah and Micah tried very small pieces but they weren't too excited by the menu.

This is a birthday weekend at the Delac's. David's birthday is today. We made cinnamon rolls for him this morning and the journeymen (girls) on our team decorated the quad. Tonight we have a babysitter and we are going to P.F. Changs for dinner. Yum! After that we are headed back to have an ice cream party at the quad. Thank you to all of you who sent cards. He really appreciated them. If you would like to send him a birthday e-mail his address is Tomorrow we are headed back to D.C. just to see some of the sights we missed when we went a couple of weeks ago. Sunday we will celebrate Leah's birthday. She doesn't know about the cards and gifts people have sent. I have hidden those from her until Sunday. I am sure she will be very surprised. Thank you for the love you have shown our family.

Last month I wrote that we were kind of feeling forgotten. I want you to know that you all responded to that and have sent e-mails and notes of encouragement. We have really appreciated that. I also want you to know that you can e-mail us and ask questions and we will be happy to answer you. Sometimes we don't know what you want to know. Thanks again for blessing our family.

Prayer requests for the week: David and Leah's birthdays

Tracy is very congested pray that it would go away.

Safe travels to D.C. tomorrow

That we would die to self everyday.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Another Week Finished

Hello. This was a crazy week. Monday we learned a technique they use called T4T. (Training for Trainers) It is a tool that we can use on the field. Tuesday we all went to Washington D.C. The weather was great. It was overcast but didn't rain until we were leaving. We didn't really get to spend to much time there so we are planning to go back on a Saturday in the next couple of weeks. Our bus stopped in Union Station and before we even got out of there we witnessed to a lady from Zimbabwe. She was very nice. She had grown up a Catholic and before we left she had invited us to visit her family in Zimbabwe. We then met David's cousin Blair. They had not seen each other for over 20 years. Blair and her family live and work in the D.C. area. Blair if your reading this. Hello. She got us a behind the scenes tour of the Capitol. We had 2 interns take us in the underground tunnels that go from the Congressional offices to the Capitol. Pretty cool. We then took the Metro. The kids had never been on a subway. They had fun. We had 2 Journeyman with us. It helped a lot to have 2 girls that didn't mind giving piggy back rides. My back would have never made it. We visited the White House (just the outside) and then we had to get back. We didn't want the bus to leave without us. It was a very exhausting day.

Wednesday was a hard day because we had so much to do and every time we tried to call someone the phone died. The Internet wouldn't work. Nobody seemed to be picking up their phones. We had classes all day and we were just frustrated. It was just one of those days. Thursday the Lord answered our prayers. After class in the morning our schedule was changed and we were allowed to have Personal Application Time. So all the stuff we couldn't get done Wed. we got done Thurs. What a blessing. God is good all the time. Friday our speaker was Tom Elliff. He has been to McGregor in the past year I think. He was great he talked about forgiveness and breaking the curse of words, listening and keeping the faith. He was great. Those are really great tools to have.

Prayer Requests: We signed the papers yesterday for the house. We should close on Friday.

David's Birthday is Friday, March 14th and Leah's birthday is Sunday March 16th

That David would finish his paper. It is due tomorrow.

For Valerie the lady from Zimbabwe we met in Union Station.

That we would not grow weary. This has been a tough week.

Thank you for all of your prayers.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

We are 1/2 way through

Hello again. I can't believe we are already 1/2 way through our orientation. The weeks have just flown by. Next month we will be getting on a plane and leaving for Africa. This week has been a tough one. We had classes about the persecuted church the first part of the week. We learned that the thing that other countries learn the most from missionaries from the US is fear. Isn't that sad. That is what we teach them. I was shocked. It was an awesome class to go through. The last half of the week we learned about Bible Storying. Since most of the world is illiterate we learned how to witness by telling Bible stories. It seems pretty easy until you are the one trying to tell the story. Really you need to remember a lot. Because you can't just tell one story and think that they will get saved. I am still working on that.

The children are doing well this week. The girls got to go to another quad and have a sleep over last night. They stayed with other girls and the chaperone's were 3 of our journeymen (don't worry they are girls). They had a good time. On Tuesday we all will be going up to Washington D.C. to witness and to get familiar riding the Metro and eat in a culturally different place. This is all of the people here and their families. The children are very excited.

We all got our shots yesterday. The kids and David each had 4. I only had 3. Last week I was asked why the difference in number of shots. Well I had shot records for me and the kids but we could not find David's so he is getting a lot. Also I went to Nigeria in 06 and got a lot of the shots that the children are getting now. So that is what the difference is.

Prayer Requests: That we are safe going to D.C. and that we will be able to witness to someone.

Praise: Last week we found out that some medicine that David has to take was going to cost us about $300 for the next 2 months. Well we found out that there is an assistance program for this medicine so now we only have to pay $75 for the next 2 months. It is still expensive but it is a whole lot better. It is payed 100% once we get on the field.

Our house was supposed to close yesterday. However, our buyer needed 2 more weeks. We really need your prayers that it will close by March 14th.

As always please continue to pray that we are walking close with God. Pray that the enemy will stay away from us and pray for those that are being persecuted for believing in Jesus.

Thank you.