The month of April offered wonderful classroom training. David Depew taught a week long course on Team Development - something that is vital to missionaries as we prepare for the field and once we are on a team serving in the field. Chad Bresson presented a TNT course (Training National Trainers) on the book of Psalm. Realizing that the Psalm were written to be sung together as one unit and we are actually declaring to the Lord that we will do what the Psalm teaches was not only a very informative training but also a very worshipful one too. Greg Van Court also presented a very engaging theological study. We touched on church history, the history of the Reformation and how God has dispersed the church throughout the world was an amazing study. Our prayer is that the church will unite under Christ!
A few months ago, we had applied for a Training/Tuition Assistance missionary grant through the Veit Foundation. In April, we received a letter informing us that our family had been selected by them to receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 to be used for the purpose of tuition assistance. We were so excited by their generosity and so encouraged by this blessing. We still have a ways to go on our tuition but every penny helps us reach our goal of getting it paid off.
(This is what Giardia Lamblia looks like)
April also gave us a "missionary first" for our family as David was diagnosed with Giardia Lamblia, a parasite that attaches in the small intestine. Everyone joked that this would be the first of many parasites we would probably encounter over our time as missionaries. While we are not sure exactly how he obtained the parasite, the doctor felt like it was more than likely from his trips to Mexico. The blessing of this parasite was that because of his sickness, we found an amazing family doctor here in Texas that is a Christian and even prayed with David at his appointment. The treatment for the parasite was a really strong antibiotic for 5 days. Thankfully, he is all well from the parasite and back to feeling good again. He said having a parasite was a blessing because it made him rely on the Lord more too.
Due to David being on medication for the parasite at the time of the April Mexico trip, we did not get to go on the trip this month. However, our team went into "Village M" on a cold and rainy trip but there was some more progress made and encouraging news as well. Oscar is making much progress in his growth as a Christian and enjoying the discipleship time they are able to spend with him on these trips. He asked us to pray for his oldest daughter to be saved as well. Continue to pray for Erbano and Kiki that God will reveal Himself unto them and set them free from the bondage of sin and death.
The cartel is making its presence known more and asking questions to villagers about our team. They also know what our vehicle looks like now too. Because of this, our housing situation in "Village M" is still not secure. Above all, continue to pray for our ministry in "Village M" and that God would be glorified in everything we do during our time there each month.