Message from Todd and Barb Schierkolk

Dear WMF friends,

These last months have seemed to fly by for us in some ways.  We’ve had several eventful moments starting last May.  Our daughter, Kirstie, was born in Mexico (not last May :))and so we’ve never really had any problems with her documentation until we were unable to drive out of the country due to the security situation that still continues in Northern Mexico.  That forced us to fly out of the country and with recent changes in the law, now everyone in Mexico is required to have either a visa or a passport and Kirstie had neither, only a birth certificate.  So, after a lengthy process, Kirstie finally received her Mexican passport . . . . in Houston, Texas at the Mexican Consulate there this past May.  That was a huge and wonderful relief!

 

We had a great VBS the end of July with about 80 kids present and had some great help from our youth group kids who helped with classes and did puppets.  Several moms pitched in to provided food for the group each day.  Praising God for some great comments from parents.  NOW we need to see those kids come into our weekly Kids’ Club on Tuesdays!

 

We headed up to the USA again this August to help our second daughter, Megan, make a big transition to her new college after finishing 2 years at our Bible School in Minneapolis.  What a blessing her years at Bible School were for her!  Living in another country we have been so grateful to God for AFLBS and the way God has helped our girls make the transition to living in the United States at that school.

 

Thank you all for the continuous encouragement you have given us through your prayers, support and gifts to us.  We are very grateful to you for your help in sharing the wonderful message that Jesus gave us.

 

In Christ,

Todd and Barb Schierkolk

Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico

 

 

Kvale’s Fall 2014 update

Hello Dear Ministry Team!

Attached is our latest prayer letter. Thank you SO much for the words of encouragement, personal prayers, and affirmation in the Lord following last quarter’s prayer letter. We are privileged to serve with you (who keep us going and challenged to keep focused) in this capacity for the sake of the Bible-less.  A new project began for Steve, September 1st, as you will see in our prayer letter and below is a specific Wycliffe prayer request for this second week in October if you would like to join us.  Last week we got to sit in on the celebration for the Bible dedications that have taken place this year so far. Sure wish you could have been there with us!  We will be excited to tell you about them in our December newsletter!  Do continue to share any prayer requests with us that we can join you in as well.

Serving Him alongside you, Steve & Glenda Kvale, AFLC Missionaries on Loan to Wycliffe Bible Translators, Wycliffe USA

Pray for meetings during the second week of October happening in Asia. This year there will be a special time set aside to collaborate on Scripture translation as there are several organizations gathering that are focused on this task. Pray that the Lord will deepen and expand the partnerships and personal relationships so that effective projects can begin. Ask God for His strategies to begin and continue the work.

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Amanda Bellefy-Ecuador

Dear family and friends,

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement.  The last month as flown by so fast, I don’t think I’ll be able to remember everything that has happened.  We finished our first month of school-what a blessing.  Tony, our ‘foreign exchange student’ from the USA, made it safely here yesterday.  Please pray for him as he learns the language and tries to understand his classes and adjust to a new culture.  I have been teaching English classes 4 days a week, which I was terrified to do since I’m not a teacher, but the kids have been doing very well and I have to say that I am starting to enjoy teaching.  I have also been teaching piano lessons, so that has been fun.  I’ve also been discipling a girl and playing monthly in the praise team.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been here almost 8 months.  I have learned so much and still have so much to learn.  I’ve learned how to make Ecuadorian food and juice (that took me quite a few months to get right, believe it or not), how to communicate in Spanish (still working on it), how to work the land, how to write a curriculum and teach it, and most importantly, I’ve learned and am learning how to depend on God in everything.

As for my visa, I won’t be able to get a missionary visa at this time because the church’s registration papers got returned again unsigned, so I will go with plan B-getting a student visa.  I’ll be registering with a school this week and will be taking Spanish classes once a week until I complete 80 hours.  The downfall is that this option is more expensive, but the good news is that I can adjust my schedule how I want to and can learn ‘medical’ Spanish in preparation for when I start nursing school.  I’ll be presenting my papers to get my student visa in a couple weeks and will hopefully get my visa in November.

The students are doing well and are learning more everyday.  I’ve even been sitting in on a few classes to refresh my memory and help my Spanish.  My favorite class is Doctrine, taught by Darwin Paccha (who would have thought-ha).  Overall, I have been blessed beyond expression and I want to thank you so much for your prayers.  God is with me, even on the days that are harder for me or the days that I’m homesick and I feel alone.  He is faithful and I praise Him for that.

Prayer Requests:

Our students: Andres, Veronica, Carolina, Jessica, and Tony, that they would grow in their faith and be able to build their relationships with each other and work together

My visa: that it would be accepted, if that’s God’s will

My Spanish classes

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” -II Thessalonians 3:5

In Christ,
Amanda Bellefy

Worry

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By Esther Hylden

 

I have been going through some tough times lately.   Circumstances that I can’t control, trouble me, give me knots in my stomach, wake me up at night, prevent me from going back to sleep.   Worry, has slithered into my life, like a poisonous snake, choking my faith, stealing my joy, making me feel sick.

This morning, I read from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young:  “Find Me in the midst of the maelstrom.  …Whisper My Name in recognition that I am still with you….Remember that nothing can separate you from My loving presence…you are Mine.

Turning to PhilWorry2ippians 4:16 I read:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

“Thank you Jesus, for your love, for your promises and for your protection.  I give you my burden.  In Your Name, Amen.”