Grace abounding…

These last two months have been full of activity.

After the team evacuation from South Sudan in December and January, we gathered for a workshop to discuss personal and family risk thresholds. After facilitating a discussion with the parents, Stacey presented their ideas to the larger group. This gave us the opportunity as a team to discuss the biblical meaning of risk and suffering and how it applies to each of us as we follow God’s call both here in Nairobi and in South Sudan.

In early January, we sent a four person assessment group back into Doro. We have been unable to send anyone back into Melut or Malakal. In mid-February, several teammates made the decision to spend a few months in North Africa studying Arabic in anticipation of their future work back South Sudan. Others have taken early Home Assignment for now. At the end of February, we were able to send four more SIMers into Doro to help carry on the work of the clinic and nutrition village. Depending on the situation, more team members may be able to return to Doro in a few weeks. Unfortunately, Malakal has been destroyed by the fighting. We are uncertain of the situation in Melut.

Most recently, Mark and I both completed Advanced Trauma Healing training with several of our team members. Our hope is that this material, created by SIL, will help open doors of healing for many of the South Sudanese both here in Nairobi (where many have fled) and in South Sudan.

Healing wounds of trauma book

2014-02-21 14.04.06Trauma Healing class

A friend gifted Mark and me with a much needed rest day at a local tea farm which included a lovely tour and a delicious lunch. THANK YOU!

Tea farmAt the tea farm

We sent Benjamin off to his first Middle School Banquet…

Ben ms banquetBen

And we are celebrating Grace’s 17th birthday this month! Hard to believe.

2013-12-13 12.01.54We love you Gracie!!

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need you will abound in every good work.” 2 Cor.9:8
Please keep our family in your prayers as we continue to seek Christ daily and make Him known wherever we are. Pray for our children -their peace and safety here in Nairobi and that they will personally follow Christ. For us as their parents that we will lead them with love and godliness. Pray for our marriage – to be strengthened and to glorify God and to be a witness to our children. Pray for our work in missionary care that we will have hearts of tenderness, that we will be wise with our time and discerning in our call. Thank you!

One thought on “Grace abounding…

  1. Melissa Gonzales

    Stacey and Mark,

    Where has all the time gone, seems like only yesterday our kids were playing in the backyard as we did our Bible studies. Ben you look very handsome and Grace you are beautiful, happy birthday! Glad to hear from you all. Love the Gonzales Family


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