All Moved In
Hello friends and family,
We are currently under the thumb of a toddler! Soon after moving in to our new home, Addie took off, taking steps and (unfortunately) climbing stairs as if she was born knowing how to do it. She (and our dog Bella) has no doubt been taking advantage of all the space the Lord has given to us to enjoy. We celebrated her first birthday about a month late; we decided to wait until Natalie’s parents arrived to host the special event. We are now all settled in our new place and getting to know the neighbors. We have already been using the house as part of our ministry and hope to do more with it soon - although Addie has already decided to help decorate it in her own special way!
A Special Visit
Natalie’s parents had a short but sweet visit their first time in Europe. Although Addie was the main reason they came, they truly enjoyed our beloved city Kosice, nearby sights in Slovakia and Hungary, and getting to know the Church here. They of course had their doubts, as with anything unknown or unfamiliar, but as soon as they broke bread and had fellowship with the Church it was if they had been here many times before. Natalie’s dad made fast friends with Slavo Halustok, Peter and Majo’s dad, and said it was if they had always been friends. While it was hard to see them go, they no doubt were eager to return home to assess the damage hurricane Irma left behind at their home in Florida. While their property sustained some damage, it was nothing they hadn’t gone through before in past hurricane seasons and we thank God that their home is safe - and continue to ask God to aid and comfort those in Florida and Texas who are now carrying heavy burdens and have to start over.
Jordan started his teaching position teaching high school English with Bible a couple of weeks ago and it has gone very well. His students (16-18 years old) enjoy his lessons and teaching style, which he no doubt has honed during his one-on-one lessons. They are very inquisitive about American and Texan traditions and culture, and have already made him promise to cook a traditional barbecue feast for them at the end of the school year.
We thank you for your prayers for our friends. Our new brother in Christ mentioned in the last newsletter, has returned home to tend to his business and take a sabbatical from his studies here. He will hopefully return to us safely in a couple of months. Our good friend Gabi continues to take his duties as Addie’s uncle very seriously and has also begun a Bible study with Peter.
Praise and Prayer Requests
We ask that you continue to keep the Church here in Slovakia in your thoughts and prayers, and that we continue to serve it in ways it needs the most; also please remember those in our group study and Jordan's one-on-one lessons. Also that we can continue raising Addie in the way that she should go, and that we have continued strength and bravery to be the parents she needs. Also that Jordan continues to have a good influence upon his students during his time volunteer teaching.
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Thank you once again for your thoughts and prayers. We thank God for you. (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
Yours in Christ,
J & N