Friday, December 23, 2011

Watch Me Grow 6 Month

 So Paisley is 6 Months old and will be celebrating her first Christmas.  We are home in Arkansas and she is getting lots of attention as you can tell by the pictures, she loves.  The Grandparents are in awe of how sweet she is.  My mom describes it as "being a puddle of mush."  She is almost crawling.  She get up on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth and then lunges forward.  We are actually all sitting here watching her try!  She is getting more and more personality.  She is pulling up when the circumstances are right and she has learned she  has a tongue that she can stick out of her her mouth and pootie noises. lol   She has 2 bottom teeth that have broke through the skin and the doctor says that her two top teeth are going to come in soon. She has been a great teether and has not been unusually fussy.  She is finally starting to sleep through the night some which is such a blessing. Although we are in Arkansas for about 3 weeks, we have moved to Camdenton, MO and Paisley will finally get her own room and will be sleeping in her new crib.  On our way home we stopped in MO and dropped of all our stuff and half set up house.  Paisleys room was the first room we set up and we set her in her crib and she had the biggest time playing in it.  I think she is going to love it.  Anyway hope you enjoy the pics.    

Thursday, December 22, 2011

We Did It!

Graduation was awesome. This was the 3rd time for both of us to graduate (unless you count Mandy's kindergarden graduation from Stamps - and she does!) and it was by far the best. It was cool to be a part of something that was so God honoring. The past two years has been great. Thank you all for you prayers and support as we have been seeking to follow the Lord. Thank you also for your prayers for my graduation speech!

Pastor Paul Bowser and his wife Sandy. They have been such a blessing to us during our time in Wisconsin.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Graduation - December 16th!

Our two years at Bible school is almost up and I wish I could do justice in explaining all that God has done in us over the last two years. Yes, it was hard to leave home and move to Wisconsin, but ask either one of us and we would tell you that we would not trade these two years for anything. I (Jeremy) have been given the awesome privilege of representing our senior class by speaking at graduation on December 16th. In my speech I will be examining the purpose statement of New Tribes Bible Institute and explaining how that focus has affected the hearts and lives of each senior graduating.

NTBI Purpose Statement: The purpose of NTBI is to establish believers in the foundational truths of the Bible with an emphasis on church planting among unreached people groups.

Establishing believers in the foundational truths of the Bible...
If I had to narrow it down to what these were, and what has been foundational it would come down to these two:
1. God's faithful character
2. God's complete, finished, and sufficient work in salvation for sinners through Jesus Christ.
These are pretty much the bedrocks of the Bible and it is God's character that has that has moved Him to provide salvation for us in His Son. I wish I could do justice in this blog update and in my speech to what Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf has accomplished not just for us to enter into a relationship with God, but for us to continue to walk with Him and have victory in this life.

With an emphasis on church planting among unreached people groups...
NTBI is unapologetic in why they exist. They are the beginning phase of training missionaries to take the gospel to those who have yet to hear it. So this emphasis on church planting among unreached people groups causes them to constantly keep the needs of the world before us and challenge us to be a part. But is this what they should do? I would like to argue that because of those foundational truths that I already mentioned (God's faithful character and His complete work in Christ), it is the only thing logical to do. This faithful God has promised to reach all tongues, tribes, and nations and has made provision for each of them through His Son. The clearest thing to do, and the clearest thing for this school to do, is to emphasize this and seek to obey Jesus' commands to preach the gospel to all creation!

Would you pray for me as I continue to prepare to speak at Graduation? I want to speak in a way that honors God and encourages those who are there. We would also appreciate your prayers as we are finishing up school and packing everything to move to Missouri for the second phase of training for New Tribes Mission at the Missionary Training Center in Camdenton, Missouri.

Paisley's Coming Home for Christmas!