A Joyful January

January 24, 2011
Grandview, Texas
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.”
Psalm 28:7

So, I thought Texas was always supposed to be hot. We’ve had about two months of steadily cold weather and we even had a little bit of snow! Now, I personally have a hard time calling the light dusting we received here “snow”, but it sure was strange to see those massive flakes of precipitation falling slowly from the sky.


One of the crafts from Lauren’s 3-year-olds class.

We’ve actually had a pretty eventful couple of months. Lauren has been working at the First Baptist Church of Grandview. The church has a program called Children’s Day Out, which is a pre-school of sorts, and Lauren gets to teach three-year-olds every Tuesday and Thursday. She has been really enjoying working there and it has provided her with some well needed consistency to her otherwise hectic schedule.

Mark teaching Tae Kwon do to his students.

As for me, I have been working steadily at Maypearl ISD as well as picking up a few jobs at Grandview ISD. I enjoy working there a lot and have to say that teaching elementary and middle school aged kids is something I enjoy immensely. I’ve als
o begun teaching a new semester of Tae Kwon do at First Baptist Church of Grandview. I have around twenty students who come each Monday night. My youngest student is around seven years old and I have a few who are in their sixties! This diverse age group has provided quite a challenge for me when I write out the lesson plans each week. My goal is to keep each individual engaged, and working hard, while not pushing others to do things they are unable to do. What a challenge, but also what a joy!

As many of you know, Lauren and I have been working on filling out our application forms for the next stage in our missionary training: New Tribes Missionary Training Centre (MTC) in Canada. We are waiting to get our medical exams and background checks. Hopefully we will be able to attend MTC in August of this year, but we’re leaving that up to the Lord.

Volcán Arenal (Arenal Volcano), one of the places we hope to visit in Costa Rica.

We are also excitedly preparing for our belated honeymoon trip to Costa Rica in April, which we have been planning and saving for almost two years, haha. We will be traveling all around the country staying in different hostels, exploring jungles, volcanoes, snorkeling, and maybe even deep sea fishing for Dorado, Tarpon, or sailfish *fingers crossed*.

I want to thank you all so very much for all of your prayers and support! I know we say this in every update, but it’s such an encouragement to us to know that we have friends and family behind us and praying for us in our journey into missions. We hope that you are all having a Christ filled year and that the Lord is revealing Himself to you constantly.

Untill every tribe is reached: Mark & Lauren


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