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Friday, July 14, 2017

Furlough or Bust!

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Well, the time has come! We are packing up the parsonage and loading up the suitcases for our next family adventure. We are taking a year long furlough to visit our supporters and share what God has been doing here in Peru. It saddens us to leave the ministry behind for so long but we know that God is in control ALWAYS and that HE WILL be present here as well as wherever we are in the states.

Last night we held our last ladies meeting and I wanted to leave them with a message that would encourage them as well as spur them on to action.  We were studying Philippians 1:15-18 where Paul speaks about two different motives for proclaiming Christ, good vs. bad.  We came up with three good motives...
                         1. out of good will   2. out of love   3. in truth

And then it hit me!
This is exactly the message I wanted to leave with them. When we serve God it should not be for self-serving reasons, or to please the pastor (or his wife). I stressed that the very reason why I don't beg and plead for people to serve is because in order for it to please God that service must come from the heart....out of good will...out of love...and done in truth.  The ladies were encouraged and so was I. With full hearts we finish out this chapter and are ready to begin the next adventure!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2016-2017 End of the year review

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The school year has come to a close, and it happened right on time! We are finishing up construction on the parsonage, things were being shoved into corners for the painters, and we are working on our upcoming furlough schedule!  If you missed the curriculum post about what we had planned on using this year, here is the link.

Mr. Hotwheels was quite the challenge when it came to being motivated to do his work but we made it through! He really loved his BJU math and was excited about learning to read. We worked through about 25 lessons of the Burnz' Pronouncing Print reader and it really helped him to build confidence in reading one-vowel words without relying on picture clues. That in conjunction with the A Beka K-5 phonics program has helped him progress smoothly into two-vowels words and some special sounds. He can now pick up a level one reader and read most of it on his own. He also loved the Handwriting Without Tears Kindergarten book.

Mr. Bookworm has blown through everything that I place in front of him. On of the last books I downloaded for him was Mr Popper's Penguins. He read it in three hours, and then reread it again a few days later! So throughout the year we have read from several public domain readers and used lists like the one from Ambleside Online.  With math we had to take a step back because the BJU advanced quickly into two-digit arithmetic and we needed to work on memorizing our math facts well before learning new concepts. We used MEP Year 1, a free downloadable program that focuses on building basic addition and subtraction skills along with logic, and now he is confidently advancing with Christian Light Education's math program.

With both boys we switched back and forth between a grade level workbook, Explode the Code phonics, and the ABeka program. I realized that teaching two children with two more on the horizon that I just do not have the time to teach every course individually, and I needed something that would fit our needs as we head into the new school and our first furlough from the mission field at the same time. Stay tuned to see what we have planned for next year!