Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Busy Busy Fall! (at least in the USA its Fall)

Hello Dear Friends.....I am sorry it has taken so long to post! end of the summer was a bit crazy getting things back on track after traveling all of July, plus we had a few other short trips in there. Rob did do a post at the end of august to get a slide show up on our site with pictures from NZ, but I don't think I sent out a notice to all of you? We are also in the midst of changing the format for out site, but that is taking longer then I thought it would so I have decided to get a post out there even though we are not in our final format. Next we knew we were into fall which brought some much needed routine and busy schedules. The Reynolds are doing very well! Caleb is loving our schooling this year, and Aedan is right on his heals. The "routine" of things has allowed for more structured days of schooling till early afternoon and then the afternoon hours left for fund raising efforts. It has been a beautiful Fall here in New England, which has welcomed some great family time for us as well. This is my absolute favorite time of the year in this part of the world. It has also been a time of reflecting for us as well. It was one year ago that Rob and I on our knees before the Lord made the decision to start this journey to New Zealand, although team building efforts didn't get underway until the spring, the decision was in the early Fall. It was also this time 2 years ago that I was fighting my way through Chemotheropy, and with Oct. being Breast Cancer awarness month, I am so very very thankful for my healing and health. Matter of fact my family and I have formed a team to walk in the fight against breast cancer which takes place this coming weekend.
So what are we up to with New Zealand efforts......Sept. was a great "re-grouping" time for us, evaluating ground work laid down in the summer, setting goals and participating in a local church missions weekend. That was a great weekend for us. South Baptist is the church that I grew up in and that Rob and I were married in. They have just brought in a new Pastor and they held their first missions conference in a long long time. Rob and I were 1 of 4 missionaries asked to participate. I had the awesome opportunity to share my story with 25 ladies at a luncheon on Sat. and then Rob and I gave a 20 minute presentation on Sunday morning. It was great to reconnect with this church, and good for Rob and I to have the experience. They were very generous that weekend, and are looking into the possibility of supporting us. We continue to follow up on many connections in the mid west and are really beginning to dive into connections and church possibilities here in the north east. My "to do" list always seems about a mile long, but every day I just keep laying it before God, there are days that I keep trying to control this, and that usually leads to frustration. As many of you may be aware, our original goal was to depart in the fall. We began to realize late august that 6 months was a bit ambitious to complete all of our funding. We have been encouraged by many other missionaries that usually takes a year at the very least, and to keep plugging away. So we have set new sights, setting our hopes and prayers on early 2009. It took some time but we have had great peace in this and many loved ones continue to remind us of God's timing, not ours. Lately Jeremiah 17:7-8 has really been a pillar for me. "But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. it has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." So we continue to move forward in confidence, trusting in the Lord.
We have designed a newsletter, and many of you have expressed interest in being on that mailing list, so that will be coming soon as well. We will get a recent update form our friends in NZ and I will post happenings going on there as well. Continue to pray for that congregation. We hope this finds all of you well and enjoying this amazing time of year also. When you look at this post scroll down and look at the one before, it has a slide show from cession|community.