Hello friends & family!
After a month of intense cross cultural training in Waxhaw, NC with JAARS (a sister branch of Wycliffe Bible Translators), we are back home in the mission house in Lexington, NC. It feels great to be back! David is only here for a short time as he will depart this Friday, March 3rd for Nampa, Idaho for his MAF flight training. We wanted to share a quick update.
We took an Intercultural Communications Course with JAARS. We learned some valuable information and even learned a lot about ourselves and how we can continue to grow in our walks with the Lord. Some of the topics covered: Strengths Finder, Theology of Suffering, Counting the Cost of being a Missionary, Raising Missionary Kids, How to deal with conflict Biblically, Emotional Hardiness, Sovereignty of God, Trauma and Missions, Crisis Contingency, Moral Purity, Armor of God, a deep study in the book of Ephesians, Idols of the Heart, Spiritual Retreat, Stones of Remembrance, and the list could go on! We would personally recommend this course to any missionary heading for overseas service.
Pictured Below: ICC Class Winter 2017
At the conclusion of our course, each participant had to select a stone for our Stones of Remembrance and write what stood out to them most and what God taught them. For myself (Hannah), I wrote “Perfect Peace” on my stone. I wanted to remember God’s Sovereignty above all and that he NEVER loses control. He always gives us perfect peace, even in the midst of chaos. If you have time, you tube the song by Laura Story called “Perfect Peace.” I am sure it will encourage your heart. For David, he wrote “Identity in Christ” and “Boldness in Christ” on his stone. He learned to solidify his identity in Christ and learn to become more bold through Christ in Godly confrontation. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the course and were challenged in different ways to grow more in our walks with the Lord. We were able to have a marriage seminar every Monday afternoon with other couples discussing how to “Field proof your Marriage.” We thoroughly enjoyed this “date” time as a couple learning and growing together. The month was also challenging as all three of us have dealt with sickness. We are almost on the mend and hope to be fully recovered soon. Overall, this was a month of pruning and growing closer to the Lord.
Our new friends, Martin and Alice Reed, that we met at ICC. They are heading to Canada soon to work with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Nicholas has been a champ through all of our training and our recent move back to the U.S. We are so thankful for our happy little guy. He will be 11 months old this Sunday, March 5th. He crawls all over the house and has recently mastered pulling up. He is in everything, and we have had to start baby proofing our home here. But he is an absolute joy! For this child we prayed! We are looking forward to celebrating his first birthday April 5th!
Pictured Above: Nicholas at 10 months old. 🙂
Pictured Below: Swinging on the playground at JAARS. Such a big boy!
David will be leaving this Friday morning for Nampa, Idaho. He will be at MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) for a month of flight standardization. We sent out an email earlier this week asking people to sign up for a day to pray for David. If you are interested in choosing a day of the week to pray each week for David, please email us at email@example.com or message us on Facebook. For example, I will pray every Thursday of the month of March for David. We will send out updates each week to keep you informed on how you can best pray for him.
We hope to visit some of our supporting churches when David returns from Idaho. If your church is interested in us speaking, please let us know. If you would like to communicate with me (Hannah) during the month of March, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to catch up with a lot of you, especially those in the Lexington/Winston-Salem area.
As of now, we do not have an exact return date, but are in prayer about this. Would you pray with us? We are aiming to head back late spring/ early summer 2017 if the Lord allows. There are many things still left to be done before we can return, David’s training being the biggest of all.
~ March 3rd- April 1st- MAF Standardization for David in Nampa, Idaho
~ April 5th- Nicholas turns ONE! 🙂
~ April 18th-26th- We will be in Burlington, NC with our MAG Team for meetings/activities.
~ April 22nd- Missionary Air Group Open House (You are Invited) from 12:00-6:00 pm in Burlington, NC at the MAG Hangar. You can drop in any time that afternoon and BBQ will be served that evening for supper. Please let us know if you are coming or if you want more information.
~ April 30th- Double Spring Baptist Church in Shelby, NC
~ Pray for David as he flies out this Friday morning. His training officially begins on Monday, March 6th. Pray for him to learn a lot and be safe as he flies for training.
~Pray for wisdom and direction concerning our soon return to Honduras.
~Pray for the village of Rus Rus to continue to grow in their walks with the Lord. We continue to stay in contact with our brothers and sisters in Christ there. They are fasting and praying weekly for our quick return.
Thank you for your continued prayer and financial support. It has been wonderful reconnecting with a lot of you since we’ve been home. If you’re ever in the Winston-Salem area and would like to see us, please let us know. We will be visiting some of our supporting churches in the spring once David returns if we are able to.
David, Hannah, and Nicholas Mora