Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Beginnings

I love new beginnings.  They are a chance to start over, begin again, hit the reset button.  Since returning from vacation August 22nd, we’ve had a busy time of new beginnings! 

August 22nd was Tessa’s birthday and we celebrated her turning 7 years old. It was the beginning of another year of her life.

Tessa's 7th Birthday Party August 2013

August 23rd, new RMI missionaries, Greg and Star Harvie, arrived on the field (all the way from Nebraska).  For them especially, this a very significant new beginning: one they will mark every year they are here.  The past week has been full with helping them get settled into their new host-country and home, showing them the ropes and field orientation: all with the goal of helping  set them up for them for success in their ministry with RMI and in Haiti.  September 9th, they start language training.  This whole year will be filled with firsts for them!

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August 26th was the start of a new school year for Drew and Tessa (3rd and 2nd grades, respectively.)  I love this time of year.  It’s a time for our family to hit the reset button and begin again with the daily routine and responsibilities that were more relaxed during the summer.  It’s new and exciting every year.  Cite Lumiere Christian School started the year off with a family chapel service.  Rob was asked to speak and he challenged the kids (and adults) with Romans 12-:1-2: to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed by the renewing of their minds.  It was a great service to kick of the beginning of a new school year.

Drew and Tessa's 1st Day of School Aug 2013

After a great vacation, it’s been a time for Rob to get back into work and ministry with a renewed spirit.  With school starting, it’s a time for me to get back into routine at home and with my RMI responsibilities. Summer is fun but it’s also a challenging time for me to keep up with my work when the kids don’t have school.  The school year gives me a renewed sense of purpose.

This life we have in Christ is a new beginning: forgiven, redeemed, “reset”.  I am so thankful for the redeeming work of Christ on the cross and for new beginnings at different times of the year to remind us of the greater work He is doing in our lives! 

Pray for Greg and Star Harvie, Drew and his teacher, Mrs. Ferris, Tessa and her teacher, Mrs. Leger, RMI as we enter into a busy fall team schedule and our family as we adjust to new routines and a new school year.  How can we pray for you?

~Becky

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