After a 30-hour journey from DFW, we arrived at Wycliffe USA very late last night to begin Equip Onsite. We’ll be here for 2 weeks training with several other singles and families, all preparing for service in the next two years. The drive was fun and excruciating in turns; check out our pictures on Facebook.
The Center here in Orlando is fantastic. Built on only a small part of the 815 acre property, there’s plenty of space to expand! Currently there’s a Discovery Center, Wycliffe USA headquarters building, Wycliffe Associates headquarters building, an RV park, activities center, and guest apartments. They’ve provided for us a ground-level 3-bedroom apartment while we’re here, and it’s beautiful. It’s fully furnished and very well laid out for what we need. We’ve already raided the Publix down the road, so we’re pretty set up.
This afternoon we’ll meet with the kids’ teachers, eat dinner with all our new colleagues, and attend an opening meeting (with kids in childcare). Tomorrow orientation will continue (we get a tour!), and then we’ll be hitting it hard all week.
Please pray that the Mini Man will get feeling better. He’s well now, but his bottom front teeth are coming in with a vengeance, so he’s pretty grumpy. He’s eating well but not sleeping very well. The discomfort wakes him up pretty often.
Zeke has a hard time when he’s not well rested. It exacerbates his general frustration with his inability to communicate, and the result is pretty unpleasant for everyone. Pray that he gets the rest he needs and that he adapts to a new situation well.
Judah is also pretty beat from the trip, but he’s napping great now. Please pray that his reactions would be calm, that he’d be patient and loving with the little guys, and that his sweet spirit would be encouraged.
Abel has already mentioned a couple times that ‘living in an apartment isn’t very much fun.’ He’s just missing his stuff – please pray that this will be a great experience leading him to appreciate family. Pray that he will be excited to learn and try new things.
This girl has been excited about this trip. Her attitude at any given moment trickles down to all the boys, so please pray that she’ll be positive and encouraging. Also that she’ll make great new friends that will help her look forward to our assignment.
We’re so excited to be here! Pray that our minds would be open to what we need to learn and process, that we’d be at peace with the childcare arrangements, and that our desire for reaching Bibleless people would be deepened.
That’s all for today – feel free to leave a comment below with any prayers or encouragement for us – they’re needed and greatly appreciated!