Great Sunday

We praise the Lord for giving us a wonderful Lord’s Day!  The Lord blessed us with 19 souls in attendance (5 first time visitors)!  We had services in the morning and then had a great lunch (made by Becca and Phyllis) and then played “mafia”.   We were going to play volleyball but it was raining off and on so we opted to stay indoors.  Here are some pictures:

Natali, Neomi, and Emerson
Natali, Neomi, and Emerson

singing (Phyllis playing the keyboard)
singing (Phyllis playing the keyboard)
eating lunch
eating lunch
from left to right: Josue, Gustavo, Magali, Wendi, Nando, y Lupita
from left to right: Josue, Gustavo, Magali, Wendi, Nando, y Lupita
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Becca’s mom arrives

Yesterday morning my mother-in-law, Phyllis, arrived.  Praise the Lord she had no problems with her luggage or flights!  It was kind of like Christmas in July yesterday with all the goodies she had stuffed in her suitcases.   We were all very excited.  Now the girls have new toys and books, and we have new candy (that’s my favorite part!).  We are so thankful for all the things she brought us.  It’s not easy lugging around two suitcases for a whole night in Lima’s airport!

Club during school vacations

We’ve moved our kids club and youth group to the weekdays instead of having them on Saturdays.  It’s a nice change and we would love to be able to keep things this way but school vacations are only for about 3 weeks.  We let the kids and youth pick the day and time they wanted to come.  Praise the Lord for 18 at kids club!  We had 2 show up for our youth club.  That was a little discouraging, especially since the youth picked the day and time they wanted to come.   We praise the Lord for the 2 that came though.

Diego looking at the camera while the others color
Diego looking at the camera while the others color
Gleni doing her worksheet
Gleni doing her worksheet
others doing their sheets
others doing their sheets

Adoption Hearing

This morning we had our adoption hearing.  It wasn’t quite what we expected, but everything went good.  It was a very informal meeting.  We sat and talked with the judge.  He asked us a few questions and then he dictated to his secretary a letter approving our paperwork and authorizing the adoption to move forward to the sentencing phase.  We weren’t exactly sure what was going on at first because he talked with our lawyer and it sounded like we were going to have to complete some other requirements.  Praise the Lord he accepted everything!  Now we have to send all our paperwork to the biological mom advising her of the proceedings (not sure exactly why since we have complete custody of the girls).  When we get that paperwork back we will move into the final adoption verdict.  Thanks to all of you who have been praying for the adoption and for the hearing today. Here’s a picture of the girls all ready for this morning.  They turned on there usual charm for the judge this morning!

Ready for the adoption hearing
Ready for the adoption hearing

Early school vacation

Yesterday the government of Peru announced that all schools would have to be closed from the 15th-31st of July.  They are trying to prevent the spread of illness, particularly swine flu.  As you can imagine this created quite a stir at the schools since winter break wasn’t scheduled for another couple weeks.  Hopefully, this won’t mess up too many people’s vacation plans.  I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think it will help all that much.  We’ll see!