Highlights of the past decade

Well, we only have 1 more day (roughly) until the start of a new decade.  Here are some highlights of the past decade in mine and Rebecca’s lives:

1999: I graduated from high school (woohoo) and started seminary!

2000: Rebecca lost her mind and started going out with me!

2001: Rebecca lost her mind again when she said “yes” to marry me!

2002: Rebecca graduated from Miami University (Bachelor in Social Work) and we got married!

2003: Mission trip to Mexico city.  I graduated seminary, and I was ordained into the gospel ministry!

2004: Surrendered our lives as missionaries to Peru, survey trip to Arequipa, Peru, deputation, and our girls were born (even though we didn’t know them then).

2005: We arrived in Arequipa, Peru to work with the Marks family in April and in August Natali and Neomi came into our lives!

2006: We took a survey trip to Cusco, Peru and saw Machu Picchu for the first time!

2007: The new year found us moving to Cusco and we started our kids club! We also started the adoption process for the girls.

2008: Rebecca turned 30!  We also received legal custody of the girls in September!

2009: We started the church! Natali and Neomi turned 5!  They made it through a whole year of K4! The girls’ adoption became final and they became Reinhardts!

It’s amazing to think that all these things, and so many more, have happened in 10 years. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us in the coming decade!  I never thought I’d be where I am now.  I praise the Lord for how far He has brought us and for how much He has taught us!  He has been with us every step of the way!

Happy New Year to you all! God bless!

Merry Christmas!

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas day!  Praise the Lord for the gift of eternal life through Jesus who came as a baby so long ago!  Christmas can be a difficult time of year since we are so far from family, but we are so thankful for the family that God has given us here in Cusco.  It was great to be able Skype with all our family and get to see them all!  (Technology is a wonderful thing when it works). We also were invited to Christmas dinner at the house of British missionary friends.  It was wonderful to celebrate Christmas with them and see their Christmas traditions.  We also ate a traditional British Christmas dinner which was exquisite.  We will post pictures as soon as we get them all uploaded!

Christmas Clubs

This morning we had 39 kids come to our Christmas party and we had 4 youth come last night to their Christmas party! Praise the Lord!  It is such a blessing to be able to have something special for these kids.  It’s so great just to see their faces light up over something that seems so small to us.  We thank the Lord for giving us the privilege to work with these children and youth. Here are some pictures:

Rosa and Nelli making snowmen
Rosa and Nelli making snowmen
The 4 youth girls doing the craft
watching a movie about Jesus' birth
little ones doing the craft
Josue helping with hot chocolate
Efrain helping clean up
boys looking forward to their presents
opening presents
saying goodbye and Merry Christmas!

Final Adoption Papers

Praise the Lord the adoption is final!  We got a copy of the final adoption decree today.  It has been 2 years, 3 months, and 3 days since we started the process. Praise the Lord for His goodness.  The actual paper hasn’t been released from the courts yet, but it should be released on Monday and then there’s another little process to be done, but the good news is that it’s official!