Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Amazing Provision

We still don't have a home nor a job, but there is much to celebrate this last day of July. We have received all the funds necessary to be fully reimbursed for our travel expenses! We are so grateful and thankful for God's provision. Thank you to ALL of you who gave and responded to the Lord's leading. THANK YOU!!!!!

As far a future plans go..... we remain at a stand still. Application have been sent in for jobs from Charlotte to Asheville to California. We have heard nothing. Also getting out of the basement is proving difficult. Keep praying.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Season Finale - Last Newsletter


Listro News

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.  Prov 19:21 
Season Finale         July 2012

We are so thankful to all of you who have given. Your faithfulness and generosity are overwhelming, and have allowed to receive our paycheck these last three months while we look for a new job. This is a huge provision from the Lord. We are still hoping to receive enough to cover our unreimbursed expenses, approximately $3,000. If you want to help we can still receive donations at SAM through the end of July. (These funds are for travel expenses that we have already paid out of our pocket and need money in our account at SAM to be reimbursed.)

I would love to say that this season of our life will culminate in a tidy heroic ending, where our family rides off into the sunset with a wonderful new job and home waiting for us on the other-side - but that is not our reality. We seem to be living more of a messy-cliffhanger. Starting over has been much more frustrating than we had imagined. We have contacted many people and companies about jobs and housing options. After two and a half months we have still not received one concrete yes or no. Things are very up in the air but we continue to seek the Lord and work hard at uncovering the new life he has in store for us.

This is not how we would have scripted our story, nor the ending to our chapter on the mission field - but I am thankful that the author our story  is good and trustworthy. We continue to walk in faith having no clear vision of where God is leading us. We are beginning to understand that faithful obedience and simply following is of greater value to the Lord than clear vision. We urge you to continue to pray for all of us - that the 7 of us will know the Lord more each day and glorify him in all we do - wherever we may be.

We will be sending no further newsletters.  Again, we thank you for your love, friendship and support.
Holding on tightly while walking in faith with thankful hearts,
The Listros
Christian, Amy,Gabe, Emma, Beth, Max, and Gavin

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Phone:       803-431-4540       803-431-4545

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Donate through July

God has provided for our paycheck over the last 3 months and we are trusting he will provide the funds to cover our recent travel expenses back from Peru. We still need about $3000. If you would like to donate follow the link to our page on the SAM website and find the "Donate" link in the lower right hand margin. We can receive donations through the end of July.

If you you give to our ministry via automatic withdrawl, please contact the office, 803-802-8580, to cancel your pledge.

Back to the Blog

Well, I just went to check something on our website and it wasn't there. Thelistros.com is gone. The domain name was a gift from a partnering church and I guess the lease is up. So what exactly does that mean? The most frustrating thing is that every post I made on the site is not here and you can't look back and read what has gone before...I can't either. I wonder if this is symbolic. In Isaiah God tells Israel not to think about the past. He is doing something new and to look towards that. So we look forward. I am preparing our final update to mail out.Really, the last last one. Bittersweet.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

We Have Moved!

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Friday, February 05, 2010

The Bible - More Relavant than We Think

After being here in Peru for just over a year, It’s amazing how much the Bible has come to life for me (Christian). In America the stories of poverty, donkeys, farming, neighbors and markets all seemed theoretical. It is hard for the average middleclass person to relate to a lot of the situations in which Jesus ministered. Here, and in most of the world, people live lives a lot like what we read about in the Bible.
Today we went and visited a leper at his home. It was something that I never expected to do. A few weeks ago Julio got to translate to this man in the hospital that his leprosy had advanced to the point that there is no hope of a cure. As you can imagine he was devastated. Julio shared that even though there is no hope physically; Jesus came and died so that we could have hope for salvation and a life with him forever. This man prayed a prayer of tears for Jesus to forgive him and save him. It is a awful and beautiful story isn’t it?
On the way to his house in a friend’s mototaxi we stopped at the market and bought him some basic cheap groceries. We got to his house, a 15’ x 15’ room with a corrugated roof. He was much less gruesome than you would think. While there, it hit me that lepers are real people with real lives and personalities, not just caricatures in the Bible or a movie. I found myself feeling a mixture of respectful pity and envy. I in no way envy his position now but I truly am envious that he will be able to meet our creator sooner than me.
We plan on continuing to keep in touch with him. But it was an amazing privilege to be used by God in a small way which allowed me to experience the Bible being lived out. I hope that God will continue to show me and you that the American experience is a blessing that can keep us from really being able to relate to His word.

Sickness and Salad

Some of you know that lettuce is to be avoided in this country . . .I got VERY sick from it in Arequipa, but when you have had 3 salads in the past year you might do something foolish like buy lettuce and try again. I made the best, let me rephrase that, the closest thing to taco salad I could yesterday. It was so good and definitely satisfied a craving many of us had. Unfortunately today Beth is throwing up, others have stomach aches and several have diarrhea. I am not positive it was the lettuce (I washed it twice and I am feeling fine) but you can be sure we won’t do that again anytime soon. Maybe again next year right before our annual dose of amoeba medicine. (Post Script: Just found out several friends have had a virus lately involving fever, headaches and nausea . . . . it was probably that . . . . maybe I will try lettuce again sooner than later. That salad was good.)

Sanity Check

We spent last weekend in Lima with our friends the Dillons. It was a lot of fun. They came down from Huaraz and we spent 4 days together in the pseudo-normalcy of Lima. Christian and I planned this mini-vacation during our first 3 weeks in Pucallpa. That was a very rough time. As Christian explained to someone the other day – “The tickets to Lima are what kept us from buying tickets to Miami and beyond.” We were desperate for a break and cheap tickets to Lima seemed like a good solution. The greatest part about our long week-end (besides the Dillions, por supuesto) was the fact that now, 2 months after purchasing the tickets, leaving Pucallpa was hard. We had things to here and it got in the way of our “normal life”. For now we belong in Pucallpa. God is faithful to remind us that He brought us here – never would we have chosen this place. So glad God knows best.

We are still here

Sorry it has been so long since I’ve let you in on life down here. I need to be sure to update more often because the longer I wait the harder it is to describe all that has been going on.
Some days are so terrible and I want to leave – I don’t want to write on those days because I know I would be very negative.
Some days are amazing and I love it here – I don’t write on those days either because I would be overly optimistic.
Today is a good day to write because it had good, bad, frustration and peace . . . all in the same day.
We are keeping very busy with meetings, getting to know the core group of leaders at the church, understanding Peruvian culture as it is in Pucallpa (very different from the mountains), and keeping our house clean and food on the table.
Christian still feels hindered in ministry due to his Spanish but really it is coming along. Today a 17 year-old college girl came over to practice her English. Her name is Naysha. Her dad owns a small dirt track and restaurant just outside of town (at km 13) and also a garage pretty close to our house. She is very sweet and she spent close to 4 hours at the house with our family. She is very open about who she is, her family, and religion – hoping next time we can talk more pointedly about Christ. Half of her time with us was speaking English and the other half was Spanish with Christian. I am excited to see how this friendship will grow.
In the last month Christian and the kids purchased the first of what I am sure will be many motorcycles. Christian, unfortunately, had to take his bike apart to fix some things and he found a hole in the engine case . . . . not good, but not the end of the world. The kid’s bike is just right for Gabe and Emma. Emma just learned how to use the clutch and loves to ride (especially now that her good friend/neighbor, Mimi, just got the same kind of bike this week and they can ride together.) Gabe hopped right on and picked up where he left off. He can’t wait to race. He and his friend Oli have already built a track right near the house, out behind the school. He loves to ride. It is so good to be in a place where they can get their bike out and go. The younger three are still looking for a bike – I am sure one will come along soon.
We still have days we want to pack up and leave but we now are at a place where we would miss many things about Pucallpa . . . .that is good we have a connection. Still I wonder at times, “Why does God want us here?’ - but He is faithful to reveal just a little at a time the answer to that question. We are no one special or extraordinary – just Christ followers that make mistakes and love God. Our prayer is that HE would be glorified through our family and that others would see HIM through us . . . (not just our red VW or cute gringo kids).

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Christmas Pagent

The kids got to perform in their first Christmas play ever - here at Mil Palmeras. They did a great job. Here is a video of the beginning. Max and Emma are in the back row, Beth is in the middle and Gavin is bottom left . . . .my videography is shakey at first but it gets better.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our First Jungle Christmas

Our first jungle Christmas has now come and gone. It was very memorable for many reasons. I am not feeling very creative tonight so a list of bullet points and pictures are going to have to suffice. Hope you all had a great Christmas and we wish you a very happy New Year!!!

Memorable first:

*First fake Christmas tree

*first year for colored lights (they could sing and were all broken by Christmas morning)
*first Christmas morning with no working lights on tree
*first time in years all the kids didn't sleep around the tree (Gabe needed his own bed and insisted on sleeping. We had to stop him from showering before presents, that would have broken too far from the few traditions our family does have.)

*first time decorating the tree in shorts and sweating
*first Christmas without Walmart and Target
*first Christmas Eve spent in a lake tubing
*first time we planned presents a month ahead of time (Christian bought many of the kid's gift while he was in Lima over Thanksgiving.)
*first time we bought Emma real jewlery. (silver daisy earings we bought in Arequipa before we left.)

*first time ants invaded the candy stash
*first time we froze boxes of Nerds (brought from Lima) to kill ants and picked them out
*first time our kids were happy to receive candy mixed with dead frozen ants (we only missed a few . . and what didn't have ants did 12 hours later when they forgot to close the Ziploc baggies their candy was in.)
*first time our dog ate a nativity scene and ornaments off the tree (Libby is cute but she eats everything - we are starting to think she is partially goat . . .which is good and bad. I've always wanted a goat)
*first time my oven didn't cook well and after 4 hours we had to cut off the turkey breasts and cook them in my neighbors oven
*first time the turkey feet and head were included with the turkey (Libby ate everything we didn't . she loves turkey feet.)
*first time our kids have been in a Christmas program at church . . . their debut was in Spanish.

All-in-all, it has been a great holiday . . .difficult at times missing family and friends, but amazing when we realize the friends God has given us here. So glad he came to earth so we could know him.