“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…” –Philippians 1:3-5, NIV
We continue to be so grateful for you prayers, encouragement, and support! Thank you so much.
The last couple of months have had some surprises for us and for the school community where Robbie works. The long-time director of the school, a friend of ours, resigned from his position. This is a huge change for him and his family, as well as for the school. The secondary principal has stepped into the role of interim director, to help navigate the school through this transition. A number of other teachers have left the school in the last few months because of Zika or other health concerns, leaving the school somewhat short staffed. Please pray for all involved—the administration, the teachers, and the students—as they deal with this change and discern how God is leading them into the future.
Even in the midst of these challenges, God continues to be good, and has blessed Robbie's ministry in some wonderful ways. A few weeks ago, just before Easter, he delivered the message in the high school and middle school chapels. He preached about Jesus' transformative work in the life of Nicodemus, whom he told that he must be born again. You can listen to the messages by clicking the links here: High School and Middle School. The Holy Spirit really blessed the message, and used it to draw many students into a new or renewed relationship with God. In the high school, four students responded publicly to the Gospel invitation, and gave their lives to the Lord. In middle school, literally every student came forward at the time of the invitation! Robbie was absolutely stunned and overjoyed. Several of them were giving their lives to the Lord for the first time, and the rest were rededicating their lives to God. We are still thanking God for answering our prayers, that He would use Robbie's words to draw students to Himself. Please join us in praying for the students, especially the new believers, that they would continue to grow in faith and in their love for the Lord.
Our family got to have a wonderful reunion and celebrate Easter together in Virginia. We were all so happy to see each other after a few weeks of being apart. Grace kept on saying, "My Daddy is home! I am so glad!" It was truly a time of renewal and connection, also a huge answer to prayer. We are now in the home stretch of our separation, with about seven weeks left at this point. Please pray that the time would go quickly, and that God would give us patience, endurance, and unity as a family.
One of the blessings that have come out of Irene's being in Virginia with her parents during this time is that she has been able to help out during her father's recovery from knee replacement surgery. She is grateful that she was able to visit him in the hospital and rehab center, give him rides to physical therapy and other appointments, and help out with cooking. We know that many of you have been praying for Irene's dad and we are so grateful! His recovery is going very well—he's now able to walk up to two and a half miles and go up and down stairs with ease. Even so, he does still have pain on and off, even with strong pain medication. Please pray for physical comfort from pain, especially as he reduces the pain medication, for good sleep, and for continued healing and recovery.
Irene's pregnancy is going relatively well. She is awaiting results of the Zika test, which have been sent off to the CDC by the health department. She is also struggling with low iron, leading to tiredness, even while she is eating iron-rich foods and using high doses of supplements. Please pray that the new supplements that the midwives prescribed are more effective, and that her iron levels will go back up to a normal range, and for the baby's continued growth and development.
Thanks again for your friendship and support! May God bless you and your family!
In Christ alone,
Robbie and Irene and Grace
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