Friday, April 27, 2012


When my parents visited in September, we asked them to bring some Bibles.  They brought down 50 copies of the Bible Dios Habla Hoy, a version accepted by the Catholic church.

Our goal is to give them all away.  One of the ways that the kids who come on Sunday afternoons can earn a Bible is by scripture memorization. 

These Bibles aren't for keeping
At the end of December, we told the kids they could win one by memorizing 1 Corinthians 13 before Valentine´s Day.  Two girls began to regularly visit our home during the week so that we could help them memorize.  We didn´t just focus on them learning the verses, we also spent time discussing their meaning.  After a short time, one of the girls gave up memorizing, although she still continued to come.

On Valentine´s Day, Zalma successfully recited the chapter, and she won her Bible along with some other small gifts.  We took her picture and posted it in the room so that other kids could see that memorization is possible, although it requires work.

The next passages that we selected were Isaiah 42:1-9 and Jeremiah 31:31-34.  We told the kids they had until Easter to memorize.  Again, the same two girls came to our home, and we helped them memorize and understand the verses.  This time neither girl gave up.  They both practiced extensively.  Abraham suggested that Six, Ken, he, and I also commit the verses to memory during the assigned time, and I didn't have to work very hard at it, because I was the one who was with the girls most often.

Zalma and Nati recited the verses on Easter Sunday, Nati glowing from the success of having stuck with the work and seen the results of her persistance.  She was very pleased to receive her Bible, and we gave Zalma a different gift, since she had previously won a Bible.

The next passage is John 1:1-14, and the kids have until the end of May to work on those verses.  One of our neighbor girls, who frequently comes to our home during the week (along with her sisters, niece and nephews who come for reading class) already knows all the verses by heart.  She only has to continue reviewing so that she doesn't forget them before the end of May.

We hope and pray that other children will be encouraged to memorize and that the verses won't just be in their minds but will also affect their hearts.  Neither Zalma nor Nati have accepted Jesus into their hearts, and their home situation is worse than any soap opera, but they now both have Bibles, which we emphasized are for using, and they both have some scripture in their minds.

Please pray specifically for those two girls and their families.  They very recently moved to another town, where they live in dangerous and unwholesome conditions.  Other children have told us that they continue to come to Huejotzingo, but only for their catechism class.  We have not seen them since they moved.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Full term

Most of these don't tell me much...
The report with the ultrasound
Abraham and I went for our baby's second ultrasound last night.  The doctor showed us several different views of our little one, and said that as far as he can tell, Baby is doing well.  The only problem is that the umbilical cord is still wrapped once around Baby's neck, just as it was when we went for the ultrasound two months ago.  The doctor told us that when the cord has been wrapped around the baby's neck since early on, chances are that there is less problem - the cord is longer - than if the baby manages to wrap the cord late in the pregnancy.

Since we hope that Baby can be born at home with Abraham's grandmother as midwife, it is encouraging to see the continued health and growth.  We will be visiting a doctor in Cholula for a check-up tomorrow.
A basket of baby goodies

A small sampling of the clothing
The church Dios es Amor arranged a baby shower a few weeks ago, and we received a supply of diapers, wipes, creams, and other useful items from the church ladies.  A few weeks later, the mothers and teachers of Puebla Christian School organized a second shower.  They provided more of the consumable items, along with some toys, clothes, a highchair, and other such baby paraphernalia.  

We found this rocking chair cheaply at a flea market
People ask us, "Are you ready for the baby to be born?"  How to respond?  Yes and no.  Can anyone really be ready for a tiny, completely dependent child to come into their lives?  Who can predict how many sleepless nights, how many scrapes and bruises, how many temper tantrums, how much change will come into their lives?  Yet, of course, we are looking forward to seeing our baby's face, to cuddling, hugging, and kissing, to loving and training and learning how to be the parents God wants us to be.

Please pray for us that the remaining time with Baby inside will go well, and that he or she can be born without complications.  Pray also that we will be the parents God plans for us to be.  This is a life-long prayer.