These past four months have been FULL! Just last week we arrived home in Chihuahua after a month long journey that the Lord graciously took us on. A month where the Lord really deepened our dependence on Him and our love for Him.

And just like this picture, life has been a little blurry lately (yes even literally), not knowing all that is going on and the “why” behind it all. Even so, we are encouraged to set our eyes on Jesus who gives us the needed resources for today to see clearly and walk in His truth and grace.

       A 20 Day Gap

A couple weeks ago I took the time to process a little bit of what our family has experienced. I sat down on the couch at my parents’ house and began to write:

Imagine with me that one day someone, who loves you, leaves you. You know that when you see them again it will be that much sweeter, your relationship will be that much deeper, and you will know each other at greater depths than ever before. You wait. And you wait. You know they left, and you long to be with them. One week goes by. Then two. Day 19. Memories flood into your mind. You can’t help but smile and stare into the eyes of the one in front of you. You start recounting lyrics which then turns into a sweet little low sounding song, something you don’t do often, but this moment has called for it.

Minutes later you find yourself realizing the lyrics of what you were just singing. You notice your dad who left 20 days ago is right there. He is approaching you and there is Someone else there with him who is so brilliant. Immediately your dad and you start talking.
“You found me earlier than I thought you would.”
“Who knew I’d be here with you?”
“I did,” comes the voice of the glorious One.
“It wasn’t too early? It felt like maybe I could have been back there longer. What about them?”
“You are exactly where you belong reunited with your daddy and your Creator, just as it was intended to be. And those down there. You and your dad were faithful to tell them and show them the truth-that only faith in Christ can bring them here-nothing more, nothing less. They will join you when it’s time. Your faith has been realized. Their time will come.”

And so you continue to discuss and discover the love the One has for you. You and your dad are learning together kind of like how you remembered years ago but now it’s even more real.

We mourn the loss of two men in our family this past month. My (JJ’s) grandpa Paul Wyma and uncle Todd Wyma. They left us down here and have joined the great cloud of witnesses who are watching God’s story and our lives play out to see us moving towards maturity in Christ and bringing others alongside us in that process.

They both understood the good news of what Jesus did for them. They were men who grew up in the Bolivian jungle speaking Ayore with their friends, sharing and demonstrating the love of Christ to individuals who even became their coworkers. Many of these Ayore friends are now fellow servants of Christ and ministers of the gospel of peace, while some are united with them in the presence of Christ.
Both Paul and Todd loved their families as they trusted in God to provide for their needs. And I have seen their commitment to God and their families as their wedding vows take on flesh “in richer and in poorer, in sickness and in health.” What I saw as a grandson and nephew was my grandpa and uncle learning the depths of Jesus’ life as they carried their families through the valleys of financial instability and physical suffering. Those hard places were the bedrocks of moving their confidence to a God who sees and who hears and provides. They blended beautifully, yet not perfectly, the need to work hard and depend on their God who provides. Paul discipled his son Todd in the truth and Todd discipled his four boys in the truth of God’s Word—the mark of a disciple.

And I truly believe that the life they lived down here with us helped prepare them for what they are now experiencing. Their faith down here has been made real. They know full well that Jesus is who He has said that He is.

        1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NLT
    ”And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.“
    Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT
    ”Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.“

      PRAYER & PRAISES

    • Pray for our family as we walk through the reality of compounded grief. My (JJ’s) grandpa Paul Wyma passed on 4/4/24 and uncle Todd Wyma passed 20 days later on 4/24/24.

    • Pray we keep allowing Christ to shine in and through us to others.

    • Pray for our kiddos who have been out of routine for over a month: Coco as she finishes up the year with her Kindergarten friends and teacher, and AJ as he jumps back into his bilingual preschool.

    • Pray for us to have patience with ourselves as we reacclimate to life and ministry in Chihuahua. The past couple of days we have all felt a little under the weather. 

    • Pray for JJ’s left eye. He was able to see his eye doctor in Osage Beach the last week we were in the States, and we learned that there is significant fluid build-up at the back end of his macula, which right now is causing some blurred vision. A year ago it looked as if that fluid had decreased, and now it’s back. Stress seems to be an underlying factor and this month has had its fair share of things to ‘stress about.’
    • Please let us know how we can be praising the Lord with you and/or praying for you. We would be blessed by hearing from you!

      Life Lessons…Mourning with Hope

    Life is a vapor. We are challenged with the reality that God has given us this life to live for Him and be testimonies of His grace and truth wherever He has us – whether that be in Mexico or in Missouri. God uses what we go through for our good, but also for your good. We hope that our lives are encouraging you to live for Him. And as we mourn the loss of two great men, there is an amazing hope that life has only begun for them, and we will be reunited with them one day. I think another Paul wrote, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” That truth is really sinking into our hearts this month.

    His love enables us to know Him and make Him known. And He often uses trials and sufferings in life to do just that.

    THANK YOU fellow teammates!         

    Our Current Monthly Need: $800 Monthly 

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    Current Needs & Provisions

    Thank you so much for partnering with us to see God’s name be known down here in Mexico! A HUGE shoutout to those who have given sacrificially during this unexpected month of travel and vehicle needs. God is using you in mighty ways and we are blown away to be recipients of His grace!

    We are also looking into purchasing homeschool curriculum for Coco for the 2024-2025 school year. If you would want to help out by giving towards that need too, we would greatly appreciate it.

    God has a unique way of providing all we need. We believe that every contribution counts: $10, $20, $50, $100 or $500 per month, we value each and every gift as it enables us to fulfill our calling.

    We are amazed by the generosity of those who have partnered with us so far, and we are excited to see how the Lord will continue to provide through willing hearts. If you know of others who might share our passion for God’s work, please connect them with us.

    Together, we can make a impact in advancing His kingdom. Thank you for considering how you can contribute to this incredible journey. Let’s join hands and make a difference for God’s glory!

     

    The Numbers

    In order to be 100% funded, weneed $800 more in monthly support.  If the Lord is prodding at your heart at being a part in what He is doing through us, please reach out to us!

    God has been so faithful and it has been so cool to see you step in and show us the love of Christ through your sacrificial giving and your prayers. Also, we have started a savings account where we are trusting the Lord in about a year to purchase a vehicle that could handle the mountain roads. If you want to make a donation toward that, you can make a donation by clicking the green “DONATE” button that you see on the upper right corner of the website. We have received many gifts for this need already and we are SO thankful for our church bodies! Thank YOU!

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