Well, we have officially been at the CEF Headquarters in Warrenton, MO for almost 2 weeks now. The time has already gone by quickly! Settling in has gone well. I have been busy with class and finishing up seminary. The first week of Teaching Children Effectively was finally completed and all practicums were successfully completed, thanks to much prayer and support from Kristin and CMI staff and friends. This week begins the second module Understanding Today’s Child. God is at work as I continue to learn more about the ministry to kids.
The apartment they have us staying in during our 3 months here is just right for us! It is a 3 bedroom apartment with a kitchen, dining area, living room and one bathroom. It gives the kids their own room to sleep and not wake each other up at night and allows us to work around the room and not disturb them. The kitchen is just the right amount of space and we can eat right at the dining table. It’s been a blessing! For not knowing what it would be like, God definitely provided!
The kids are doing fine. I (Kristin) have been able to take them on stroller rides around the facility and see the “ducks” and as Timothy is learning, they are geese J Annikah sits back and enjoys her ride around! We’ve also been able to take them to the pool at night to escape from both the warm days and being inside. Timothy also has enjoyed playing on the playground and going on the swings. Although he has had fun, he already has asked about “home” so he knows this is something new. But he’s a trooper, as well as Annikah, who sits in the playpen and plays with her toys or speed crawls around the room when we let her!
The staff and the students have all been warm and friendly and we are able to get to know one another through meals or activities. It is a really great facility and you can see how God is using this organization for His honor and glory. Please pray for us and the weeks ahead and that all will go smoothly. Pray for Ricardo as he continues to take on both his CMI classes in addition to his last semester of seminary classes. Pray for Kristin and the kids as I do not get to see them as often as I would like and the times I do get to are sometimes brief due to the my current workload. However, we do love being able to see each other during the day! Thanks again for your prayers! Blessings to you all!