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Aug

Preparations

   Posted by: Jesse & Sara Eggman   in Current Events, Guatemala, Missions, Personal

Dear Friends,

It has been a while since our last update. Being a parent is more wonderful than we ever dreamed and more taxing than we ever imagined. We are so blessed to have help from our family during this wonderful and trying time of our lives. We have been working on a few things while waiting to return to Guatemala. We are still trying to raise funds and need another $1000 a month to meet our budget. Please pray that we will be fully funded with our budget met when we leave for Guatemala. Go To Nations asked us if we would be willing to apply for residency in Guatemala. This will mean that we will be able to fulfill legal roles for GTN there and that we will no longer have to renew our visas every three months. Our planned return to Guatemala in mid-July had to be pushed back so that we could go through the necessary steps to apply for Guatemalan residency. We have been filling out and sending off documents like crazy in an effort to get all the necessary paperwork done so that we can return to Guatemala. We have our flights booked for Sept 10th. Please pray that all the documents are approved and sent back with plenty of time to spare before Sept 10th.

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I (Jesse) feel like I have learned a lot and grown a lot in the last couple of months. I had the opportunity to preach at a Spanish speaking church here in TX about a week ago and feel like God taught me a lot through the sermon. I want to share a summary with you.

2 Peter 1:3-4 says “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires”. I think the majority of people in the world can say that at this moment they do not have in their possession everything they need for the rest of their life. So in the natural it seems like the Bible is wrong and we do not have everything we need for life and godliness but the Bible says in 2 Cor 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight. From the very beginning to the very end it is all about faith for us “believers”.

So when the Bible says we have been given everything we need for life and godliness we accept that by faith, we believe it to be true even if in the physical realm it doesn’t seem to be true. Through faith in God’s Word you possess a currency that will obtain for you everything you will ever need for life and godliness. God’s promises are activated, cashed in, or made real in our lives, through faith in them. If we don’t know the promise then we can’t claim them by faith or stand on them in faith. To summarize, if we don’t know the promise we miss out on it and allow the devil to steal from us what we didn’t even know was ours. God showed me that the Israelites were not the only ones given a promise land to take possession of. I pray that each of us will make a decision today to not only be defensive, that is learn Scriptures that apply to our current problems in life once the devil has attacked us, but to be offensive and seek out all that God has promised us in His Word so that we can start taking back all the “Promise” land that God has given us.

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Joshua Makai will be 3 months this week and is growing fast! Every day he is developing in so many new ways. Right now he is discovering his voice and is cooing and gagaing constantly.  He is a sweet spirited baby and is a joy to our lives. I (Sara) never could have imagined all of the ways a baby would change my life. Taking care of Makai is a lot of hard work.  Between changing diapers and nursing him every 2 hours (this little guy definitely takes after his dad in that he loves to eat!)  it has been a challenge to get anything else done! I have to say though that just one little smile or coo from him makes it so worth it! I feel as if I am just now beginning to feel at home in my new role as a mom. The past few months I have really been enjoying the lessons God has been teaching me through motherhood. Here is an example.

So Baby Makai has been teaching me a lot through our daily ordeal of cleaning his nose. His nose gets really clogged with boogers and it affects him in everything he does, especially when he eats and sleeps. By the way he reacts when I clean his nose you would think that I was torturing the little guy. He kicks and screams and cries the whole way through. What he doesn’t realize is that if he would just hold still and trust me, getting the mess out would be much more peaceful, easier and faster. He hates going through the cleaning process but loves being able to breathe afterwards. A lot of times we are the little one crying, kicking, and screaming while God is just trying to refine us and get the mess out of our lives. I am learning to just hold still and let God move in my life even when it is uncomfortable or not very much fun. I am realizing that he cares for me even way more than I care for my son and that he always has my best interest in mind. Even though I may not always enjoy the refining process, I love being clean afterwards!

1 Peter 1:7 “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.”

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Although my roles are changing in life my identity in Christ is firm. I am learning more every day that it is more important who I am that what I do. As we prepare to go back to Guatemala I am excited and looking forward to all the promises God has given our family and for the calling he has on our life in the Petén. I am discovering the joy and peace of enjoying the ride to where God is taking us.

Please keep our energy levels, our funding, our paperwork and the coming transition back to Guatemala in your prayers!

Blessings,

Jesse, Sara & Makai Eggman

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10 comments so far

Candace Crothers
 1 

This was so great to read, made me tear up and smile at the same time. Praying for you guys! Where God calls He will provide!

August 5th, 2013 at 11:43 pm
Sally
 2 

LOVE those pictures of cute Mr. Makai! 😉 Thanks for sharing the lessons God has been sharing with you guys recently. It takes humility to learn the lessons God whispers in the everyday tasks of life, like wiping noses! 🙂 It makes me smile to know that you guys are learning so much as you incline your ears to hear him speak. And I think it’s so cool how God uses little ones to bless us way more than we can bless them!! I can’t wait to meet my nephew face-to-face sometime!! 🙂 You guys are already great parents–and I pray for more, deeper, stronger love to be forged between you and your son and each other. In Jesus’ Name! Thanks for specifics on how to pray–Keep up the good work!! I love your purity and devotion to Jesus.

August 6th, 2013 at 1:17 am
Lisa Eggman
 3 

Our grandson is so beautiful!!! I can’t believe how much he has grown just since I was there in early July. Thanks so much for sharing about some of the things God is teaching you during this preparation time to return to Guatemala. I know you both are excited to return and it will be here before you know it. Blessings and we love you soooo much!

August 6th, 2013 at 11:19 am
Judy Hiett
 4 

Thanks for the update! Keep pressing forward. God Himself is your peace, your protection, and your very great reward. Many blessings to all 3 of you. 🙂

August 6th, 2013 at 11:26 am
Michal Russell
 5 

Sweet photos and insightful, helpful teaching.
Thank you! May God supply all those needs.

August 6th, 2013 at 1:19 pm
Martha Christian
 6 

Beautiful message…beautiful family. Blessing to your family and your work.

August 6th, 2013 at 4:07 pm
Bonnie DeHart
 7 

Wonderful newsletter! Love the pix, too. We are looking forward to your return to the base. We will be praying for your travel. Love you guys.

August 8th, 2013 at 12:04 pm
spanish learn
 8 

What’s up, yeah this article is in fact pleasant and I have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging. thanks.

August 8th, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Susan n Paul Abraham
 9 

Reading your newsletter inspired me a lot. The example of baby Makai in our refining process is wonderful. Will continue to pray for all your needs as a family as the Lord continues to use you’ll in His vineyard.

August 8th, 2013 at 9:19 pm
Sheena Doorn
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Thank you for sharing your journey with us! We will be partnering with you in prayer and soon will be able to sow into your ministry financially. Such a treat to meet you and your PRECIOUS family!!
– Sheena Doorn

August 23rd, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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