Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

May you have a blessed Christmas this year. We hope that you will be filled with Joy remebering the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Luke 2:8-20 NIV
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Monday, December 22, 2008

We're Going Home!

We are so happy to share with you that we will be returning to Peru on January 7th. It is hard to believe we have been here for four months now. God has been so wonderful to us, blessing us with wonderful people to help us through the difficulties we were facing. Sarah has recovered quite well from her post tramatic stress and we have been able to make some very positive changes to some things in our family life.

We have a few things we would like to ask you to be praying with us about
  1. That Sarah will not regress when we return to Peru and the house where the break in happened.
  2. That we will be able to get Sarah and Hannah caught up with their classmates in Peru for their return to school on March 2nd. The curriculumn in Canada is much different from their school in Peru.
  3. For Myah who will not be going to school until August. She has really enjoyed her kindergarden class here in Canada and we think she might miss this time with other kids her age.
  4. For Tyler as he takes on the full responsibility of Construction and Maintenance for Kids Alive in Peru. We are returning to three full months of teams and he will be quite busy.
  5. That we will be sure to keep the boundaries we have set to protect our family and devotional time.
  6. For Brenda and her ministry with her moms in Manchay. Brenda will be stepping out of her scheduled role with the moms for a while to spend more time with our children.

It's Snow Much Fun

On Saturday Tyler spent time outside with the girls building this snow fort. It is really quite large and Myah thinks it looks like a volcano. Our girls have enjoyed playing in the snow again and somehow they don't seem to notice the cold, not so true for their parents... we are freezing!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Long Distance Greeting

Yesterday was a very special day. I received two phone calls from my moms in Peru, one from each class, to wish me a happy birthday. It was so great to hear their voices again. I miss them so much and can't wait to be with them. In the evening Tyler and I went out for dinner together, it was very nice.

Our girls have really enjoyed playing in the snow again. It doesn't seem to matter to them how cold it is outside, they just love playing in the back yard. Tyler took the girls tobogganing a few weeks ago and now Myah asks us nearly every day if she can go surfing again. It is quite funny. One afternoon when we had a lot of snow the girls gathered their buckets and shovels and made their own hill off the deck. It was a very short ride down, but still a lot of fun for them.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Few Things I Have Made

Many of you know that I enjoy doing crafty things. Over the last few weeks I have had the chance to spend time making a few things. I always find this relaxing and a great way to spend time with the girls.
Meet Mae and June. I found this pattern for Mae at Bit of Whimsy . They are a present for Myah for Christmas.

I had fun making these ornaments using paper circles. They are fairly easy and look great.
I made these two dresses for a friend,s daughters. I had a lot of fun making them and can't wait to see a picture of the girls wearing their new dresses.

Royal Winter Fair

Two weeks ago the girls had a P.A. day so we decided to go to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. We had a great time, there was so much to see and do. Hannah loves horses and was thrilled to see so many and even watch some show jumping.

Checking out the texture of real horse hair


Notice where Myah's hands are, she was not impressed with the smell.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thank You Fig Tree Quilts!

Above are two of the patterns that Joanna sent for our Moms Helping Moms program in Peru.

I would like to thank Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree Quilts. She has generously donated several of her patterns to our Moms Helping Moms program. They are beautiful and I can hardly wait to make these new things with the moms. Joanna has designed some of my favourite fabrics. After we have returned to Peru, I will post a picture of one of the quilts I have made using one of her patterns and the Allspice Tapestry fabric.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Love is patient, love is kind.....

While we have been home in Canada the last two months Tyler and I have been meeting with our pastor each week. This has been an incredible blessing to us and our marriage and family have improved so much. We have been studying God's design for marriage and working to make changes where we were falling short. Another thing we have been doing is reading 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 to each other every day. Admittedly it did seem kind of silly at first, but as I began to focus on what the words meant and the purpose of this passage it became a favourite part of my day.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1Corinthians 13: 1-8
As I read this passage I am provoked to think what motivates my actions. I can do some pretty great things but if it is not done in love than it really has no worth. As I read on and come to the description of what love is I am challenged. Do I love my husband and children like this? Sadly I have to admit that I fall short often. I realize that this passage shows me how God loves and through His power I am able to love like this. I encourage you to read this passage for yourself and I hope that it will be the blessing to you that it has been to me and my family.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Walk at the Bond Tract

We decided to take advantage of the nice fall weather and go for a walk with the girls on a local trail. We stopped for a snack at a little bridge along the path then headed back to the car. On the way back Myah fell in the mud and got soaked, thankfully Daddy came to the rescue and carried her the rest of the way.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Our New Prayer Card

We have just updated our prayer card. If you would to receive one please contact us with your name and address and we will send one to you right away.

Welcome to Rockton's World Fair

On Friday evening we went to one of our favourite events... The Rockton World Fair. We really enjoy seeing all of the animals, crop displays, and of course the demolition derby. The weather was perfect and we had such a great time.
The animals.

The fun.
The Food
A few rides.

The Demolition Derby.

A Day at the Farmers Market

This Thursday we decided to make our way to the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. We have always enjoyed this and it was such a beautiful day to be out and about.
Stopping for a quick look at the beautiful colours of the trees.
Look at all of these fresh fruits and vegetables.

Myah and Mommy at the end of the afternoon.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fun with Photos

I have been having fun taking pictures of the girls. I don't know why but Hannah seems to be an expert at escaping the shot. But first this picture of Peter Bright is one of my favourites that Hannah took while the team from HBC was in Peru. Great job Hannah, sorry Peter I couldn't resist ;-)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Quick Update

The last few weeks have been filled with a few changes for us. We have decided to enroll all of our girls into school while we are here so that they can maintain that consistancy. Everyone seems to be enjoying this and the girls have already made a few new friends.

We have been to see both our family doctor and a specialist and they have diagnosed Sarah with Post Tramatic Stress from an attempted break in we had a few months ago. She is beginning to make some progress and is learning to overcome some of the fears that she has developed as a result. We encourage you to be praying for Sarah and for Tyler and I as parents as the last few months have pretty difficult for our whole family. We are encouraged though as we see God working and know that He has a purpose in all of this for His glory.

There is excitment around our house as we await Tyler's return tomorrow. He was very pleased with all of the work that was accomplished with the team from Forward. He has told me that construction has begun in Pachacamac on the first two houses. This is great news as we have awaited permission to begin building on this property for several years.

In the works..... We have been informed that there are plans for a Peru Banquet to be held at Cedar Creek Church in November. If you would like more information about this please email us and we would be happy to talk with you.

I hope that you have a blessed week.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Some Recent Pictures

4 A.M. at the Lima Airport waiting to book new flights.
Tyler with his Grandma in Orillia

Myah's first day of junior Kindergarten at Hespeler Public School. She will be going every afternoon for 2 1/2 hours so that I can have the time to homeschool Hannah and Sarah while we are here in Canada.

Sarah modeling the dress I made for her.
Myah and Sarah showing off their new clothes.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Our Email is not Working

If you are wondering why you haven't heard from us in the last while, it is because our email is not working. We are able to receive emails, but not send them. We are working to resolve this problem and thank you for your patience with us.

Tyler, Brenda and Girls

Friday, August 29, 2008

Arrived Safely in Canada

I am writing this post to let you know we have arrived in Cambridge. We have tried to email you all and let you know this however, we only seem to be able to receive emails and not send them at the current time.

We are looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Beautiful in God's Eyes"

Today was an incredible day for me. Because I will not see these women for the next three months, I wanted to treat them to a special outing, something few of them have ever had and certainly not without their children in tow. Three of our moms celebrate their birthday this month and so we brought along a cake that Rachel had made for them. (Thank you Rachel). We ate Pollo a la Brasa at a local resturant called Las Canastas, it is very similar to Swiss Chalet. As it turns out these ladies surprised me with gifts they had made for me and sang some of the new songs they have been learning in our classes, as well as some traditional Spanish and Quechua Christian choruses. It was so touching and it is a memory I hope to carry with me forever.
Each one of these women hold a special place in my heart, and although my job is to teach them, they have taught me so much more. I can see the hand of God at work in their hearts and it is an incredible joy to be a part and a close witness. This past Monday instead of doing our usual practical skills class we took the time and asked our moms if they cared to share a time in their lives when they could see that the Lord was walking with them through different things they had faced. It was amazing to hear their stories and to listen how the Lord worked in their hearts and the people around them. For some of them they told of how they came to faith in Christ. Words cannot fully explain how much this time of sharing meant to me. Some of these ladies have come from horrible circumstances, they have been beaten, left in the streets, their parents died when they were young and some of them have already seen some of their little children die. Our God is a good God and He works all things according to His Purpose, this week I was reminded of this truth as I listen to the words of these precious women.
It will be hard for me to be away from 'my' moms for such a long period of time. God has given me a great love for them and I will miss them immensely. Please be praying for each of them and their children.

Weekend Fun

The Pinata
Julinho 8

Brenda with Angeli and Luz
Ronaldinho 5

Last Sunday afternoon we were invited to my friend Lida's church to celebrate her two oldest sons birthdays. We had a wonderful time getting to know their neighbours and friends. We also tried a traditional Peruvian dish called Pachamenca that is cooked underground. August is a very busy month for birthdays in Lida and Juan's house as everyone but their twin daughters celebrate a birthday in August. In fact tomorrow is Lida's 24th birthday.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

August Update

The Painting Queen

Inspecting the new well in Pachacamac.
Loading the bricks for the concrete ceiling.

Mike, taking it all in.

Dear Family and Friends,

We are in the middle of writing our latest newsletter, but realize this will not be finished as soon as hoped and thought that you should know about our plans for the fall. On August 27th we will be on our way to Canada for three months to take care of some medical and personal issues. We will be staying with Rick and Ruth Foss (Tyler’s parents) for the first month at least. We are looking for someone to help us with Hannah’s and Sarah’s schoolwork as they go to an American Missionary school here in Peru and need to keep their studies up while we are gone. If you or someone you know might be able to help us with this we would greatly appreciate any help you can give. I am not fully certain about the time commitment but I am guessing 3 – 4 hours a day. I will know more in a few days after talking with their teachers.

While we are in Canada we hope to see many of you and would love to get together and spend time with you. Please feel free to email us if you are interested in getting together.

Items of Prayer & Praise
-The girls to settle into a routine quickly
-Someone to help with Hannah and Sarah’s schoolwork
-For our health issues to be resolved
-For the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
-For our ministries in Peru to continue running smoothly while we are in Canada
-Brenda- the moms in her Moms Helping Moms Program
-Tyler- taking over the full responsibility of Construction
-For Maribel who will be watching our house and caring for our dog Annie

Thank you for your continued love and support you are a great encouragement to us.

Tyler and Brenda Foss