Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fun Time

Moms and their children
from the last several years Moms Helping Moms groups.
It was great to see everyone!
Last Saturday we invited all of the families and children from the four years we have served at the Oasis to a party. We wanted to show them our appreciation for their friendship and to have an opportunity to say good-bye. Between 200 and 250 people came for the afternoon. We had a lot of fun with all of the kids and their parents.

Trampoline
Tons of fun was had by kids of all ages.
Serving refreshments and snacks. 
One of the two bouncy playgrounds we rented.
Tyler and Eduardo with the older kids from the children's home.

At a party the home had for us a week ago, all of the kids put their picture and a message in a
photo album they made for Tyler. Claudio's message said "Thank you Mr.T for being my best friend and helping
me take care of my animals."
Trying to express our love and appreciation for our friends without crying.
More of our friends. 
This past week has been full of good-byes. It has not been easy, but I am thankful that God has allowed me to get through the week without becoming an emotional mess. I think the business of packing, the girls finishing school, and planning our good-bye party kept me from dwelling on it. However, I think it might hit me in a week or two after we have arrived in Pucallpa and I am not getting up in the morning to be greeted by 85 kids while they are eating their breakfast. I love each of them and I will miss them!

I am glad that we are moving, I trust completely that this is God's plan for us. So it is not with regret that we leave, but hope of what is to come and what God has in-store for our family.

feliz cumpleaños

Blowing out the candles while holding sweet Zoe.
On my last official day of responsibilities I went to the Care Center for the day. It was also my birthday and the moms surprised me with a party. I was very special. I love them all so much and will miss each one. I have witnessed God do amazing things in them this year. There are new names written in the Book of Life!

Here are a few pictures from that day.

Birthday Flowers
All of the moms hand embroidered place mat's and a table runner for me.
With my dear friend Yessela
Will all of my friends!

Para cada uno de mis queridos amigos,

Os quiero a todos mucho. Gracias por ser mis amigos y me invitaba a sus vidas. Ha sido un privilegio conocer a usted y sus hijos dulce. Que el Señor siga bendiciendo a cada uno de ustedes y puede seguir creciendo en la semejanza de Cristo

Con mucho amor y cariño Brenda

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pucallpa

I thought you might like to see a few pictures from Pucallpa to give you a brief glimpse of where we are headed.
Several boats on the shore of the Ucayali River. The greatest tributary of the Amazon River.
Another angle of the Ucayali River.
Typical transportation along the river.
SAM Center
A house similar to the one we will be living in.
SAM Academy. Our girls new school
SAM Academy library.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Encouragement

Today, we got to Skype with our home church during Sunday School hour. It was great to see familiar faces and hear voices that we miss. This was the first time we have done this in our four and a half years on the field and I hope that we will be able to do it again soon.

Another great thing about today was being able to openly talk about our changing mission organizations. We have known that this is going to happen for quite some time, but because of all of the details to be figured out we weren't able to share it with many people. That part was getting hard especially with all of the emotions that we are dealing with. This experience has again brought me to a point when I needed to depend on God alone for comfort and peace. I am learning not to stress over things the way that I used to and learning patience in God's timing. I believe this is a never ending lesson.

We were so encouraged by our time this morning , sharing what is on our hearts, our excitement, fears and a whole range of other feelings. Our time ended with people from our home church praying for us as the felt led. What a blessing that was.

To our wonderful family at Hespeler Baptist Church, we are so thankful for you, we appreciate you and love you.

Tyler, Brenda, Hannah, Sarah and Myah


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Important Update for our Supporters

In this post you will learn about our up coming change of mission boards. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. We will have more information for transferring your support from Kids Alive to South America Mission very shortly.



Dear Supporter,
                We recently celebrated four years of ministry in Peru. During this time with Kids Alive we are thankful for the opportunity we have had to grow in our love for the Lord, our love for the Peruvian people and our understanding of the language and culture.  We feel privileged to have formed many close relationships with the women and children within the ministries here in Peru.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
                Just as our decision to come to Peru was in response to God’s calling, we are prompted by the Lord to a new ministry focus.   The Lord has given us a love and desire to minister in the jungle among the people there through increased involvement with the local church and evangelism.
                After seeking the Lord in prayer and with the encouragement of the Elders from our home church we began exploring our ministry options.  Our search led us to South America Mission (SAM) based in Pucallpa, Peru.  In July of this year we flew to Pucallpa to visit their ministry sites and meet with mission’s personnel.  We were excited by what we saw the Lord doing there through SAM and by their willingness to partner with us. We have since applied and been accepted by South America Mission to serve in Pucallpa with them and will be leaving Kids Alive at the end of December.
                Beginning in January Tyler’s ministry will involve rebuilding the facilities at the SAM Center in Pucallpa, working with local personnel and visiting work teams.  Brenda will be involved in the local crisis pregnancy center and working in women’s ministries.  We both will be involved in outreach through the local church and the indigenous ministry center.
                Pucallpa is a city of 300,000 located 500 km north east of Lima. It is on the Ucayali River, a major tributary of the Amazon.  Because of its central location in the Peruvian jungle, Pucallpa serves as an air base and administrative center for several mission agencies.
                The SAM Center will provide our family with SAM Academy an English - language missionary kids’ school. There, we can also be part of a large missionary community who meet and encourage one another regularly.
                It is our hope that you will continue to partner with us as we serve the Lord in Pucallpa. Thus we are asking you to transfer your support from Kids Alive to South America Mission on our behalf. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us by email at tbfoss@southamericamission.org  or by Skype ty_foss is our user name.
  Sincerely in Christ,
Tyler and Brenda Foss


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Summer Newsletter 2011

Foss Newsletter Summer 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Pictures

Did you see the new blog header? I love these new pictures. They were taken by a new friend Jen during her visit to Peru a few weeks ago. I cannot pick a favorite, because I love something about everyone of them. Jen is such a talented photographer. While she was here in Peru, she took a number of great pictures of the kids and family's at the Oasis. If you want to have a look at them check out her blog by clicking on her name above.

I admit there is one other picture that Jen took that means a lot to me and it is this one of Dana and I together. This sweet little girl holds a very special place in my heart and I am happy to have a moment of us together captured like this.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Final Team of 2011

Sweet Little One
Here are a few pictures form our final team of 2011. We had a lot of fun with everyone. The whole team participated in many different activities including; cutting and styling hair, leading a devotional with the women in MHM, repairing a home for a family, helping the moms make a prayer journal, playing and doing activities with the kids of every age, teaching me some therapy things to do with little Dana, and hosting a baby shower for three women who are (were) expecting.

The surprise of the week came on Friday morning when we were about to have our baby shower and one of the moms went into labor. I had the privilege of being with her during her labor to support and encourage her. It was not something I had expected, but it was such a joy to be by her side and see her precious little girl.

Friday afternoon all of the kids and the teachers from the Oasis performed short songs and gave each person on the team a card they had made to show their appreciation for what they had done.

Prayer Journals made with paper bags
Gissele cutting Carmen's hair
Teaching the kids to make braided string bracelets
Dana with her mom
Picture of all the kids and team on the playground



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Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Very Special Birthday

Last week we celebrated the birthday of a special little girl. She has become a big part of our lives over the past few months as we have cared for her and her family, along with her many health concerns. This precious little one has the most delightful personality. Though she is almost completely blind, cannot speak, has no use of her left side and has hydrocephalus, she is pleasant and responds to love and affection with joy. She smiles and kicks her right leg to let you know she is connecting with you.

One day I was visiting her family, her mom was outside washing clothes and she was laying on her bed. I quietly listened to her as she made the sweetest sounds, a melody of ooh and aw. As I stood there, I believed that she was singing for the Lord.

Now, this little one is two years old. It is uncertain how long she will live, some say a short time, others say maybe longer. But, while she is here, along with her mom and sisters we want her to know that she is loved and that God has a plan for her life, it is not in vain. He has placed her on this earth for the same purpose he has given to each of us, to glorify Him.



Saturday, September 10, 2011

Virtual Bulletin Board

Thanks to a friend, I have found this great new web site that is a virtual bulletin board to keep things that I like and want to remember. It is called Pinterest and I love it. I have found tons of great recipes, craft, sewing and decorating ideas. Here is a link if you want to have an idea of my interests and the things that I like. Pinterest  Have fun!


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Monday, August 22, 2011

Oh So Sweet

Little Peanut
This past week was very busy for our family. The girls returned to school after a seven week break and we had the priviledge of caring for a baby girl for a few days. Let me tell you that little peanut is the epitome of cuteness.

Hannah is now in 7th grade. I cannot believe she is that old! How did this happen? She is enjoying having several teachers to teach her different subjects. However, she once again is the only girl her age in her class of all boys. Please pray for her. It is hard for her not to have a close friend, and since she is now in middle school, she no longer has recess or lunch at the same time as Sarah.

Sarah, our sixth grader is enjoying having her friends in her classroom, especially Brianna whose family was on furlough last year in the U.S. Sarah continues to be her perfectionist self and even this morning was making sure that she knew all of her spelling words perfectly, as she was at home sick on Friday. I guess she won't be up for the perfect attendance award this year ;-)

Myah trying out the role of big sister
Can you believe that Myah is now seven and in second grade? I can't! It seems like she should still be toddling around the house with me each day. Man how time goes by so quickly. Myah is enjoying her new teacher and class. This year her classroom has four girls and one boy, until her friend Sydney returns to Peru next month. Then there will be five girls! You may want to pray for Aaron.

As I mentioned, we were taking care of a baby girl last week for four days. Oh she was so sweet! I have never met such a content baby before. Myah who has always wanted to be a big sister got to see what it would be like, and is constantly reminding us now about adopting. I enjoyed caring for a baby again, though I had forgotten what it was like to get up every three hours through the night. Did I really do that for months on end before? Now that Little Peanut has returned to her family, we really miss her, but are happy that her big sister and mom are home from the hospital and able to be together.

Little Peanut's sister Munchkin was in the hospital after suffering a 45 minute long seizure last Tuesday. While taking care of Peanut, I also spent my time going back and forth to the hospital caring for Munchkin and her mom. It was a busy week!

This family is so precious and they are in need of our prayers. Munchkin is 22 months old and has Hydrocephalus. Sadly she is not expected to live a long life, but I have had many opportunities to talk with her mom about this and it does hurt her to see her baby girl suffer. I have watched this mom care for her little girl, and there is no doubt in my mind how much she loves her. When the time comes, I know that she will miss her precious girl, but she also knows that the best place for her is in the presence of our Lord and Savior. I am not sure that I would have the same courage as she does if I were walking the same valley.

Today I would like to ask you to consider committing to praying for this family and upholding them before the Lord. Pray for a young mom raising three little girls. Pray for their father who is struggling with the difficutlies of having an ill child. Pray that we will be able to find someone to help counsel him and lead him to Christ, the only one who can truly help him through  his pain and suffering and give him eternal life. Pray for us as we love them and minister to them, that we would be wise and not take away opportunities for their community to care for them. Most of all, Pray that God would be glorified through all of this.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting...

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to wait sometimes? I am not talking about the everyday kind of waiting, which by the way I admit can also be hard. Yesterday, we went to the zoo and were in line for an hour and ten minutes waiting to buy our tickets to get in. That took some patience, but we made it. I felt bad for the people who were standing 100 meters behind where we started in line as we were entering the zoo.

I am really talking about the kind of patience it takes when you are waiting on God. His timing is perfect so that helps me when I am getting antsy and hoping he would do everything as quickly as I want, but I admit I still have difficulty sometimes.  Thankfully, he often sends me little reminders to be patient, that he hasn't forgotten about me or my situation. I am very thankful for those and I am thanful that he understands me and what I need at every moment.

I love this verse from Psalm 46:10 that reads "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."   Often I need to remember to be still. To remember that my God and Father is the creator of heaven and earth, that there is nothing too big or impossible for him and there is neither anything or anyone too small.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Machu Picchu

This past week Tyler and I were invited to go to Cuzco and Machu Picchu with one of our visiting teams. We arrived in Cuzco on our anniversary early in the morning, but I was very quickly hit with altitude sickness and spent the day in bed. I tried to go on the tour of Cuzco but returned after our first stop realizing I wasn't going to make it. I began praying that God would give me the strength and health I would need to visit Machu Picchu the next day, and he did.

Machu Picchu was beautiful and it was very evident that the Incan people were masters of their work. But, more beautiful and mesmerizing were the mountains that surrounded it. Steep mountains cover in jungle green, knowing that our God made them and that not one inch of it is hidden from his sight.

I don't think that I will ever be able to go back there again, as it has taken me two days since returning form Cuzco to get over my altitude sickness, but I hope that one day Tyler will be able to take our girls with him.  It was great to see yet another part of Peru and be reminded of how diverse God made the landscape in this country.






Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Myah is Turning Seven Today!!!

Happy Birthday to our sweet daughter Myah. We love you so very much. You are a kind, fun, loving and creative girl. You bring much joy into our family.

Love,
Mommy, Daddy, Hannah and Sarah

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy 7th Birthday Eva!



We hope you have a wonderful Birthday Eva

Looking Back

Yesterday, I was looking back at the four years we have been writing this blog. It was interesting to see how far we have come and be reminded of how God has faithfully guided and watched over us.

While looking back at our time in Guatemala, I came across this video of Myah sending a message to her cousin Eva.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Heart of a Grieving Father

This afternoon, I went with a few friends of mine and women from the current service team to visit different families that we know in Manchay. We had a good afternoon including using a mismarked map that lead us into a giant community with no street names. We decided to leave and wait for one of the moms who knows the area to accompany us.

I mentioned a few weeks ago about a family who had lost their only daughter after she was hit by a car crossing infront of the Oasis (Care Center). Carmen and I have returned a few times, but there was no one home. Today while visiting another family very close to this one we thought we would try again to connect with the family. Much to our sursprise the father was home and when we explained who we were he invited us in to visit with him (his wife was at work).

We listened intently as this father opened up his heart to us and shared about how he and his family are coping with their loss, the changes, the challanges and the heartache. I wish I could translate for you some of the things that he told us, but I wish to respect his privacy. I will tell you this, that God is working in the heart of this man. Please pray for him, that he will come to saving faith. As I listened to this man I was humbled by what he was sharing. He mentioned how many people had said things and promised to help when their daughter died, but he is realizing that for some those were just words. He was pleased to have us come and visit and is happy to have us return to spend time with his wife. We ended our time with him in prayer, it was wonderful to be a part of what God did this afternoon in this tiny home. Our God is so amazing and I believe that He will never cease to amaze me. Please continue to pray with us for this family, for their salvation and healing. Also that God will guide us and give us wisdom how to love and encourage this family.

Thank you to each of you who pray for us as we serve our Lord among the people of Manchay. It is so encouraging to know that we are standing together in the hope that many may come to know Him as Lord and Savior.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Most recent Family Photo

The other week while we were downtown with a visiting team, we had the chance to take a new family photo. It wasn't planned so it isn't the best picture of us, but it will do for now.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Adventures of Myah and Mr. Fuzzy George

The other weekend Myah had the privilege of bringing home her class stuffed animal for being the Star Student of the week. She received this award for being a helper to her teacher and her classmates. Mr. Fuzzy George has been in our home before, when Sarah brought him home one weekend.   We had a team with us that weekend and had plans to spend the day downtown. Mr. Fuzzy George got to come along, as Myah had to write a journal about their weekend activities together. I thought I would share with you a few of the pictures we captured.
Together again! Eating chicken at Pardos
Mr.Fuzzy George enjoying his crown
and coloring page.
Fountain at Plaza de Armas
In front of the Presidential Palace
Finished off the day with a little shopping
at the Indian Markets
Fun quotes from Myah:

In her journal for Mr. Fuzzy George.
"We went for a drive, the car in front of us was a slow as a turtle!"

While on a playground a young boy came up to her and called her something that ended with the sound ong. She responded "O-N-G ong. Good for you! You know your special sounds, you might pass your test tomorrow."

"Mom, now that I have lived in Peru for four years, that is more than half my life, am I a Peruvian?"