Monday, October 13, 2014

October 2014 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends and Family,

We are now nearly one month into our second trimester of language school in Costa Rica. We are making modest improvements in our comprehension and ability to speak in Spanish. While we still have many struggles, we are becoming more and more able to communicate. Our coursework is not only helping us to learn the language, but to be prepared to minister in a Spanish speaking country. For example, Jeremy has been able to study and give a presentation (in Spanish) on the history of Roman Catholocism, which is the major religion in Nicaragua. Michelle was able to study and give a presentation on Judaism. We are also required to speak with the locals on a variety of issues, which helps us to learn the culture. Jeremy has been giving weekly devotions in Spanish, and has been able to preach and serve in student council leadership of the language school as well.

Our time in Costa Rica has been a good transition for us. This is the first time we have experienced “Rainy Season,” which is now in full swing! Because there is so much rain, we are staying indoors a little bit more. On the bright side, we are now beginning to use Spanish more around the house. Lila speaks good Spanglish. She frequently asks how to say words in Spanish ,and she enjoys learning. Sometimes, she will begin singing songs that we don't even know. Ellowyn is making growing quickly. She recently started walking and even saying things like “Hi,” “Bye,” “Hey Daddy,” and “Bath!” In October, we will celebrate her 1st birthday! It is our greatest desire to raise our girls up to love the Lord with all their hearts. Near the end of the month, Michelle began having some strange health symptoms. After a couple examinations, she was referred to the hospital for tests on her heart. After two days in the hospital, the results show that her heart is healthy. The doctors found a stomach ulcer, which they believe may be the cause for the strange symptoms. She is now on medication and a special diet.

Last month, we requested prayer for our language school counselor. He has had an amazing recovery- Glory to God! This month, please pray for:

1. The health of our family, especially for Michelle to recover.
2. Our language acquisition
3. The Lord to provide opportunities to be a witness and encouragement.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Michelle, Lila, and Ellowyn Blanz