Sat Jun 22 01:15:37 2013
Mon Feb 11 03:26:01 2013
We hope 2013 has started off well for you. Thank you so much to all those who sent Christmas greetings and a financial gift. We appreciate everyone's prayers, encouragement and support. We have an update about our leadership training and pastoral care ministry , some happy family news and few prayer requests.
Past and Future Leadership Training Trips to Mexico- Dick went to Mexico in September, 2012 and will be traveling there again this Spring. He enjoyed meeting with the seminary students, teaching, and preaching during his visits.
Internship with Mexican Families in West Chicago- Lori is working with Mexican immigrant families in West Chicago as part of her internship for her Master's Degree in Counseling. She counsels in both English and Spanish. The internship experience is preparing her to counsel cross culturally and put into practice what she is learning in the classroom.
Mentoring and Coaching- Dick is a missions coach for World Venture for the Central United States. He is a representative for World Venture on college campuses and coaches people who would like to be missionaries.
Interpersonal Skills Workshop in April- Dick will be co-facilitating a Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshop at the Missionary Renewal Center in Minnesota. This is a great opportunity to minister to missionaries that are on home assignment or preparing to go overseas.
Project About Needs of Single Missionaries- The project, that Lori did for TEAM mission agency as part of her internship there in 2012, has been completed. The survey report was sent to the leadership team and the regional member care personnel around the world. TEAM's global member care team is using the report as a tool to better understand the needs of single missionaries.
Graduation in August 2013- Lori will be participating in Wheaton Graduate School's May graduation ceremonies and officially graduating in August, Lord willing. She needs one more class after graduation in order to be eligible to take the licensure exam.
Need 10,000 Dollars by June 2013- Because of lack of support in 2012 we need to raise 10,000 dollars by June. If you can help with a one time gift or know someone that is able to help please let us know. We have to find the money somehow. Tax deductible donations can be sent to WorldVenture with a note that it is for Richard and Lori Greenman.
Wed Apr 25 11:35:02 2012
Sun Jan 1 15:12:06 2012
Blessings and love from our home to yours,
Tue Dec 13 20:19:05 2011
Your generosity at Christmas time, above and beyond the regular financial support, is something very special. Thank you so much.
May God bless each of you as celebrate Christmas; our celebration of Christmas will be that much brighter, as we remember you at that time.
With Christmas warmth and love,
Dick and Lori Greenman
Mon Sep 5 13:48:34 2011
36,000 feet, flight to Mexico
In May I (Dick) spent two weeks in Gomez Palacio, Mexico, laying the groundwork for a new Bible Institute for the training of pastors in the region. Over the summer months we have worked with the administrative team via phone calls and internet communication. About 30 church leaders are now signed up to begin studying at one or the other of the two study centers in Gomez and Urquizo.
Edgardo: a businessman and co-pastor at his church, very committed to the preparing of leaders for the churches.
Exiquio: the owner of a small business, co-pastor at his church, and a man with a large heart for the people of God.
Antonio Gomez: pastor and leader in the churches of the area
Dick Greenman: Though I will be in Mexico only two or three times a year, my role will be to guide from a distance, writing and selecting study materials for the program. My experience in Argentina developing the SEBEA a Distancia study program is a natural resource in designing and guiding this new program in Mexico.
Last week Lori began her second year of graduate school. I admire her perseverance in working toward a counseling degree in spite of ongoing and new health challenges. We are both confident that her training will have very practical applications in our future ministry.
Mon Jun 6 21:00:18 2011
Sat May 14 15:32:48 2011
Thursday I accompanied a van-full of people to a town a couple hours away. Some Mexicans working in the States had asked that the believers here would visit their relatives who also need the Lord. We arrived, the people were waiting for us with open arms, expressed desire that a church be started in that town, and they even had a good sized room that would serve as a meeting place. The Lord is opening doors.
Thank you for praying for safety. If not for the soldiers with their machine guns patrolling the city and highways, I would not know anything was going on. But, the newspaper reports events of the day before... murders, shootouts and kidnappings. I ask about where the events occurred, and I am told it was two minutes from here, or just the other side of the river. God is giving protection.
I have been preaching a lot these days--six times, I think. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the church at which I will preach. They expect 500 people, which is really something for a church that is 12 years old.
I travel back to the US Wednesday May 18. See you all soon.
Sat May 7 14:48:30 2011
Thank you for prayers for safety. I haven't faced any direct danger of which I am aware, I am sure in answer to the prayers of many. There is much evidence of violence, however, in the heavily armed police patrolling the city, and different businesses shot up and abandoned, their owners killed.
Sunday and Monday I will be preaching at churches and meeting with those who will help develop the Bible Institute. Keep praying!
Sun Apr 17 20:14:15 2011
Tue Jan 18 20:01:34 2011
Thu Dec 23 00:14:34 2010
Tue Sep 7 13:28:38 2010
Mon Jun 21 11:50:42 2010
We want to send to you a special thank you for standing with us in serving the Lord! This past year and a half has been a time of big changes for us as a family as well as ministry. Only because of God's answer to the prayers of many are we able to come out of this time renewed. It has been a blessing to see some of you face to face recently and bring you up to date on our current status.
TRANSITIONS In March we officially transitioned from our regularly scheduled Home Assignment to Field Ministry. It is a strange feeling to make that transition without returning to Argentina, as we have done six times in the past. We greatly miss our life, ministry and friends in Tucumn. We are happy that we can maintain contact with them through email and phone calls. We continue in Chicago, in the largely Hispanic neighborhood of Logan Square. We live in an apartment building, the Franson Risberg Memorial Mission Home, which provides inexpensive housing to people in Christian ministry. For now, Chicago is our base of ministry.
NEW FOCUS Those of you who have been following our career and sharing in our ministry are well-aware of our change of focus. After more than twenty years of work in northwest Argentina, we are developing a broader kingdom perspective: we are finding that we can have a role in worldwide missions far beyond the borders of either Argentina or the USA.
MINISTRY ACTIVITIES Dick was in Mexico in March for a vision trip along with the director of the Spanish American Mission. Several weeks later, we met with their board to discuss the contribution we could make to this vibrant and growing ministry, and they requested that we fulfill the role of consultants. As such, we seek to invest lessons learned from our past experience.
Our involvement with the Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshops promises to be an important piece to our ministry within the mission’s world. We were disappointed in the postponement of two workshops in which we were to facilitate this Spring, one in Illinois and one in north Africa. Our hearts are particularly warmed by the investment through these workshops in the mission’s movement in and from Latin America.
For several weeks in July we will be in Colorado, participating in leadership meetings and the Renewal Conference of WorldVenture. This should be a time of spiritual refreshment, reconnecting with colleagues and learning new things to apply in our work.
We are thankful that Lori was accepted to Wheaton Graduate School and will begin studying in August in the Masters of Counseling Ministries program. The studies will further prepare her for a ministry in pastoral care of missionaries.
1. That the increase in our support (because of the higher cost of living and working in the US in comparison with Argentina) will be met. Right now we are at 85 percent. Our salary is the first to be decreased when we are under supported.
We serve a great God and are awed by how He has worked in the past and are looking forward to how He will continue to work in us and through us. Thank you again for standing with us in ministry!
Dick and Lori Greenman
Mon Jan 11 21:56:50 2010
Tue Sep 15 15:07:19 2009
Praise that Dick just completed the workshop in Colorado to be a facilitator with the Interpersonal Skills Workshops. World Venture is interested in the Greenmans using their interpersonal skills knowledge to work with its US-based missionaries. Lori will be spending Sept 15 - Oct 1 in Argentina presenting an Interpersonal Skills Workshop and attending two weddings of friends from their Argentina church. Dick and Lori will be visiting supporters during October and November. They will continue to live in their present home, with their home assignment ending in March 2010. Pray for Andrea - future schooling plans, being a mom and developing new friends.
Thu Apr 30 17:06:44 2009
He and our area rep, who lives in Wheaton, have been dialoguing some with us about our options, and to express their desire that we stay with the mission. We also desire to stay with the mission, so we will be discussing ways to be in ministry during this time of parenthesis from our regular lifestyle. One option would be to establish ourselves in the States, but do three or four trips to Argentina and probably Bolivia to continue in our ministry there, doing preparation of course materials and communicating with students from here. That could be in combination with some local ministry as well. This would be on a trial basis, till we see if it would work.
Another option would be to establish ourselves in a ministry here, Hispanic or otherwise, for the time that we believe that we need to be here for our family needs.
Please pray with us, and we would also ask the missions committee to pray with us, as we meet with our supervisor and seek the Lord in this.
Sat Mar 7 23:22:36 2009
Wed Feb 25 21:28:36 2009
Sat Jan 3 14:13:41 2009
Greetings from Chicago! The last few months of our lives have been the beginning of a story of love, grace, forgiveness, blessing and returning good for evil.
This past Sunday, Dec. 7, we moved into our apartment in Chicago. We left our home in Tucuman on November 12. After traveling to Buenos Aires by bus we flew to Houston on Nov.14. We were met there by Dick's brother John and his wife Donna. We had a nice visit with them. After a few days we drove (in a car that John found for us) to Kentucky to visit my mother, sister and her husband and spent Thanksgiving with them. From Kentucky we traveled to Michigan to visit Dick's parents and pick up furniture that we had stored in the house we are buying in Sparta. A friend helped us move the furniture to Chicago this past Saturday. We are so thankful for the help and support that so many people are showing us. We plan to be in Chicago for the 6 months of family leave. I probably have written our plans in a former post....
I'll write more later on how the Lord is working in our lives as we live out the circumstances that He has allowed. "In everything give thanks".
Dear friends at Windy City,
Merry Christmas! Thanks you so much for your card and gift. We appreciate your continued prayer fur us as we are on family leave. It would be nice to visit some Sunday. We will be in Michigan for Christmas and until the end of 2008. We will be back in Chicago after the 3rd of January.
May God bless you richly!
Sat Nov 29 03:19:20 2008
It would be easier for us to communicate some good news, but probably more important for us to share when we have a great need for prayer and backing. This is one of those times, and I am pasting below the letter that we are sending to our supporters.
We will be settling in Chicago on December 1. We chose Chicago for this time because Lori´s doctor is in Wheaton, and there are some good counselors for missionaries in the area. We will be living in the Humboldt Park area, where there is some housing for missionaries, on McLean Ave. For sure we will be at Windy City at some point.
Please pass on this information to the folks there as you see best.
Thanks for your prayers.
Sorrows, joys and blessings
God´s blessing in and through our lives has been more and more evident. The SEBEA a Distancia seminary program, Dick´s main ministry, has grown into a very effective tool in training leaders in the churches across the northwest of Argentina, with over 100 students. Over the last eight years Lori has helped organize the Spanish Interpersonal Skills workshops in Argentina as well as in other Latin American countries. Our leadership role in the local church, with the WorldVenture missionary team, and the supervision of new WV missionaries in Bolivia, have all been sources of great satisfaction.
Our Enemy does not rest, however; at a time when God seems to be blessing the most in our ministry, Satan has chosen to hit our family hard. In July we found out that our fifteen year old daughter Andrea was taken advantage of by an obsessed teenager, and the result is that she is expecting a baby. We are working through the consternation and sadness at this violation.
Along with facing this crisis we have been dealing with a change in the diagnosis and treatment of Lori´s health problem. In May she went to a rheumatologist who put together the various pieces of what has been happening healthwise over the last 10 years. The diagnosis is spondylitic arthritis that includes symptoms that are similar to MS, which had been the suspected diagnosis.
We are consulting with our counselors at WorldVenture, and we will be going to the States in November for a time of "family leave." It will be good to be near our son Ben, who is a senior at Taylor University in Indiana. Our daughter Elizabeth plans to take some vacation time from her Peace Corps work in Morocco to be with us in March. Of course, it will be special to be near our extended family, as well.
We would appreciate prayer for:
1) us as a family and all that we face in the next few months; that God would be ultimately honored.
2) for the ministry here; that God will turn what Satan meant for evil into good for His name´s sake.
3) for God's direction for the future.
Our Stateside church-connections director, Andy Spohrer, will be writing soon regarding this situation.
Thank you for your prayers and faithful support.
Dick and Lori Greenman
Mon Jan 21 15:09:09 2008
Sat Oct 13 14:22:42 2007
Thu Oct 11 12:46:33 2007
Greetings once again from Tucumán, Argentina! We hope you are doing well and enjoying a beautiful fall or spring, depending on where you live. :-) We´ve had some beautiful spring weather and it has begun to rain again after a normally dry winter.
I´m finally writing to you about the September interpersonal skills workshop in Salta, the evening before I travel to Paraguay for a workshop there. The workshop in Coronel, Paraguay at the Bible Seminary "El Parque de las Naciones" begins Monday the 15th and runs through Friday the 19th. The participants are seminary students, professors and pastors. We may have a group of 28 people. Aníbal Martinez, a new facilitator, is traveling by bus (almost 16 hours) tonight from Montevideo to Paraguay. Betty Fernandez from Tucumán and I will also be traveling by bus, 16 hours each way. We have return tickets for Saturday the 20th, arriving Sunday the 21st, which is Mother´s Day here.
Thank you so much for your prayers and financial gifts towards the workshop in Salta. One of the participants said that being able to be at the workshop was like being handed a Christmas present. Another said that it was a great birthday present. Thank you again to those who helped make the workshop possible. 13 leaders including 4 men and 9 women were very excited about the topics, the group dynamics and the setting at the ex-mk school Hogar Bautista which is now the new conference center. God answered prayer in many ways. Most of the participants said that they were leaving the workshop as changed people, refreshed spiritually and physically. Our sister-in-law Nancy Greenman, Barb Bentley, and Ursula from Camp Lozano did a great job in the kitchen and fed us well. It was fun to work with the team of one experienced Argentine facilitator and two new Argentine facilitators. I did pretty well physically. I continue to learn how much to do and what not to do. I´m doing better, continuing with physical therapy and taking leaps of faith like traveling to Paraguay tomorrow and coordinating the workshop there.
Dick is also traveling tomorrow (Thursday) to visit the distance seminary students and will return home Sunday. Some young people from our church are riding with him to give special programs for at least one church or school along the way and in Bolivia. Andrea will be here at home with some friends.
1) our trips
2) Andrea at home and for Beth in Michigan and Ben at Taylor University in Indiana.
3) The November field conference meetings with our WorldVenture colleagues.
4) The Zona Oeste Baptist Church leadership and members. Dick is part of the pastoral team of 4 pastors. We´d appreciate prayer for the once a week evening Bible classes at church and the cell groups that meet in homes.
Once again, we appreciate so much your prayer support! What can we pray for? Please send us prayer requests too. :-)
In His love,
Lori for Dick,Beth,Ben and Andrea
Sun Sep 2 22:15:44 2007
Greetings from Tucuman, Argentina! I hope you are all doing well. I´m writing to you from our backyard as I enjoy the beginning of spring and a beautiful sunny 72 degree Sunday. Dick is visiting distance seminary students this weekend, Andrea is resting after a few "quince" birthday parties over the past few days, Beth is in Michigan and Ben is at Taylor University in Indiana.
I´d like to send out a more complete update soon but wanted to send a short one right now to ask for prayer. I´m preparing for the first ever Spanish interpersonal skills workshop to be held in Salta, at the former school for missionary kids in Cerrillos. Our World Venture colleagues Rod and Jackie Allen have been working very hard to refurbish the former school so that it can be used as a conference center. I´m so glad that we can hold the workshop there and thankful for the help of my colleagues. The workshop starts Monday September 10 and ends Friday the 14th. I´m still signing people up and praying that everyone that has said they´d like to participate will confirm within the next few days. I´d sure appreciate prayer for all the preparations. Two of the new Argentine facilitators, Aurora Disano and Margarita Ibañez, will be traveling from the province of Buenos Aires. I´ll also be facilitating with Betty Fernandez from Tucuman.
The leaders of the association of Baptist Churches have really seen the need for the workshop as part of the training for church leaders here in the north. It is difficult for some of the pastors and other leaders to pay for the stay, food and workshop materials for the four day and a half day workshop. Even though we are charging the bare minimum of 100 pesos or around 35 dollars which doesn´t cover all of the expenses. If you would like to help make it possible for some of the leaders to attend I would be eternally grateful. :-) Please let me know if you would like to give a donation.
I´d also appreciate prayer for physical needs. I´ve been going to physical therapy since March and seeing various orthopedic doctors and a neurologist. It looks like I´ll be consulting with another neurologist soon. The neurologist that I have been seeing here for the past 10 years would like another neurologist´s opinion. I´ve been feeling very "broken" physically and need the stamina to mentor the new Argentine facilitators during the workshop next week.
Thank you so much for your prayers!
In His love,
Lori for all of us
Fri Aug 17 13:04:27 2007
Hello again from Tucuman, Argentina! Wow, it's been a really long time since I've posted on the blog. We've had lots of comings, goings and various ministry activities since April.
Family- Beth traveled back to the US in July. We miss her. She and Ben are staying with Dick's parents. Ben starts classes at Taylor University in a few weeks and Beth will be working as a translator for a visiting nurse program. She's hoping to go overseas with the Peace Corps. We are preparing for Andrea's 15th birthday celebration this weekend. The 15th birthday is the Big birthday celebration for girls here in Argentina like it is in other latin countries. There'll be a short dedication service at church and then a dinner for the youth group kids and Andrea's school friends at a restaurant not far from where we live. Should be fun! :-)
Ministry- Last week we had a great group from California here to help with projects at church, with ministry in the cell groups, the foundation for needy girls, kids' Sunday school and a kids' club in a nearby neighborhood. We are looking forward to having them here again. :-)
Dick visited the distance seminary students last week for the first time in a few months. We were without a car for over a month because of an accident that left our car badly dented in the back. Fortunately the damage is fixed but this past weekend Dick was hit again only this time on the driver's side. Looks like the car will be back in the shop soon.....
I'm preparing for an interpersonal skills workshop that is taking place September 10-14 in Salta. I'd appreciate prayer for the preparations. We're hoping to have facilitators from Buenos Aires, Salta and Tucuman. The workshop is for church leaders, Argentina missionaries and missionaries in general. It will be held in Cerrillos at the new conference center that was formerly a school for missionary kids. This is the first time the whole 4 day workshop will be held in Salta. :-)
I'll try and post some pictures. I've had a hard time posting pictures lately because of the changes that have been made to the Blogger website.
Thank you again for your prayers for us! Bye for now!
Fri Jun 22 18:57:34 2007
Mon Mar 19 18:05:09 2007
Sat Jan 13 20:07:47 2007
Happy 2007 and December News
We hope 2007 has started out well for you! It's been awhile since I've written and I'm glad to be able to post today. Thank you so much to all of you who have written and sent Christmas cards! We enjoyed Christmas with all our kids at home. :-) Ben traveled from Taylor University in Indiana and Beth has been here for a few months now after graduating from Taylor. Andrea finished 8th grade in December and is very happy to have her brother and sister here. Dick's brother Dave, Nancy and our nephew Josh were here for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. We had fun spending time together celebrating our Savior's birth, shooting off fireworks (Christmas Eve is not a "Silent Night" here although sometimes I wish is was....), eating right before midnight and opening presents.
The week before Christmas we were in Buenos Aires as a family. Dick, Beth, Andrea and I drove there to meet Ben at the airport. It was fun to see different parts of the city and visit with our colleagues Greg, Laile and their little boys. I'll see if I can post a few pictures of our time in Buenos Aires. :-) Please check out our blog for the pictures and other news www.tucumangauchos.blogspot.com
This month is the main time for summer vacations here in Argentina. Since we already had our long trip to Buenos Aires and back, we would like to take some short trips in the province of Tucuman and maybe to Jujuy. There are a lot of beautiful places to see! Ben returns to Taylor University on January 28. We hope you have a great January whether you are enjoying snow or a hot day by the pool. :-)
In 2007 may all your needs be supplied through our Lord just as He promised and may you grow in Him. We also pray that His truth will continue to be spread to throughout the world and that we may remain faithful.
Mon Oct 16 11:57:34 2006
Mon Oct 16 11:47:03 2006
Wow, it's the middle of October already. I had a great time facilitating the Spanish Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshop in Cordoba last month. There were 16 participants from the north, south and central Argentina. We saw God work in everyone's lives during our five days together. It was great to watch the participants encouarage and pray for each other.
We are looking forward to Beth's arrival here in a few weeks! It's been at least a year and a half since she's been here. Lots of people are looking forward to seeing her again. :-)
Last weekend I attended the tri-province ladies' retreat. Claudia Alvarado, an Argentine missionary to Mozambique and I facilitated a two hour workshop about how to listen well and with love. The theme of the retreat was missions. Claudia talked about Mozambique and missions in general. A lady from Cochabamba, Bolivia was the main speaker and also talked about missions. The ladies really see the need for sending a missionary from Northwest Argentina to Mozambique and left the retreat very enthused to help with the Mozambique Project to send a missionary from the churches here. :-) I wish I could post pictures of the ladies' retreat but I took pictures with a regular camera. Maybe I can scan some pictures to post after I get them developed.
Thank you for your prayers. We look forward to hearing from you!
Wed Sep 6 17:51:37 2006
Hello again from Argentina! There have been a few things happening here since I wrote last. Dick climbed Mt. Aconquija with a few friends, Andrea celebrated her 14th birthday, Ben started his sophmore year at Taylor, Beth finished her course work for Taylor at the end of August and is now an official graduate. :-)
We would appreciate prayer for our family and ministry. Dick has meetings this month with church association leaders, a trip to visit the distance seminary students and is one of the four pastors here the Zona Oeste church.
I travel tomorrow to Cordoba to co-facilitate a Spanish interpersonal skills workshop. The workshop starts Monday Sept.11 and finishes Friday Sept. 15. People will be traveling from the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Tucuman, Salta and Chubut for the workshop.
Bye for now and thank you for praying!
Fri Jun 16 13:05:11 2006
Andrea had a good time with Barb while we were gone. Ben had his first week with missionary kids last week at WorldVenture headquarters in Littleton, Colorado and says it went well. Yesterday Beth started her job as a Spanish translator for a clinic in Michigan. It's so good that Beth and Ben are enjoying their jobs.
Sat Jun 3 11:51:43 2006
Mon May 22 17:10:06 2006
The Friday evening and all day Saturday interpersonal skills workshop here in Tucuman went very well. It was a joy to be with the group of participants from the Anglican church and IXTUS the Christian university center. Hopefully we can continue the second half of the workshop in a month or so.
Andrea and I are doing well. Andrea has three end of the semester tests this week. We also have a day off on Thursday the 25th to celebrate Argentina's Independence Day. We'll be celebrting with our church family, eating "locro" at the locreada at church. If you don't know what that is, it's a thick, creamy squash based soup with sausage, other meats, sometimes pigs feet (depending on who makes the locro), cracked corn and white beans. Yum! :-)
If you've been praying for Dick's trip, the workshop and our family in general, thank you!
Hope you have a good week! Bye for now! I'll include some pictures of Beth's graduation, later in the the week when someone sends some to me.
Wed May 17 17:41:43 2006
Sat May 13 11:30:02 2006
posted by Lori Greenman
Today I visited the apartment that we are thinking about renting for Brandon and Wizzy, the couple that will be here for two months. They are preparing for their trip and we are preparing for them. :-) Dick is preparing for his time in the US, for Beth's graduation from college and his visit with family and friends. Tonight the girls from church will be here for a cell group meeting. Tomorrow friends are coming over for a cookout and Sunday evening a visiting pastor and a few other people will be coming over for pizza. We're looking forward to a very social weekend. :-) I'll write again after our weekend activities. I've only told one person about this blog so far and hope to get the word out soon so that friends and family can keep up to date on what is going on here. Bye for now!
Sat Apr 15 11:47:57 2006
Mon Feb 20 12:12:24 2006
Wed Jan 11 18:11:14 2006
Mon Sep 26 15:31:38 2005
Dear family and friends, Greetings from Michigan! Yes, we arrived safe and sound. :-) Thank you for your prayers for us as we visit family, friends, churches and help Beth and Ben settle in again at college. This Saturday Beth, Ben, Andrea and Lori will be traveling to Taylor University. Beth will begin her senior year at Taylor and Ben will start his freshman year. We will be participating in orientation activities for international students. Beth will be the president of the Mu Kappa organization for international students and will help lead the activities.
We've attached pictures of the Sparta Baptist missionary house where we are living, a view of the mountains from Rocky Mountatin National Park in Colorado (yes we really were there :-)) and the picture that we will use for our prayer card.
Before we left Argentina Lori wrote that we were looking forward to seeing many of you during our seven month home assignment. We've had a very eventful few months traveling and visiting friends and family. We've enjoyed every moment, well, almost. The day the our car's air conditioner stopped working in 95 degree heat wasn't very fun but fortunately we made it home and the dealer fixed it for free. :-)
We'd like to tell you about what's planned for the next few months, but first here's what the past few months have looked like. We've experienced some culture shock but it's great to be visiting the US. We've been able to visit with family and many friends whom we haven't seen since 2002. What a joy!
June- We arrived in the USA on June 15, visited Lori's mother,brother and sister in Kentucky and Lori's sister visited us in Michigan.
July- A friend of Beth's visited us for a week. We watched fireworks on the 4th for the first time in 3 years. :-) We traveled to Colorado for an extended family reunion and for a debriefing time at World Venture headquarters. Both the family reunion and debriefing time were special blessings. During the family reunion we were able to share about our work in Argentina and how family heritage and how Lori's grandmother's faith and the encouragement and support of family has influenced us and encouraged us in our ministry. Before and after the meetings at mission heaquarters we visited with friends in the Denver area. If you live in Colorado and we didn't see you, we'll be back in January for the World Venture Renewal Conference. :-) On the way home from Colorado we visited Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Wisconsin and Dick's sister and family Edgerton, Wisconsin. Ben had a great time at the third culture kid reentry seminar in New York while we were in Colorado.
August- We've spent the first few weeks of August in Michigan. It's been fun to visit with friends, celebrate Andrea's 13th birthday, attend Dick's cousin's wedding (a Mesianic Jewish ceremony), visit one supporting church and visit with our sister in law Nancy Greenman and Josh who flew from Argentina so that Josh could start college at Western Michigan University. Now we're getting ready for college and home schooling for Andrea.
News from Argentina- It is very encouraging to hear how the different ministries are carrying on in our absence. Some of the churches have begun their special meetings as they prepare for the October "International Crusade" with very positive results. There are a few interpersonal skills workshops scheduled in September and November. It's a blessing to see how the Argentine facilitators are coordinating and continuing the workshops. The distance seminary continues on with the supervision of an Argentine and missionary colleague.
Fall Schedule- During the months of September,October and November we will be visiting churches in Illinois, Michigan,Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. In October we will also be attending our 25th Wheaton College class reunion and parent's weekend at Taylor University.
We would appreciate prayer for-
1) Beth and Ben as they begin a new school year at Taylor University. We will miss being with them but we are happy that they can continue their studies. We pray that they will grow in the Lord and the knowledge of His word as they continue to follow Him.
Thank you again for supporting us in prayer! May God continue to bless you.
In His love,
Dick,Lori,Beth,Ben and Andrea
They left for home assignment on June 13 with plans to return in February 2006. This will be the first time their whole family has been together in the US since January 2002. Their son, Ben, has graduated from high school in Bolivia in May. While they are gone their ministries in South America continue: the seminary program, the Zona Oeste Baptist Church, the church annex in Villa Carmela and the Spanish Interpersonal Skills workshops. They will be living in Sparta Baptist's missionary house in Michigan. June through August they will be involved in family and World Venture headquarters meetings. September through January they will be visiting churches. They plan to be at WCCC on September 9 for Women's Guild and preaching on Sunday, September 11.
Sun Jul 10 12:00:22 2005