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Baby Reese family update

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Three years ago before when we first committed to coming to Ghana, I (Joshua) had a terrible dream.  In my dream we were living in Ghana  and our son (at that time we had only one) fell sick and died.  It was a frightening dream; one that made me question if we were really being wise to relocate to Ghana for a season.  Yet in that same dream, I sensed from God both a question and an affirmation.  The question was simple: Do you trust me?  The affirmation was more difficult: Your children belong to me.  Yours is to love and care for them as best you can and leave the rest to me.

Well I never really thought too much about that dream until recently when our daughter was born with all her complications.  The reality of our daughter’s situation has brought home for us in ways we never imagined (or desired) that our children really do belong to God and that our task and joy is to love and care for them to the best of our ability.  It has also reaffirmed for us, in a hundred little ways, that God is trustworthy.

After almost a month in hospital, Pauline and baby are home.  By the way her name is Reese Hui-zhen Akosua Settles.  She takes Reese from Joshua’s mother, Hui-zhen from Pauline’s, and Akosua because she is a Sunday born girl.  Reese is doing well: eating, sleeping, pooping and crying — all that one can expect from a month old baby. Her brother’s adore her and each more (much to the detriment of mommy & daddy’s sleep) rush into our room to see how mei-mei is doing.

An-An celebrated his 3rd birthday in a decidedly low-key fashion on 8th June.  He is growing rapidly and daily surprises (and annoys) us with his energy, intelligence and assertiveness.  Taylor is also doing well.

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Aside from family matters, we (well mostly Joshua) are hosting the Global Project Team from the US, all from our ‘sending’ region of InterVarsity, the Southeast.  A special joy for me is that students from both chapters at my alma mater UTK are represented — fellowships that I helped to plant and staff.  They arrived on 29th May and as of now are in rural Ghana doing evangelism and social engagement work.  When they return they will participate in mission in the urban context as well.  It is exciting to see what God is doing in these students and what he will accomplish through them.
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Funding Update:
As we reach the end of the fiscal year (June 30th) we thank God for his faithfulness through you to us.  It isn’t easy to be a donor or a friend and many of you have been both and more.  We need about $5,000 to end the year well, so if you’re so led, please do give.

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從單身到現在

每次回到亞特蘭大就讓我有一種親切感,因為畢竟這是對我各方面成長有很大影響的地方。回到亞特蘭大華人教會也讓我有回到家的感覺,因為在這裡也有十年的時間。但是前幾天在facebook上面看到有人放上幾張跟我一起在youth group,college長大朋友他們的照片,突然覺得有一種失落感。因為當我離開亞特蘭大去新加坡後,我失去了許多跟這些朋友相處的時間。他們在美國的生活經驗是我離開後就沒有辦法去體驗的。我在國外的經驗也是他們沒有辦法體驗和想像的。也想起在過去一年多突然生活上的改變,一下子從一個單身的女傳道、宣教士變成Mrs Settles,現在也是媽媽,就像過去,既然踏上了人生的一條路,就也代表另一種生活的結束。

調整和適應
其實像很多單身的女傳道、宣教士,想要結婚有自己的家庭很久了,在這裡也有很多弟兄姐妹在這個過程中為我禱告。跟我老公Joshua交往和到成為夫婦的時間也不過是兩年的時間,畢竟我們都年紀不小。我很感謝神這樣的帶領我們,雖然有時也會為一些小事吵個架,但感覺上兩個人沒有需要很長的時間就培養出一種默契,一個眼色就大概知道對方在想什麼。兩個人對宣教,教會,神學,學生工作還有歷史,文化,政治,旅遊或甚至於裝潢房子都可以討論的很起勁。在baby還沒出生前,我們開始在早餐的時候一起讀撒母耳記上下,討論掃羅和大衛的領袖訓練風格,因為兩個人這樣的讀經討論,注意到許多以前沒有想過的功課和原則。

上帝最好的安排
除了在平常生活上得到很多祝福,在服事上我也感到上帝的祝福。Joshua在InterVarsity工作將近12年,是Tennessee的area director,負責supervise四個大學的同工,今年也兼任Vanderbilt university的亞裔團契輔導,我是Mrs area director,就理所當然也參加訓練聚會,同工會,幫忙煮飯,彈琴帶敬拜。最近在新的學期開始也造就兩個Vanderbilt團契
的姐妹。我這麼多年為婚姻禱告,沒有想到上帝會讓我不只嫁給一個傳道人,而是嫁給一個鼓勵我,也藉著他的工作需要讓我使用我許多恩賜、經驗。雖然有很多新的環境適應,但也覺得上帝特別疼愛我。
感謝神,在我跟Joshua結婚前,我們就討論過我們希望有幾個孩子,但是因為兩個人都是超過35歲,我們周圍也有許多朋友等了很多年才好不容易生了孩子,所以當我們知道懷孕時,就特別感恩。Joshua David施安是在六月8日生的,整個懷孕的過程都非常順利,只有到他生下來之前的一兩周讓我感覺很不舒服。也非常感謝神在差不多一整天生產的過程當中,雖然很辛苦也很痛,但在醫生很好的診斷下,最後決定破腹生產。孩子生下來後醫生告訴我們臍帶掛在孩子的脖子上。還好破腹生,不然不知道會對孩子有什麼樣的
影響。安安雖然情緒變化可以很快,才生下來幾天就可以感覺出他非常有主見,但是在各方面的發展都很不錯,尤其對音樂也非常有興趣。我們每天的禱告就是求神讓他從小就懂得敬畏上帝,長大後也能成為上帝祝福的管道。也請大家為我們能夠有從上帝而來的智慧,懂得怎樣按照上帝的方式來帶大這個可愛又聰明的孩子。

接下來一兩年的路
看到上帝一步一步的帶領,我知道接下來祂會有更多的祝福。Joshua是一個非常會讀書,在講道和寫作上非常有天份的人。有很多認識他的人都鼓勵他繼續讀書,他也一直希望有機會出國讀書。在過去的幾年,他有機會帶學生短宣隊去到非洲的Ghana,也跟哪裡校園團契的同工有很好的交情。星期天早上有機會他可以更好的跟大家分享有關Ghana的事。不過也在他幾次去Ghana後,知道有一家在非洲非常出名,訓練非洲傳道人的神學院,就在Ghana首都附近。我們討論、禱告後,也覺得如果有機會去非洲跟哪裡的教會、神學院學習,是一個令我們感到興奮的機會。但是到目前為止,有許多細節還沒有確定,就請大家為我們代禱,求神開路,讓我們知道祂的帶領。
再一次謝謝大家為我們禱告,去年在這裡舉辦婚禮,也是非常感謝弟兄姐妹的幫忙和參與。我的in-laws在婚禮後告訴我,他們可以看出弟兄姐妹是真心付出祝福我們,他們覺得非常榮幸有機會參加這樣充滿愛和祝福的婚禮。相信我們不光是在婚禮受到大家的祝福,接下來不管在什麼地方做什麼樣的事工也是需要大家的祝福和代禱。求神讓我們都能在發展祂國度的事上有份,讓上帝得到所有的讚美和榮耀。(Pauline)