Here is our newest Newsletter that will be arriving in your mailbox in early December.
Peace and joy in Jesus! We write to you today with our hearts full of gratitude for all the gifts the Lord has blessed us with. We apologize that it has been so long since our last newsletter! We have very exciting news to share with you. We found out in August that we are expecting a little baby Bailey due in April of 2017. Blair is currently 19 weeks pregnant and finally feeling much better. The first 3 ½ months were very difficult with 24 hour nausea. All the children are very excited and awaiting a new sibling!
The last time we wrote to you was in May as we were in the States visiting for 6 weeks. Time flies and we can’t believe it’s already been almost 6 months since we returned to Costa Rica. When we arrived back we jumped right back into the mission with a mission trip in our Parish town of Santa Rosa. It was a beautiful experience to work together painting and cleaning the Pastoral Center, sharing with the students in the high school, and holding prayer meetings in the church in the evenings. There was much fruit that came out of this trip.
We returned to Coopevega and continued with our prayer meetings, home visits and work projects. We were blessed to be able to be a part of a work project in the home of our friend Don Fabio who suffers from heart problems. Donovan was able to hire a man to help him build a bathroom attached to Don Fabio’s home so he wouldn’t have to continue using the out house that was very far from the house. Walking is difficult for him with his heart condition. Thanks to some donations we received we were able to build this bathroom.
Upon returning in June from our visit in the States we thought that we would be here in Costa Rica for awhile, years possibly. About 2 ½ months ago we began feeling promptings in our heart that God was calling us to something. At first we kind of ignored these thoughts but they kept coming back in prayer and in our hearts. After we talked about what we were feeling we realized that we were both having the same promptings separately. So we took these to prayer and continued praying for over a month. After talking with our Director, Joseph, and asking for his guidance and prayers we decided to have a family retreat. We took 3 days to pray with scripture and share what the Lord speaks on our heart with one another. Even the children participate in this sharing. We felt confirmed in this retreat that indeed the Lord was calling us back to a special mission in the United States. We will be living in KS very near to Donovan’s brother who has 9 children. Two of his boys have Muscular Dystrophy and we really feel that the Lord is calling us to be with them right now helping in any way that we can.
|Dominic at his Confirmation with Bishop Kemme, Diocese|
of Wichita & Melissa, his Confirmation Sponsor and
We will be returning to the United States on December 1st for the FMC annual Year-In-Review (YIR: many of our missionaries from around the world gather for a retreat and commissioning Mass of the new Missionaries). After YIR we plan on spending Christmas in San Diego with Blair’s family and then returning to Kansas to be near Donovan’s family. We don’t know how long we will be back in the United States but we do hope to be able to return to Costa Rica in mission again. We are sad to leave all of our friends and “family” that we have made here but we know that wherever we are we are missionaries. We know that God is doing great things here in Costa Rica and we are so thankful to be able to see the fruits of this mission in the growing joy in the local church here. We know that God still has many great plans for the missionaries who will be here. The Geerling family will return in December after YIR and another new missionary family from FMC will be arriving to this mission post in January!
As we will be out of foreign mission for a time, but still in mission in the U.S., we wanted to explain how your donations are handled. If you, our mission partners, would like to continue donating to our family’s mission fund we will still receive a small stipend in the U.S around the amount we received here in Costa Rica ($1,000 monthly). The transition back will incur extra expenses as we are traveling from Costa Rica to Louisiana and then back to Kansas.
What that looks like:
Ø Bus Tickets to the hotel near the airport $25
Ø Hotel Room & food for 1 night $140
Ø Plane tickets to Houston $1,428
Ø Rental Van to FMC in Louisiana & food $130
Ø Housing for Year-In-Review free
Ø Food for Y-I-R $125
Ø Rental Van to Kansas $300
Ø Hotel for 1 night & food for travelling $160
Would you please consider making a special one-time donation to help with the extra travel expenses we will have in December returning to the U.S. and back to Wichita?
We will be praying for you all and your intentions. Please keep our family in your prayers as we prepare to leave Costa Rica and return to the States. Please also keep the new family, the Brupbacher’s, in your prayers for their transition into this mission post and for the Geerlings as they return for another year. Our wonderful friends Pablo & Yalile (the family that first welcomed us to Costa Rica) and another friend Lucrecia, who helps in our mission, would all like to visit FMC early next year. Lucrecia feels she may be called to be a full-time missionary! Please keep their families and travels in your prayers. Please also pray for this transition time as we look for a job for Donovan, a home to live in and a vehicle (we are hoping to find a 12-15 passenger van as we don’t fit into the standard 7 passenger minivan anymore!).
|Our family in May 2015 right before leaving for Costa Rica.|
|May 2015 Our first day in Costa RIca with the Rigioni's.|
The hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to our
new family the Rigioni's. We will miss them so much!
|Last week saying goodbye to friends. The kids have grown|
so much! Lucrecia is behind Hannah wearing yellow.
In His Mercy,
Donovan, Blair, Hannah, Catherine, Grace, Felicity, Gabriel, & Baby Bailey