a bit of an update

Well, hello!

I do hope all you lovely readers have had a delightful time of gathering with friends and family, enjoying each other’s company and conversations!

We were able to spend time together with our whole family (Elizabeth’s side), as well as have a little get-a-way with our family to a cabin up north to celebrate my sister’s golden birthday.

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The days and moments that we get to spend with family and friends here in Minnesota have become even more dear and special as we know that in the near future, we will be holding them as sweet memories when we will be in Ecuador and a quick, “drive to hang out” or “catch up over coffee” won’t quite be possible (although we are hoping and are excited for visits in Ecuador!!!!)

But it is wonderful to know that we are not alone either in Ecuador; we have family there, friends there, and amazing co-workers (who are also friends and much like family) that we will be in community with.

The Hoskins (who are missionaries in Ecuador) just posted about their Thanksgiving in Ecuador where all the missionaries there were able to meet up, celebrate, and fellowship together. It was so encouraging to see and makes me realize just how important community is, no matter where you are, no matter who you are, no matter the circumstance…we need community. We need each other. We all need each other.

You can read about the post here: “Giving Thanks”

So, I suppose that was an update as to where we are at…uh..emotionally? And now here is an update as to where we are locationally, along with some upcoming travels:

Minnesota:

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We are in the process of…..PACKING! Packing up our house and packing for Ecuador.

Since we are almost at 80%, we will be moving out of our first *tear* ever *tear, sniff* apartment as a married couple and moving in with my parents! We decided that we really wanted to be intentional about our last days and weeks here in the USA about spending time with our family and friends, so we decided that moving in with my parents was a way to do that as my parent’s house is always a hub of family and friends stopping by….really. So when do we exactly plan on leaving for Ecuador……..

Ecuador:

We are hoping to leave in January! But (and this is a BIG BUT….) it all depends on Richard’s citizenship process. Richard sent in his application to become a citizen of the USA!!! But before we can leave for Ecuador, he needs to have an interview with the government and actually get his citizenship (for many complicated reasons this is the best option for us). So, please PRAY that this would be a quick process and he would get his invitation to the interview soon!

Mexico:

Merge is having their annual meeting and this year it is held in Mexico! Although we are not technically in Ecuador yet…we have been unofficially working with Merge since the summer (well, technically we have been working with Merge since 2009, but not as Trip Facilitators).

So to Mexico we go! We leave tomorrow, actually.

We are so excited to catch up with all our other Mergies from, literally, around the world as well as have a week together to learn, improve our ministry, and solidify our team! Please pray for unity, safe travels, and for continual learning in how we can better serve one another and better facilitate cross-cultural ministry with our brothers and sisters all over the world.

Thank you!

Love,

Richard + Elizabeth

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  1. Lisa said on November 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    So glad you are moving in with your parents. I think it would be great all around. Since I know that Vermae and merlyn may need a place to stay as well. It’s all God. Maybe I could move in there too? ?

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  2. hoskins said on November 30, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    so excited to have you at our Thanksgiving celebration next year! And so many other times as well 🙂

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  3. Amy S. said on December 9, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Wait … What??? Why? Why not have Richard stay an Ecuadorian citizen and have one of EACH in your marriage? Seems the best of both worlds!!!

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  4. resantana said on December 9, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Hey Amy!

    He actually will stay an Ecuadorian citizen AND he would be a US citizen. I am also applying for my Ecuadorian citizenship so that I can be both as well. It is just WAY easier that way! If Richard chooses NOT to be a US citizen, then we can only be out of the USA for 6 months at a time. If we stay out of the US for more than 6 months, Richard will be deported. So…much safer and easier to become a US citizen (for him) and an Ecuadorian citizen (for me). 🙂

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