Friday, September 5, 2008

Long Time No Blog

Well, we figured that it was finally time for us to blog again. After a long hiatus from communication, we think we finally have our bearings and are ready to share them with the big world beyond.

As you can imagine, things have been pretty crazy these last few months. These have been the most trying times of our lives, and we know that there are more to come. One thing is for sure though; although things are crazy and trying, being with our children is the most rewarding part of our lives. Many of you have probably looked up Tay-sachs by now, and have an idea of what is coming for us as a family and what is ahead for Noah. Of all the things we want to communicate, I think the most important is this: in spite of all of this, we thank God for the blessing of having Noah as our child. He is truly a joy. At the moment he is a happy, silly, and sweet boy; and Adah is a sassy, smart, and sweet little "Miss Priss." We love every moment with our children, and we aim to enjoy all the good moments that we can. Adah is back in school and doing great. Noah is stable and still doing a few new things. Every small thing is a gift!

Ok, here comes the big, or not so big, news. We have decided to relocate to Childress, Texas for the next few years. This was one of the most difficult decisions of our lives. There are many, many factors that went into this decision, but what it comes down to is a desire to be near to family and loving doctors for the remainder of Noah's life. Noah and Adah's well being is priority. Our hearts are torn by this decision, but we are confident that God has guided us to this because we have begged him for wisdom along the way. Thanks for your prayers.

Mexico City Mission Project

We love Mexico City; it is our home. God's vision is alive and well. It lives in the leaders here as it lives in our hearts. Everyone has been very supportive of our decision, and they look forward to our return. We are confident that the church will continue to grow.

We are also thankful because Ryan and Amanda Gray are returning to Mexico City in January of 2009 to continue their work with the Mexico City Mission Project. It will be a whole new and exciting phase to the work that God is doing here. We plan to stay in close contact with everyone and, Lord willing, even make a few visits!

We are not yet informed as to who will replace us as coordinators of the Pink House, but we know that it is being considered. We will let everyone know as soon as we do. Vero Marquez will be staying here in the "in between" times. We thank God so much for her; she is amazing! Thanks to her the Pink House will stay "up and running" through this transition.

What's Next

So, our next steps are in preparation to leave. We plan to leave here in the last week of October. We are starting to get busy with moving plans. This includes everything from a moving company, to visas, to customs forms, to houses, to goodbyes. Please keep us in your prayers through this process. It can tend to be long and hard.

Although we are working on leaving, the work here is in full swing. Since September is "Mes de la Patria," we are busy with party plans for Independance Day. We are really looking forward to enjoying this day with all of our friends and family. As always, it will be a big "to do" with plenty of food, fun, games and serenading. It should be a blast. Our small groups are doing well right now. We are finally getting back in our groove after the full summer. We ask for you to pray for the continued growth and commitment of the church.

Other prayer requests include:
  • Noah's health

  • Adah's adjustment

  • Billy's recovery

  • Vero's health

  • Growth of the church

  • Multiplication of small groups and leadership

  • Giovana

  • Luz Elena

  • Laura

  • Raúl

  • Spiritual growth and maturity of our leaders

  • Pedro and his work downtown

Please check out Noah's webpage, courtesy of Brian Reed. It is http://www.prayersfornoah.org/


We will leave you with a few pictures from this summer for your enjoyment.



35 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have several pickups and can help you move back to Texas. Just let us know if you need us to come help physically move.
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Carolyn said...

I love all the pics at the end. You got a lot of really great shots - especially of your kids.

Thanks again for the delicious meal and time together last week. I still want the recipes....ALL of them :) You are wonderful at hospitality.

We love you and our prayers are full of hope for you.

Enjoy this day as I am sure you are!

Lots of love and friendship,
Carolyn

Amanda KP said...

oh my!!! i LOVE all the pictures!!! what a great looking bunch!!! joy fills the hearts of the hendersons and it is so obvious in those pics!!!!

we love y'all and will be praying daily for each of you!! please let us know if we can help in moving you guys in when you get here!!!

Toni Burns said...

Jacob and Amanda, I love the pictures. Such a beautiful family. We bring your family before the Lord on a daily basis. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you guys with the move. I feel like you will have a lot of physical help in DF but if you think you need more let us know and we will jump in the car and come help. We can even bring our 6 AIMers with us. Love you guys - Toni

Kim Rush said...

We are thinking about you guys a lot and praying for you. I wish that we could be there to say goodbyes, but we will see you later on in Texas. Kim

Mike and Lucy said...

Just wanted you to know that we've been praying for you all a lot over the last few months. God bless you as you wind up in Mexico for the time, move to Texas and in the next few years. May He grant you comfort and peace at all times. We love you all!
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nb said...

The son of a couple of my friends,^Charles^, was also diagnosed with Tay-Sachs. He and his family fought a hard, difficult battle.

I am glad that you are able to move closer to your family. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Lean on those around you.

bridgetmj said...

Hi my 5 year old daughter Molly Grace has Tay-Sach's disease. I will be praying for your family. These children are so amazing. Even though your journey will have many heartaches the blessings will overcome them. Noah will teach you more than anyone else has in a lifetime.
www.caringbridge.org/visit/mollygrace

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