Monday, September 30, 2019

September 2019 - Newsletter

“From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.  “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” – Jn. 6:66-68

We just finished our first month in Wheaton, continuing to settle into our new home, new schools, a new job, and new community. We’ve had moments of delight, and moments when we have each longed to “go home” to Ecuador. Beth keeps reminding us that “it’s ok to feel our feelings.”  But what is that feeling? In a word, “discombobulated.”

Moving from the southern to the northern hemisphere has turned our lives upside down in multiple ways. Instead of teaching, I (David) have become the student. I am taking two courses at Wheaton College: Transformational Learning and Human Development & Ministry. Instead of leaving for work each morning, I see Beth off to her nursing job, while I study, manage our home, and plan connections with supporters.

Our kids’ lives are now more separate as they attend three different schools. But they each feel the discord that comes from appearing to be in the majority (a first!), but experiencing life as cultural minorities. The food tastes different, the weather keeps changing on us, and even though new friendships are forming, they are not the same as our longtime friendships back in Ecuador. It’s all so disorienting!

Our new family chant has become, “Live in the present.” It echoes Peter’s heart when he declares “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”  We know that running away is not an option.  We must be present now!  For it’s here that God is giving us life.

We want to thank everyone who has generously contributed to the various setup needs. Your prayers and gifts are a profound affirmation of the Lord’s gracious hand working, even in the bumpy patches of reentry to the U.S.

Monthly Support Needs and Goals

Our current support level required by Reach Beyond is short about $1000 a month.  We have been instructed to seek out new monthly support to make up the difference. Please consider joining our monthly donor team. Every new commitment or increase in monthly giving helps sustain our work with Reach Beyond.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Saavedra Stories - July 2019 (HMA Begins)

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Mt. 16:18-19


It’s official, the Saavedra family is in transition!  Over the last month we have had to say goodbye to students, co-workers, friends, church family, grandparents, our favorite sites and our favorite foods.

We are accustomed to saying goodbye to friends at this time of year. But this time it’s different, since we are the ones leaving, as we head into a year of home ministry assignment in the U.S. The disorientation we feel is like that uprooted and displaced feeling you get after you’ve handed in the keys to your office or home.

Keys abound in Ecuador. In fact, we were given 10 keys just to get in and out of our apartment. And at one point, I (David) needed over 15 keys to navigate my daily routine. Keys give us a sense of purpose and belonging. They remind us of who we are and what is expected of us. And in less than two weeks’ time, we will be keyless.

We are excited, nervous, hopeful and anxious. Our kids have little experience living in the United States.  Likewise, Beth and I have little experience parenting in the United States. Please pray for us.

In this time of transition, I have been encouraged by the knowledge that God has provided access to the keys of the Kingdom.  Wherever we go, we belong. And wherever we settle Christ has preordained a purpose for our family.  We look forward to the new keys God has for us.  

If change is growth over time, look how they have changed.

Answered Prayers:
 - A college friend has graciously given us his car to use for the year
 - The Lord has provided apartment sitters for the coming year

 - Still waiting on some paperwork needed to sell our car
 - Safe travels
 - New relationships

Financial Needs:
- Cost for setting up our new home
- Cost for school supplies and clothes

New Home Address 

111 N. President St. Wheaton IL, 60187