Our Container Has Arrived

MSC_ANZUAs I write this, the container has finally arrived in Mendoza and Monday the paperwork will be presented to Customs. (Pictured is the actual ship, but not the actual voyage.)

But that’s not the only thing that arrived. Our baby grandson, Chael, arrived early Saturday morning! Lisa and baby are doing great.

Baby ChaelProbably the cutest baby I have ever seen, and he was huge – 8lbs 11 oz!

So we are praying that we won’t have any trouble with Customs, especially since Karina is not here and everything is in her name. And we’ve already been warned there could be trouble, so we pray for favor. If everything goes smoothly we could have furniture by Wednesday! Certain of our friends will be glad to hear that we hired a moving company to unload it, and thank you to Franklin Vineyard for donating the cost! But the wait finally appears to be over.

So please pray for us. Since I last wrote I am still painting and fixing things in the house all day long, trying to get as much done as I can before the furniture comes. Karina will be flying back in two weeks. It will be so good to have her back!

Anyway, blessings to you all,

 

Mark

Two Months

mendoza 21Downtown Mendoza, sidewalk café

Today marks two months since we arrived in Mendoza. It seems like forever, because a lot of things have happened since then:

  • We stayed in a rented apartment for the first month and spent our days getting paperwork done government offices, walking a lot and learning the bus system
  • Our furniture was finally picked up and our friends in Franklin did an amazing job loading up the container
  • Our house in Franklin finally sold
  • We spent the first two weeks of March living at people’s homes and a hotel
  • We visited five different churches, and they were all very nice
  • Karina left to go back to the US due to the birth of our grandson
  • We bought a house (the day after she left)
  • Mark moved into the house and is camping out until our furniture arrives
  • Mark’s sister and brother in law spent a week helping him fix things in the house, clean and paint (it had been vacant for almost 2 years)

It’s been a very eventful time. Not to mention the setbacks, disappointments, and emotional ups and downs we went through during that time. But God’s timing is always perfect and he came though in every situation.

File Apr 01, 12 32 06 AMPainting the house

So what does April hold in store for us?

Lord willing our grandson will finally be born. Our furniture should finally arrive on the 10th or 11th. Mark should finally get his ID card so he can open a bank account, get a cell phone number and a drivers license, among other things.

We have a meeting at the end of the month in Buenos Aires with three US pastors from the Argentina Partnership and members of 2 other Argentine churches soon to become Vineyards. It will be great to meet these people in person, and one of them, Cristian, who is leading a church in his home, is going to be ordained that weekend. We will be visiting those two churches as well. And it will be great to be able to hang with some Vineyard folks from the US!

As far as the church planting business, it’s sort of hard to start a church when there’s just one of you, but of course that’s what Jesus did, so I’m keeping my eyes out for opportunities with people. I’ve met and chatted with quite a few people in the neighborhood and the current plan is to start up a meeting in a nearby coffee shop and invite people to “a group of people having conversations about God”. I think in May when Karina gets back we will begin to be a bit more proactive. We do have a list of people we are praying for and the list gets longer and longer.

File Apr 01, 12 33 19 AMMy brother in law, Alberto, hard at work

So two months in, I really miss the US and our home church and Franklin and our friends. But Mendoza is beautiful and we love the city, and after meeting so many “Mendocinos” I realize why God loves them so much and wants them to be part of His Kingdom.

Blessings and Happy Easter!

Mark