2009

I guess to begin this newsletter we will announce that we are expecting baby #2 in June of 2010! We are so excited! Of course there will be a small amount of rearranging things around the due date, but for the most part we are moving forward as planned. Since Hannah had to have a c-section with Solomon, we will be here for the birth, but if all goes as planned we will depart for Guatemala a few months later.Our next major goal in our fundraising is our pre-field training. Once we reach a certain percentage of our support we will go to North Carolina for nine weeks for some intense training specific to Guatemala. After that we will only be a few small steps away from Guatemala. We think it is important to go through pre-field training and have most of our other preparations ready before the baby arrives so we will be very busy in the next few months in hopes of making that happen!

Our home church, Meadowbrook Baptist Church, just had an amazing missions conference that we were able to be a part of. At the conference we were able to hear from other missionaries from Lebanon, Zimbabwe and Moldova. We are so blessed to be a part of a church that is so involved with not only their community, but the rest of the world. The body of Christ is doing amazing things all over the globe!

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. We couldn’t do it on our own. We pray that you have a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!God Bless You!

Jordan, Hannah & Solomon Self

P.S. Throughout our journey of fundraising we are asked many questions. I would just like to take a few moments to make the process a little clearer by answering some of our most frequently asked questions:When are you going to Guatemala? We have to have 100% of our monthly support pledged before we can go. Even $10 a month gets us closer to the field! We are at about the 60% mark right now. Since we are not in Guatemala yet, the funds given monthly roll over into our “one time” fund that will cover things like a car, furniture, etc. Money given now is needed, but it is also ok to give once we actually depart for Guatemala. The most important thing is to send a pledge card to CAM so we know what support to expect.
How much do you need monthly? When we sat down with our friends at CAM to discuss our support needed, we were terrified at the amount given! We need around $5,000 a month. That seemed like a ridiculous amount to us, but when it was broken down we realized that it was necessary and that we were not going to be living the “high life”J. Much of the funds go toward health insurance. Unfortunately insurance is difficult to get for a missionary in a foreign country, but is absolutely needed. Other expenses include a small percent that CAM uses to run things, living expenses and ministry money.
How long will you be in Guatemala? We plan on being in Guatemala for many years to come! Our terms last for 4 years and then we have a year of “home assignment” to reconnect with family and supporters. After that we will return. We may be able to visit for a couple of weeks during the summers, but we haven’t worked that out yet.

If you have any other questions, feel free to call or email us at any time!

“Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake that I am about to act, but for the sake of My Holy Name.” Ezekiel 36:22

I was reading this passage in Ezekiel to prepare for my Bible Institute class the other day when this verse stood out to me. God was about to help Israel once again even though they had profaned His name and done nothing to deserve rescue. It is easy for me to roll my eyes and wonder why the Israelites couldn’t get their act together. It’s even easier to wonder why God kept bailing them out.
Thankfully we serve a merciful and gracious God who loves us enough to save us even when we make the same mistakes over and over again and when we don’t deserve to be rescued. It is a beautiful picture of the fact that God does love us very much, but ultimately it is not about us. This life is about God and He created us to glorify Him in everything we do.
We are not going to Guatemala just to minister to youth. Most importantly we are going for the sake of His Holy Name! When you go to your job, or when you are raising your children or anything else that you do, you should not merely live out your day, but do those things for the sake of God’s Holy Name!We have been very busy and have a busy summer ahead of us. We just finished a mission conference at New Covenant Fellowship that was very encouraging. We will be speaking at other churches throughout the next few months. In July we will be taking a road trip to visit our out-of-state supporters and speak to some of their churches/Sunday school classes.
Bible Institute is wrapping up for the summer. It has been a great opportunity to give Jordan more teaching experience and it has helped us to do very well playing against other family members in Bible Trivia :)!

We had a lot of success and fun while teaching the kids of the English as a Second Language classes. Our main kids were the three sons of a young woman named Montse. Kevin, Dalles and Dennis were the sweetest boys! Montse just recently gave birth to a baby girl so they are taking a break for a while. The ladies in our Sunday school class were able to throw her a really fun baby shower.
  Thank you so much again for your support and prayers! I know that we say that every newsletter, but we sincerely couldn’t do this without you. This waiting period of support raising is very encouraging, but it is very difficult to wait when we want to be in Guatemala. Please pray that we would continue to be patient and content with God’s timing!May God Bless You!

Jordan, Hannah & Solomon Self

It’s hard to believe that Solomon is a year old!

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