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A New Season and Farewell

Dear Friends, Perhaps you have noticed things here gradually slowing down, but I wanted to share with you today that I am officially putting Missionary Moms on an indefinite hold. I have so very much enjoyed having the opportunity to relate with you amazing women here and have been tremendously blessed and encouraged by your faith and friendship, but God has clearly shown me that now is the time for me to say goodbye to blogging for an extended time. The primary reasons are simply that life right now is very full and I feel like I need to devote the energy that I used to have for writing and hosting this blog to other things for a time, as well as that I just feel God leading me out of a time of sharing so frequently what is on my heart and mind and into a time more of listening and learning.  I felt led by God to start this blog and so enjoyed sharing with you here via this forum, and though it is sad for me, I feel equally as led by Him to step away for now. I hope to restart the blog sometime in the future, but God has not yet revealed to me any details about this. I have a huge heart for all of you dear women all around the world who are living the life that you are for the sake of the gospel, and I wanted to let you know that I will still be praying for you and look forward to visiting your blogs and praying for your families and ministries! (And still feel free to email me if you’d like to talk or pray! formissionarymoms@gmail.com) The content of this blog will remain online, and you can find links to all of the contributors’ blogs on the “Contributors” page. I will also periodically update our family blog (TheLatvalasInRussia.wordpress.com) if you would like to keep up with me there, but I confess that I am not very good about keeping it current.

Lastly, I have something exciting to share with you! I have been praying that God would call other people to provide more online resources for missionary moms and had even planned a little section in this last post to ask you friends to pray and consider starting a blog/blogs to meet this need.  Guess what?! Even before I had a chance to share this need publicly, Phyllis emailed me to see what I thought about her starting a new place online for missionary moms to gather while this blog is on hold! What an answer to prayer! Also, she is asking for YOU to consider if you might like to contribute posts to the new blog to make it a place where many women can take part in ministering to one another. I just love her vision! Here is the link to her new blog, “Missionary Mom’s Companion.” Please add it to your reader and consider how you might be able to help her build this new place of community! And if anyone else feels compelled to start any other missionary mom blogs either now or in the future, please let me know so I can share your link here! There is very far from an abundance of blogs for missionary moms, and it would be so exciting to see more spring up! May God bless each of you tremendously as you love and serve the Lord and love and serve your beautiful families! Much Love in Christ, Ashley

Hermeneutics!

Hello Friends!

Well, I had planned to keep things going here this week, but it looks like I’ll be taking a break for the next few days or so. I am away in Moscow, Russia right now taking a week-long intensive hermeneutics class…. all by myself! My loving husband stayed behind and is taking care of our 3 kids so I could have this chance to study, visit with friends, and even go to Starbucks! I miss my family terribly, but what a great week it has been! I thought I’d have more down time to get posts up (we have a couple of great guest posts coming up soon!), but there have just been too many great people to spend time with (and lots of homework to do) that I haven’t had as much computer time as I had anticipated. I look forward to getting things going again next week!

~Ashley

 

Here we go!

Hello friends!

Well, after a very long break, things here are getting started again! I am excited about the chances that we’ll have to share together about life as missionary moms!

I also just wanted to start with a little personal note to say once more that sharing life together and gleaning from each other is what this blog is all about. It has been written for a long time in my little bio on the contributors page, but as you probably have already figured out, I am not an expert mom or missionary.  God simply gave  me the desire to create this space for us to use to encourage one another and share about our joys and struggles in this life as mothers desiring to see God glorified in our lives and ministries.

One of the greatest encouragements and helps to me as a younger mom in a foreign place is the community of believers that I get to share life with here each day. Considering how just a few such relationships can be so life-giving, my desire was to create a place for us to gather in even greater community to learn from one another as well as to be encouraged as we share the wonderful unifying similarity of serving the same amazing God!

I look forward to sharing life with you again and am excited for you to get to hear not only from me, but also from our dear contributors who have some wonderful wisdom and experience to draw from. And don’t forget! The thoughts and experiences that you share in the comments are vital to this community! Please consider how God might use you to encourage other women around the world as you share what God has shown you and allowed you to experience in your own life.

It’s great to be back, and most of all, I look forward to hearing from you as we get going again! I hope you like the new look!

~Ashley

(Also, one of the many areas where cannot claim expertise is the area of technology. My desire is to continue getting the word out about Missionary Moms to women who might be encouraged by it, but time and know-how are my greatest limitations. Feel free to share this site with your own missionary mom friends if you think they might be encouraged by it. Thanks!)

Stopping by for a moment

I just wanted to stop in and say hello! I haven’t been online much this summer but just wanted to write a quick note to say that I am looking forward to getting things going again here in the coming months! You have been in my thoughts and prayers!

Our time in the States, in God’s sovereignty, was extended beyond what we had originally anticipated, so our break here is also being extended perhaps longer than it would have.

Like many of you, we raise our own support for our ministry in Russia, and this summer we ended up needing to raise quite a bit more than we had expected, thus the delay. It has been a chance to grow in our faith through trial, but in the end, God has blessed us so incredibly. Yes, he has blessed us by providing the finances that we need, for which we are in awe and incredibly grateful, but it seems just as much that His plan has been to bless us through trial, thus testing the genuineness of our faith (1 Peter 1:6-7).

Our forced absence has been a great reminder of the blessing that it is to be able to serve God in a place that we have grown to love so much and where God has grown us and shaped us so much over the years, both through joys and struggles. The thought came to me a number of times amidst this time of trial of how heartbroken I would be if I were never again to have the chance to serve God in Russia.  God has called us there, but for how long? Only He truly knows!  Life can be difficult in the places that each of us serve, but I really do believe that it is a great blessing to see God at work in these countries and cultures that He has created! None of us knows when we might unexpectedly need to move somewhere else, or be called back to the US by hardship, or illness, or political troubles, etc., so let’s not take this time or our ministries for granted!   I am excited to get back to Russia to make the most of my time there, knowing that my days there are numbered, even though I myself have no idea what that number is. Have you ever considered how you might view your time and your ministry differently if you knew that this would be your last year/month/week??? This was a new thought to me, and it has really jarred me and caused me to think and pray!

I hope each of you are doing well! I can’t wait to hear from you more often once things get going here again!

Silent, Holy, Calm, Bright

“Silent night, holy night. All is calm. All is bright!”

As Christmas songs play throughout the day, each song brings reminders of the various ingredients of our Christmas celebration. Songs of joy, anticipation, reflection, praise… The other day as I was making lunch, “Silent Night” was playing softly in the background. In the midst of the busyness of getting lunch on the table and preparing a meal for our ministry event that evening, I was struck by four key words in the first verse. Silent. Holy. Calm. Bright.

Those four things are some of what I desire for my own family this Christmas. Life is going to be busy as we travel and celebrate and do so many exciting things, but I crave moments of figurative silence for us all to come together away from the noise of everything else clanging around us trying to distract us from truly focusing on Jesus. I desire this season to be holy, not simply fun and festive. Presents and all of the fun traditions are wonderful, but I pray that the holiness of this season is not choked out amidst those things. Calm. How do we achieve such a thing in the midst of life with 3 little kids, international travel, and holiday upon holiday? Like the figurative silence that I pray for, we are striving for calm by trying not to get caught up in doing, doing, doing, and going, going, going, but rather keeping things simple and clearing our schedule for the things that truly matter. Bright. May this season shine brightly as we strive to keep Christ kept at the center! Even the dark days of northern Russia are not enough to dim the light of Christ and the brilliance of His miraculous birth!

So, as we’ve been reflecting on what we want this season to look like for our family, I’ve decided to slow down a bit.  One thing that means for me is taking a break from Missionary Moms.

We will be traveling back to the States for about a month and then will be attending a conference on our way back to Russia, so I’d expect that things will get going here again in February. If you use a reader, go ahead and add Missionary Moms if you haven’t already to find out when things get going again. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Have a merry Christ-filled Christmas season!

~Ashley

What are some things that you are hoping to characterize your Christmas season this year?

A New Contributor!

I am so excited to introduce you to our newest contributor! Actually, if you often read the comments here, you have likely been blessed already by the wisdom and experience that she has to share. Richelle is a blessed mother of eight who lives and serves in ministry in Niger. I have so often been blessed by what Richelle has shared and have been so encouraged by her faith in the Lord that I am absolutely thrilled that she has agreed to share more with here us by becoming a regular contributor.

Richelle’s first post will be up tomorrow, so be sure to check back! In the meantime, feel free to visit her blog “Our ‘Wright’-ing Pad.” Also, I have already added her to our contributors’ page here, but I wanted to included her bio below as well so she can introduce herself to you in her own words.

Richelle, we are so excited to hear the things that that the Lord puts on your heart to share with us!

Howdy! I can’t tell you how excited and delighted I am for the invitation to become a contributor to “Missionary Moms,” because, simply put, that’s just what I am: a missionary wife and mom who strives to love and follow Jesus with my whole heart. He IS my One and Only Savior! There’s nothing better than being married to my best friend, my fellow adventurer and explorer in raising our 8 marvelous gifts from God on the backside of the desert. In addition to baking bread and doing loads of laundry (my two favorite household chores – seriously!), I write scripts for children’s radio programs and teach lots – my kids at home, ladies’ bible studies at church, swimming and water polo at the MK school, special education and effective teaching strategies, whenever and where ever. Spare time is reserved for blogging, scrapbooking, reading and learning a third language. I’ve often stopped by “Missionary Moms” for ideas and encouragement and hope, in God’s grace and strength, to give back just a little of what I’ve received.


Farewell for a Little While

Sorry for the sudden lag in posts! There were two causes. First, my whole family has been quite sick for the past week and we’ve spent much time resting, taking care of one another, and going to the doctor, etc. Secondly, the blog server suddenly fell ill as well and would not let me post anything for a few days.

I have been hoping to get a post up here to let you know that Missionary Moms will be taking a break for the next month or so as I try to get myself and my family healthy again and as we are expecting our 3rd child next week! If I could add a quick personal prayer request in here, I’d treasure your prayers that I’d get over this illness before labor. I am sicker than I remember ever being and can’t imagine giving birth like this!

I may put up a post or two in the next month to say hello and to introduce our new baby, but other than that, there won’t be anything new until mid or late August.

If you have any prayer needs that you would like the women here to be in prayer for, please leave that request in the comments so we can all be praying for you!

Farewell until August! I’ll be praying that God richly blesses you in the coming month!

(Post by: Ashley)


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