Friday, March 13, 2015

March 2015 Update

Baby Girl Roberts coming in August 2015

For those who have missed the news, we are expecting another child at the end of August. We are excited to see our family grow and ask for your prayers for a smooth pregnancy and delivery. We are planning to return in early June to Argentina and the baby would be born in Tucumán in late August.

Recent Church Presentations
We are close to finishing up our visits with church partners here in the US. Recently we have had the privilege of speaking about our ministry at our two home churches here in Denver, CO. We had a great time at both Faith Mountain and The Rock. It was a great blessing to share stories from Argentina with these church families that have been a big part of our time in Colorado. Sharing about these ministries also increased our excitement about our return. To listen to David preach click here.

Progress towards Financial Goals
We are getting closer to our financial goals and are still hopeful that we can achieve them by June in order to return to Argentina on schedule. We are approximately $200/mo short of our goal. Our budget has been in flux because of inflation, the new baby, and other unexpected increases. We have been very blessed by new ministry partners and increased giving by others from our support team. Thank you so much for your generosity! Please contact us if you want to help us return to Argentina or just want to know more about our ministry there. OR click here to give a one time or monthly gift.

Prayer Requests
1. For over 2 weeks there has been flooding all over Argentina and our province of Tucuman. Over 9 bridges have collapsed and dozens of families have had to be evacuated just in Tucuman. See more pictures here: OR Please pray for the many families that are left with no home or belongings. Pray that the body of Christ in Argentina comes together to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these families. Please pray that the government can get more emergency plans in place as more rain is forecasted for this weekend.

2. Pray for our transition. Closing up shop here and opening up shop there always has a lot of details. Pray for wisdom, strength, and peace as we transition. Also please pray for Zane and Isabel as we travel and change our rhythm of life drastically again. Transition also includes goodbyes. Please pray over our goodbyes as they are NEVER easy.

3. Please pray for Beth and the pregnancy. We praise God for this precious life inside of Beth. However, she has been suffering from massive tension headaches for the last 8 weeks. The pregnancy is looking great, but it is taking a toll on Beth. Also because we are planning on delivering in Argentina, Beth will be having another Cesarean section. It is NOT our first choice but we trust God and HIS timing. Please pray with us during the time of delivery and recovery.

4. Lastly, please pray that we raise all the funds that we need to be fully supported by the end of May. We have been so blessed in this area and praise God for all of the faithful families and churches that are on our ministry team.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

We will be praying over Pastor Saeed 
at Faith Mountain Church
on Sept. 26th at 7pm. 


Pastor Saeed's testimony
Recorded before his imprisonment

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Visits, visits and more visits

Beautiful friends from Grace Foursquare
Rhinelander, WI
 It was great to connect with the Messerli family and others at the ice cream social. 
Rhinelander, WI
More Beautiful friends from Grace Foursquare
Rhinelander, WI
 The amazing Doyle family ALL in one place. What a pleasure to hang out with all of them. 
Rhinelander, WI
 It was great to catch up with Beth's high school friend, Ryan, and his family.
 It is always a blessing to see your old friends following Christ and leading their family well. 
Rhinelander, WI
 Ryan's kiddos and our kiddos at Pioneer Park.
Even though our kids don't live in Rhinelander, they are still 2nd generation Hodags!!
 We had lunch and lawn games with the Raabes. Love you guys.
Rhinelander, WI
 Betty Anderson has been a mentor and prayer warrior for all of Beth's life.
She is such a wise godly woman that Beth strives to pattern her live after.
We are so very thankful for her and her involvement in our ministry.  
Rhinelander, WI.
Zane and Isabel had a great water day with Ariana & Noah. 
What a blessing it is when your kids can play with your college friend's kids. 
Jillian thanks for the late late night talks.
Maple Grove, MN
 We were able to reconnect with 2 missionary families that did all of their pre-field training with us through CWW.  Both families have served in Africa for the past 4 years. We had a lot of catching up to do. God is so faithful.
 We accidently bumped into (God collision) with David and Annett at Bethel University in Mpls. We just met them 1 month before at our Debriefing and Renewal (DAR) retreat at Missionary Training International (MTI). They were missionaries in Ukraine for 7 years before they had to quickly evacuate. It was a great blessing to be able to spend more time together and to see how God has already answered prayer in just the past month since we had seen them last. 
Mpls, MN
 We were able to connect with Berly, one of Beth's college friends, for a few hours over ice cream and a park date. It is such a blessing to reconnect and hear how God is working and moving in and through your friends.  Roseville, MN
 We were able to have a surprise detour and meet up with our missionary friends in SC. They did all of their pre-field training with us and just finished serving 4 years in Belize. We praise God for all of the things they have done in and through the Bjorgens in Belize and what God will do through them in Mexico. As always we love seeing MKs (Missionary Kids) connecting and playing together. 
 We have never seen 2 boys hit-it-off quicker than Zane and Luke.
 Thanks for your hospitality and fun times Mason family!
St. Louis, MO

 New Life Ranch - OK
 Zane loved canoeing with his friends Hannah, Nathan, and Lauren.
New Life Ranch - OK

 Zane and Hannah loved playing in the creek, scooping up fish, and getting dirty.
New Life Ranch - OK

 It was awesome to visit Rhett, David's best friend, at New Life Ranch. Rhett is the summer camp director. He gave us the VIP 4 day camp experience. Zane loved it. We can't wait to send Zane as a camper on our next home assignment. 
New Life Ranch - OK 
Our hearts just burst with joy as we see Rhett and Jennifer with their beautiful son Abe. 
Their story is such a story of God's beautiful plan. We love you guys and are so proud of the wonderful ministry you have at NLR.
New Life Ranch - OK
Snuggling Abe
New Life Ranch - OK
 Rhett, the Gator, and the kiddos
New Life Ranch - OK
 We had a great afternoon connecting with Shelly and Donald. 
We loved the the burrito boats;)  Thanks for loving us and being part of our ministry. 
Kansas City, MO
 Sister time. Beth was able to spend time with our sister in law, Sierra, before our new little nephew arrived. 
We are pleased to report that Owen David Roberts made his healthy appearance in the end of July. We are eager to meet him in Sept. 
St. Joseph, MO

On another note Beth's brother, Kevin and his wife, Whitney, also had their baby at the end of June. 
We will be meeting Kendall Wren Langlois next week in Denver. 
 We were able to spend the afternoon with Blanche. She has been a prayer warrior over David since he was born. She is a blessing to have on our ministry team. Blanche has a desire to know God and has such a sweet relationship with HIM. She is a big encouragement to us. 
Troy, KS
 We visited David's aunt and uncle and cousins in GA. Zane and Evie had a great time playing and going to the park. It was a blessing to catch up with Uncle Chuck and Aunt Beverly. Thanks for your amazing southern hospitality. 
Peachtree City, GA
 Isabel and George were just chillin' for about 5 seconds so we could actually take a picture. 
Thanks Amy for a great heart to heart chat.
Peachtree City, GA
 The Villalobos family gave us the VIP treatment at Six Flags. It was surprising how many in depth God conversations you can have at an amusement park with 5 kids. Thanks Jim and Melissa for your friendship and partnership in our ministry. You guys are the real deal in your ministry and your family.
St. Louis, MO

And throughout all of our travels Zane and Isabel were able to cheer for Argentina in the World Cup. We are sad that they lost, but so proud of how they played. Vamos Argentina!!!

These are only SOME of the visits we had over the 7 week road trip. We had so many more that were not documented in pictures. We cannot tell you how much amazing food, dessert, coffee and fun we have had with our friends, family, and ministry partners. 

Thank you David and Gayle Albers, Joyce & Bill Troxler, Candy & Craig Osvog, and Tracy & Joel Swanson  for your generosity and hospitality. 

Another BIG Thank you to Alcester Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Clear Lake, Bethel Baptist Church of Brookings, Grace Foursquare of Rhinelander, Woodland Church of Ironwood, and Syracus Baptist Church. You are amazing ministry partners. 

We know that without our faithful ministry partners we would not be able to do what we do