January 2013 – FAMILY
Karmyn & Benjamin are in grade 10 this year – here, they attended BFA-Christmas Banquet which is a big social event every year! Boys get to invite girls to attend this highlight with them, flowers are given, etiquette and beautiful manners are dusted and implemented – it is a fun affair with a very well organized program. Students audition prior to the event to share their talents, gifts and bless the community with serious and humorous entertainment.
Oh, it is with a thankful sigh that we appreciate this grace time with our children! The past 18 months were stressful and certainly an intense season of wonderful learning curves for us all, but now, we are on assignment to rest, be still and listen! We are certainly entering this season with exhaustion, a slight panic which is subsiding and settling into a much calmer routine. Welcoming our children home during the past two weeks, have been an unusual luxury when we settle around the dinner table, then read and pray, do homework together, laugh and giggle about the day and simply
enjoying one another! We are only now realizing how we missed that! Benjamin spends weekends on wrestling tournaments and will do so for
another month, then we hope to scoop them away for a weekend of Europefun,toreturntoKarmyn’strackseason. Weareveryawareof this season as an amazing blessing from the Father’s Hand! We do feel
the anticipation of receiving our assignment for the next season, though!
Family: Clucas and Bowers families enjoying a coffee shop in Delft, Holland during Christmas!
18 January 2013
Malsburg, Black Forest Home ……this is our new pea-pod size nest until June 2013
High up in the Black Forest Mountains, about 5 km outside Kandern, the Father gave us this little cottage in the hills to rest in, be still and spend time with Him and one another! Snow covers our neighborhood and Selah loves her morning walkswithusinthewhitepowder! Birdlifeiswonderful up here – early morning sounds are only the crackling fire and birds chirping – when stepping outside, the nearby water streams, complete the concert! Just lovely!
Moving into our tiny new home, has been a layered blessing: we are physically close to each other, need to compromise and consider one another’s little space, which is naturally comfortable for us, but, coming from the spacious dorm, there are slight adjustments and it is good! The children get to and from school with the public bus service and the nearby dorms up the hill, help them with other event trips. The days are short and when the sun showsitsshyface,wemakesuretogetoutsidequick! Our german neighbors are gracious and kind, friendly and warm, but they also stay inside, only drive to work and stay in most of the time – chimneys release a steady smoke as most homes have wood burning stoves. This is a farming community with tractors and heavy equipment passing by from time to time, but it is mostly for fire wood gathering. Wonderful walking paths in the hills around us, provide for adventurous walks and Selah especially enjoys exploring! It has just been really cold and difficult to breathe high up into the hills.
Harry is preparing to help TeachBeyond to create a business plan and implement ideas to generate more self sustaining projects for their Music School and Evangelical
Department. TeachBeyond is the founding organization of BFA and they have great vision, who asked us to help them with the practical help to make their projects more self sustaining. We are really excited to help them for the followingsixmonths.
Stephne is focusing on helping our family adjust with this recent change, general care of everyone’s needs and trying to recover and rest, spending time in the Word and spending may hours on the Ethiopian projects admin and communication. She is not committing to anything more outside our family at this time….
Karmyn has really flourished and matured this past year. She is a dedicated student, enjoying and investing in her friendships and loves learning about her spiritual needs with Jesus!
Benjamin is loving the wrestling season – weekend trips to military bases where the team competes, are fun overnight trips with his team. He is turning the corner from earlier belief that play is more important than academics – this is a welcome change after our move out of the dorm……..!
– To hear the Father’s Heart about the future; – For Karmyn’s back to be healed;
– Both children’s hunger after Jesus;
– Family’s provision;
18 January 2013
Henok (CCC Director) built a simple facility (with the financial support of 4Mati Foundation) to start the official greater production of MITTIN (the locally developed supplemental food made from 12 Ethiopian grown grains). This was a very humbling moment to be able to witness the first step to implement the vision to that the Lord released through Steph during 2007. During our 18 months in Germany, we were still actively involved in developing and supporting this vision. So, the building is up – the grinder is in and now Henok is working on electricity and water to the
It was very important for us to see what he would do with this concept and although this building is not what was originally designed for the land, it was necessary for us to see how Henok would walk out the agreement that he made with the local Government. This land was acquired for MITTIN at first and the Children’s Home and other projects that we see as potential for the furture, can only now be built. CCC has felt the results of
government decisions to restrict Ethiopian adoption tremendously, but still managed to keep 4 Children’s Homes operating. I have been impressed with how our 5 year’s of teaching and training, has equipped and encouraged the staff to work so hard with so little. They understand that CCC needs to become self sufficient in order to help the community’s
orphans, widows & the
how encouraged they are with Wolaitta Village’s vision and the activity on the land. It brings them hope! Because the government is changing its views on orphan care, we will wait with Henok to see what adjustments need to be made to its infrastructure before
continuing with the original
Children’s Home plans.
to work on the next
Recent Ethiopia Trip
Steph had the privilege to go on a quick 10-day trip to officially host the Wolaitta Village Food Production Center Inauguration Ceremony in Soddo, Wolaitta
poor. The staff expressed to me
projects to help CCC become
self sustaining to help its own people. THANKYOUforyour prayer and financial support to our family and to what the Lord has called us to!