Praise God that this is a season of joy for our family! This has probably been the most fun, bonding, wonderful season that we’ve had as a family and we are so grateful to God. Everyone is in good health, the kids seem to be listening to us more, and everyone’s disposition seems to be one of happiness. Here are a couple more specifics…
Kaden– You can see above that our 2 year old son is nice and healthy. He easily out-eats his mom and when I asked him if he was going to grow up and be as big as his mom he said, “No, Daddy” (as in, he is planning to be as big as his dad.)We wouldn’t be too surprised!And in addition to his large size, he is doing very well.He asks “why” a lot which really leads to some wonderful discussions.He asks, “Why did Jesus rise again?”“Why did Jesus die?” and every other “why” question you can think of. He talks A LOT.
Makrya – Many of you have been praying for the Lord to soften Makyra’s heart as she has most often been our most hard-hearted, defiant child. And, for a stretch of a few months, we’ve really seen a lot of growth in her. We might even now define her as “soft-hearted.” (There is nothing impossible with God!). She is quick(er) to obey and seems to really really love her parents right now. We are very happy about these changes. 🙂
Elias– This little man was attacked by allergies when we first arrived in Texas and was miserable. However, since we’ve put him on allergy medicine, he’s been one happy camper. He consistently asks to use the potty probably because he sees his older brother and sister using it. I think I’m about to work up of the nerve to let him try to potty train. We’ll see how that goes.
Zoey– This little girl just grows and grows into more and more of a delight. She has such an adorable high strung personality. Dave calls her “the honker” as even the way she talks sounds more like a “honk.” She is learning to talk a little more and both she and Elias are in toddler beds now. Both of them are 18 months old. She and the rest of her siblings enjoy watching Disney movies in French (to prepare for Cameroon).
We’ve also started leading the kids in memorizing the “ABC Gospel” which is been really wonderful. If anyone wants Scripture for young kids to memorize, help yourself!
Dave and Stacey – Dave’s school is very rigorous but he loves it. He is learning all sorts of nerdy (yet helpful!) things. His professors are very animated. For instance, one of his professors dressed up as a pirate because he was teaching on “arrrgg-uments.” The materials he is learning here will be invaluable on the field. Further, we are prayerfully looking for a church and Stacey is enjoying learning French and making “adoption books” for the kiddos. We often go on walks as a family and visit our animal neighbors…
Our llama neighbor
Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. – James 5:13
Stacey is a servant of Jesus Christ as well as a wife, mom, linguist, and Bible translator. Right now she is working creating literacy materials so the Kwakum people can learn to read and write in their language. She is also working on translating Old Testament stories into Kwakum with her husband and local Kwakum colleagues.
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Dave and Stacey Hare met at The Master’s College (now The Master’s University) in Santa Clarita, CA. They then went on to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where they each received their MDivs. Also in Louisville, they adopted four kids from Ethiopia. Their first term on the field they spent learning French and Kwakum. For their first home assignment they each received a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, Bible Translation from the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (now Dallas International University). They currently live in Cameroon, Africa where they serve as Linguists/Bible Translators among the Kwakum (aka Bakoum) people.