Well summer made it to Portland eventually...it just took all of June and a little of July. But it is here in so many other ways. It has been exciting for us so far because we have had lots of family come visit and it will continue through the end of July. First Mark's dad and his wife visit in June, it was good to see them. It had been 2 1/2 years since we seen them last. They stayed about 10 days and then headed to Montana to see Mark's brother and family. Then on the July 5th Mark's mom arrived. She is staying till the end of the month, when Mark's brother Eric and his family are here for a few days. It has been a summer of catching up for sure, we haven't seen them for 4 1/2 years. Allison is soooo excited to see her cousin.
Portico is doing really well. We are moving forward more and more. Seeing God move through our lives and the lives of each person is a great thing. We are seeing God answer our prayers and move us step by step through the process of bringing Him to the lives of people. We had the privilege of joining with Fathers House for a service a couple of weeks ago. We were so encouraged. Hearing from God for individuals and for us as a church was incredible. God spoke life to us. He spoke that we are an "Overcoming Church" and that we will have "favor" everywhere and with everyone we meet and deal with. What a great blessing!
In May we moved in to the heart of the city. To the Pearl District. It is a beautiful place to live. God swung wide the door for us to get into this apartment. We are so blessed. It is brand new and we have everything we need. We walked everywhere now and public transportation is fantastic. Allison will be starting a new school in September, it will be so nice to not have too far to walk. She is excited to start a new school. We are trusting our lives to God and praying for His best in our lives and the lives of Portico and the people of Portland.
• TRUST in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on HIS
• DELIGHT yourself also in the Lord, and HE SHALL give you the desires of your
• COMMIT your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring
it to pass.
• REST in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. DO NOT FRET- it only brings