Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10 December 2014 Update!

Feliz Navidad! from southern Mexico!

2014 has been an incredible year of seeing God's faithfulness to our family and seeing him work in some amazing ways.  You who are a part of our prayer support and those who give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Cooperative Program are a vital part of the work. God is using you.  When you pray God works.  When you give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering people hear about Jesus.

Here are just a few of the things that God has done in southern Mexico this year:

  • Churches from the USA have committed to make sure the Gospel is proclaimed in FIVE unreached people groups that previously had no one planting churches among them (Unengaged).  Pray for the Z people (two language groups), the M people (two language groups), and the C people to soon have healthy churches planted among them.
  • New teammates!  Frank and Phoebe, Christy, and Rebecca joined the team this year.  God is so good to provide more workers.
  • New believers in several people groups and good relationships being made in so many communities.  Relationships are the key to reaching the last unreached communities in Mexico.
  • God is calling out more of our Mexican brothers and sisters to be a part of the task of taking the Light to the dark places.  Please continue to pray for them.
  • New relationships with Mexican pastors and missionaries are giving us opportunities to partner together to push back the darkness in ways that none of us could do on our own.
When you give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering people hear about Jesus.  God continues to use Southern Baptists to do amazing things.  Will you give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year?  Will you give a sacrificial gift?  Your local Southern Baptist church is your best channel of support BUT you can also give on-line.  HERE IS THE LINK FOR ON-LINE GIVING.

If you would like to give directly to the work going on in southern Mexico and help provide ministry funds to our team then you can do that  HERE!  Make sure you put Jeff and Liesa Holeman as the Field Person's name.

We are excited about coming to the USA for some vacation and also taking some time to visit in some great churches.  Here's our schedule:
  • Dec 21.  Center Grove Baptist Church.  Maben, MS. (Morning)
  • Dec 28.  First Baptist Church. Yazoo City, MS. (Morning)
  • Jan 4.  First Baptist Church.  Oxford, MS. (Morning)
Hope to see many of you during our time in the USA.  Have a tremendous time celebrating the Father sending His Son to us and we hope your New Year is filled with blessings!

Feliz Navidad!
Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Here are some photos of recent events...

We are very fired up about going to the Chick Fil A
Peach Bowl  and cheering for our Rebels
on December 31.
New believers who were baptized two weeks ago.
Will you pray for them?  They are the only
believers in their village.

The growth hormone that Liesa has been taking
is showing some results.  Look how tall!
This is a Zoque friend she has been able to spend
time with.

We don't know.  Just something to do.

This is how Liesa and I spend most of our time.

Sara (Batgirl) and Katherine served with us for
four months.  Pray for them as they return to
the USA this week.

Haylee and Jackson.  Growing up.  Great missionaries.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

23 November 2014 Update!

Thanksgiving is a natural overflow of a heart that has been changed by Jesus.  We are very thankful for all of you who take the time to pray for us and the work that God is doing among the peoples of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.  You need to remember that we don't take you for granted.  We can't do the task that the Father has asked us to do, period.  We can't do it.  But, if we're going to be obedient and follow God on this journey we would not want to attempt it without prayer warriors like you.  Thank you.

November has been a great month.  We asked you to help us out with a few prayer requests a few weeks ago.  Here's an update:
  • Haylee's knee.  We'll get more information in December when we meet with some doctors in the USA.  Originally what was diagnosed as some ligament damage has become clearer as a very large cyst on her knee.  There is some pain involved but Haylee is doing well and has not slowed down too much.  Keep praying as we prepare to meet with doctors on Dec 22 in Oxford.
  • Jackson is pushing through a challenging semester.  Keep praying for him to finish strong.
  • Liesa and Jeff traveled to Haiti to pray and get a better idea of how to lead Southern Baptists to more effective work.  Haiti is a wonderful place with some precious people.  The needs are overwhelming and without a disciplined approach, Southern Baptists have been spinning their wheels for decades.  Keep praying because the answers are difficult and emotions get in the way of a coherent discussion with many people.
We're very excited about the next few weeks.  We'll be celebrating the USA Thanksgiving with some time at the beach with several of our colleagues and Mexican family.  Jeff will be traveling to Peru for some important leadership meetings.  And, we'll be heading to Mississippi for a couple of weeks of vacation and speaking on Lottie Moon's behalf.

While in Mississippi we're available to visit Mississippi churches.  Here's our schedule so far:
  • Sunday, December 21.  Center Grove Baptist Church, Maben, MS.  (AM Service)
  • Wednesday, December 24.  Venture Church, Hattiesburg, MS.
  • Sunday, December 28.  First Baptist Yazoo City, MS.  (AM Service)
  • Sunday, January 4.  First Baptist Oxford, MS.  (AM Service)
  • Sunday, January 11.  Pillar Church, Stafford, VA.  (AM Service)
Let us know if we can help out with anything at your church while we are in the USA.

We pray each one of you have a great Thanksgiving Week!  We are hoping that this Saturday is one of the worst days ever for our Mississippi State friends.  Go Rebels!


Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5 November 2014 Update!

Hola from southern Mexico!

Thank you so much for your strong prayer support!  We are constantly aware that there are folks all over the world who give of their precious time to lift up the work going on around us.  You also pray for our family and that means so much to us!  Here's an update from the past few days:
  • Jeff traveled to Virginia to attend a meeting of USA churches who are sending folks to the field in some very creative ways.  If we are going to reach the remaining unreached people groups in our world then ALL OF US will have to be a part of doing ALL WE CAN to make sure EVERY ONE gets an opportunity to hear about what JESUS has done for them.  CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN SEND MORE WORKERS!
  • Christy and Rebecca are HERE!  Finally!  Our new teammates will be here for two years and we are so thankful for them.  They bring a whole lot of talent to southern Mexico and they've got some kick-butt Spanish skills! Christy and Rebecca are the direct answer to your prayers for more workers.
  • First Baptist Oxford sent Gary and Carolyn Carter to continue the work of the Rural English Teacher Training Institute.  This ministry equips teachers in indigenous communities to be better prepared to teach English to their students.  This is an incredible opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of indigenous people.  We're thankful for First Baptist Oxford taking on this important task!
  • Community Church of Oxford sent Rebecca Sanders to us for the month of October.  Rebecca is a tremendous servant and jumped right in and helped with a lot of different ministry projects.    We are hopeful she will return some time soon and continue the relationships that she made.  Reaching southern Mexico is going to happen through meaningful relationships!  Rebecca is another servant that is a blessing to the people here.
  • We really don't know how but we always get the BEST and BRIGHTEST Hands On workers.  Hands On is an opportunity for young adults to come and work alongside missionaries for 4 months.  It is a great opportunity to get the REAL picture of what being a missionary is all about.  Katherine and Sara have been a huge blessing!  They are with us for one more month.
  • What would it be like to pack up your family and move into an indigenous village for 3 weeks?  Twenty-one of our teammates did just that and we have had a great time of training and fellowship down here in the mountains of southern Mexico.  We finish up this training on November 10th!  These missionaries have been real troopers as they have worked in some challenging situations to put into practice the things they have learned.
Here are some updated prayer requests:
  • Haylee has been diagnosed with a Baker's Cyst on her knee.  We thought it was something VERY serious but a cyst is still painful and somewhat serious.  Pray for her doctors as they determine the best way to treat this common injury.
  • Jackson is doing great!  Pray for him to finish strong this semester.  There is always a huge mountain (called Homework!) that he has to conquer.  Pray for him to succeed!
  • Pray for our USA partners who are working in southern Mexico.  There are so many challenges to the work.  And, the Enemy is attacking several of our best partners in very ugly ways.
  • Pray for Liesa and Jeff as they travel to Haiti in the next few days.  Haiti is now a part of our responsibility and we are praying for wisdom on how to lead the strategy for these people who are very important to the Father and to many of our Southern Baptist churches.
  • Pray for our Stateside Assignment that begins in July 2015.  We will be spending several months in Oxford, Mississippi.  Pray that we will be able to find a place to live during this time that is furnished and in the Oxford School District.  That's a big request but we know God has a plan!
Thank you for your prayer support.  You are SO IMPORTANT to what the Father is doing here.  We'll have an End of the Year report soon.  Be praying about your giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year.  When you give, people hear about Jesus.



Our Hands On Students (Katherine and Sara) have made some
great friends in a village.  Pray for this family to understand and respond
to the Gospel.

There was a lot of this left after Ole Miss beat Alabama this year.

Here is where we live!  Oaxaca, Mexico!  Pray for this great place!

Rebecca and Christy meeting some new friends.  Pray for these new missionaries!

Our job as Cluster Strategy Leaders means Jeff sees this view a lot more
than he wants to.  Pray for us in this HUGE assignment that we cannot accomplish
without the Father's wisdom and grace.

There's a rumor going around that this young lady graduates from High School in May 2015.
It's just a rumor, though.

One more month with these goof-balls.  We love Sara and Katherine!

Rebecca (from Community Church Oxford) was a huge blessing this month!

Some folks from the Rural English Teacher Training Institute.

More folks from the Rural English Teacher Training Institute.

Training session for IMB missionaries.  We finish on November 10.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

9 October 2014 Update!

I believe the followers of Jesus that are the local church carry the responsibility that comes with the Great Commission.  Jesus said that He was going to build a church that would push back darkness and it is so powerful that even the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).  The foundation of the church is the 'Christ, the Son of the Living God' (Matthew 16:15).  In Scripture we find a powerful church built on a sure foundation

Our calling to be missionaries is strong and certain:  We are to serve our Lord in another culture and plant churches.  Our team of missionaries is planting churches in partnership with the local church.  Our 'home' culture is the United States of America, more specifically Mississippi.  Our new culture is Mexico, specifically southern Mexico.  Our conviction is that the work of missions is done by the local church in both of these cultures and the local church pastor and/or leadership in both of these cultures is the key leader for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  The missionaries that God is most counting on are the followers of Jesus who make up these local church bodies.
Oaxaca, Mexico

A mission organization made up of professional, paid missionaries is a great tool that God uses.  I work for what I believe to be the world's greatest mission organization.  My organization is a 'company' of servants sent by local churches and managed by people sent out by local churches.  However, in God's toolbox, the local church and the people in those churches is the preferred option.  The local church fulfilling the Great Commission has been God's plan all along.  

Sometimes the local church is not the sharpest tool and is, at times, not calibrated correctly but it is still the FIRST option for taking the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth.  It is God's responsibility to sharpen His tools.  I don't have the option of changing God's plan.  If I am living in obedience to the clear commands of Scripture then I must work with imperfect people from local churches to take the Gospel to where it is not.  

Could it be that God could use imperfect people to do great things?  Could it be that a rag-tag group of believers from a called-out local church that don't know as much about culture, worldview, and language as the 'professional' missionaries can get the job done?  Could it be that God might use the 'foolish to shame the wise?'  I'm certain that if God can use the church at Antioch and Corinth and Ephesus and Sardis then He can use my church and yours.

There has been a period in our church history when many of our local church pastors and the local churches delegated the Great Commission Task to the sent-out ones, missionaries, and many of these churches simply 'got out of the way' and let the professionals do the work.  That makes sense.  But, is it the strategy God intended?  Could it be the Enemy tried a way to de-rail God's plan by taking the local church pastor away from the missionary task?  Perhaps the Enemy tried this but it is not working.

In southern Mexico, and around the world, local churches are re-engaging a very dark world.  Local churches from the USA are waking up (Remember the church at Sardis?) and becoming complete.  Local churches in other cultures are taking up the responsibility of reaching their people and the rest of the world.  My mission organization has a new leader that is a local church pastor (some say with no 'professional' missionary experience and I say 'Praise God!').  The followers of Jesus that make up the local church and the leadership of those local churches have the responsibility of taking the Gospel the the Ends of the Earth.

Would you join me in praying for these local churches from the USA who are taking on a huge challenge and engaging unreached people groups in my little corner of the globe?  No, they are not perfect churches and they aren't any different from yours except for the fact that they have been awakened to their responsibility to take the Gospel where it is not.  Part of this responsibility is to be trained to understand a culture and how to plant a church in that culture and these churches are committed to being sharp tools in the Master's toolbox.

Please pray for these churches, conventions, and ministries who are committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission in Mexico:

  • First Baptist Oxford, MS
  • Community Church Oxford, MS
  • Second Baptist Springfield, MO
  • Franklin Heights Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, VA
  • Shindler Drive Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL
  • Crosspoint Church, Melrose, FL
  • Piedmont-Okefenokee Baptist Association, GA
  • SonRise Baptist Church, Newnan, GA
  • College Street Baptist Church, Walhalla, SC
  • Urbancrest Baptist Church, Lebanon, OH
  • Koinos Fellowship, Troy, OH
  • Church at the Butte, Elephant Butte, NM
  • Valley Baptist Church, Bakersfield, CA
  • Pillar Church, Stafford, VA
  • Central Baptist Church, Wendell, NC
  • Springdale Baptist Church, Kosciusko, MS
  • Ole Miss Baptist Student Union

Would you also pray also for the thousands of missionaries, the 'sent-out' ones, that are serving around the world?  Many of these great servants of God were sent out under an old paradigm that neglected a connection to local churches in their home culture.  Sadly, many of our local churches dropped the ball and did not stay connected to the missionaries that were sent from their ranks.  These  local churches yielded their Great Commission responsibility to the 'professionals.'  Thus, we have a large number of missionaries serving around the world with weak or non-existent connections to their local churches.  This is not God's plan and a lost world is dying while we correct the problem.

Thank you to all who are 'holding the rope' for us!

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Friday, September 26, 2014

27 September 2014 Update!

Hello from Thailand!

Yep, we're in Thailand attending a meeting of a group of mission strategists from all over the world.  We're here to get better equipped to share the Gospel, train leaders, and plant new churches.  These have been great days of listening to the Lord, spending time with other workers like us, and learning some of the creative ways the Father is working in our world.  We now have to take what we have learned and share that with our team, our national partners, and USA partners.  There is so much to do and God is BIG enough to lead us in doing it.

Thank you for your prayer support! We are constantly reminded about the importance of the 'prayers of the saints' and your involvement in what the Father is doing in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.  Your prayer support is the KEY part of our work!

October is coming quickly and we have some prayer requests that you can help us with...

  1. Our new teammates arrive on October 5th!  Rebecca and Christy will be joining us for two years in Oaxaca.  Please pray for them as they adjust to life in southern Mexico and as they begin their ministry among the unreached people groups in our part of the world.
  2. A very important training event begins in mid-October for a group of our personnel serving in our part of the world.  This training will be held in a village near Oaxaca.  Pray for those of us who are a part of leading this training and pray for the families who will be relocating to Oaxaca for three weeks.
  3. We're recruiting our Summer Missions Team for 2015!  If you know a college student (or you are one!) please consider joining our team during June and July of 2015.  Just click the links below for more info!  Here are the links to positions that we have available:
  4. Please join us in praying for more Mexican and USA partners who are willing to do whatever it takes to reach the unreached of southern Mexico.  The work is difficult and requires a commitment to training and resources.  Pray that we'll have the right people in the right places doing the right things.
You all are a blessing!   Thank you for 'holding the rope!'

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Thursday, September 4, 2014

5 September 2014 Update!

Greetings from southern Mexico!

We are always blessed by the prayers of so many folks who are praying for us.  We continue to see so many open doors among the people groups of southern Mexico.  The Father is definitely up to some big things and we're just trying to hang on for the ride.  Your prayer support is such an important part of the work.  Thank you for praying!

Driving through the Mixteco region of southern Mexico.  Beautiful!

  • Our Fall Hands On students arrived and have been busy getting to know Oaxaca and finding their place of ministry.  They have jumped right in to help with some gaps at the school where Haylee and Jackson attend.  Pray for Katherine and Sara to have great opportunities to share the Gospel in the coming weeks.
  • Our pastor, Eric Hankins, is here this week to kick-off the work of First Baptist Oxford among a Zapotec community.  One important project they have is a training program for English teachers.  This is a tremendous need among the public schools here and FBC Oxford is helping us launch this training program in southern Mexico.
  • A group from southern Georgia was here last week on a Vision Trip.  Pray for them as they have returned home and must pray and discern the Father's leading for their churches.  Pray that they will be among the many workers that are needed in southern Mexico.
  • A Vision Team from Virginia is here this week.  They have been on an adventure on the mountain roads of the Mixteco area of Oaxaca.  This is an area of great need for the Gospel.  Pray for them as they return to Virginia to determine the next steps in their journey.
  • We're getting so excited about the arrival of Rebecca and Christy.  We have been short-handed for several months and we desperately need new teammates.  Rebecca and Christy will arrive on October 5 and will be with us until mid-2016!  Pray for them as they begin their work in southern Mexico.
  • Jeff's mom arrives on Saturday, September 6.  She'll be with us for six weeks and will be filling in at Haylee and Jackson's school as well as having some fun with us.  Pray for her as she comes to visit.
  • We have a new boss: David Platt!  Many of you will know that David came as a part of a DiscipleNow at First Baptist Oxford in 2006.  Our paths crossed several times as we worked in East Asia with college students at FBC Oxford.  Now, he is El Presidente!  We are very excited and look forward to serving with him.
Please join us in praying for these updated prayer requests!:
  • Our Stateside Assignment will begin in July/August 2015.  We will be living in Oxford, MS for several months.  Please pray with us to find a place to live and for some type of ministry to plug into while we are home in Oxford.  We're looking forward to spending some quality time with our Oxford family.
  • Pray for Haylee as she makes her decision about college.  Pray that she will be in the best place to prepare her for the great days ahead that the Father has planned.
  • Pray for the people groups of southern Mexico.  Pray that the effort to plant churches would advance and that strong disciples would be made.
Thank you so much for your prayer support and your financial support through the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Thursday, August 14, 2014

14 August 2014 Update!

Greetings from Oaxaca!

We are thankful for all of you who are praying!  We are back in Oaxaca after some busy travel days.  We were blessed with a visit from a team from Second Baptist Springfield, MO and First Baptist Branson, MO.  Then, we made a quick trip down to the coast (with our awesome teammates Frank and Phoebe) last weekend for a wedding of some of our colleagues' kids.  It was a beautiful wedding on one of Oaxaca's prettiest beaches.  Then we joined up with Sandi Bridges and the Crosspoint Church crew for part of their time with the Chontal people group.  We're now back in Oaxaca and have been busy running errands and getting ready for a busy fall!

Would you join us in praying for these things?:
  1. Our Fall 2014 Hands On students arrive on Saturday (Aug 16).  Katherine and Sara will be here until December and we are looking forward to serving with them!  Pray that they adjust well to Oaxaca and that they have some great opportunities to build some meaningful relationships.
  2. First Baptist Oxford, MS is getting started with a project that we know will be a great tool for helping so many of our indigenous communities.  Please pray for the team from FBC Oxford that arrives on August 30th.
  3. We have a group of mission leaders from Georgia arriving next week on a Vision Trip.  These folks are looking for opportunities for their churches to impact lostness among Unengaged Unreached People Groups.  Pray for safe travel and that we will go to the right places!
  4. A Vision Team from a church in Virginia arrives in a couple of weeks.  This church has been praying about their place in Mexico for quite some time.  Will you pray that we will find open doors among some unreached communities among the Mixtecos?
  5. New Teammates are Coming!  Rebecca and Christy will arrive in early October and will be in southern Mexico for at least two years!  We desperately need their help and we are beyond thrilled to be able to serve with them.  Pray for them as they finish up training in the USA.  They will arrive in Oaxaca on October 5!
  6. More New Teammates are Coming!  We asked you to pray for more laborers and it looks like at least two more IMB missionary families will be joining the work in southern Mexico in the next year or so.  We are thankful that the Lord is calling new workers to southern Mexico because there is so much work to be done!  Please pray for these families as they leave the USA.
  7. More New Teammates are Coming!  Several of our USA church partners are in the process of sending folks from their fellowship down to southern Mexico to serve among their communities where they are working.  Please pray that these new workers will prepare well for their assignments!
  8. Jeff's Mom is coming to visit.  We're excited that Jeff's mom will be coming to visit for about 5 weeks.  Please pray for her as she adjusts to life in southern Mexico.
  9. Our Stateside Assignment will begin in August 2015!  We will be living in Oxford, MS!  Please pray that details will work out so that Jackson can have a great school year.  We will need to find a place to live, car to drive, etc.  Pray for all of that!
Some really great things are happening and you are a part because you pray!  Here's an update:
  1. Haylee got a really great report regarding her rheumatoid arthritis.  We continue to pray for complete healing but we're also so thankful for our great doctor in Oxford, MS:  Dr. Kirk Eddleman.
  2. One of our USA partners was able to spend almost 6 weeks among their people group this summer.  They have seen amazing progress in building relationships!
  3. One of our USA partners recently held a Sports Camp in their village and they were able to build some relationships and make some plans for the future among their people.
  4. We have had some great training opportunities with pastors/church leaders recently.  Pray for us as we try to expand ways to meet the need for training among indigenous church leaders.
  5. Our Summer 2014 Student Team was simply A W E S O M E.  These students really worked hard to invest and pour into people here.  They made a big difference in many lives and were even able to build on some work they had done in the past.
  6. We are thankful for Fairview Baptist Church, Lebanon, TN for donating their VBS offering to help indigenous kids in Oaxaca!  This church is buying school supplies and backpacks for some kids in some really tough circumstances!  
  7. First Baptist Oxford, MS always is generous and their help with school uniforms for some indigenous kids is a huge blessing to many and it is a great way to help build relationships through meeting important needs.
  8. The Father continues to bring us some great Mexican partners.  We know that to truly reach the hardest places in southern Mexico that we must pour into Mexican believers even more.
We are so grateful for your prayers.  Thank you also for your giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and the Cooperative Program!

Love to all,
Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Students from Second Baptist Springfield loving on some kids!

Second Baptist Springfield working hard!

Second Baptist Springfield visiting one of our friends!

Second Baptist Springfield Taco Night! (We had several!)

The church we attend in Oaxaca is planting this church in another
part of town.  Great crowd at VBS!

The one and only Neil Franks (Pastor at FBC, Branson)
teaching the word in a nearby village.

The Coke name craze is in Mexico, too!

Coke craziness continues...

In a village with the Crosspoint team.

The Crosspoint team loving on their community.

Sandi is our oldest child.  We're smiling when she is here!

Fairview Baptist Lebanon, TN bought a truck load of school
supply stuff for some great kids in Oaxaca!

Friday, August 1, 2014

1 August 2014 Update!

Greetings from Mississippi!

We are enjoying some time of vacation with family and friends in Mississippi!  We are so thankful for the opportunity to come home to Mississippi and reconnect.  We have had a busy couple of weeks.  Here's a little update!

American Peoples Affinity Summit in the Dominican Republic
All of the missionaries from the Americas gathered in the Dominican Republic for a week of fun, training, and teaching from David Platt.  We had an awesome time even though Jeff came down with a serious case of the flu while we were there.   Haylee and Jackson has an awesome time and are still talking about the D.R.   While all of us missionaries (250 families) were gathered in the D.R. we collected an offering for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  The total amount given is over $150,000.00... AND, anonymous donors added $125,000.00 to what we gave so we now have over $270,000.00.  God is good and does so much more than we expect him to do!

Haylee's College Tour
We were able to take some time and take Haylee to visit her 'Top 4' College choices.  We visited Mississippi College, Union University, Ole Miss, and Samford University.  We were impressed with all four of the schools and they showed great interest in Haylee.  Now, we have to continue to pray and see where the best fit is for Haylee.  You can join us in praying!

Tyler and Julie's Wedding
We made a little stop in Oxford, MS so that Jeff could officiate the wedding of Julie Goss and Tyler Little.  Tyler and his family are so very special to us and it was a great honor to be a part of Julie and Tyler's great day!  The wedding was beautiful and getting to see so many of our friends was awesome!

Destin, Florida
We were able to take a few days and chill out on the beach in Destin, FL with Pete, Carrie, Madilyn, Eden, and Jeff's mom.  The weather was perfect and we had a great time on the beach and all together in the condo.  A great time!

We'll be heading back to Oaxaca in just a few days!  Thank you for your prayers!  If we don't see you on this visit maybe we can get together in January 2015 when we come back!

Jeff, Liesa, Haylee, and Jackson

Early morning in the D.R.
Jeff and some guy.

The Peru crew re-united!
Haylee and friends!

One of Jackson's spiritual gifts is
chillin' in airports.
Haylee and Liesa in Newark!

They are so cute.

Mississippi College!
Haylee and Sydney rockin' it.

Union University!
Ole Miss!

Oaxaca Reunion in Oxford!
Samford University!

Destin, Florida!
Haylee.  Madilyn.  Jackson.

Destin, FL
Peru Reunion!

Peru Reunion!
Dominican Republic!

Liesa and Heather Platt.
The Cooks!