Greetings in the name of our precious Savior, Jesus Christ! This will be our last update before the summer, and we wanted to share with you all the ways God is teaching us to be flexible. I told Him, “I think I have learned enough,” but He doesn’t seem to agree (ha,ha)! Anyway, as of our last newsletter, we had been switched from leading the Papua New Guinea team, due to cancellation, and were now leading the Bahamas team and Wes was going as an assistant leader on the Italy Backpack team. Since then both situations have changed, thus the continuing lesson in flexibility. The Bahamas team has also been cancelled due to issues with the project and we have been asked to be leaders on the Haiti team. Wes is not able to lead on the Italy team, because he will not be 18 until after the summer and they wanted to make the exception for him to lead, but legally it would not be wise, so he will be joining us on the Haiti team. The whole family will be on the same team for the first time!
Brian is still leaving for Zambia on the 18th of May with an adult team to do motorcycle repair and teach trouble shooting and is excited to have his cousin, Dennis, joining him. Brian will also be gone at the beginning of May, as he will be traveling to Wisconsin with a team of Teen Missions staff to set up a life-size replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle. This is available for touring and the donations help fund our ministry to Aids Orphans in Africa. We will be missing Brian the month of May, but are excited for all the different ways he will be blessed to serve.
We were SO EXCITED to have family come for a visit during Easter! My parents, Don and Anita, my sister Charity, her three kids Zach, Madilyn and Audrey, my sister Steffany with her son Ayden, all flew down. We were also blessed to have Wes’ girlfriend, Jessie, and one of our favorite former team members, Molly, come and spend their spring break with us. It was crazy, chaotic and FUN! My nieces and nephews had never seen the ocean and were quite amazed. We loved seeing all the babies that are growing and changing so fast, and truly do miss living closer.
Brian is officially over the hill—he turned 40 on April 3rd. We were actually able to pull off a surprise birthday party while my family was here and were blessed to be joined by Brian’s Aunt Julie, Uncle Jack, and cousins Dennis, Terrill and Sharon with their daughter Tori. Many friends from Teen Missions were there as well. It was a fun evening with lots of laughter.
We can’t believe Boot Camp is just around the corner! We just put up Big Top #1 yesterday, with the help of many volunteers, and the Obstacle Course is going up as well. We have over 25 kids going with us to Haiti and are excited about our project. We will be completing construction on a school in the village of Saint Marc, 50 miles outside of Port- Au-Prince. Two years later, there is still much devastation in Haiti from the 2010 earthquake. As the Lord continues to teach us to be flexible, we anticipate being stretched and molded in new and different ways than what we experienced in Peru the past two summers.
God is always showing us that He is Sovereign and our only purpose is to glorify Him! We continue to be blessed and loved on by our home church, Valley View, in Louisville, Kentucky, and are enjoying learning and growing with a new body of believers here in Florida at Sovereign Grace. God is good!
Thanks so much to those of you that continue to give to help meet our families financial needs and also to those of you that have given to help cover the costs for our kids to join us in Haiti this summer. Your support means so much to us!
Brian, Amber, Wes, Seth and Emily Tuttle
Praises: • That God is in control no matter what comes our way! • That we continue to see spiritual growth in our kids! • That Brian gets to serve in a unique way in Africa.
Prayer Requests: • For a growing desire in all of us to know HIM better and to serve HIM more. • For our family to work well together this summer. • For summer finances for the kids and for committed monthly supporters