Reasons to Celebrate

This past week has been a time of celebration and rejoicing for the Sutton family. God has surely poured out His grace upon us, and we are basking in His perfect love just as we are basking in the hot, hot June sun.

We began with Cassie’s birthday on Saturday, and spent the day feasting and gifting and celebrating.  One of the day’s highlights was a visit to Tallahassee Nurseries, a gardener’s wonderland. Cassie picked out zinnias, which we promptly potted and set out in front of our apartment. Judging from the amount of time we spend moving the pot into sunlight, checking the soil, and pruning the flowers, I’m willing to bet these are the best-loved zinnias south of the Mason Dixon!

On Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day (Caleb’s first!). What a wonderful thing to celebrate. Baby Sutton (nick-named Sputnik by Amanda) behaved very well all day long, and then decided to make a fuss Wednesday night. This was the first time we felt the baby kick and knew it was the baby. As first-time parents, we were stunned speechless, and reminded of Job’s words:

Did You not pour me out like milk,

And curdle me like cheese,

Clothe me with skin and flesh,

And knit me together with bones and sinews?

You have granted me life and favor,

And Your care has preserved my spirit.

God shows His careful and loving creativity as he forms each child coming into the world. They are precious in His sight indeed.

In fund-raising news, we continue to seek to put our trust in God’s provision and are making contacts throughout Florida. We are constantly surprised and humbled by the generosity of our friends and brothers, and thank you all from our very hearts! If you would like to give to our work, you can request a prayer card, send us an email, or simply click here to give online. Thank you and God bless you and yours!

P.S. Stay tuned! We hope to find out if Baby Sutton is a bambino or a bambina by next week!

¡Amigos!

Every once in a while, an uneventful week is a real blessing. This past week has been such a week, with the welcomed exception of a wonderful visit from Harold and Erica Visser and baby Conrad all the way down from Carbondale, IL. Thanks for visiting, y’all! We especially enjoyed the walks and the Scrabble. Come back and see us soon!

Cassie is well in to her second trimester and is doing great! Perhaps the biggest motive for thanksgiving is that her motion sickness is gone. Car rides are suddenly not as challenging as they used to be. Baby Sutton enjoys watermelon, cucumbers, and listening to his mom play the violin. Baby is also starting to appreciate ice cream, which is a major plus for Cassie, who is now enjoying the stuff once again.

In fund-raising news, we are getting in touch with more and more churches, and having a great time spreading the word about Peru Mission. Be sure to let us know if you would like us to get in touch with your home church. You can email us at caleb.cassandra@gmail.com or send us a message on our Facebook group. We look forward to hearing from you!

Courage!

Yesterday we returned home to Tallahassee after an extended weekend with my (Caleb’s) family in Crestview. During our visit, we were blessed to hear an inspiring sermon by Dad Sutton. Dad preached on courage in the Christian life, encouraging us to seek God’s strength in times of trial, remembering that, as one writer put it, courage is not in itself a virtue, but rather the stuff that is required when all other virtues are put to the test. The Christian’s life is full of such tests, and we were reminded once again that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). What a great message to hear as we each of us go forth into the world to build God’s kingdom!

In thinking about courage, I am reminded of our recent field trip to Mission San Luis here in Tallahassee (see Apalachee meeting house above). I can only imagine the courage it took for the Spanish pioneers to start a new life in the New World, working side by side with the Apalachee Indians to scratch out  an existence. That’s courage!

On Tuesday, I spoke at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Walton Beach. Thank you, Missions Team members, for your encouragement, your enthusiasm and your passion for the gospel! It was a very encouraging time for me and I am looking forward to keeping in touch with all of you in the months and years to come.

We thank you all for your prayers and support. Click here if you would like to donate to our work online. Your one-time, monthly, quarterly or annual donation will go a very long way in allowing us to live and work among the saints in Peru beginning next May. We look forward to having you partner with us in our work!