Monday, November 23, 2009

We Made It to Iquitos

We made it to Iquitos on Sunday! We left the church in Lima at 4:30 a.m. and flew out at 7:30 a.m. It only took 1.5 hours to get to Iquitos which was nice with the 3 kids! When we arrived it was raining which was nice to not have to get all settled with extremely hot weather. The weather is hot and humid, and it's very beautiful here...a little more tranquil than Arequipa.

In Lima we met all of our Peruvian 40/40's and did went through our team building exercises. Everyone arrived safely and has settled in.

Our apartment for the next 5 months is very nice. After the mission training we will move into the trainers apartment for the next 1.5 years. We purchased all of the things the previous Cluster Support couple had, so we don't have to purchase many things. We bought Micah a bed today and need to get a few other necessities.

We begin classes tomorrow morning. We're understanding Spanish ok...enough to get around. We had a meeting today to go over basic info, and we understood most of what he said!

Thanks for your continued prayers, love, and support.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Headed for Lima and Iquitos

We finished our language studies in Arequippa last week, and we have been busy buying necessary things and packing this week. We leave today for Lima for a few days of team-building, and then on Sunday we fly for Iquitos.

We appreciate everyone's prayers as we travel.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sophia's First Birthday

Here's a video of Sophia's 1st birthday. We celebrated it in several different ways.

video

Friday, October 30, 2009

Peruvian Periodicals from the Simpsons - Vol. 2

Click here to read our second newsletter.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sophia's First Solo Walk

Sophia walked for the first time all by herself the other day. She did it three times, and we caught to 2 on video. Here is the second time:

video

Friday, October 16, 2009

Crazy week

Kevin left to go to Lima on Monday 4 p.m. with the Iquitos group to start the residency process for all of us. Heather and the kids were not able to go because the kids can't start the residency process until one of the parents has started theirs, which is inconvenient, but that's the only thing you can do! Airplane tickets were really expensive at the time, so we had to go by bus 15.5 hours to Lima!!! The buses were really nice though. We arrived in Lima around 7 a.m., and went to the organization that does the residency for free! They are an evangelical group that helps with residency for missionaries coming to Peru. After a few hours of doing all we needed to do for that we went to this mall where they had a Chilis!!! Kevin had chips and salsa and a very good hamburger. You don't really appreciate American food until you haven't had it for a while. It was good to have a little taste of home. He also had his first real coffee at Starbucks since we left the states. We all then hopped back on another bus at 4:30 to take the bus back to Arequipa, which took 18 hours!!!

The family is doing well. Micah's tooth healed up nicely, which was an answer to prayer. We put the kids in school this week to see how that would work out. They really need to learn Spanish, and that is the best place for them to pick it up. Please pray for wisdom as to what we should do concerning school.

Spanish school is going well. We're able to converse enough to do what we need to do. We were happy that a few weeks ago we went to a market down the road, and we were able to talk to people and purchase the things we needed to buy! I can't believe we only have 5 weeks left here in Arequipa.

Please pray for our 40/40's as they learn Spanish. It's tough to learn, but most are getting it. I have found that it easier to listen than to speak it! Some people are easy to understand. Kevin and Heather both have the same professor just at different times, and we both can understand our professor well. She is easy to understand. However, it's going to take some more practicing to be able to understand the majority of people.

Thanks for your continued support and prayer!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

First Edition of the "Peruvian Periodicals...from the Simpsons"

To view the first edition of our newsletter, (click
here)
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

God is already doing his work!

I am in the afternoon Spanish class with one other student, Tim, who is a 40/40. We have two professors. One for the first 2 hours and another for the second 2 hours. One of the class times focuses more on practicing conversation. So last week one professor asked more about why we were here, and we also talked about his church experience. He grew up Catholic, but doesn't have anything to do with it now. He talks a lot about some of the wrongs he has seen in the church here in Arequipa. We we able to share a little bit of our testimony with him.

Yesterday we had another serious conversation. At first it was just practicing conversing in Spanish. But after a little time the conversation turned to how did we decide to come to Peru. We talked about the materialism of our cultures and the emptiness that brings. He was asking how one changes from that, and we told him how Jesus transforms life and gives meaning. He said that he had this emptiness, and we shared how God had filled our emptiness when we fully relinquished our lives to Him. I asked how we could pray for him and he said for the emptiness. He said that he thinks he might go to church on Sunday!

So please pray for this professor!

Kevin


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Amazing creation at our front door

They are three volcanoes a few miles away! The one on the bottom is called Misti.

Monday, September 14, 2009

A Little Bit of Arequipa part 2

Here are some more pics...

The fam in front of the cathedral in the Plaza de Armas.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Little Bit of Arequipa

It's been crazy here with Spanish school, managing the kids, and our responsibilities with Extreme, but God has given us so much strength and direction! We can't believe that it's already been two weeks since we've been here.

Here are a few pictures to give you a little taste of Arequipa:


This is a picture of the house we are staying at
while we are here in Areq
uipa. We live on the bottom floor, and our host fa
mily lives on the top floor. We live about a 15 minute walk from our school.







This is the Zamacola church where we are going while in Arequipa. It is under construction. It is one of Extreme's construction projects where groups worked on it a few weeks ago. Our pastor's name is Pastor Solano, and he is also the District Superintendent for the area.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Friday Lunches


Every Friday all the Extreme Staff and Cohorts meet for lunch to build community and eat. This was our first meeting yesterday. We had a muy rico (very delicious) lunch...stuffed pepper with steak and a potato kind of cake. We also celebrated Heather and Sarah's (our long-term missionary coordinator) birthdays with cake! Here's the picture!

Group Picture in LA


Here is a picture of the group when we were in LA. There are the two 40/40 cohorts, 2 Cluster Support families (one is our family!), and the Extreme mobilization team in the US. Our group is going to Iquitos and the other to Pulcalpa.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Fun in Escuela

Well, we're pretty much settled into some sort of schedule. Sundays we go to the Zamacola Iglesia de Nazareno (Zamacola Church of the Nazrene). We have several from our group participating in that church. There are three other churches in Arequipa that others from our group will be worshipping with.

Heather goes to espanol escuela (school in the morning) from 8:30-11:30 where she has a one-on-one tutoring. Kevin watches the kids and studies during that time. Then we eat lunch together, and then Kevin goes to language school from 1:30-5:30, while Heather watches the kids. Then we have dinner sometime after that, followed by various activities depending on the schedule.

The school is a 15 minute walk from our home. School is going well so far. There's a lot to learn, but we're praying God will grant us quick learning minds for the language!

The kids are adjusting as well as can be expected. They miss their old home and friends.

One of the great things about technology is that we can video chat, email, and post updates on our blog, and it's all free!

Thank you for your continued prayer. Please pray for these 3 months of Spanish school. They are of great importance for the work we will be doing for the 2 years following school. Please pray for our 40/40 missionaries as well as they go to Spanish school too. Their names are Brad, Brittany, Drew, Katie, Kevin, and Melissa. Please pray for their Peruvian partner 40/40's as well. They will be joining us in 3 months.

Dios Te Bendiga! (God bless you)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Made it to Arequipa

Well, we actually didn't a 2 hour delay at the airport, which was an answer to prayer.

We arrived in Arequipa around 5:30, where members of the Extreme Team picked us up, and we all loaded our luggage and everyone into a little bus that took us to the language school we will be going to for the next 3 months. Our host families picked us up and took us to our homes.

Our family is very nice. We slept for about 1.5 hours, and then we ate breakfast. It was very good. Then we slept more! We then got ready and ate lunch, which is usually the big meal of the day in Peru at 2:00. We had a Chinese & Peruvian fusion. It was much like fried rice but with better flavor. It was very good.

Then we took a taxi to meet with some from the Extreme office, got a feel of traveling around the city on a bus from the school to the Extreme office. Then we went out to eat at a place called El Tablone, where we had some very good rotisserie type chicken. We just got back the house to go to bed.

We will meet everyone at the Extreme office in the morning at 9:30, where we will be split up to go to one of the churches we've been assigned to for worship. We're told that services in Peru are long, which will be different than American culture.

We start language school on Monday! No rest for the weary.

Exhausted in Lima

We woke up this morning at 3:15 am LA time and headed for Peru. We had a layover in Mexico City for a few hours, and arrived in Lima, Peru, at 11:30 pm Central Time. We were supposed to fly to Arequipa at 3:40 am, but our flight was delayed 2 hours. Fun times traveling. It'll all be over soon!

The kids are doing great, exhausted, but great.

Thanks for everyone's prayers!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

LA Craziness

We flew out of Tulsa on Sunday for LA. It was a crazy day by the time we traveled, had dinner at 10ish Central time, and got to bed.

God is giving us strength. It's a lot to go through orientation all day and manage the family with a new time zone! We had someone watch the kids, which was a big help.

We finished up Cross Cultural Orientation today, and we start Extreme Orientation tomorrow.

Thanks for continuing to pray for us.

Grace and Peace,

Kevin and the family

Monday, August 17, 2009

Arkansas Traveler

Well...we packed up all our stuff and put it in storage, and then loaded up our van with all our belonging for the next 27 months and headed for Wichita.

We visited Heather's Mom's family for a few days and had a great time. We're good to go financially for the next 27 months! After receiving pledges from family members there!

We left yesterday (Sunday) for Springdale, AR, where Kevin's family lives. We're excited about spending the week with Nana and Papaw.

Only one week till we fly to LA for oreintation, and then to Peru on the 27th...crazy!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Last minute packing...

We'll we had our garage sale on Fri and Sat. It went really well. It was an answer to prayer that we were able to sell most of the things we needed to sell.

Our last Sunday at the Alliance Church of the Nazarene was yesterday. It was a good day even though there were many tears. The people of Alliance Nazarene have been very good to us, and we've had so much that's happened in our lives in those 6 years. We will miss them!

We have our District Family Camp this week, and the Extreme Nazarene Trailer will be there tomorrow and Wednesday! We'll be sharing on Wednesday night what we're doing, and there will be a love offering taken.

Today we've been doing final packing...loads of fun!

We'll move our stuff into storage on Thursday, and then head out that afternoon to Arkansas to be with my family for a week before we fly to LA.

It's all happening so fast! God is giving the strength we need and providing in so many ways.

Peace,

Kevin

Friday, July 31, 2009

Goin' Crazy

We got back from MA on Tuesday night, and it's been crazy ever since. We sold my car and some other items. We're packing up all our stuff, and trying to get the other stuff ready for our garage sale next week. I feel like we're going 100 mph in all directions, but God has been giving us strength.

We had a great time with Heather's family the past week. We spoke at her parent's church and asked for people to partner with us in prayer, funds, and short-term mission work.

We were blown away again by how God has worked in amazaing ways in our lives all in the last month. It was definitely a God thing. People partnered financially to give most of what we need!

I've learned so much about faith and trusting God in the past month than all my life.

Please pray that we stay sane! We have less than 2 weeks left in Ohio.

We leave for Wichita, KS, on Aug. 13 to visit Heather's mom's side of the family.

Then on Aug 16, we're heading down to spend the week in Arkansas with my family.

Aug 23 we fly to LA to do all our orientation.

Then we fly out to Peru on the 27th.

That's exhausting just typing all that!

Peace,

Kevin

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Partnership for Peru

Would you partner with us in prayer? You can go to www.extremenazarene.org/simpson and click the prayer tab to keep up-to-date on prayer needs.

Would you partner with us financially for the work of the kingdom of God in Peru? You can go to www.extremenazarene.org/simpson and click the donate tab, which will take you to Crowne One financial group who handles all of our funds. You can give one-time donations or give monthly through one-time/automatic drafting out of checking/savings accounts or credit cards. Or you can send in checks to Crowne One and put in the memo line of your check "Simpson Account".

All funds raised go directly to support our mission in Peru and are all tax deductible.

Here is a video with more information about what we're doing:



Thank you for partnering with us.

May God's peace be with you,

Kevin

In Massachusetts

We traveled up to Massachusetts yesterday to spend the week with Heather's family and talk with people in her home church about partnering with us for the work of the kingdom in Peru.

It's good to be with family for the week.

It's been pretty crazy around the house since we've been trying to pack, sell a lot of our stuff, raise funds, and make this big transition, but God has been faithful to provide strength and sanity that we need in this time.

We're know without a doubt that God is calling us to go to Peru, and we know that he will provide the necessary resources.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Huge Family Transition

The Simpson Family is making a huge transition in only one month.

God has called us to be 2 year volunteer missionaries to Iquitos, Peru.

All this has come about only over the past 3 weeks!

We're leaving for Peru on August 27th, which mean we've got a lot of work to do.

We're confident that God will guide and provide for us.

Would you consider partnering with us in prayer and financially for the work of the kingdom of God in Peru?

Clink this link to read our informational letter - http://www.allnaz.org/Simpson%20Peru%20Letter.pdf.

Here is a video with more information about what we're doing:





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If you feel led to partner with us financially, please go to http://www.extremenazarene.org/simpson

Thanks for your prayer and support,

Kevin, Heather, Anna, Micah, and Sophia