Merry Christmas from Chiapas, Mexico! It is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by, and it’s time to send out Christmas cards already! This year has been ridiculously eventful, but it has flown by in so many ways.
The first big event of 2006 happened just a few days after New Year’s. We loaded up our 4-Runner and 4’x8’ trailer with as many of our possessions as we could, and made the week-long journey here to the Mexican mission field. As soon as we arrived here, life got very busy and we immediately began helping Nathan’s family with the many groups they would be hosting over the next few months, as well as the many office projects that always needs doing. We had a group of masons come down and build us a few fireplaces, a church group from Livermore, CO came to do various (very needed) odd jobs, a group of ATI youth came to do a children’s ministry in a nearby village, and a few men from various parts of the US came for a trip to a very remote jungle and began some valuable work there. All of these things happened in the first few months of this year… we could go on forever about what a tremendous blessing all those people were.
On February 16, we celebrated Cloe’s first birthday! Right after that we were able to move into our newly-finished apartment here on the Terrell compound! Yay! We love our new space and would love to have you come visit someday!
In June we headed back up to the States for three months to work, but also to visit family, friends, and a few churches. Julie got a job waiting tables at Texas Roadhouse in Pueblo (that was an experience!) and Nathan worked for Julie’s dad out on their ranch. We had a very busy, but great summer. Of course we wish we’d had more time to visit, but when do you ever really get your fill of visiting loved ones, especially when they are stretched out across the entire US? During our time there Julie’s parents (and younger siblings) went to pick up a new little sister in China! Lyndi Xin is a doll… we’re so glad we were able to be there for her home-coming!
We arrived back here in San Cristóbal on Sep. 2nd and started on the task of de-molding the house! That’s what happens when you live in a rain forest, I guess. Just as we’d gotten back into the swing of things here, a dear Mexican friend asked Nathan to help him purchase a 15 ton printing press on eBay. Then he flew us to California to complete the purchase and get the beast loaded into a semi truck. That was a short trip to the States, but we had a wonderful time visiting many of Nathan’s aunts, uncles, cousins and grandma (whom we fondly refer to as GG) while we were there. We are excited about the possibility that this press holds for our ministry here.
Now we are preparing for our first Christmas in Mexico! Julie is trying to be brave about her firstChristmas away from home, family, Colorado and snow, and we keep reminding ourselves of what this is all about. It’s the reason we are in this country, doing what we’re doing. This season is about Christ and the miracle of His birth. It’s true that Jesus is the reason for the season, but the reason for Him coming in the first place is you. We pray that His love will be so obvious to you this season that you can’t help but notice it, even in the midst of the craziness, fun and festivities!
We try to send out an e-mail update every month (these talk more about what exactly we do here). Please let us know if you’d like to be added to that list by writing us at nathan_terrell at sil.org or julie_terrell at sil.org. We have been working on some web pages that you can check out if you like, www.piedras-vivas.com is our ministry page and www.extremochiapas.com is for our tourist business. Thank you for all that you have meant to us in this past year. We are so grateful for your e-mails, phone calls, support and prayers, and we covet them still. Have a wonderful Christmas!