Huddlestons On Mission

Campaign Created by: Donald Huddleston
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We are here to share the amazing news of what God is calling our family to do.  For the last few years it has been heavy on our hearts to do more to further God’s kingdom.  Our prayers were answered in March 2019 when God led us to TeachBeyond.  TeachBeyond (teachbeyond.org) is a Christian organization that partners with schools to provide God centered transformational education around the world.  Through TeachBeyond, we found Asuncion Christian Academy (ACA) in Paraguay.

ACA (aca.edu.py) is committed to glorifying God by educating future generations using Christ-centered biblical principles to further establish God’s kingdom and achieve academic excellence. 

Rachel will be serving in a teaching position with the school.  Don will be filling in where needed to help update and maintain the campus.  Grace and Emma will be attending the school and participating in various discipleship programs.

We have volunteered to serve ACA for three years.  We are planning to be 75% self supporting through a small stipen from ACA and our personal savings.  We are raising support to offset start up costs as well as monthly expenses over the 3 year period.  Thank you so much for your support.

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ISSUE #3 | JANUARY 2021
February 11, 2021
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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
                                                                                 ~ Matthew 11:28

I think it’s safe to assume we all feel the need for rest these days.  Praise God that we can look to Him.
 
We finished the first semester just before Thanksgiving.  Throughout that time I saw God working in so many ways.  Many of our students continued to express their trust in the Lord even in uncertain times.  It was a challenging time for all and we were so thankful to have an extended time of rest.

In early December the girls and I had the awesome opportunity to attend an overnight church youth camp with one of my students.  It was amazing to see a group of children with a heart for Jesus.  I don’t think there was one person who left as they came.
 
At the end of the month, we were thrilled to have my sister and her family come to visit. Though their country borders ours, it wasn’t an easy trip for them to make.  I encouraged them not to come for fear of what they would need to endure.  While they were here we visited a few nearby cities.  Unfortunately we found most of what we planned to do was closed, but we made the most of our time together.  We celebrated Christmas with our traditional singing of carols.  We hope that the next time we are together, my mom will be with us.
 
I hear many people who are happy to say goodbye to 2020.  However, if we have learned nothing else, I hope that we see that only God knows what’s to come.  And, how fortunate are we that He cares for each of us?  So, let’s not go into 2021 setting ourselves up for better, but instead let us enter the year fully trusting in the only sure thing – Jesus Christ.
PRAYER REQUESTS
 
Please pray for ACA.  As is true with many schools, there are budget concerns.  Our families are having hardships and are not able to pay tuition, and some of our students are not returning for the second semester.  ACA has been around for 60 years.  It is my prayer that God would continue to use this school and the staff to raise disciples for Him that have an impact all over the world.
 
Please pray for me and my students.  As of now the plan is to start online, with the hope of being in person in March.  I am back to worrying about how to best reach the students, engage them, and help them to grow spiritually.  I continue to give it over to God and know that this is His mission, not mine.

Please pray for Grace and Emma.  When we moved into the apartment, there were 3 other families living here.  Now, with the Covid restrictions being lifted, 2 of those families have moved on to serve in other countries - one to Brazil and the other to Spain.  The girls are having to adjust to yet another change that affects their daily lives.  In addition to that, Grace's course load has increased this semester.  She is now taking 3 classes that are completely in Spanish.  You know that she embraces a good challenge, so I'm sure God will use this to grow her in many ways.
 
Please pray for Don as he hopes to be of use here at the school or elsewhere in Paraguay.  He is somewhat anxious, but also understands that at times God calls us to just be still.  Though it’s hard for him to do, he is trying to being patient and walking in faith.
 
Please pray for my mom.  She is doing well, but does not have a support system nearby.  As of now, we hope that she can come in April.

Please send your prayer requests.  We have created prayer cards with YOUR name on them.  We want to be able to pray for your specific needs.

ISSUE #2 | OCTOBER 2020
November 1, 2020
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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
                         ~ Romans 8:28

We know that God’s timing is perfect.
 
Having said that, we had been praying on when to travel to Paraguay.  We didn’t want to do it in our time.  Our original flight was July 8th.  Mr. Retzer, the director of ACA, had asked us to come since August.  I didn’t like that fear had a factor in my hesitation.  We just kept waiting, and praying.

Our prayers were answered when Eastern Airlines announced two flight options for October.  It was a journey we had both anticipated and dreaded.  But, as Romans 8:28 says, God was working for our good.  He had people in place every step of the way to help.  Though exhausting, the trip was very smooth!

Then came quarantine.  We had wondered whether to wait out restrictions that required hotel quarantine.  For one thing, it was an expense we hadn’t planned for.  Second, being abroad but stuck in a room for two weeks, was not me and girls’ idea of a good time.  But, just before we left, we received a generous donation that covered 2/3 of the cost!  On top of that, we had already been somewhat cooped up in a 1 bedroom apartment for 3 months.  So, how bad could two weeks be?

Well, once again, Romans 8:28.  God was so good in giving us that time to ease into our new culture without being overwhelmed with everyone and everything that awaited us.  During quarantine we found the blessings in beautiful weather, new local foods, and continued success with school.

Our first week at the apartment was a whirlwind.  The girls didn't know how to act with this new living situation.  The heat was overwhelming at times (though we have been warned that it's not hot yet!).  But, thank God for wonderful neighbors.  They have shown us the ropes - everything from how to do laundry (which we hang to dry) and light the broken stove, to grocery shopping.  Also, last week I had a chance to speak at Refuel - a student led secondary youth group.  I pray that my words were encouraging to at least one.  On Sunday we attended a local church with one of my students.  It was in Spanish, but we were able to give praise to God just the same.
PRAYER REQUESTS
 
Please pray for the students.  It is spring here, and as you know, with spring comes spring fever!  On top of the beautiful weather, some of the restrictions are being lifted, which allow children to get out of the house more.  As you can imagine, many of the children are not doing as well academically as a result.  We have just finished MAP testing, and I’m praying and encouraging them to finish the semester strong.  Some of them have been really shaken by the pandemic and are struggling to find their “new normal”.  For others, their lives and faith have not been shaken.  While I will be thrilled to meet them in person one day, again, we rely on God’s timing and keep working in the meantime.

Please pray for Paraguay as we are having a horrible drought and have also been battling fires in the remote countryside areas.
 
Also, please continue to lift my family and I in prayer.  Grace and Emma are adjusting to life with children around at home.  This is a first for them and takes some getting used to for all of us.  Pray that Don will join us soon.  Pray for my mom who said, “God will give me something to do”.  We know He will!
 
Please send your prayer requests.  We want to pray for your specific needs.
Thank you for your support.
 
huddlestonr@aca.edu.py
huddlestonsonmission@gmail.com

ISSUE #1 | AUGUST 2020
August 5, 2020
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.                         ~ Philippians 4:6-8

As I write this letter, I understand more than ever before the tendency to be anxious in our circumstances.  Though we have not left Illinois, we have already started to serve at Asuncion Christian Academy.  Classes started the week of July 6th.

Less than a month prior, I found out that the start date had been moved up from July 28th.  At that point I lost all hope of actually being in Paraguay to start the academic year.  In a moment I was flooded with fear and doubts like never before.  I thought I was prepared to be a first time teacher to middle school students, halfway across the world, who have English as their 2nd or 3rd language.  However, I knew that I was not prepared to do that remotely.  Where teachers and students had developed a groove over the past few months, I had not.  Where teachers had access to paper materials (which I prefer), I did not.  Where students were eager to continue their remote learning, I was not.

And then came prayer and thanksgiving – Lord, help me to see Your abilities in me, instead of my limitations.  Help me to see how much you love us through all of this.  Thank You God for the health and safety of my family, as well as my ACA family.  Thank You God that I get to meet the need for a middle school teacher.  Thank You God for the provision of online materials.

I have heard it said that anxiety goes down as thanksgiving goes up.  This is definitely true in my life.  Here I am with a few weeks of school under my belt.  No, it hasn’t been perfect, and it hasn’t been easy.  But, I am so thankful for God to continue to use me as I remain willing.

Are you feeling anxious?  Give prayer and thanksgiving a try! 

I know that many of you are facing the start of the school year and the uncertainty that it brings.  Please know that we are praying for you.

Please pray for our students at ACA. One area of deficit that has come out of remote learning is in spoken English language. Though our students continue to read and write in English, the verbal aspect is lost in the home.

Also, please continue to lift my family and I in prayer.  Grace and Emma are doing well with ACA classes online.  They continue to amaze me with their commitment and flexibility.  Don has been our biggest cheerleader and supports us in so many ways.

Please send us your prayer requests.  We want to pray for your specific needs.

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