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Archive for June, 2012

Spring Happenings/USA Bound!

Well, this has been a very different spring from what we expected. For those not on Facebook, I, Gwen, have been sick quite often and in the hospital a couple of times. We hope we are soon at the point where the doctors will be able to pinpoint the problem and begin treatment. We do believe we are almost there. Please keep us in prayer for wisdom and God’s healing!!!

Tony and I have graduated from Svenska för invandrare (Swedish for Immigrants)!! YEAH!!!! Now comes the harder part of continuing to practice what we’ve learned and become fluent! Jensina & Jiana have also finished their school year here and are glad for summer vacation!!

We’ve turned our house church over to new leadership now!! Anders and Sarah have been such a great help to us, especially this spring while Gwen was sick, helping us lead the group and ministering to us personally. We’re so thankful for them and others here who have helped us out during this difficult time. We know our house church is in good hands as they start up again in the fall and continue to grow in God!!!

We are now beginning to prepare to come home on August 17 for 6 months to raise more support. We are glad to have housing set up for us at Cedar Lane Mission Homes in New Jersey. Now, we need to pack up our apartment and store our things, a humongous job, plus find a car to use in the States (if you have one we could borrow, please let us know), and begin planning to meet with family, friends, and churches. Please feel free to email us (tagmartin@yahoo.com)  to set up a time we can meet with you! We’d love to spend time with you!! We hope to be able to return to Sweden by March 2013, but we can only return when we have raised the needed support. Please keep us in prayer for this need so we can continue our ministry here in Luleå, Sweden!!

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School Closing

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Friday was the last day of school for Jensina and Jiana. Here in Sweden, they have a formal school closing with the kids from the school performing songs and the principle and a representative from the church speaking. The Montessori has their school closing at Domkyrka, which is the main Lutheran church in Luleå and it is a beautiful cathedral! Jiana sang “Vart jag mig i världen vänder” with her 4th – 6th grade class. Jensina sang “För oss alla” with her 7th grade class and had the solo part. We are so proud of them both and all the hard work they did during this school year!!!!

Now,  if you dare, here are the videos!!!! They’re not real good quality, but you’ll get an idea of what it’s like!!  Warning:  You may get seasick!!!!

http://youtu.be/bZJ3-9yHLxE

http://youtu.be/6ROzwMTyS7o