"I have but one passion - it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can most be used in winning souls for Christ."
Thursday, April 28, 2011
St.Clair Family Update
Dear Friends and Family, It has been some time since we've updated you on our plans. Mostly that is because we have just been waiting and praying through them as well. The Lord is still in the process of leading and guiding us into exactly what our future will be, but we believe He has made our next step clear to us. Our life has been very exciting over the past months. On March 2nd, we welcomed our first child into the world. Kyle Brinson St.Clair was born at 11:00 AM and weighed 7lb. 9oz. We are so grateful to the Lord for him! He does make life so much sweeter. Yes, we're getting less sleep and going through a load of diapers, but it's all worth it. He is such a special blessing. It is a sobering responsibility to be entrusted with the life of another human being, another soul who will spend eternity somewhere someday. I'm certain that we will go through difficult times in raising our new son, but the Lord will get us through them. I don't want to tell all of this without sharing a huge answer to prayer. Humanly speaking this was a very difficult time for us to be expecting. We had planned to be out of the country when we had our children. We had worked a medical account into our budget that would be sufficient to cover maternity costs anywhere else. We had international medical insurance in case we needed it. But the Lord led us to be back in the States right at the time the baby would be coming. So we prayed and planned and tried everything we could to get medical insurance, financial coverage, or anything we could to save us from spending everything we have. We are and have been debt-free for our entire lives and know that debt is one of the biggest hindrances in getting missionaries to the field. We didn't want to be stuck with some huge medical bills that would prevent us from leaving the country again and returning to the ministry God has called us to. We are happy to report that all of the hospital bills have been covered. Abby was covered by her dad's medical insurance. Kyle had a healthy birth with no complications and has been growing healthily ever since. We are so grateful to God for providing for us and taking care of our baby. After our OM candidate week is done, we will be driving up to Illinois to attend Cornerstone's missions conference. We are so excited to be able to see our CBC family again and let all of them meet Kyle, too! It is always a blessing to be around Cornerstone people. Then we'll come back here to Aiken and begin raising support again until we are able to move overseas. I know that these plans will be constantly changing, so we will be sure to update everyone as we get further information. We love all of you very much and thank you for your continued support and prayers for us. God is certainly working in our lives and we are excited about our future. May the Lord richly bless you all! With much love, Jonathan and Abby and Kyle St.Clair