We Thank God for You

      We daily thank the Lord for you and your abounding love towards us. We do not deserve the Lord's kindness like this, but we are sure grateful for it. And, we pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe (see Ephesians 1:15-19). 
—David Ellingson

In this newsletter...

  • Our French Visas Are Here!
  • Our Send Off from Grace Community Church
  • Our Second Language Acquisition Class
  • Praise Report
  • Prayer Requests

Our French Visas Are Here!

      Praise God—we just received our French visas! Lord willing, we will fly out on August 9 (from Phoenix). Thank you so much for praying for our visas to come in!

Our Send-Off from Grace Community Church

      On June 9th, the elders of Grace Community Church laid hands on us and prayed for our family as they sent us out to the mission field. We thank the Lord for the impact these men and the church have had on us. 
We are so thankful that the Ravoahangy family was able to be at our send-off! It was such a blessing to be together with our ministry teammates during this significant time.
      After our send-off prayer, we were so thankful for our send-off reception where we were able to give hugs, get pictures, and say, "Au Revoir" to many! Each of you have played a special role in our lives during our time in L.A. and your friendship is a gift to us. A special "Thank You" to Deborah Davis for organizing the event and taking all these special pictures for us. We will treasure these pictures always.

Our Second Language Acquisition Class

      We officially moved to Tucson, AZ for 7 weeks. We are currently working our way through an online, six-week, Second Language Acquisition course through Wheaton College. The class takes 3-4 hours per weekday and covers foundational language learning concepts, phonetics, and language learning techniques. We are praying that the Lord will use this class to set us up for greater success for our future language learning. We have especially enjoyed working through the phonetics lessons together and trying to make sounds with our mouths that we have never made beforeit's been quite humorous! 
—Ashley Ellingson

Phonetics Challenge: Watch the video below 

How do you pronounce "Wheat Thins"? 

Praise Report:

  • Praise God for the new friends who generously shared a portion of their storage unit with us so we could store our books until we go to Madagascar.
  • Praise God that our French visas arrived (which allow us to stay in France for 12 months)!
  • Praise God that He provided a wonderful home for us to stay in during our seven weeks in Tucson, AZ. This has been a tremendous blessing for our family.
  • Praise God for the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends before we leave the country.
  • Praise God for my bride who is a joy to work alongside in our Second Language Acquisition class.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for us to fix our eyes on Christ and eternal things as we grieve the loss of our church, friends, and (soon) family.
  • Pray for the Lord's will to be done regarding Ashley's biblical counseling certification. She has more supervised counseling sessions remaining than she can probably complete while in Tucson.
  • Pray for continued family cohesion and unity in the midst of the transition and a challenging schedule.
All Glory Be to Christ,
David & Ashley, Isabella (age 9), Lydia (age 8), Anna (age 6), and Clara (age 4)


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