The Lord of our Plans

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I (Cassandra) am a great planner; however, life has not been going according to my plans lately. I had a great plan all figured out where Daniel would get his visa just in time to go to the States for Christmas so we could celebrate together with my dad's family, and we would have a great time doing all these different things I had in mind, but then it didn't happen. Now I write you from Minnesota while Daniel is still in Vietnam waiting. This was never in my plans, but God has been challenging us (especially me) to lay down our plans and trust in Him, the Lord of all plans.

What has Cassandra been up to?

The last few months have been a lot of the same for me - teaching, leading worship, organizing Community Nights, working in the hospitality department at the base, and investing in the staff girls. One HUGE highlight for me was sharing the gospel with my Life Skills students as I taught them some Christmas songs for their Christmas program. Over the past year I have grown to really love these kids and their families. I pray for them often and trust that God is moving in their lives as I, and the other teachers, do our best to be examples of Christ for them to see. I found great joy in hearing them sing about the birth of Jesus and how He is the hope of the world. I pray that the truths that they learned and sang about this Christmas will resonate in their hearts and lead them into a relationship with their Creator!

If you want to watch a short clip of the kids singing, click on this link:

What has Daniel been up to?

Lately I have been working on translating the book, We Can End Bible Poverty Now, by Loren Cunningham (the founder of YWAM). I really like translation work and spend most of my spare time working on this. I have also been working on the base website to update the information about our schools and other necessary things. One of my favorite jobs is hosting outreach teams that come to bless our city and nation; and I really enjoy managing our Community Night every Tuesday night. As a member of the base leadership team, and especially now that I'm living on base while Cassandra is in the States, I have been doing a lot to help manage the day-to-day life of the base. I enjoy interacting with people, although there are days that I feel pulled in many different directions to help solve base issues such as finances, housing and personnel conflicts.


Though I have been busy with a lot of activities since Cassandra went back home, I am happy to be able to call and talk with her everyday. We are like the sun and the moon because of the opposite timezones, but we are doing well so far! I am hoping to have my visa approved soon and be reunited with my wife, as this is the longest we've ever been apart.

YWAM HCMC base staff                                         Homeless ministry night prep

So what happens now?

Right now we are back in the waiting game and aren't sure how things are going to pan out still. Part of Daniel's green card process was a medical exam. Unfortunately, having tuberculosis in the past meant that he had to go through an extra round of testing. They don't recognize the free government treatment program that Daniel went through so they are making him take medicine again while they continue to run tests to make sure that he is healthy. It has been a long, complicated and confusing process and we still don't know when they will give him a clean pass. As it became clear to us that this wasn't going to be a quick thing, we prayed and decided that it would be best for me to go home for the holidays, as it had been over 2 years since I was last in the States, and hope that he would be able to join me here soon. We don't want to be apart for too long, so one of us will be traveling to the other in the beginning of February; we're just still waiting to see who will be traveling to who!

Prayer Requests
1. That Cassandra's Life Skills students (and their families), who heard the gospel this Christmas, would come into a personal relationship with Jesus.
2. For patience and favor as we continue to wait for Daniel to pass his medical exam and get his green card.
3. For the DTS students from the base who are currently on outreach in Cambodia (for effectiveness in ministry and continued guidance and provision).
4. For Cassandra's time at home to be both fruitful and refreshing.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to support us in so many ways. Your prayers and support mean so much to us. While Cassandra is in Minnesota she would love to meet up with people, so please let her know if you want to see her!

Daniel & Cassandra
        Our "Love & Respect" Marriage Small Group               Translating for our national YWAM leaders meeting
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