Scripture

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. - Romans 12:10-13 (NKJV)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Fear is a thief

I was introduced to a new saying - when the tough times come or “the pinching season”, our heart shows.  Returning to the States and to a new place to live has been a tough time for me.  Being home with Dad McBride was amazing and I am uber grateful to God for bringing us home when He did, but the transition has been anything but easy or comfortable.


Fear had gripped my heart.  I allowed fear to steal my joy and rob me of what this “down” time could have been.  I still struggle from day to day with the "what ifs".  😳

  • I was afraid that we will never get jobs and have to get government assistance.
  • I was afraid that we will never get a place of our own.  
  • I was afraid that we will never find a home church in the Minneapolis area that aligns with our hearts and doctrine.  
  • I was afraid that the life I once knew of financial independence to buy pretty things or have some fun spending money would be gone forever.  


As I write these fears down, I see that they have lost their power… because fear is not based on fact, but on the unknown.  When I remember who God is, the promises He has made, and that He keeps His promises, I can let go of my heart’s enemy.. fear.  He is not a friend.  He is not one that cares about me, but wants me under his thumb, to rule me, to squash all of my joy... leaving me in despair.


So here we go.. what is the truth?

  • We will get jobs according to God’s plan and timing.  They may not look like what we thought they would, but God will provide for us.
  • We will get a place of our own according to God’s plan and timing.  Again, this place may not be what we are thinking of, but God will provide for us.
  • We will find a church where we can plug in to… to be fed and to give back.
  • We will have all that we need, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


I am seeing God in the midst of my unknowns.  He has provided a loaner vehicle for me through my Mom.  Thanks, Mama!  He provided a truck for Andrew (he bought his dad’s truck).  I am connecting with ladies at a Friday mommies prayer meeting.  They know I am not a mom, but I really enjoy the group as we laugh .. and it is so good to laugh again. 

I hear God’s voice telling me over and over to be still, be patient, and wait.  These words... they are not easy for me to put into practice.  I don’t sit still very well.  I don’t wait very well, but having applied for jobs like a mad woman has not made a difference, so I have chosen to trust Him and take Him at His word.

Now it's your turn.  What are you struggling with?  What are things the Lord has told you and you are fighting against?  Let me ask you this... do you trust Him?  Do you trust that His promises are true and that He really does have plans for good and not to harm you?  He is there with you and has NEVER left you.  Not once. 

Be still, quiet your heart, and give Him space to speak to you.  He loves you more than you can imagine and if you allow Him to, He will open doors where He wants you and close doors where He doesn't want you.  He is so trustworthy!  I love this saying, "God's past faithfulness demands our current trust."  It's true.  He has never ever failed me. 

A very special song about fear has been one played over and over recently.  I want to pass it on to you.  The message is very clear and worth your time!


Let me know how I can be praying for you!  I know there is a lot on your plate and so much on your mind, but I would love to partner with you and pray for you.  We are never alone!  Never let fear make you believe that lie.

God bless,
Dawn 
McBrideFlock@yahoo.com

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Now what?

Since arriving in Minnesota on February 19th, so much has happened.  We had the special opportunity to be with Andrew’s father during the last days of his life.  He peacefully passed away at home on March 8th and has joined the crowd of heavenly witnesses as mentioned in Hebrews 12.

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“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2

It was an honor to be with him when his last breath here was his first breath in heaven.  To be in the presence of the Almighty God, to worship in His presence, oh how we look forward to those days ahead.  We celebrated Brice and honored his military service.  The ceremony at the military cemetery was very moving as seven soldiers shot three volleys from their rifles.  The melancholy sound of Taps brought tears to our eyes as Brice’s day was done, gone the sun.  Thank you for your service, Brice!


The following day’s memorial service was one of tears, laughter, and tender memories.  Andrew shared Brice’s eulogy, his mom shared about the joy we have in Christ, and I shared the poem, The Dash.  We both were moved during our moments of sharing as Brice had a life well lived.  He cared much and loved deeply.  Those that knew him, knew that he loved them, that he cared for them.  Whether mowing someone’s lawn, shoveling their snow, or taking care of something in their home, people knew Brice cared.


With each day, the mourning has eased but there are days where a curve ball of mourning arrives without warning.  Deep breathes and remembering where he is at, no longer struggling to walk, breath, or simply talk, helps to gather our hearts.  God has been ever so present, so close.  Through spending time reading devotionals and the Bible, as well as writing out my thoughts and prayers, His presence is known and brings comfort and confidence for tomorrow.  One devotional book that has been especially helpful is Streams in the Desert.


It’s been a month since his passing, now what?  We have decided to make Minneapolis our home and plan to be available to assist Andrew’s mum in whatever way we can.  There has been a culture shift for us and we are adjusting to our new normal.  The time we spent in New Zealand has planted a mighty oak of memories and love that will not soon fade away.  Every time I see a photo or watch a video posted on social media, my heart smiles and weeps as part of my heart will forever be there.  We miss our dear friends and the team at CCBI, but know that God will make a way for them, as He always has.

Borrowed from https://morguefile.com/photos
We are getting back into the job market, applying for jobs, and interviewing here and there.  We believe that God will open the doors where He wants us and will keep the doors closed where He does not want us.  We both look forward to finding positions where we are growing and supporting organizations.  We have some fabulous ideas on how we want ministry to look like for us in the coming months, but until we can “set up shop”, we are waiting to pursue those ideas.


Thank you for your support as we served in the international missions arena.  Your love, encouragement, prayers, and financial support were pivotal and dearly appreciated.  Even though we are State-side, we are still passionate about serving.  We look forward to all that God has for us here in Minnesota and look forward to serving as He leads.

Much love to you!
Dawn and Andrew McBride  

Monday, February 18, 2019

Big Announcement

You may be wondering what happened to us as it has been a while since we have updated our blog.  It’s been an unusually busy season for us and the CCBI team.  CCBI has moved to a new location and we helped with the move.  After the school moved, we helped to move our friends, Jake and Tecla.  Then in January, a few short weeks later, we moved to the new campus and then helped our friends, Mark and Gwyn, move to the new campus.

We had the opportunity to step away for a two-night stay in Dunedin, which is located on the south island.  Dunedin is one of the most beautiful little towns that I’ve ever seen.  Some of the buildings date back to the late 1800s.  It was a sweet time to see this new place in New Zealand.  I even walked up the world's steepest residential street - Baldwin Street.  I had to stop a few times, but it was so worth it!

The same day we returned from Dunedin, while still at the airport, we welcomed two new staff members, Ken and Jemma, from Australia.  Between that time and the start of school, we all worked to get the new campus ready.  Some people painted, some people worked with drywall, and the list goes on and on.  It was exhausting work, but so much fun to see the campus ready for the students.  We have really enjoyed living on-site in our own flat and being so close to the school.

Throughout last semester up until today, there has been something underlying and heavy on our hearts.  Andrew’s father is battling cancer once again.  It came back much quicker than the doctors thought and his body has struggled with the treatments.  Andrew had the opportunity to go see his father right before the semester started and it became apparent that his father’s body just wasn’t doing well.  After much prayer we came to decision that we would return to Minnesota at the end of the semester.  Having settled that in our hearts, we were fine with this decision and looked forward to being of some help to his parents – whatever that would look like.

Recently however, Andrew’s father has changed and our time table has been moved up.  Andrew and I will be moving to Minnesota on Tuesday, February 19th.  We feel compelled by the Lord to come alongside Andrew’s parents and help them in any way we can.  We don’t have a lot of details at this time – such as how long we will be in Minnesota, but if you would like to reach out to us, please email us at McBrideFlock@yahoo.com.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for us as we head to the States.  
  • Pray for Andrew’s parents and family as this is a very challenging time.  
  • Pray for CCBI as they transition with us leaving.  There is a lot to learn in a short amount of time.  
  • Pray for our transition back into American culture, as reverse culture shock is real.  I experienced it living abroad for a year in the late 1990s.
  • Pray for wisdom for the decisions we have to make, as well as his parents.

Even in the midst of this crazy whirlwind, our great and mighty God already knew this and we believe He will continue to take care of us.  He always has and we don’t believe He is going to stop any time soon.

Thank you for your love, support, and prayers!  We appreciate you more than we can express!!
Dawn and Andrew McBride

Saturday, November 24, 2018

It's been a little crazy

Hello all!
We are alive and doing well.  This semester at Calvary Chapel Bible Institute NZ has been full on.  So many great things have happened since the last update and we hope to catch you up as briefly as we can.

Outreach Week
Andrew co-led a team to Calvary Wellington's holiday program (aka Vacation Bible School).  Great things happened as children who didn't know Christ, came closer to Him.  A family of young ladies who did not attend Calvary Wellington have started attending that church since the program.  We even saw two of the ladies at the family camp (mentioned later).  The team from CCBI had a great time sharing in this holiday program and even got to see a bit of Wellington too!

Whole58.75
Dawn completed her Whole30 in September but didn't want to stop.  She aimed for another 30 days for a grand total of a Whole60, but the Ladies in Leadership retreat shortened it by a day and some change.  It was a challenging experience to tack on an additional 30 days, but she is glad she attempted it.  Would she do it again.... probably not.  :)

Calvary Ladies in Leadership Retreat
CCBI NZ hosted a retreat for the ladies in leadership at the Calvary Chapels across New Zealand.  It was a time to get together, to encourage, pray with, and let each other know they are not alone.  It was a profitable time as many of the ladies left encouraged to keep fighting the fight.  Please pray for those in ministry within New Zealand as it is challenging.


Genesis
Andrew has been teaching through the book of Genesis this semester.  Some of his big take aways from teaching this book are:
- That God, in His infinite wisdom and knowledge, already had a plan for man through Jesus.  We forget that not only was God at the beginning, but so was the trinity.  God made a way through Jesus and it begins in Genesis.
- We don’t have to be perfect to be used by God.  We just need to purpose in our hearts to follow and obey Him.

Ladies Class - God's attributes
Dawn had the opportunity to team teach the ladies class and they focused on God's attributes as seen in the Psalms.  Dawn taught on God's immutability (God is unchanging) and God the Creator.  One quote that stood out was from Ravi Zacharias:
"When God is our Holy Father, sovereignty, holiness, omniscience, and immutability do not terrify us; they leave us full of awe and gratitude. Sovereignty is only tyrannical if it is unbounded by goodness; holiness is only terrifying if it is untempered by grace; omniscience is only taunting if it is unaccompanied by mercy; and immutability is only torturous if there is no guarantee of goodwill.” 
The goodwill of the Father makes His unchanging nature not overwhelmingly challenging.  He is good, He is full of grace (giving us what we don't deserve), and He is merciful!
Dawn enjoyed sharing fun and uncommon facts about some creatures and our known universe.  She shared information from Louie Giglio's video about How Great is Our God and the four stars he focused on.  If the earth were a golf ball.....  She now has a golf ball on our bookcase to remember that God is so much bigger!

Calvary Wellington Family Camp
Dawn joined a team that went down to Calvary Wellington's family camp.  It was good for her to connect with ladies she hadn't seen for two years, when Andrew taught at their family camp in 2016.  Amazing how time flies, but the heart connections are still there.  The team helped with catering the camp as well as ministering to the children that attended the family camp.  Two young ladies that were introduced to Calvary Wellington during the Holiday Program came to family camp and got a good dose of lovin'.


Speakers Week
We had the privilege of hosting the following people at our Speakers Week:
- Fernando Ortiz and his family (Colorado, USA)
- Frank and Tammy Bartsch and their nephew Sterling (Sydney, Australia)
- Charlies Mareu (Fiji)
- Brian Kelly (Calvary Auckland)
- Doug Calhoon (Shoreline Church)
It was great and full of challenging messages where God exhorted us and encouraged us.  If you would like to listen to the messages, you can find them at this link:  CCBI Speakers Week - November 2018
We are grateful for their willingness to share what the Lord has been teaching them!


Shoreline's Men's Conference
A small team of us went to the Shoreline's Men's Conference to serve.  Andrew was part of the worship team, playing bass guitar.  Dawn was serving in the kitchen with Tecla and Jordi - the dynamic duo.  The men were encouraged, exhorted to press into God, and well fed.  If you would like to view any of the teachings, you can find them on the Shoreline Church's Facebook page.


Thanksgiving
The school came together and celebrated an American holiday.  We have staff and students from other countries (Denmark, Fiji, England, Romania) and they also joined in the festivities, some celebrating Thanksgiving for the first time.  Turkey was a first for a few of them.  There is much to be thankful for and we shared the loves during this time.  A big shout out to the kitchen team, the dishes squad, and the decorations crew for making this a special celebration.  We are so thankful for you!!


What's coming up: 
CCBI NZ is moving at the end of this semester to Te Awamutu.  We as a family are moving in January and will be back on campus and in our own flat.  We are excited for the things God is doing and look forward to what He has for us.  So much is going on and God is so good to meet us where we are at.


Prayer requests:
- Both moves to go smoothly and without any glitches.
- Next semester: God would bring the students and interns He would have be here.
- New staff moving from Australia.  Pray for an easy transition and for the move to go well.  Pray they acclimate to staff life well.
- Brice, Andrew's Dad, is battling cancer again.  Pray for both of Andrew's parents as they walk this road.
- God would continue to direct us and take care of us.

Thank you for taking the time to catch up on what is going on in our world.  We appreciate you and pray that God would make His love even more real to you.

Blessings from Aotearoa!
Dawn and Andrew McBride

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Starting Our Fifth Week

Hello all!
It's hard to see that we are in the fifth week of classes.  It has been moving so fast and so much has been going on.  So much so that I thought you might want an update of what we've been up to.


Classes started during the last week of August and have been going strong ever since.  This semester I have decided to sit in on Hebrews which is taught by Mark Walsh.  Oh. My. Goodness!  I loved Hebrews before.  Now I feel like I am down the rabbit hole as there is so much goodness to chew on for a long while. 

One of the big take aways for me has been about unbelief.  It's not about a lack of knowledge or a lack of faith.  If we step back and look at the Jews that wandered in the wilderness, they had unbelief that God would provide certain things like water, food, etc.  They had just been through some crazy experiences watching God move on their behalf, and yet they lacked belief that He would take care of them after that.  We do that, don't we!?  We have seen God's past faithfulness in our lives and then, when faced with a new difficulty, we wonder will He take care of us again.

"Past times of deliverance are strong pleas for present assistance. What the Lord has done in the past, He will do again, for He never changes. He is faithful to His promises and gracious to His saints. He will not turn away from His people." Charles Spurgeon

I am challenged daily with these questions... do you trust that He will take care of your needs?  Do you trust that He will provide for you?  Going to the Word, I am reminded that He sees and He will take care of my needs.  I don't need to worry about it. 
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?                                                        Matthew 6:25-27
And we learn that "Therefore" points to what was said before it.  Looking at verse 24, it talks about serving two gods - God and riches.  Okay, Lord, I won't worry about You taking care of my needs because You value me more than the birds of the air which You also take care of.

As you can see, I am really enjoying Hebrews and what I shared is just the tip of the iceberg.  There is so much more.  I could pull out my notes and just share what I've learned with you.  Let me know if you are interested and I may do a blog entry on that class alone.

Andrew is teaching the book of Genesis this semester and seems to really be enjoying it.  I believe he wishes he had more time to teach it like he would like to, but it is taking shape as more of a survey of Genesis.  If you would like to learn more about his take aways, send him an email at mcbrideflock@yahoo.com and ask him.  I am sure he is more than willing to share them with you.


Every semester we have Outreach Week where we send out teams to various locations for 10 days.  This semester we have outreaches to Fiji, Lower Hutt (NZ), Camp Raglan (NZ), and Camp Kedron (Sydney, Australia).  The teams head out this Friday and we are so excited to see what the Lord is going to do in the teams and through the teams.

Andrew is co-leading the team to Lower Hutt where they will serve at Calvary Wellington's holiday program, which is like a Vacation Bible Study (VBS) in the States.  They will come alongside the program and help with dramas, activities, and engaging the youth that will come out for this program. 

It seems strange to think of a holiday program at this time of the year, but New Zealand does schooling a wee bit different than the US.  The kids will go on a two week break from October 1st through the 12th.  The location this program will be in is a lower income area and the kids seem to have less privileges.  It will be great to see the team love on this kiddos and share how Jesus loves them.

I will be staying back as the Lord has been challenging me to wait.  I was planning on going on one outreach and then my heart was touched by another outreach.  God started sending me the word "wait" over and over again and I didn't understand until it became apparent it was regarding outreach week.  Wait?  I want to go!  It's such a special time of working along side the students and interns.  You really have a special bond after such a time together. 

Awe, Lord.. are You sure You want me to wait and not go?  Wait.  Wait.  Wait.  Even this morning I saw that familiar word again.. Wait.  So I am staying back and taking the time to regroup, replenish, and rest.  I also plan to use that time to craft and even learn some new crafting skills.  I am sure God has a plan, so I am not making any hard and fast plans.


We have a praise report!  We have a home that God has blessed us with.  It is in Taupo, which is 35 minutes from the campus, but it is really quite a gift.  The windows bring in so much sunlight and the deck has a beautiful view.  It is a two bedroom flat that is the top floor of a house that was divided for in-laws.  We are so grateful for this place that God has provided.  I hope to share pictures soon.


  • We need to apply for our next visa which will last for five years.  It comes with a good bit of cost.  Pray for God to take care of the timing and resources needed.
  • Pray for strength and refreshment as living so far away from campus means long days. 
  • Pray for our health as semesters are demanding and we are starting a journey of a more healthy lifestyle (going to the gym and better eating habits).
We love you all and appreciate your love, encouragement, prayers, and support!  Send us a note at mcbrideflock@yahoo.com. We'd love to hear from you.

Blessings and love,
Dawn and Andrew McBride

Saturday, August 4, 2018

What we have been up to

Hello all,
I thought it was about time to update you on what we have been up to in the past nine weeks.  We headed to the States on June 4th for an eight week furlough.  We kicked off the trip with the wedding of my sister and her groom.  It was a fabulous time in Virginia and it went by so quickly.  The wedding was beautiful and the couple were happily wedded.

We took a road trip down to Florida with my dad and stepmom where we stayed for a week and a half.  Andrew got to play golf twice with my dad, while Rhonda and I op shopped (second hand store shopped).  I found some treasures which are always nice, but I didn't really think about my luggage limit.  Oops!


We were off to Colorado for four weeks and had 44 meet ups in 27 days.  This didn't include the precious time we had at church on Sundays and Wednesday evenings.  No wonder we were dragging by the time we got to Minnesota, but it was sooooo good to see everyone.

Dawn and Callie in Estes Park
We had the opportunity to have time where were honeymooned almost nine years ago (at the time of the visit).  While is Estes Park, we spent some time with Callie, a past student and graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible Institute (where we serve in NZ).  It was really fun spending time with her and encouraging her.  Please be praying for her, if you would.  She is a wee bit homesick as she is from Arizona.


There were so many wonderful memories made in Colorado.  Lots and lots of Mexican food, a tour of Celestial Seasonings, walking in the rain on Pearl Street Mall, catch ups at Sonders Coffee and Chick-Fil-A, long drives out to Julesburg, driving with the convertible Camero with the top down on the highway, connecting with missionary friends, a hike up near Grand Lake, game night, fireworks downtown on the 4th of July, and the numerous touch points with friends and family over a meal or beverage.  Thank you for the memories, Colorado!!

A hike near Grand Lake, CO
We headed up to Minnesota ready for some rest and a slower pace.  Mom and Dad McBride were wonderful hosts and we also had a few opportunities to spend time with Jered and Jenn (Andrew's best friend from college and his lovely wife).  This is where we came face to face with the reality of luggage weight limits.  Oh how we wanted to load up and bring more back, but alas, it was not to be so.

I was pleasantly surprised to see fireflies a few nights that we were outside.  There is just something special about these insects that have intermittent glowing bums.  I tried to catch one as it flew past me, but I was not all in and the bug flew by me.  After the mosquitoes started feasting, the tranquil time had passed and we headed inside.

Playing cards is serious business!
Playing cards is favorite past time with Andrew's parents when we visit and the game can get heated with competition.  Dad McBride even pulled out his electronic shuffler.  Watch out, this was getting serious.  :0)  Laughter and snacking where the hallmarks of these evenings.  These are moments that we don't want to forget.

We headed back to New Zealand on July 30th and arrived on August 1st.  One whole day was lost in translation, but the silver lining was that it wasn't our anniversary day that was lost.  We have been married for nine years now and it has been a ride, a journey, and a blessing!  God has brought us so far in these past nine years.  I can't wait to see what He does in the next nine years and beyond.

We are now house hunting... looking for a little house to rent, as our time on campus has come to an end.  We are looking forward to walking around in our jammies (comfies) and cooking in our very own kitchen with an oven and regular sized fridge.  I know that sounds silly, but it is the little things that we miss and over time it adds up.  We have been blessed to stay on campus at the lodge for 17 months, but we are excited about this new chapter.  Would you join us in praying for the right little home to open up for us?  We are praying that God would close the doors where He doesn't want us and open the door where He does.

Our next semester starts soon!  Interns arrive on the 23rd and students on the 25th of August.  It will be another sweet time with these students as we walk with them through the learning, growing, and stretching time during the semester.

Thank you for praying for us and with us!  We appreciate your love, prayer, and support as we serve in New Zealand!

Love and hugs,
Andrew and Dawn McBride

Our prayer requests:
- To find the home God has for us
- To have a great semester with our students and interns
- To be obedient to and diligent with God
- Outreach week is coming up.  Pray for the leaders to be prepared.

A few more photos from our time in the States:
Columbine - Colorado state flower
Pizza pizza!  Anthony's Pizza downtown on the 4th of July
Enjoying the top down in the Camero.
Waiting at the airport.
Thank you again!  We love you!

"The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

Friday, June 22, 2018

We're in the US!

Hello all!
It's been way too long since I have sent you an update, but wanted to share with you that we are back in the States during our winter break.  Yes, it is winter in New Zealand and we are not missing the chilly, wet winter days.  We started our furlough in Virginia as we celebrated the marriage of my sister and her new husband.  It was a crazy, beautiful, fun time and I look back on it with fond memories.  Congratulations to Jackie and Darrell!!


We then caught a ride with my dad and stepmom to Florida.  We enjoyed our time with them as the heat and humidity soared.  Fortunately, they have a lovely pool where we could cool off.  We enjoyed spending time with them and their three feline children.  They were wonderful hosts that allowed us to slow down and breathe again.  School stuff is still going on and students are applying for this semester which is so exciting.  Having the opportunity to visit family and friends has been even more exciting.


We had a wonderful time catching up with Mike and Liza Gilbert, who moved from Colorado to Florida to plant a church....  Calvary Chapel North Port.  We had a sweet time of fellowship and then Andrew and I presented at their Saturday evening service.  You can find them on Facebook at @CalvaryNorthPort to see what they are up to.  They also provide live video from their services.  We are so happy and proud of this family for taking a huge step of faith and following the call God has put on their hearts.  Since moving to Florida, their family has grown again.  We love Mike, Liza, Maranatha, Phoebe, and Zoe!


We are now in Colorado for a few weeks and would love to catch up with our friends and family here.  Send us an email at mcbrideflock@yahoo.com to connect with us.  There is simply no place like home... friends and family make it home!

We will be presenting at Julesburg Christian Church on Sunday, July 8th and Calvary Aurora on Wednesday, July 11th.  We look forward to sharing about what God has done in our lives these past two years.


We also look forward to enjoying some food that we simply can get over in NZ.. like - Anthony's pizza, Chick-fil-A, Tamale Kitchen, Santiagos, John Holly's to name a few.  There is really no true Mexican food in our area of New Zealand and we haven't flushed out Auckland to see if there is a great little place waiting to be discovered by us.


We will head to Minnesota on July 18th and spend time with Andrew's mom and dad.  They are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary at the end of July.  We hope to have a special meal with them and Laurie, Andrew's sister.  We are also looking forward to catching up with our newlywed friends, Jared and Jen and their fur baby, Sadie.  Ms. Jen and I enjoy looking at pretty shiney things while Jared and Andrew enjoy playing expensive "quality" musical merchandise.  He he.. Andrew's words.

All around, this trip back to the States has been a blessing and refreshing.  We look forward to making new memories and hope you will be part of them too!  Hope to hear from you soon.  Lord bless you and keep you!


By the way... we have updated our prayer requests which are located on our blog (www.mcbrideflock.blogspot.com).  We have some big things coming up and we would appreciate your prayers.  We love you and appreciate you!

In His love,
Dawn and Andrew McBride