Arista Family Update

With the busyness of the holidays It’s been a while since we’ve updated our blog. In brief, the last couple months have been full of activity! We wrapped up the Women’s Study and School of Ministry semester, celebrated the holidays, traveled, and now are back home, ready to see what God has for us and the church this new year!

One of the exciting things God has for us this new year is the soon birth of our daughter Luna! We can’t wait to meet her in a few short weeks and see what life is like with a little girl! Luna is scheduled to be with us via c-section on March 6th. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for Rachel and the baby that day as well as continued prayer to cover all the costs of the delivery. We can’t wait to send some pictures of this little one! We’re not too sure how Jesse will feel when he find out he is no longer the baby in the house,  but Jaime is definitely excited to meet his little sister and be a big brother again. 

We’re also really excited about what God has for His church this year. When we got back from traveling early January, God really placed it on my heart to do a short series on the function of the church and the importance of functioning as a body in Christ. I didn’t want to pressure people or motivate them by guilt, I wanted God to speak to their hearts and birth a desire in them. The response from the church these past few weeks has blessed my heart beyond words. The majority expressed their desire to serve and many have already begun to get involved in different areas of the ministry. My prayer now is that the steps of faith these individuals have taken will be the first of many and that God will equip myself and others to encourage and train them up in the ministrytill we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ – Ephesians 4:13

We took a short break in December but have resumed home fellowships on Wednesday nights at our house. Like we said before, we really look forward to this time together as it’s so different compared to a formal church setting and really allows for some sweet and intimate fellowship during the week. Our prayer is that God would use this gathering as a way to deepen relationships among us and also allow our time together to be sincere and open as we get into the word and prayer each week