Feliz Navidad

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Hey everyone!

Feliz Navidad, or Merry Christmas!

We are doing well down here in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  It doesn’t feel as much like Christmas because it’s hot instead of cold and there aren’t as many lights on homes, decorations up, etc.  But we are making the most of it and enjoying this time.  We are so thankful to be celebrating our first Christmas with an extra addition to our family!  Andrew is growing fast, and doing very well.

We (Derek and Audrey) have now celebrated Christmas in 4 different countries as a married couple (5 ½ years).  We’ve lived in the USA, Costa Rica, Panama and now Argentina for Christmas.

We’re deciding on what all we want our family traditions to be.  One is that we made our 2nd annual gingerbread house a few days ago.  This year we had to make the gingerbread cookie part from scratch, but we found all the ingredients necessary, and it went well.

Mostly we are thankful for the real reason for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.  Without this we would be nothing.  It’s only by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved, and we can never be more grateful for anything in our lives.  We’re reminded to remember, and share the real reason for Christmas with others around us.

Thank you for praying for us as we are ministering down here in Argentina.  Let us know how you are doing if you get a chance.
Merry Christmas!

Derek, Audrey and Andrew Tucker

BEEF, it’s what’s for dinner (and lunch too)!

Beef, and lots of it!

Beef, and lots of it!

 

Hello everyone,

We hope y’all are doing well, and had a good Thanksgiving.

We are doing great.  We continue to settle into our new home, and build relationships with the people here.  One thing that happens while living in a different country is that we notice cultural differences.   One difference here is that Argentines love beef!  That’s a stereotype of Argentina, and it seems to be true.  This is evident in several things:

– The meat section in the grocery store is at least 90% beef, and the rest is chicken, some pork, and seafood.

– The silverware set that we bought does not have a butter knife, but the knives it came with can cut meat instead.

– A week or two after we got here, we were downtown doing some paperwork and needed to eat lunch.  Not knowing what all would be good, we decided to eat at Subway.  It seemed like a non-adventurous option.  After ordering the sandwiches, which are the same as in the states, Derek saw the chip options.  It was behind the counter, so he couldn’t see the flavors.  He just asked for the purple Lays, thinking Lays would be pretty normal, and for the black package, that seemed to be Argentine.  To our surprise, the Lays were Hamburger flavored and the other chips were beef and caramelized onion flavored!  We like beef, but we’re not ready for chips flavored in this way quite yet!

We are having a good time as we continue to learn, and see what all God has for us here.  Feel free to check out some of the pictures on the pictures page.  Thanks for continuing to pray for us.

Derek, Audrey and Andrew Tucker

Life in Argentina

Hello Everyone,

We are doing well down here in Buenos Aires. As you guys are cooling off for winter, down here in the southern hemisphere it’s heating up as it becomes summer!

About 3 weeks ago we moved into the apartment where we’ll be living.  Little by little we’ve been furnishing the apartment, and preparing our home.  This process takes a while here, because a lot of the items we’ve been buying have to be made, then delivered.  So a 2-3 week waiting time is not abnormal!

We’ve enjoyed getting to know the city of Buenos Aires some, and we’ve been getting to know some Argentine friends as well.

While we’ve been getting everything situated we’ve written a few blog posts that we didn’t end up posting, sorry!  Below is a post that Audrey wrote a few weeks ago:

The second Sunday we were here (October 20) I celebrated my first Mother’s day! It was such a blessing to celebrate being a mother. Derek and Andrew bought me roses and some oreo ice cream from my favorite ice cream shop (it didn’t take long to find good ice cream)!  As we’ve been adjusting to a new home, we continue to adjust to being new parents too!  We are so blessed and thankful for all that God has blessed us with.

Andrew is continuing to grow, and is doing well.  We’ve put some pictures of him and other things from Argentina on the photos page.

We’ll be in contact, feel free to send us an e-mail anytime. We hope that each of you are doing well.

God Bless,
Derek, Audrey and Andrew Tucker

We made it to Argentina!

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Hey everyone,

We wanted to let everyone know that we made it to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We made it with our 14 pieces of luggage intact! We want to thank everyone for the prayers that have been lifted up for us during this time of transition.

This move has been different than the other moves we’ve experienced. Not only was it hard leaving our family with a baby in tow, but we brought everything we own with us. The only thing we own back “home” in Texas are some plastic storage bins with some books and keepsakes in them.  Not having much stuff has been a blessing and has helped us understand what truly matters in life, our relationship with God, and each other.  We look forward to setting up our new home here in Buenos Aires in the upcoming weeks.

Since our move we’ve felt a peace about being here.  We know that this is the place that God wants us to be, and we can rest in that.  Our coworkers have made us feel welcome by inviting us into their homes, making meals for us, and by helping us get acquainted with Buenos Aires. It has been such a blessing to fellowship with them and learn about their lives and ministries. We have enjoyed getting to know the culture and the people here too.  Everyone we’ve met has been friendly toward us.  We look forward to all that God has in store in the coming days, weeks, months, and years!

Thank you for your continued prayers.

Derek, Audrey, and Andrew

Headed to Argentina!

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Hey everyone,

Many of you know already that we have medical clearance and will be headed to Argentina soon!  Our tickets are for October 10th, and we arrive to Argentina early on the 11th!

Our newborn son Andrew is doing well.  He’s almost 2 months old now, and doing great.  He was born pretty small, at 5 pounds 9 ounces, but he’s up to about 10 pounds now.  Audrey is doing well too.  We are thankful and blessed for sure!

We look forward to getting settled in to life and ministry in Argentina.  We appreciate the prayers and look forward to all that God has in store for us in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

We hope you are doing well!

Derek, Audrey, and Andrew Tucker

Baby Boy Tucker

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Hello everyone,

We hope that each of you is doing very well. We wanted to update everyone on what all we are up to, and will be up to in the near future. Most of you know that Audrey is pregnant, and that we will be having a boy. He is due later in August, but Audrey will be having a C-section this Saturday, August 10, at 9 am. She will be 38 weeks, which is two weeks early, but we expect a healthy little boy! She’s having a C section because he is breech (head up instead of down). Please pray for a safe delivery and that Audrey and baby Tucker will remain healthy. We will be posting pictures on our facebook, and eventually our blog, once he is born.

Once our son is born, and the baby and Audrey get medically cleared, we will be heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina to live and serve with the International Mission Board. The plan is that we’ll leave about 2 months after he is born, around mid-October.

We expected to already be in Buenos Aires, but our extra time in the states has been a big blessing for us. The medical care Audrey has received has been top notch, and it’s been awesome to spend time with family and friends while we’ve been here. We’ve also really enjoyed getting to be plugged in at our home church, San Jacinto Baptist Church, in Deer Park.

We appreciate all of the prayers that have been lifted up on our behalf during our time in the states, and the prayers that will be prayed for us as our child is born and grows! Please let us know if there is any way we can be praying for you about.

Derek and Audrey Tucker

Good News

Below is the most recent e-mail update that we have sent. If you would like to sign up for our e-mail update list, send us an e-mail. Our e-mail address is rekcutkered@hotmail.com.

Hello everyone,
We hope that each of you had a great Christmas and New Year. We are doing well, but our plans have changed some recently. Most of you know that we were scheduled to go to Argentina on January 20th, just around the conrner. However, God has different plans and we’ll be delayed in leaving the USA.

In December we found out that we are expecting. This is good news, but we have also found out that there are several different complications with the pregnancy which make it a high risk pregnancy. Because of the nature of the complications, our doctor recomends that we stay in the states for the duration of the pregnancy, and leave for Argentina after the baby is born. The baby is due in August, so that is quite a delay!

We don’t know all the logistics of how everything will work out, but we know that God is in control and has a plan for us being here in the states during this time. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for the health of Audrey and the baby during the pregnancy.

Also, we’d love to hear from you. If there is any prayer need that you have, please let us know! We’d love to stay in contact and be able to lift those things up on your behalf.

We hope each of you are doing really well. God bless!

Derek and Audrey Tucker

Stateside

A recent picture of us

A recent picture of us

We hope that you are doing well during this Holiday season. We are doing great.

In case you haven’t heard, we moved out of Panama in July of this year. We have been here in the USA, primarily in the Houston area since then. In January we will head out again, this time to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We have been so blessed and encouraged during our time here.

We have done quite a bit of traveling while here in the USA. God has allowed us to see many things, and he has rekindled a fire in us to see our nation, the United States, changed for him. During our several months here we have been to 27 different states and have driven over 20 thousand miles!

God has continually demonstrated to us the need for Jesus in the lives of many people all around us. As we travel around our nation, we see quite a few church buildings, but we see many lives that need to know the truth of who Jesus is. The great commission (Matthew 28:19-20) says “Go and make disciples of ALL nations……” God doesn’t just send missionaries out to foreign lands, he longs for people in ALL nations to come to know him. That certainly includes our own nation, the USA!

We encourage you during this holiday season to consider how God could use YOU to spread his love and the truth of Jesus Christ to those around you. Sometimes it’s difficult or uncomfortable, but it is worth it. Let’s not forget the promise in the last part of the great commission “…and surely I (Jesus) am with you always to the very end of the age .” (Matthew 28:20)

We hope that you have a blessed Holiday season and can share God’s love in an incredible way with others during this time!

Derek and Audrey Tucker

Hello everybody

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Hello everybody,

As we reflect on what all God has allowed us to do here in Panama we are pretty overwhelmed.  God has allowed us to experience many different things, and we are so blessed by that.  We’ll soon be going back to the USA, but we will forever remember all the things that God has taught us and allowed us to be a part of here in Panama.

A verse that has really come to life is the following, found in 2 Timothy, 2:2

2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

We feel like our work here was not to simply to do the work of the Lord ourselves, but to help and encourage others, who will in turn be able to teach others, so that the work can keep growing continually, like the 2 Timothy 2:2 model shows.

One of our best memories of Panama was seeing this verse put into action.  One of the main things we did while we were here was teach several church planting classes.  We taught over 150 people here in the city in 7 different classes, and we taught about 100 people outside the city in different parts of Panama through weekend workshops on Church Planting.

There is a young man named Ariel (pictured above with Derek) that was part of our first Church planting class back in 2010.  During our second class, he came alongside us and helped us teach.  In a recent class that we had he was our co-teacher, teaching about half of the material.  More recently, in June, he traveled with Derek and they taught a weekend workshop.  He taught well over half of the material, and is very capable of teaching the whole course on his own.

For us this was a really neat thing.  This is one example of how God has worked to multiply out what all we were doing here, so that many more can hear about Jesus and be trained and equipped to go out and share the gospel.

We are so fortunate that God has allowed us to be a part of his work here, that he gave us the chance to be here serving him in Panama.  We know that God has great plans for the people of Panama, and that He will continue to work in and through them!

We appreciate your prayers as we transition back to the states, and in the beginning of 2013 on to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Derek and Audrey

Panama

Hello everyone,

It has been quite some time since we have blogged, for that we apologize! We have many things to share, but we’ll start by just mentioning a few.

The Last couple of months have been quite full, and very good too. We have been teaching classes on church planting, hosting conferences on a few specific topics, traveling and teaching church planting conferences, continuing our coaching and encouraging type role with many different church planters, etc.

A specific thing that has been pretty neat is to see the comradery between many different church planters and churches here in Panama. We see an attitude of working together and that has been encouraging. Several conferences that we have hosted have been examples of this. In April, we brought in a guy that trains IMB missionaries. He did a two day conference on the book of Acts, and the 9 churches that started throughout Acts. There were over 250 people who attended the conference from more than 50 different churches.

In May we had another conference that dealt with sharing the gospel and sharing the Bible, through oral stories instead of the written text. Over 100 people came to this one day conference from over 20 different churches. Many of the people that participated have told us about how they have put into practice what they learned and they are asking when they can learn more about the topic.

It has been neat to see all that God is doing here. We have mixed feeling as we will soon have to leave our dear friends here, but we are encouraged by all that God has done, and will continue to do through them. Please pray for us as we daily seek God’s guidance on how to best finish up our time in Panama. We will be headed to the USA in late July.

We have many different stories that we can share regarding many different things. Hopefully we’ll be able to visit with some of you individually when we return to the USA in a couple of months.

We’ll update again soon, thanks for the prayers!

Derek and Audrey