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2011 Heil Newsletter

2011 Heil Newsletter

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Faith Followers 2011--page 1
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Celebrating Coby
On January 2, we gathered withfriends and family at Ali`i Beach towish Coby a happy first birthdayand to dedicate him publicly to theLord.
Mark Speaks in Australia
Immediately after our Thailand trip, Marktook a flight "down under" to speak at atechnology conference in Melbourne. His topic was"The Benefits of a Positive Digital Footprint," which ispart of his research for his doctoral dissertation that hefinishes this summer. On his final day in Australia, afterthe conference was over, Mark was able to travel to thebeach and take some amazing photographs.
Faith Followers 2011
 
 A Year of Relative Stability
 For such a transient family as ours, 2011 brought little change to our circumstances. For the first timein 8 years, we did not move to a different house, country, or job! This was especially valuable as webegan to set routines for our growing toddlers. Still, the year held challenges and blessings together,with a steady increase in our involvement in our school and community in Seoul. We hope you areencouraged to put more faith in our all-knowing God as you read our humble highlights of 2011.
Siblings in Seoul
We were thrilled to have Mark's brother and sisters visit us inFebruary. Scott and Charlene flew from Oregon, and Angela came from Texas.They spent a week with us in our apartment, visited Mark's workplace, andventured out into the snowy city with us for some touristy activities. We wereso grateful for their help and encouragement during their stay!
Bangkok for Spring Break
We returned to our former home during ourweek-long vacation in March. Visiting our churchthere, Newsong, and our friends from theinternational school was encouraging andexciting. We were even able to visit two familiesin the hospital as their babies had just been born during our stay.What great timing!
The Grandparents Visit for Easter
Mark's parents, Ken and Dee, stayed with us for a week in April, just in time to spend Easterwith our family. They even brought a bag of plastic eggs and hard-to-find Easter candies withthem for our children. As cherry blossoms brought our trees back to life after a long winter,we enjoyed time outside taking pictures and appreciating the warmer air.
-Coby's 1st birthdayparty at Ali`i Beach-Scott, Charlene, andAngela Heil visit Seoul-Spring Break in Thailand-Mark goes to Australiafor tech conference-Ken and Dee Heil visit-Mark's surgeries-George Rhoades visits-Thailand-Hawaii-Lila's 90th bday party-Back to Seoul, Korea-Mika turns 3!-Coaching varsityvolleyball-Chris and Mel'swedding in Hawaii-Far East volleyballtournament in Daegu-Thanksgiving withfriends-Christmas in Hawaii
Mark, Malia, Mika, and Coby Heil
 
Faith Followers 2011--page 2
Mark's Teaching Ministry
Both Mark and his studentswere excited about changes tohis teaching schedule this year.His digital media classes wereseparated into photography,video, and graphic design,allowing students to choose whatspecification of technology theywould like to learn.He also continues to lead adiscipleship group on leadershipand a club that builds theschool's sports website.
Mark's Surgeries
In May, Mark underwent two surgeries back-to-back. First, he had his eyesight adjusted with LASEK eye surgery, which is verycheap and popular here in Korea. Shortly after, he went into the hospital to fix a torn tendon in the rotator cup of his shoulder.We were so blessed to have a number of women from his school volunteer to babysit our kids (tag team fashion over a 24-hourperiod) so Malia could be with him during the crucial first night of recovery. Since then, he's made incredible progress. His eyes arenow better than 20/20, and his shoulder is almost ready to participate in contact sports again. We thank God for our good healthinsurance and the competent medical care in Korea.
 
Banquets and Concerts
--During the spring, the two of us attended two school banquets: Valentine's and Junior/Senior. It was so fun to dress upand have a fancy date even if we were surrounded by high schoolers! Also, when Malia's dad visited in late May, we all went to a Korean concert, which turned outto be spectacular! Then, right before we flew to Bangkok, we went with a few friends to worship live with Hillsong United. What an eventful and fun time!
Mr. and Mrs. Coach: Season 2
This was our second year coaching varsity volleyball together. Our nine players worked hard as weexperimented with various strategies and even invented our own rotation to utilize their talents inthe best way. However, their physical endurance and sports smarts were only part of the mission weassigned ourselves for the season. It was our primary aim to demonstrate and encourage teamwork,discipline, and excellence on and off the court. The team memorized verses and studied the Bibletogether as well. In addition, we hope the presence of our family (including Mika and Coby) was agodly example for them, especially those who come from non-believing families and cultures.In early November, we traveled to the southern part of Korea to participate in the Far Easttournament, a competition that includes teams from countries across East Asia. The week was anamazing time of bonding and fun. Our team came in fourth place!
June in Thailand
For the month of June, we decided to stay inThailand for a longer period. This visit wasdifferent because it was during the summer andmany of our former students were home fromtheir schooling abroad. We thank God we wereable to reconnect with so many of them!
July in Hawaii
 Back in the islands for the last month of our summer, we tookmany trips to the beach and spent valuable time with familythere. We were even blessed to spend a weekend alone inWaikiki while Malia's parents babysat the two kids. At the endof the month, we attended a large party celebrating Malia'sgrandma's 90th birthday! Together, we made a slideshowhonoring her, and you can view it at this link:http://bit.ly/happy90.
 
Faith Followers 2011--page 3
Contact Information Overseas
Snail Mail:
Mark Heil c/o YISSSan 10-213 Hannam 2 dongYongsan ku, Seoul, 140-210 Korea
E-mail:
gomarkgo@gmail.comsmheil@gmail.com
Websites:
faithfollowers.blogspot.commodernmango.commaliawrites.com
Follow us on Twitter:
faithfollowersmarkheilmaliawritesgomikacobyheil
Continually Believing
by MaliaFaith cannot be a one-time thing--a forgotten action in the past tense.Instead, it's continual like a ring--unending and sealed in endless sense.Our God is not distant or distracted;He is present and involved with us.Then why do we live with belief subtractedand with worry lining what we discuss?With salvation in our then and now,we must make choices that reveal our belief.Even when God hides the "why" or "how,"trusting in Him brings incredible relief.Let us cling to His Word and begin receivingthe victory that comes from continually believing. 
Brother's Wedding
In September, we were so blessed toreturn to Hawaii to attend Malia'sbrother's wedding. Chris and Mel weremarried on the 10th in a lovely,God-centered ceremony. Weare excited to welcome ournew sister-in-law into thefamily, having known andappreciated her as a goodfriend for many years!
Playgroup Participation
 This fall, Malia joined a team of volunteers that runs a playgroup in Seoul on Wednesdaymornings. The mission is to reach out to other expat parents and caretakers throughfaithful and valuable interaction. Because Malia knows the struggles that come withrelocating and adjusting to different cultures, it's a well-suited place for her to be andhelp others in similar situations. One of the things she does is manage a simple websitefor the playgroup, and you can see it at this address: https://sites.google.com/site/seoulplaygroup.
Expecting A Third!
We are excited to announce that we'll be welcoming our third child inJune 2012! While Malia will spend most of herpregnancy in Korea, we plan to be in Hawaii for thebirth this summer. Please pray for safe travels and ahealthy pregnancy, delivery, and newborn! We willfind out the gender of our baby in January!
 
Our Almost-Twins
  About halfway through 2011, people started asking us if our kids are twins. While Mika is taller than herbrother, the two of them are the same weight and have the same shoe size! They are about 18 monthsapart and have become best friends over the past year. We've learned so much whileparenting them and thank God for their kind hearts and dynamic personalities.Mika celebrated her 3rd birthday in August, and we had a party with five of herfriends. She loves caring for her baby doll and also looking after Coby, especially whenwe're out in Seoul. She's learning her ABCs and also how to pray for others.Coby has proven himself quite the clown. He jumps off the couch armrest onto awaiting pillow on the floor, and any tune will invite him to start his stomping and hopping dance thatalways makes us laugh. He is learning a lot alongside his sister, including his favorite song: "Jesus LovesMe."
 
We thank God for His grace and faithfulness in 2011 and look forward to the next year, knowing His character is unchanging and completely trustworthy. We hope you cling to the same assurance. Happy New Year!

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