July Update

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¡Muchas Gracias!

I am grateful for all of those who joined me last month and for the continuing partnerships to accomplish kingdom work in Bolivia! Thank you, everyone, for your faithfulness.

This would be a good time to become a regular financial partner or donate a launch offering to help send me south for ministry. I’ve raised 78% for year one and Lord willing I will be heading to the field this September.

Please go to MissionStream.org to become a financial partner.

June Highlights

~ Shared with five life groups from The Bridge Church. A big thanks to the Davis, Paik, Johnson, Clark, and Rose life groups for your fellowship and prayers!

~ Completed my International TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Academy coursework. All that remains to be certified as a TEFL teacher is 20 hours of practicum.

~ Posted a couple of short, cultural blogs on Bolivia: Amazonian Bolivian cuisine and the Legend of Kantuta. You can also check out my testimony and photos from my vision trip to Bolivia last year.

~ Traveled to Yosemite and Kings Canyon over the 4th of July for a time of rest and recreation with friends. Psalm 121:1-2 really came alive to me during this trip: “I lift my eyes up to the mountains–where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Praises and Prayer Requests

~ Praise God that He has brought a body of believers into my life who have strengthened me with prayer and encouragement.

~ Please pray that as the time for my departure draws near, that I can continue to trust in the Lord to shepherd me through the gigantic transition from the U.S. to Bolivia in terms of leaving friends and family, finding a new place to live, learning cultural differences etc.

~ Please pray that the Lord would continue to prepare the hearts and minds of the students with whom He would like me to share the gospel.

Thank you!


bc193c17fc2316ab57171f91e6a8c232--the-boat-the-wave.jpgO Lord of the oceans,
My little bark sails on a restless sea,
Grant that Jesus may sit at the helm and steer me safely;
Suffer no adverse currents to divert my heavenward course;
Let not my faith be wrecked amid storms and shoals;
Bring me to harbour with flying pennants, hull unbreached, cargo unspoiled.

I ask great things,
expect great things,
shall receive great things.
I venture on thee wholly, fully, my wind, sunshine, anchor, defence.
The voyage is long, the waves high, the storms pitiless,
but my helm is held steady,
thy Word secures safe passage,
thy grace wafts me onward,
my haven is guaranteed.

This day will bring me nearer home,
Grant me holy consistency in every transaction,
my peace flowing as a running tide,
my righteousness as every chasing wave.
Help me to live circumspectly,
with skill to convert every care into prayer,
Halo my path with gentleness and love,
smooth every asperity of temper;
let me not forget how easy it is to occasion grief;
may I strive to bind up every wound,
and pour oil on all troubled waters.

May the world this day be happier and better because I live.
Let my mast before me be the Saviour’s cross,
and every oncoming wave the fountain in his side.
Help me, protect me in the moving sea
until I reach the shore of unceasing praise.

~The Valley of Vision