I hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In the past three months since I arrived in Bolivia, I’ve heard stories from supporters of great joy (family members coming to the Lord, the announcement of pregnancies, new friendships formed) and stories of great sadness (terminal cancer and fractured relationships). I rejoice with those of you who are rejoicing, and I pray that those of you who are facing times of unfathomable difficulty would be comforted more than ever by our Prince of Peace.
It’s been quite the joy to have worked with a number of students who are taking classes at the master’s program here at El Alfarero. These are students who will be sharing the gospel in Bolivia and in other nations around the world. We are temporarily on a break due to the holiday season, but I’m happy to report that the classes ended on a high note–literally. For the final class, my students wrote and performed their own songs in English. I accompanied them on the ukulele.
University students are currently on their summer break (what would be akin to our May-August break) and they return in February or March. I’ve been laying the groundwork for their return by completing my curriculum with faith integration components and making contacts with professors at two universities. Please continue to pray that students will come to a knowledge of the Lord through these classes. One of the biblical pillars that I am trusting in with all of my heart is 1 Timothy 2:4: “[God] desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Please join me in praying that students will come to know Jesus.
~ My three year residency visa has been approved! Thanks for your prayers!
~ God continues to put me in touch with professors, students, co-workers, and others who are helping me to prepare for the upcoming English classes for college students.
~ I am in the process of looking for my own apartment.
~ Please pray that current political and social tensions in Bolivia would be resolved peacefully and justly for the sake of the well-being of its citizens.