Hello everyone. I’d like to wish all of you a happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope that all of you had safe travels and were able to share quality time with family and friends and eat delicious food to your heart’s content. Although the holiday is not celebrated in Bolivia, I was generously invited to partake of a Thanksgiving lunch with American missionaries.
Two important items:
First off, I’d like to invite you to my open house! Please swing by so we can catch up. I’ll be sharing photos, stories, and some traditional Bolivian food and drinks.
Where: My home in Camarillo, CA.
When: Saturday, December 8: anytime between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Please contact me by e-mail for directions.
Second, I’d like to express my profound gratitude to all of you for your steadfast prayers and financial support as I’ve served in Bolivia these past 14 months. Your prayers brought innumerable spiritual blessings and your offerings gave me peace of mind as I endeavored to carry out kingdom work. I understand that many of you will be making your 2019 budget soon. If it is the Lord’s will for you, then I humbly ask that you include me in your giving plans for next year. I am eager to continue investing in the lives of university students and children for Christ, and I would love your partnership in these endeavors. Thank you!
As you read this, I am in the final week of my English classes. I am feeling a little melancholy because I am going to miss my students over the winter break, but I am already feeling enthusiastic about the year that lies ahead. Some of my students will continue on with the courses and new students will be added in. Please keep my current students in your prayers. As part of their final project they will be reciting from memory Romans 10:9: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” I will be closing my course with a discussion of this verse and its importance for every single student. It is my prayer that those who do not have a relationship with Christ will be moved by these words and sensitive to the Holy Spirit knocking on the door of their heart.
The past couple of weeks have been quite a blast with the kids of Talita Cumi. The first grand event for the children included acrobatic performances with their classmates at school–a sort of miniature cirque du soleil, if you will.
Recently the boys took a trip to the zoo. I spent the afternoon with three of the older boys who are a part of the big boys club at Talita Cumi. That is, as part of a new initiative at the children’s home, we created two clubs: one for “los grandes” (the big boys) and another one for “los pequeños” (the little boys). I am leading five boys, ages 11-15, in the big boys club. Together, we’ve been going through the creation account in Genesis 1 and linking that to Jesus and the new heavens and new earth in Revelation 21. Going to zoo, beyond being a fun and amusing activity for the boys, fit perfectly with our discussion of God’s creation of the animal kingdom as told in Genesis.
Since I cannot post pictures of the kids online, here are some pictures of animals that we saw.
~ Please pray for the country of Bolivia. It will be holding elections soon and the current political climate is tense.
~ Please pray for safe travels for me as I return to the U.S. for a visit. I am looking forward to a time of reconnecting with family, friends, and supporters.
~ I am thankful to God for the past 14 months: the Lord’s faithfulness, the warmness and generosity of spirit with which I’ve been received by Bolivians, and all of those who have lifted me up and encouraged me from the U.S.
~ Praise God that this past year has the Lord’s fingerprints all over it: from healings, to people coming to a relationship with Christ, to Christians growing in their faith and reliance upon the Lord. I’ve seen much here, and I look forward to sharing more with all of you in person.
Thank you, again. Just as a reminder, if you would like to donate to support my ministries and me for next year, then please click on the link below.
Grace be with you.