I hope that all of you had a nice Thanksgiving and I wish all of you a festive and blessed holiday season with family and friends.
November was one of the most astonishing and impressive time periods that I’ve experienced since moving to Bolivia due to the fraudulent elections and turbulent aftermath. The last time I can remember being so totally absorbed in the political and social climate and fate of a nation was 9/11. As many of you are aware, we entered into a time of great uncertainty as Evo Morales committed electoral fraud in an effort to secure a fourth term as president. Strikes, blockades, and marches broke out all over the country. Despite Morales trying to buy off the police force and stoke groundless fears of racial bigotry among the indigenous peoples, the Bolivians’ mettle proved to be unconquerable. After three weeks, he fled to Mexico. I’d like to thank all of you for your prayers during that time.
Last week I wrapped up two English modules. The students in the advanced course recited from memory the 10 Commandments while the other course recited 1 Corinthians 9:24: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” I’m so proud of my students’ dedication to learning English and deepening their understanding of the Word.
I’d like to share some statistics with you related to El Alfarero’s outreach to university students. In the year 2019 …
* About 15,000 university students visited our cafe.
* On average, 22 people (many of whom are university students) received Christian counseling each month.
* Our evangelism teams made over 40 visits to Gabriel University to befriend and pray for over 150 university students.
* Over 100 university students took the English classes that I teach.
All of us here at El Alfarero are feeling tremendously thankful for God’s faithfulness this year!
I’d also like to thank The Bridge and Nueva Vida for their prayers. I recently received a wonderful note of encouragement with a couple of photos from Pastor Alex Rivero sharing with me that there was a time of walking prayer for all of the missionaries. Thank you so much!
In closing, as you celebrate your Christmas with family and friends, I’d like to invite you to participate in our annual Talita Cumi shoe campaign. Please click on the purple button below if you’d like to give a very practical gift that will bring a big smile to a child at the orphanage. Thank you!