It was a great delight seeing so many of you gather together at our Ruth’s House Banquet a couple of weeks ago at The Bridge Church. We had about 100 people in attendance. That evening I shared with you our goal of raising $20,380, and we raised $20,135. Beyond that, a number of you expressed interest in partnering with the ministry in prayer, with your special skills, and coming down to Bolivia on a short term mission trip.
Your generosity means that we are in a sound financial position to receive three young women (Ruth, Helen and Ana) into the home next year. All additional funds raised this year will be saved and earmarked for future participants at the home and longer term goals like purchasing, rather than renting, a house for Ruth’s House. We will keep you up to date on these exciting developments.
I’d like to thank all of you who, by the grace of God, have provided such a strong foundation for this growing ministry. In the coming weeks we will be reaching out to those of you who expressed your willingness to join with the ministry in other ways. Thank you!
Upon my return, I was also able to catch up with Nicol, the first participant at Ruth’s House. Her transition from Talita Cumi to Ruth’s House has been quite the challenge for her, but in the past month and a half we’ve seen progress. Nicol passed all of her classes at school, she’s more communicative with her feelings, she’s been interacting more with people at church, and she has taken on a more active role in maintaining a clean home. Please continue to pray that she will mature more in her personal relationship with the Lord and grow in the area of taking full responsibility for her own school schedule.
Being back in Bolivia means that I’ve been able to get back into the swing of things with the children. Last week they wrapped up their final week of vacation. The children were kept busy with tons of fun activities like arts and crafts, soccer tournaments, painting the house, singing praise songs and doing devotionals in the mornings, riding bikes, and visiting nature parks.