December 2022

I hope that all of you are having a wonderful Christmas season. There have been some exciting new developments with Ruth’s House. 

Nicol earned her high school diploma, completing her accelerated program to finish her last two years of high school in one year. The next big step in her life will be to look for a part time job as we strategize about how she might take technical courses at an institute to further her education. Please keep these next two steps in your prayers.

Ruth, the girl who will be moving into Ruth’s House next January, graduated from high school, finishing near the top of her class. She is preparing for her entrance exams to get into a public university in order to study in the medical field. I recently had the pleasure of celebrating her graduation at an event held by the ministry that currently cares for her (pictured below):

From left to right: me, Raquel (the guardian of Ruth’s House), Ruth (who will be joining Ruth’s House in January), Regina (a missionary from Germany), and Nicol (the current participant of Ruth’s House)

One common question I’ve received over the past several months from supporters is whether the transition house will need additional staff to help with the projected growth of the ministry (we anticipate having close to 10 girls within the next four years). The Lord graciously responded to that need far in advance by providing Regina (pictured above).

Regina is a German missionary who will not only be serving at Ruth’s House, but the children’s home Talita Cumi as well. This is particularly strategic because she can cultivate relationships with the older girls at the children’s home before they move into Ruth’s House. Furthermore, Regina will be living with Nicol for a month while Raquel returns to Spain for Christmas. Please pray for Regina as she fosters a relationship with Nicol.  

The children at Talita Cumi couldn’t be happier. Their summer vacation commenced the first week of December and they won’t return to school until February. Talita Cumi set up a number of fun workshops to keep the children active: wood painting, fabric painting, graphic design, dance, flute, arts and crafts, pastry making, sewing, and making bracelets and necklaces. Here are some of their creations:

Of course, the rage in Bolivia right now is the World Cup. The boys and I eat popcorn and watch the matches together. 

We also spend a lot of time playing soccer at the park, and we recently took our annual group photo there too.

Please keep the kids in prayer as they rest from the rigors of school and homework and enjoy some rest and recreation.

Grace be with you.

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