Yeah! I have finally finished with all the paper work at immigration. It is a relief to finally have all that over. I really canâ€™t believe I have been here over six months–the time has gone by so quickly. Less than a week back in Ixiamas and back to classes with the kids. It is so great to know I wonâ€™t have to be traveling back and forth to LaPaz anymore. I can fully concentrate on what I came here to do.
The last month has been very busy. We had a wonderful week with the team from Christ Community Church. We reached out to 200 children of Ixiamas with Bible School. The team did not get to meet all of the kids of the Internado because of extended vacation, but some of them came back early so at least they got to spend some time with most of them. The team did some painting, helped to finish the chicken house intern Chas Jordan began and many other small projects that really needed to be done. We also visited the community of two of our girls and held Bible School for all the children of that community. This community had never had a visit with a team from the US, and they took us on a tour of one of the farms. It is really interesting to see how the locals work their fields. It was a great day enjoyed by all. Katie Acker came with the team and stayed with us at the Internado for three weeks. The girls at the Internado had a wonderful time with Katie.She taught them a dance to â€œI Surrender Allâ€ by Michael W. Smith that they performed it at the anniversary celebration at church.
Our director Mateo left Bolivia with Chas and Katie August 3rd for the US. Mateo will be attending the Practicum at SIFAT at the end of the month. He was very excited to be visiting the US and the SIFAT campus in Alabama. It is hard to believe that one year ago I was preparing to go to the Practicum. My life has changed so very much in the last year. God has used many circumstances to strengthen my faith and placed so many new brothers and sisters from all over the world into my life.
Marlene (Mateoâ€™s cousin), the young lady that was my interpreter on the trips to Peru and visits to immigration, is leaving next week for Seattle, Wash., to be an au pair with a very lucky family. It is interesting to watch these two family members take off for the US within a week of each other. Please keep both of them in your prayers.
I really want to let everyone that has supported me throughout the year know how much this year has meant to me and the spiritual growth I have had. When you are out of your comfort zone, you depend much more on God than when you live in your comfortable house and your weekly pay check. I encourage everyone to step out of the box, if for only a few days. It will really make a difference in your walk with God.Â
â€œThe Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.â€Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Num. 6:24 â€“ 26Â Â Â Â Â