April News 2010

I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness
to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question,
lifting the heart to God whenever it intrudes upon one's thoughts. It's
easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permenance, easier
sometimes than to wait patiently.
Elizabeth Elliot

"But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord." Numbers 14:21

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Our Mission

To follow God's will for our lives so that we can serve Him in all we do,
go wherever He leads, and share His amazing love with those around us.

Continue to support missions around the world!

1) Cusco, Peru - Romulo Tupa - Local Missionary; Pace Family Ministry - Lima, Peru
2) Guayllabamba, Ecuador - Tulcanza Family - Local Missionary Church with four outreach locations
3) El Batan Missionary Alliance Church - Ninos de la calle en riesgo
4) Just For Kids Orphanage - Valle de los Chillos, Ecuador
5) Home of Hope - Malawi, Africa, Canadian Missionaries
6) Missionaries and mission trips that God plants in our hearts - Renee
7) Helping Hands Ministry - orphanage - Cochabamba, Bolivia

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You don't appreciate how big this golofa porteri beetle is until you see
it in Steve's hand. The beetle decided to come to school to see what he
could learn!

"Help me!"

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I was thinking about mission trips in church this morning and what is the real purpose of these trips. I came to the conclusion that they are to bring glory to God by revealing His love through ourselves to those we come in contact with. Not only is God's glory revealed, but we ourselves grow closer to God by doing what He asks us to do: go and love our fellow man, sharing God's word of salvation. The frustrating part for me is always the great cost involved to just get to a foreign mission location but then all things are possible with God and if that is where He wants you to be, nothing can keep it from happening other than your willingness to go; don't forget too that the mission field can be next door or just down the street as well, which is pretty much free!

I have to say that I have seen the greatest joy come to those that go as they are more blessed than the ones they came to help. If you feel this is the time God is asking you to participate, we are planning a trip to Ecuador this Christmas if there is enough interest. If it is His will, it will happen;if not, He has other plans for us and that is okay too!

Tentative Ecuador Mission Trip-
If you are interested, let us know. Details below.
Dates: December 26th - January 2nd
Purpose: children's Christmas programs in Cheka, Chimburlo, and Guayllabamba missions
Cost: airfare (Delta) 883.00 (as of today)
lodging, transportation, project costs: approx. $500.00 per person(depending on the number of participants)
We need to know by May 1st confirmed participants. Thanks!


Left to right: Mary Ellen, Dad, Mom, Joe, Jeanna, Cathy, Steven

My family hasn't been all together for many years,
so if didn't know they existed, that is probably why!

The hummingbirds just seem to glow as they fly by.

God gives us so many things daily that we don't even think about: His grace, mercy, all good things, His promise to never leave or forsake us. Sometimes as we go, though, we don't see any evidence that what we are doing is making a difference at all and we lose sight of that. I don't know about you, but I always feel like I am trying to find that great purpose for my life, when in reality, the greatest part may be simply glorifying God. I am a hands-on person and it is hard for me to "be still and know" but I believe that is why our situation has kept us in Colombia as long as it has: to force me to take the time to slow down and reflect, and to spend time with God.
This guy had a hiding spot on the back of the impatients to lie in wait to dive
bomb any other birds that tried to get to the feeders!

To make a long story short, I think glory to God has to be a combination of words and actions as you live your life. We have been involved in a lot of projects: some have seen great growth while others have been stagnate and have needed the dusting off of the sandals as we've had to move on.

I love the fuzziness of this hummer and enjoy his company daily on the balcony.

We are excited about returning to Bolivia and what possibilities that may bring for our future. It could be to return to the states or to a place without volcanic eruptions, if that still exists! The world is an ever interesting and changing place but if you leave God in control, there is nothing to fear.

The cherry trees blooming make a pretty background.

Another week is dawning, and with it, students who need to learn something! The week for me is reminiscent of the 8th grade standardized testing schedule in the states with the MET on Wed., the ICFES on Sunday, and the SAT the following Saturday for the juniors and seniors. Assessment makes the world go round, though we aren't always sure that it is in the right direction!

Not to us, but to God be the glory.

Steve and Cathy Carpenter

Verses to check out - Ephesians 2:8-10; 3:11-13   Romans 3:22-24; 10:8-10; 5:1; 11:6  Galatians 2:16; 2:21; 3:24
It is our faith and desire to please God that leads us to want to do good works, not a need to work our way into heaven.

Prayer Requests and Praises

Prayer for the Day: Lord, I always seem to be in a hurry. There seems to be so much to do and so little time. Help me ot live on Your timetable and not my own. Give me patience, Lord, and acceptance of Your will and Your way. Amen.
1. For a friend to draw closer to God for strength, guidance, and comfort
2. Restored health for several friends and family members
3. Patience to finish out the school year, and, college courses for Steve
4. Job opportunities for those currently in need
5. Funds for supplies and bibles in Cusco, Peru ($500.00)
6. Participants for the Christmas mission trip to Ecuador
7. Clear direction on where to go next year
8. That I never seen this guy in one of my shoes,my house, or my classroom!

Stay in the woods!


1. Chance to get together with all my family
2. Our old car is still running!
3. Continued good health
4. Chance to return to Bolivia this summer

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