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The parrots love to eat in the trees outside our apartment

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"The main thing God asks for is our attention." Jim Cymbala

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 and pray for mission projects around the world:

1) Cusco, Peru - Romulo Tupa - Local Missionary; Pace Ministry - Lima, Peru
2) Guayllabamba, Ecuador - Tulcanza Family - Local Missionary Church with two outreach locations
3) El Batan Missionary Alliance Church and Ninos en Riesgo program for kids living on the streets
4) Just For Kids Orphanage and Montebello School - Valle de los Chillos, Ecuador
5) Home of Hope - Malawi, Africa, Canadian Missionaries
6) Renee in Pak.

The church in Guayllabamba now has a webpage where you can go and see pictures of their various activities. They have been praying for the funds to get an LCD projector as well as bibles and materials for the children's Sunday school classes as more and more children are receiving Christ which is great! The construction in Checa has been at a standstill for awhile as they are struggling with finances to at least finish the first floor so they can all meet together for worship. Tanya is continuing to work with the kids in Chimburlo and has an outreach in a nearby area of Chimbacalle. If you were on the last mission trip you know that the area is littered in a good way with children and there is no organized religion in the area to reach out to them. The pastor has started one more outreach in Puellaro which is doing well as there are Christians there that are helping to get it off the group. Jesus said to reach out to the little children and that is definitely what is happening in Ecuador!
link to website: http://www.familiatulcanaza.es.tl/


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I heard a sermon several weeks ago about how often we let things go by because they "seem right" but in reality, they really aren't. As people living in a world that doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings or control anyone's rights, I feel like we are allowing things to go on right around us only because it doesn't seem to be hurting anyone. While that may be true, Jesus commands us as Christians to be aware of those things and to try and guide others away as well. Just because it is on TV or makes the news doesn't mean that it is acceptable. Not watching is the first step, but the second is to let people know why you aren't watching it. Everyone has the right to disagree, but they shouldn't have to question where you stand on the issue. It doesn't seem right or fair in any way that Jesus had to die on the cross for our sins, but the reality of bridging the gap of sin between man and God made it necessary.

The church we attend here in Colombia, First Bapist of Armenia

For us, we have to continue to follow the path God has for us and make decisions based on Him regardless of the decisions others make around us. Just think about what you take a stand for and what you just let happen and hope it doesn't ever involve you; doing nothing is doing something.

The pastor from our church here in Armenia is coming to a conference in Atlanta so he is very excited to see the place we are always talking about and hopefully learn many new things he can share and use at the church here.

 We have gotten more requests from missionaries that we have worked with in the past for help than ever before and have even less, unfortunately, to offer them. More and more bibles and literature are needed every day so please pray that the economy strengthens so that people again feel the desire and have the ability to help in more ways. Our church in Armenia is currently working to fund eight programs for the local community. Check out the website here http://www.pibarmenia.com/


Steve at our school carnival taking one for the team

We are planning a Christmas mission trip to Ecuador to work with the mission church locations as the number of children and adults that are open to hearing the word continues to increase, and Christmas is a great time to get a foot in the door in many places. If you are interested in participating, please email us and let us know. (cathleen_carpenter@hotmail.com) We are also going back to Bolivia this summer to try again to get with Helping Hands Mission to see what we can do to help there as well.
Now, don't let this scare you as this is the first time in three years
we've seen one this big, but...it was big enough that we stopped
the car because Steve said, "Wow, look at the spider crossing
the road!" It is a beautiful though a little scary creation of God!

We continue to work through Steve's college classes which is why I haven't had any time for new pictures! I apologize and will work harder to get out more! School continues to be a great place to witness to the students and staff so pray that minds continue to be open and willing to listen. We will be in the states for a week for Easter break (we can call it that here!) so hopefully we'll be able to visit and be in touch.

Steve and Cathy

My senior class of 2010 trying to look like pre-graduates

Prayer Requests and Praises

1. Our health continues to be good without any problems
2. Living expenses and day to day needs met by our jobs
3. Opportunities to share with other people -- school and their friends
4. Peace about our decisions - handling the new challenges in our financial support

1. People to support missions around the world
2. Steve's college classes and my sanity
3. Church plants in Ecuador to continue
4. The Pace's ministry in Lima, Peru - funds to increase their school
5. Lily as she travels that she feels God's presence with her

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