"Come unto me, all who are weary and
heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am gentle
and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke
is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
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.
to support missions around the world:
Cusco, Peru - Romulo Tupa - Local Missionary
2) Guayllabamba, Ecuador - Tulcanza Family - Local Missionary Church
with two outreach locations
3) El Batan Missionary Alliance Church - Ninos de la calle en riesgo
4) Just For Kids Orphanage and School- Valle de los Chillos, Ecuador
5) Home of Hope - Malawi, Africa, Canadian Missionaries
6) Missionaries and mission trips that God plants in our hearts
7) Ninos en Riesgo - street kids rescue mission in Quito, Ecuador
The wonder of looking at things really
Since we are in Colombia, the coffee headquarters of the world, I
thought you might want to see a little of the process! Unfortuately,
the incredibly rainy weather has decreased production, so those of you
who drink coffee may be paying higher prices, but at least this will
show you how your bean gets from tree to cup!
It starts with the picking of the beans, one at a time by hand. The
workers get paid for the pounds of usable beans, A top worker can
pick 330 lbs. a day and earn approximately $45 for 12 hours of work.
Then the beans are washed and put through a washing system before they
go through a spin bath to take off the skins.
Once they are
"skinned" they soak and then are laid out to dry before they are bagged
to ship. About 3 million people work in the coffee industry in Colombia.
The skins of beans gone on pile up out back and are used for composting.
As we finish up our
first month of school, all is going well. Steve is teaching 9th and
10th math as I do 11th and 12th English. There are a lot of new
challenges but we are taking them as them come. We continue to hear
good news as a result of our mission trip to Ecuador this summer. The
Ninos en Riesgo program had 10 boys express interest in being a part of
the program to change their lives. As soon as the government comes
through with the house they have said they will give the program to
use, the program can expand and reach more boys.
transparent butterflies are my favorites!
We have also heard
from the new mission in Chimburlo and they are experiencing growth
well. Several of the people that came to the event in June started a
home church in their town just above Chimburlo and want the church in
Guayllabamba to help them get started. We were able to give the church
enough money to pay the rental on the building until Christmas so
hopefully that will take some of the pressure off the financial end so
they can focus on the spiritual end.
We have had the
opportunity to share with a lot of people this summer what we do and
our relationship with God, so hopefully some seeds have been spread. I
have been thinking about why it is so hard for some people to believe
that there is a need to accept the gift of salvation and that it isn't
enough to just be a good person. I think part of it is realizing that
you have to give up some control of your life, but for me, that
actually takes some of the pressure off.
These orchids look like dancing
Yes God is all loving and wants you in heaven, but it is His place and
He asks so little of you to be a part of it; Jesus is the one He asked
a lot of. It's like someone inviting you to a party that you really
want to go to and can't wait for the date, but the invitation says you
have to wear brown shoes. Well, you don't like brown shoes and don't
see why you can't do what you want and wear purple ones. Are you
willing to forego the party just for that?
I know this isn't my best quality work,
but hopefully you can see the long tailed hummingbird on the flower.
We continue to pray
about how we can get involved here in the local and school community to
serve God and are looking forward to all He has in store for us. We are
headed to Bolivia for part of December to renew relationships there and
see what type of work is going on with some missionaries we have been
put in contact with. We continue to pray for everyone there and
here about the economy and ferverently pray that the president will
realize that needs to be the focus of our government as it will resolve
many other problems and concerns. If businesses are brought back to the
United States and imports are controlled, people will have jobs and our
country will prosper, not China. I don't wish ill for them, but my
heart and prayers are for Americans.
Cathy and Steve
Prayer Requests and
- continued development of Steve's teaching career and finishing
his college degree
- for Tonya in Chimburlo as she leads the new mission outreach
- for continued influence and lives change from the Ecuador mission trip
- building of relationships with those that are searching for spiritual
- good groups of students in our classes and new teachers to work with
- jobs for another year
- the news of cancer-free for my Aunt Annette
- new teachers accepting the invitation to attend church here with us
- continued fruit in the lives of our mission team members