Holiday News

May the joy of Christ be with you this holiday season
and the celebration of our Savior's birth give you
joy and happiness in His free gift of salvation to those
that place their faith in Him!

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo

The toucan wears his green for the holidays!

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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 mission projects around the world:
1) Cusco, Peru - Romulo Tupa - Local Missionary
2) Guayllabamba, Ecuador - Tulcanaza Family - Local Missionary Church with two outreach locations - Chimburlo and Cheka
3) El Batan Missionary Alliance Church - Ninos en Riesgo program for the street kids
4) Just For Kids Orphanage - Valle de los Chillos, Ecuador
5) Missionaries and mission trips that God plants in our hearts
6) Lima, Peru - The Pace Family, Victor in seminary school

Even the coffee is getting into the spirit with festive red and green beans.

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Getting ready as night falls on the streets
As the Christmas season approaches, everywhere in Colombia is covered
and decorated in lights. Quimbaya is the most famous location to see the neighborhoods lit up with luminaries.

Every neighborhood comes up with its own design.
Most are based on a story or theme around the Virgin Mary

as the area is predominantly Catholic.


  All the luminaries are made by hand out of different papers.

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Can you see the picture in the picture?
(Look carefully and you should see a toucan.)

I don't know where the fall went, but here it seems to be almost Christmas before I've gotten any news together! I completed my Specialist degree in Instructional Technology this month and Steve is in the home stretch of his education degree; eventually one day we won't have to carve out time for college work in every day!


Where else can you see Crayola bamboo other than Colombia?

We will be traveling around Colombia for the next couple weeks of before we go to Bolivia for the New Year. We are visiting Lily, the girl that was an exchange student in our house back in high school in 1979. We had lost contact but thanks to the wonder of the internet, found each other again.

The toucans are one of my favorites, though elusive!

As I was thinking about the holiday season, I was reminded that we are often told not to forget about Christ  during this time. I think the problem isn't remembering Christ at Christmas, but the other 364 days of the year. The holidays give us constant reminders as we see nativities and participate in church celebrations, but the rest of the year we often get busy and don't make the time we need to talk to God. I think that is the message we need to take away from Christmas: keep the warmth and closeness of God's love all year.

You can see from the picture how multiple candles are used to light the luminaries. Unfortunately that also leads to fire sometimes and you'll see several go up in flames in any given night; usually just the small ones though.

The land of perpetual summer continues as the flowers
constantly bloom and the birds build nests all year round.

  Remember that wherever you are or wherever you travel this holiday season, let people see God's love through you and your actions.

  His love came down at Christmas time...share it.
Cathy and Steve

Prayer Requests and Praises

We call him Rainbow Bird and very rarely get to see him
so it was a treat this morning. Thanks to God!

- funds for the projects of the Pace Ministry in Peru
- Steve and his college courses to continue smoothly

- new opportunities to work for God throughout the world
- Tonya and the kids in Chimburlo, for that ministry to grow
- the new location to work out for the Ninos en Riesgo program in Quito so they can grow and expand
- our country and its leaders

- continued good health
- finding a friend after 30 years and a chance to continue that relationship
- a new airline into our city that is reasonable and convenient
- building good relationships with teachers at our school

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