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 mission projects around the world:
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
the coffee is getting into the spirit with festive red and green beans.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The toucans are one of my
favorites, though elusive!
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
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
- a new airline into our city that is reasonable and convenient
- building good relationships with teachers at our school
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