February/March News
There is always a new bird flying around somewhere here in Colombia!

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 foreign missions around the world:
1) Cusco, Peru - Romulo Tupa - Local Missionary; Lima, Peru - Pace family and their school
2) Guayllabamba, Ecuador - Tulcanza Family - Local Missionary Church with three 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


We are getting prepared for our mission trip in July to Ecuador. Our plan is to participate and help with several events at two different locations. Our main focus will be serving, especially with the Opcion de Vida program with the children at risk that are living in the streets. We will be there July 4-11.

Just in case you were wondering what we do at school for fun, a couple pictures
from cultural week should give you a good idea!

Monthly News

You have to make the decision about which direction your life with take with the life God has given you.
 You can choose to be in the world but not of the world
 and not let the ways of the world influence your decisions instead of God.

  This week it seemed the "tests" were hard for all. Everyone around us had an abundance of confrontation and conflict and a difficult time finding patience, making it hard to live like the Christ-like example we want to be. Still, we have to remember to give thanks and adoration to God for the good and the bad times and struggles because really we grow spiritually and closer to God through our troubles than our successes. 

We know that God's plans for us are always going to be better than ours, but we still get frustrated when we make plans we think are good and it all seems to fall apart. The important thing to remember is to not lose faith and continue with what you know to be good and God will fill in the blanks. If you play the "what if" game, all you'll do is get more frustrated and depressed and that only gives Satan a foothold to bring you down more.

Every day we are given here on this earth is another chance to do it right, so I am thankful that God has seen fit to keep giving me second chances. I think it is a reminder that He is in charge and to remind us that He is number one in our lives. I have seen too often what happens if you put your spouse or children or job in front of God's best interests for you, and as the saying goes, "Pride comes before the fall," and the first time you say, "Never, not me," will be the invitation for Satan to see what he can do. God has promised to never leave you or forsake you, but like a good parent, He will let you learn the hard way from your own mistakes.

If you want God to be a part of your life and guide you, you need to make Him a part of it and get His attention daily; the best way - prayer and just talking with Him. I heard over and over as a child in the Catholic church that I was not worthy, but then none of us are because we are sinners. That doesn't mean that God doesn't want a personal relationship directly with me. Why would I pray to a saint, or the Virgin Mary, or a priest -- even though they were chosen or chose to have a different relationship with God, are still only human like me ---when I can go directly to the source? That's like telling my sister to ask my dad if he will go to the movies with me; I can ask him myself a lot easier.

So as we head into spring -- though always summer here! -- try to take a better than Job attitude that regardless of the situation, you will praise Him and wait on Him with patience and anticipation of the great things He has in store for you.

Cathy and Steve

P.S. - sorry for the lack of pictures! We haven't been anywhere lately due to tightening our finances. I have to wait for the scenes to come to our neighborhood!

Prayer Requests and Praises

the job situation for ourselves and others in the same situation
The new mission church in Chimburlo that is reaching out to a community that is ready to listen!
   Our mission trip in July for the opportunity to bless and be blessed sharing God's message

   Patience to wait on God's timing

No health issues

  Opportunities to share with my students in class about Christ

Continued safety living here in Colombia

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