the first floor completed, they now have a place to meet inside out of
the weather and to invite more people to attend. We will be heading to
Ecuador next week to check in on the projects and see what we can do to
help further. Your prayers and any financial support are always a
blessing and an encouragement!
As we finish our first year here in Armenia, we are getting ready to
start an English Bible study through the church here. Hopefully that
will give us more opportunities to reach out to those at work and those
just wanting to practice their English that will get exposed to the
Word. We are also helping out with community outreach with supplies and
support to some of the poor barrios near the church.
Many people have commented on the cookies that we bake for various
occasions, and so we are going to teach a group of local women as they
want to sell them to help to make money to support their families. Who
would have thought the chocolate chip cookie could change people's
One message that I heard recently that really impacted me was the idea
of "constructing a cathedral in time." The idea is to create your own
space where you worship, rest, and work on your relationship with God
that is where you are. You don't have to go to a special building or
build a beautiful church to have that special place. It's like having a
time capsule or bubble that you put yourself in to get away from the
life around you and just be with God.
You never know what purpose God has for you in a place, but it's
interesting to hear people in our Bible study say that we are not at
all what their opinion of Americans is. If I teach my students any one
lesson that sticks, I hope it is the one that you can't make
generalizations; you need to let the individual speak for themselves,
and hopefully present a good image that will reflect well on their
particular group. If any country needs that philosophy it is Colombia
which always gets the bad rap as a drug dealing, guerilla-infested
danger zone; live here or visit here for even a short period of time
and you'll see how far that is from the truth. I would vote for
President Uribe to be the next president of The United States over any
of the current candidates because he really cares about his country and
works to make it a better place for everyone.
Next month should bring new information and news about current and new
projects that God will allow us to be a part of this year!
Steve and Cathy