May News from Colombia

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." MayaAngelou

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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 and pray for mission projects around the world:

1) Cusco, Peru - Romulo Tupa - Local Missionary; Pace Ministry - Lima, Peru
2) Guayllabamba, Ecuador - Tulcanza Family - Local Missionary Church with two outreach locations
3) El Batan Missionary Alliance Church and Ninos en Riesgo program for kids living on the streets
4) Just For Kids Orphanage and Montebello School - Valle de los Chillos, Ecuador
5) Home of Hope - Malawi, Africa, Canadian Missionaries
6) Renee in Pak.

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In Medellin, they have a very developed system of transportation which includes a rail system and cable cars.
You can ride up in two different locations instead of taking the hundreds of stairs that are the other option!

One of the pluses to the city is the inclusion of artwork in various forms throughout the city.
This mural does a great job of incorporating the hillsides of houses into the buildings.

About a two hour drive from Medellin is the rival to Stone Mountain for those that live in Georgia! El Penol is a huge
rock with 649 steps up the side. It affords a great view of a manmade lake system and the mountains nearby.

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Like Lake Lanier in Georgia, these lakes were created by engineers flooding the valley.
 They remind me of the Finger Lakes in New York as well when you look out over them from the top of the rock.

The school year continues on here as we have until June 10th for the end of the 4th quarter. Steve continues to travel and will be in Peru next week. We were both able to travel to Medellin for a few days and see what that city had to offer. It was a lot like Quito in appearance, but much cleaner and the people were very polite and courteous. No one tried to run us over when we crossed the road, and even stopped to let us cross! Not the usual course of action in most South American cities we've been in; it was a nice change.

Always something fun to see at the zoo! We followed the peacock for awhile to get a good shot.

For us, the summer holds a lot of college work as we are both taking some classes to add to our degrees. Steve continues with his education degree,and I'm adding on an instructional technology specialist. The degree actually has some classes I can actually use to help myself and others use technology better in the classroom so I'm looking forward to that.

  Like many cities in South America, there are always a variety of churches to see and visit. Medellin doesn't have the old sections of town like the others, but it is famous for a festival of flowers in August that we are looking forward to seeing. In case you didn't know,Colombia exports a majority of the flowers to the rest of the world; it is a huge industry and the festival showcases all the traditions with the beauty of the flowers.

This church was the first I'd seen that had crypts right inside the church. Some of the
openings had 3-4 names on as the whole family was apparently "inside".

We plan to visit Ecuador in July to continue helping with the construction and growth of two of the mission churches that have grown from the original church in Guayllabamba. We have been able to give about $4,000 so far to help with construction costs and pray that others will be able to partner with us as well to be able to complete the projects. Seeing people come to know God because of something He allowed us to be a part of is the best feeling in the world.

There are always a lot of churches to visit each with their own design and architecture.

It was really interesting to look down on all the neighborhoods that we passed over on the cable cars and to try to create stories of what was happening with the scenes we could see. It's funny to think that the different people in the scenes don't realize how close other people are and what they are doing.

It was a great view from the cable cars of all the life living down below.
You can tell a whole set of stories by looking at all that is going on in the picture!

If you look closely, you can see all the stairs that are going up the hillsides.

For all my friends at Fairplay, I know that the 8th grade dance is coming up and I am sending all my good thoughts your way for a great success! I hope the year has gone well and that every day is a great day at Fairplay! (I can still hear Mr. Beaver saying that each morning on the announcements) You would be amazed at how nice it is to actually have announcements and to at least have an idea of what is going on instead of everything five minutes before the actual event!

This is your local Home Depot home delivery service!  Horses and carts
are popular for hauling all kinds of building products.

The horse and carts are probably the biggest element that reminds you that you are in another country where things are done a little differently. Steve and I paid dearly,about $14.00 a visit, for the opportunity to eat at a Burger King and McDonald's in Medellin, but it was worth it for a burger that actually tasted like hamburger to us! We don't have any of those restaurants where we live and sometimes you just want a taste that you recognize. Now we are back to sandwiches and cheap pizza!

Off the side of the El Penol, the view is very tranquil and you can even see
the similar red Georgia dirt here!

The countryside was a really nice drive as we took a trip through the little towns and hamlets and saw all kinds of vegetables growing on every hillside. It was a change from the coffee and bananas of Armenia to cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, apples, etc. My biggest frustration is that the introduction of Coke Zero here has meant that Diet Coke seems to be being fazzed out as they are the "same thing" in the minds of many. I have never liked the taste of Coke and drink the diet for the taste as well as the calories. It seems like so little to ask in a place where I look forward to traveling for a hamburger!

I thought it was funny all the cans of shoe polish that this shoeshine guy had at his stand!

Our little used car seems to be holding together without any recent problems. I had to take the spare tire to get fixed, again, and the mechanic wanted to make sure it was just the spare because I don't think he had a lot of confidence in it. Now take into account that it only cost me $1.25 to get it fixed but it will probably do the job. Luckily buses run everywhere here so you can always find a way back from wherever you might be and bring someone back to fix your problem. Our back hatch has also locked shut and won't open, which is still better than the opposite, open and won't lock! It's the little challenges that keep our minds alert.

Looking down the stairs about halfway down the walkway, you can kindof get the perspective of all the stairs

I pray that everyone has a good month and continues to search for God's will in their lives, to be able to be all they can for Him in His time and plan. I was reading a verse, Psalm 33:10, which reminded me that I am not in control no matter what I think or try to do! The upside being God knows better than I and always has my best interest at heart.
"The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purpose of the peoples.
 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations."

Prayer Requests and Praises

1 Growth of our small group and several jobs and home sales working out
2. Our health continues to be good without any problems
3. Living expenses and day to day needs met by our jobs
4. Good news from our mission friends in other parts of the world
5. Peace about our decisions - handling the new challenges in our financial support

1. People to partner with us to support our church building mission in Ecuador financially
2. Steve's job to smooth out -- continued opportunities for growth and sharing
3. Church plants in Ecuador to continue -- more people and new groups started
4. The Bible Institute in Guayllabamba - training leaders to go out into the field; resources for them
5. Direction for the summer and where God wants us to direct our efforts
6. To understand the level of sacrifice God asks of us and to see His vision

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