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:
Lima, Peru - Pace Ministry - school, church, outreach ministries
2) Guayllabamba, Ecuador - Tulcanza Family - Local Missionary Church
with two outreach locations
3) El Batan Missionary Alliance Church
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
7) Ninos en Riesgo Proejct - El Batan, Quito, Ecuador
Armenia Days include several parades like
They are old Willy's Jeeps from the 1960s that are still used
to haul all kinds of
The idea is to see how
much you can put on a Jeep!
There are several categories:
Moving, food, and different industries
(The dog was in his own category!)
The trick is to get the
balance just right to be able to flip up your
jeep and drive on two wheels up the street! Quite the feat.
As we finish up the first quarter here
at school, the weather is finally getting a little cooler; it's been
uncharacteristically hot and dry, the opposite of Atlanta it seems! I
was able to participate in the first Bilingual Conference held here in
Armenia at the newly built conference center and presented to almost
300 people ideas to help make the classroom more interactive. Feel free
to check out my presentation and links at
There was also an orchid exposition and
are the ones that look like funny
The orchid exposition was really nice;
not as big as Medellin, but as much variety and a lot less pushing and
shoving! They always have some for sale and they are so pretty that I
can't make myself buy one to only end up killing it later!
I liked the jeep with
all the shoes and luggage the best!
Armenia Days were this past week and
the Jipao Parade is a classic event. It is the 22nd year and it all
started as a substitute for another celebration that fell through way
back when. The ranchers and farmers started decorated and filling up
their jeeps with what they sold or farmed and driving in the parade. It
grew each year from 9 to this year where there were about 50
If you've never been to a
orchid show, you'd be amazed
at how many varieties there are.
We are getting ready for our second
Christmas Craft workshop at the church and hothe pe to get more
participation this year from the teachers at school
in hopes of
opportunities to share more with them about other aspects of the church
The jeep on the right you actually could
see any given day
It's been a year since my dad fell out of
the tree and was airlifted to the hospital and he has been blessed with
recovered health and only a few side effects left. We have been blessed
here as well in so many ways and only have God to thank because I know
we haven't done enough to earn them!
hauling plantains to the market
You have to wonder how they don't just tip
They use the Willy's to haul people as well and you'll see 10-15 people
crammed in and hanging off the back going from town to town.
We will be here in Colombia for a couple
weeks at Christmas before we go to Bolivia, so feel free to stop in for
a visit! It is a really great place to be at Christmas time.
We haven't heard from our projects in
Ecuador but will be in contact with them this week and give you an
update next month. We'd love to go in December and do some children's
programs for Christmas, but the finances just don't allow it at this
Prayer Requests and
Many of the orchid
varieties look like little dancing ladies
We are excited about going to Bolivia at Christmas time to to visit the
exchange student we had live with us in high school 30 years ago. She
happens to live in the town where we already had some initial contacts
with missionaries at an orphanage so it will be a great chance to get
to know them better and see their work.
We went to an avocado farm and it
was amazing to see
how many were on one tree. The
farmer said they get
about 200 lbs. a day off the farm.
it took so long to get the October
News out. Steve and I both are continual taking classes online and
always seem to have some assignment due, besides our regular job stuff.
We are looking forward to great things happening the rest of the year
and hopefully more people to partner with us in the foreign mission
Cathy and Steve Carpenter
I'm sure they have an official name - I call them fuzzy bells!
- continued good
- a new airline that starts in Nov. flying directly
from Armenia to the states
- interest in a language group that will hopefully
lead to other relationships
- opportunities to do staff development workshops
and share with more people
- Guidance on
where God wants us
to go from here
- For the Holy Spirit
to continue to move in Chimburlo
the construction in Cheka to continue again; $ for materials
- Not to be swayed by
carrots that dangle in our paths and to stick with the plan
- The health of Steve's dad
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