October News

Fall in Armenia is all about orchids and festivals!

"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge
 of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness." 2 Peter:3

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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 mission projects around the world:

1) 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

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    Armenia Days include several parades like the Jipao.
 They are old Willy's Jeeps from the 1960s that are still used
          to haul all kinds of stuff.


  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.

Monthly News

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 http://carpwiki.wikispaces.com/Bilingual_Conference_Information.

There was also an orchid exposition and my favorites
are the ones that look like funny faces!

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 participants.

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 as well.

  The jeep on the right you actually could see any given day
hauling plantains to the market

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!


You have to wonder how they don't just tip over!
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 time.


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.

Sorry 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 field.

Cathy and Steve Carpenter

Prayer Requests and Praises

I'm sure they have an official name - I call them fuzzy bells!

    - continued good health
    - 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
- For 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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