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Carolyn Price prayer letter

This morning as I started this letter, I wrote:  “Dear paying friends.”  I caught the mistake right away, and as I corrected it, I couldn’t help but smile and think that there is a grain of truth in it.  Many of you have “paid” a price to be my friend, praying for me, loving me from afar, and not forgetting me though I am “out of sight” for years at a time.  I’m not even sure how to adequately thank you, but I do hope you know that I am indeed grateful.  I think some of the best words a missionary can hear are:  “I’m praying for you.”

I am happy to inform everyone that I am finally living in my apartment – after three long years in one room!  It is very nice – with tons of room – and such a blessing to me that I don’t even know how to put it into words.  My son-in-law worked so hard to make it comfortable.  He also found deals left and right so that we could do more than I would have ever dreamed possible.  Because of the extra room, and the ability to now organize, I was able to finish various lessons last week. 

This brings me to three prayer requests in regards to my ministry:
Request #1:  I have been asked to help with lessons for the Sunday night classes in our church here in Santa Cruz.  I found a series of lessons online, but they only have one graphic for each lesson.  My goal is to add additional graphics to each one.  (This is necessary for the age groups that will be taught.)  At this point, I have 27 lessons done and ready to be used.  There are 325 lessons in all, and though this is not a difficult project, it is time consuming as there are some lessons that do not have many pictures available. Sometimes I have to combine graphics to make them useable.  These lessons are also being used in Sucre, so please pray for Celia, Rubi, and the teachers in Sucre as they use these materials to teach children the Word of God!  And yes, I continue working on Project “Paidion.”  I will also be helping with the Wednesday night classes.  We are going to be putting together a series of lessons about the adventures of Alfredo, a little penguin who learns many lessons from the book of Proverbs.  Mariana teaches this class!  Please pray for her, too.  Missionary Sharon Wiebe is doing a tremendous job coordinating all the classes.  It is such a blessing to me to be part of such a team.

Request #2:  In a couple of hours, I will be traveling to Mairana with two of the ladies from my church.  I will be teaching at a ladies’ retreat that is being run by Missionary Stephanie DeVall.  The theme this year has to do with trusting God.  There is a saying that to teach is to learn twice. I have been greatly challenged as I have prepared this material.  Please pray that I can be a blessing.  Years ago, while in a Bible conference at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, I was given a small card that said, “It’s not about me; It’s about Him.”  My desire is for Him to be glorified and my prayer is that the ladies will go away from the retreat with a greater knowledge of our Heavenly Father who is more than worthy of our trust and confidence.  Please pray for Stephanie.  She always does a wonderful job!

Request #3:  I have also been asked to teach at the end of July at a retreat in Tarija.  I am still waiting on more information, but if I understood correctly, it is for women who are older. They would like me to adapt the material I teach on how to work in Sunday school.  The pastor who talked with me said that he wanted to challenge the ladies that we can all serve the Lord – at any age!  Since, I turn 60 this year, (I can’t believe I just wrote that!), I suppose I have enough years to be able to tell them it is indeed possible. That made me smile! When I return from Mairana, I will begin preparing the material.

Well, that is all for now.  I do not have more time this morning, but in my next letter, I’ll try to include a couple of pictures of my apartment as well as from the retreat. 

God bless you all, Your “grateful” friend in Bolivia,
Carolyn Price
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:  God never promises that we will not face any storms, but He does promise to be with us in the midst of the storm!

Emergency prayer request from Carolyn Price

Today one of the believers in our church will be having major surgery at 3:00 p.m. (Bolivian time) on a tumor on his brain. I was told by his wife last night in church that the doctors have said the surgery will last 8 hours or more. Bro. Chiqui has been told that without the surgery he has very little time left because of the rapid growth of the tumor. This is going to be a very dangerous surgery and he could be paralyzed afterwards. There are no guarantees. I told his wife Nora that I would write and ask people to pray. I do indeed have some wonderful people praying for me here. (She got teary eyed when I told her about you!) Thank you ahead of time for your prayers for Chiqui and his family.
Please pray for wisdom for the doctor – and great stamina – as 8 hours is a long time. Please also pray for Nora as she is pregnant. This has been especially difficult for her. Bro. Chiqui is calm knowing that his life is in God’s hands, but I know he would also appreciate your prayers. I probably won’t know anything until tomorrow, so will try to write then.
God bless you all…
Carolyn

Missionary Carolyn Price to “praying friends”

I have finally recovered from the time I spent in Mairana interpreting for the Medical team from the States that was here for a week. I had the privilege of interpreting for a dentist and his wife who had wonderful spirits and strived to do the best possible under circumstances that were at best quite challenging. I think the thing I appreciated the most was when Dr. John told me that he tries to see each of his patients as if “Jesus is in the chair.” I renewed an “old” friendship (that’s you Chris) and made two new friends from the time I spent helping out in the kitchen (that’s you, Connie and Pat). The whole team saw MANY, MANY people. Many professions of faith were made and the pastors and missionaries in the places we attended will have much visiting and work to do for months to come.

I was supposed to have gone to Vallegrande this week, but my laptop has…well, I’m not real sure what to say it has done. It hasn’t exactly died, but it has some major issues. As soon as my support arrives, I plan on taking it to the computer doctor (a local pastor who performs miracles on electronical stuff!) I am told it can be fixed, though it will be like starting all over again with having to download any programs that I have been using. I’m just thankful that there is hope! Anyway, as soon as that is done, I’ll be off to Vallegrande to hopefully finish up the last parts of our first CD for Project Paidion. I know I’ve said this before, but it seems like something has always come up to keep me from going to Vallegrande (where those who correct my Spanish live.) Though I had hoped to be finished by now, at least additional lessons have been added. Marisol (the pastor’s wife in Vallegrande) and I would also like to work on a seminar that will help teach others how to prepare their own lessons. There are materials available in Spanish, but most are so expensive that the smaller churches and pastors cannot afford them. Many of you have probably heard the following: “If a man is hungry and you give him a fish, he gets to eat but one time. If you teach him to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.” This is why Marisol and I have talked about teaching others to prepare their own lessons. Most people think they cannot write their own lesson because they have never had to it. Perhaps through this God will rise up a team of writers – those who already know Spanish and do not need someone to correct it – and we could make materials available on a regular basis. Thank you so much to those who have been praying for this project.

Rene’s mother is visiting for a time in Santa Cruz and may be moving permanently here with her daughter sometime in the beginning of next year. While I am in Vallegrande, it will be a good time for her to get to know her grandchildren and be a part of their lives. She has been attending church with us. Victoria has heard the gospel off and on for many years now. Please pray that God will speak to her heart and she will finally surrender to Him.

The construction on my apartment is going well. The roof is on! If you knew how many leaks we had before the roof on the second floor was put on, you’d know how nice it was to listen to the rain this morning and not have one drop fall! (I used to sleep with a towel on my bed when it rained – there was no place I could place the bed where it wouldn’t get wet!) 🙂 Rafahel tells me I should be able to move in by the end of December. Wouldn’t that be a nice Christmas present?

Before I close, I’d like to ask prayer for a dear friend of mine. Cindy Hershey has been my friend for so long that I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t my friend. She has served faithfully in Mexico for many years now. She has cancer and has really struggled with the chemotherapy. She is having major surgery today and I know she would appreciate your prayers for her. Not only for the surgery, but also for recovery and the outcome.

May God bless each and every one of you,
Your sister in Christ in Bolivia,
Carolyn Price
Proverbs 25:25

Quote for the week: “I would rather inspire people through my struggles than my strengths because it’s not about me; it’s about Christ in me.” Cindy Hershey 8/8/14

Missionary Carolyn Price

I’m including an email prayer update from Sharon Wiebe concerning the orphanage where my daughter works. Two girls (sisters), who had been removed from several homes in the past because of rebellion, have been causing many problems over the past few months since being placed at Megumi under false pretenses (Rene was not told of their previous situations). Not only have they been rebellious at school, but in the home as well. Now they have told many lies, to people who, Rene has been told, cause problems wherever they go. Instead of going into everything, I’ll just let Sharon’s letter explain. My daughter is devastated, but it was a blessing to me to see most of the girls from the home rally around my daughter last night – hugging her, wiping away her tears, and reassuring her of how much they love their “mom.” The same girls came this morning at 6:00 a.m. and we joined hands upstairs (in what will be my apartment) and prayed together for the situation, for strength, grace and wisdom for my daughter, and we asked also that some how, some way, God be glorified through all of this. I would like to add a prayer request.

Would you please pray that those who are in charge from the Prefectura (governor’s office or maybe mayor’s office) will come and make their investigations when the other girls are there so that they can hear the “other side of the story”? These ladies have only talked to the two girls who are causing all the problems because the others are in school at the time. I think if they could just see the rest of the girls, see how well balanced they are, the young women they are becoming, it would make all the difference in the world.

Thank you for upholding Megumi at this time,
Carolyn

From Sharon Wiebe, missionary and director of the Megumi Orphanage:
Our Praise
We are at the tail end of a beautification project at Megumi. We are so thankful for the CLAIM team that has come from Canada to work at Megumi. They have been painting, varnishing and fixing since last week and the place looks beautiful. They even cut a window from the office into the dining room! One of the team members has been making curtains for the kitchen and dining room. Everything will look so fresh and clean and the girls will have more privacy from the road.

Our Prayer
Many of you will remember the visit that we received from the Prefectura a number of months ago. That visit began an investigative process of the treatment that the girls receive at Megumi. Rene has been diligent doing all the paperwork and has visited the Prefectura a number of times since then because of the accusations. She has received only encouragement and praise for how the girls are being raised at Megumi. In the back of our minds we continued to pray for the “investigation” but honestly thought all of that was behind us.

Yesterday as the CLAIM team was finishing up for the day, we received the promised second visit from the same group of professionals from the prefectura that made the accusations of child abuse. (a psychologist, social worker, doctor etc) They came in the afternoon when most of the girls are at school and spoke only to the two girls that we have desperately been trying to have removed from Megumi. Of course, this social worker and psychologist know nothing about the situation of these two girls, why they were placed in Megumi and the conversations that Rene has been having with the social worker and psychologist who have been working their case.

The investigative process has now moved to the second stage. The team from the Prefectura has upgraded the accusations and is turning everything over to the Defensoria de la Niñez (the ministry of Chidren’s Defense). We are now expecting a visit from the Defensoria de la Niñez at any time. Instead of getting better, this situation has gotten more complicated and more serious. I am trying very hard not to overreact but I really cannot stress enough how much Megumi needs your prayer right now.

And again as last time, this group of professionals has come to the home, they make their accusations and we may not hear anything for a month or two. They say to expect the next visit today – that may or may not happen. As papers get shuffled around in the Prefectura, these things may take more time than we think but that doesn’t mean it’s going away. I ask you to please pray for two things.

#1. That Rafahel and Rene would have peace and calm and wisdom as they seek solutions.

#2. That the truth would come to light. I am flabbergasted to think of the damage that two little girls can do to ten years of ministry by lying and twisting the truth. I do understand that when children complain of mistreatment, adults should listen. My prayer, though, is that what is actually true will come to light.

God bless you all.
Thank you for standing with us.
God is big enough!!

Sharon

Psalm 46:1,2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Corolyn Price teaching teachers tomorrow

Dear praying friends, 1 August 2014 “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” Matthew 18:5
The pictures on the next page were taken while I was in Tarija teaching a seminar for Sunday School workers. It was very cold the entire week, but in spite of that, we had a wonderful turn out with over 30 attending each night.
I had a wonderful time getting to know Pastor Natanael, his wife Soledad and their two children. They were great hosts, taking me every day to different places in and around Tarija. Of course, the best part was the time spent each night with those attending the course. Thank you for praying for these classes.
This coming Sunday, I will begin teaching at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Santa Cruz. We will be doing the classes a bit different this time, meeting every Sunday in the afternoon. I am told that we will have 22 students. Please pray for this class as well.

I am not sure how many of you are aware, but plans have been in the making for the past three years to build housing for me here in Santa Cruz. When I returned to Bolivia in 2011, I brought money with me that I had taken out of my savings to build an apartment when I moved to Santa Cruz from Sucre. However, once I arrived in Santa Cruz, I made the decision to use the money to help Rene and Rafahel do some much needed work on their home instead. Now, after three years, we are ready to begin the building of my apartment on the second floor, thereby taking care of the problem they have had with their level roof. (It poured inside as well as outside during the rainy season!) Two days ago, many of the materials that will be needed were delivered and so the work has started. Most of the work will be done my son-in-law and his uncle. I am not sure how long it will take, but I have to admit I am excited. I’ll keep you informed as the apartment progresses. God has been so very good to me.
May God bless you all,
Your sister in Christ in Bolivia, Carolyn