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,
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!