Saturday, May 6, 2017

Because He lives!!

"He is not here, he is risen, as he said."
Matthew 28:6a

The month of April was filled with celebrations of the resurrection of our Savior. The kids from church in La Ceiba spent a Saturday at the foundation making kites with Laideth and Sait. Unfortunately only one kite flew. It is very traditional for the kids to make and fly kites during Holy week, they also enjoy going to the river during their week off from school. Enjoy the pictures. 

Easter Sunday was a day full of celebration! The music ministry team practiced several hymns and choruses for the church services, we then sang them with someone playing piano. I read a poem about what Jesus did for us on the cross. Sunday morning at 6:30 we had a service in Puerto Ordaz followed by a breakfast together. Then we were off to La Ceiba to celebrate there with a service and fresh fruit. The pictures below are both in La Ceiba; Laideth reading the bible with Leo, the music team singing "He lives" acapella. 

 After Easter it was time for me to leave for my visa work again. Time sure does fly when you are having fun! This time God opened doors and I was able to visit two different missionary families in Ecuador. After 30 hours of travel (3 airplanes, a bus and a car) I arrived in Loja, Ecuador at the home of Murray and Sheryl Greenwood (missionaries with SIM). Murray is a pediatrician at a clinic and together the couple disciples and encourages the believers in their church. Two days I helped and observed at the clinic, seeing the kids was a highlight! I also got to see the drama team they disciple on Sunday nights, it was so fun!!  My time with them was very encouraging and refreshing. Loja is up in the mountains so it was much colder than I am use to in Venezuela. 

Next I was off on another bus to Santo Domingo, Ecuador to visit Andrea and Vlady's family. Andrea is sister-in-law to my friend Lizzie Gardiner in England, we met last October at the wedding I was in. Andrea is also a doctor and serves the kids in her community by helping them with school supplies (we handed these out while I was there) and other medical needs. Andrea is also homeschooling her sweet little girls, Tamara (8) and Emily (6). Most of my time we spent playing with them and doing homeschool. Emily saw to it that I did my "school work" too ;) They live on a farm and have a river on their land, we spent many evenings enjoying time swimming. Vlady is a flower farmer and is currently building a retreat center on their land. They are a lovely and busy family! 

Praising God for His continued protection and seeing His working hand in other parts of the world! 

Prayer requests: 

  • Safety/wisdom 
  • Health for Luz and Ana (my teachers)
  • Learning and continued improvement in giving classes
  • That all the kids from church will grow both physically and spiritually 
  • Ishmael - minor infection in his leg, healing, praise that we were able to find the medications he needed!! God is good. 
  • Venezuela - God is in control, that the people would be open to His call and trust fully in Him. 
Thank you so much for you love, encouragement, prayers and support!! 

Serving with: 
Fellowship International Mission (FIM) 
555 S 24th St
Allentown, PA 18104