Friday, May 17, 2013

Change, Disruption, and General Craziness

Our life is never dull, that's a fact.  Here's what's going on around our house:

No more classes! Kaylee finished her formal Spanish study at the end of April, officially closing the latest chapter in our long road to tribal ministry!  Anne finished her year of Kindergarten the following day.  Kaylee has a few words and photos at her personal blog: Life of a Missionary Wife.

Packing!  For the last two weeks, we have been slowly sorting and packing our things to get ready to store them for our trip to the US in June.  We're still sorting out the details of how that's all going to work out, but it is coming together.  In the meantime, our house is a shambles:

Planning!  We have a full itinerary for our summer in Bozeman and are trying to work out the details of our move to Urubich√° when we return.  It is coming along slowly, mostly due to the wide variety of options and opinions that we have to work with!  Please pray that God would give us wisdom as we inch forward.

I had the opportunity to give a presentation at our church here about our plans a couple weeks ago:

Civil Unrest!  Please pray for Bolivia right now as the government and workers' unions are having difficulty resolving an issue regarding salary and retirement pensions.  There have been blockades on and off over the last few weeks (including one where miners blew up a bridge west of here), but this week they have started blocking non-stop and things continue to escalate.  Please pray for safety for those involved and that the situation would be resolved peacefully.  If it does not resolve soon, it may affect our travel plans.

This is a local news photo of one of the blockades between us and the city.  Blockading at night is very uncommon, a sure sign of escalation.

Click here for English news article with photo

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Praying for Missionaries

During the past couple of days I have taken the time to read 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. I am so impressed by their reputation. They were obviously a group of believers growing in their faith and with a great love for their brothers and sisters in Christ. What a testimony!

As I was reading I came across two verses that really struck me as great verses for missionaries. In 1st Thessalonians 2:8 Paul says,
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. (NIV, 1984)
Whoa! All I can say is that I pray that we have this same love for the people with whom we share the gospel. To not only desire to share the gospel but to have such a desire to share their lives with them; what an amazing impact Paul must have had in the lives of these people. 

The second verse that really stood out to me was 2nd Thessalonians 3:1,

. . .pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored. . . (NIV, 1984)
I know that this is the desire of all involved in ministry, that the word of God and the truth would spread rapidly. So often it takes so many years to get just a young, struggling church going but our desire is to see so much more. Thankfully we can rest in God's will and trust that He knows best. May the prayer of our hearts be that we honor Him and His word as we live among these people.