There were not as many tears as I expected as I shared the news with the family. “Papa will be traveling to the USA for a month to look for people who can help us.” In the past when I have told my 5 children I will be traveling the overall mood has been one of sadness; but this time they seemed to understand. It is the longest trip I have ever taken, but their response is a testimony that we are doing the right thing. So why am I spending so much time away from my family and the ministry? Because things are growing.
For the most part, my kids’ growth is gradual. Every once in a while, though, they have a growth spurt. Literally, they grow a few inches overnight. When that happens we have to make provision for them. We buy new shoes, new clothes, etc. because they outgrow what they have.
We are seeing that same type of growth in the ministry here in Bolivia. The kids in the orphanage are getting older and have greater needs. The Christian school is growing in its impact in the community and has more and more needs. The church is strengthening in leadership. As we look at the opportunities to help leaders in 2014 we see a vast amount of new doors opening. It is an exciting time f or our family and ministry, but at the same time it is a scary one. We know if we do not have more people partnering with us we will not be able to make it.
During the month of April I will be in 9 cities throughout the US sharing the vision of what we do in Bolivia. My hope is to connect with people who have the heart to help. I might be coming to your area. Check with me so we can connect. Also, if you would like the see the possibility that I share the vision in your church or with a group of family members or friends, please let me know as well. Most of all, please pray for us as we embark on this journey of faith. If we are able to be successful and reach our goals we will be able to help a lot more people.
Thanks and God Bless you for believing in what we do,
Missionary working in Bolivia