Archive for the ‘Prayer Requests’ Category

These are not in chronological order but it will have to do on my time crunch I am in right now. These pix are from April – June. Enjoy!

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We have a multi-colored calendar on our wall to keep track of the people that are coming and going and detailed list of arrival and departure information. From March 26 – today we have had a total of 45 people in and out of our house(s). Right after our March short-term team and a day before the arrival of the Cordoba, Argentina Church Plant team we moved into a new home (#6 in 4 years). The team stayed in the old house and our family, 2 short-termers, my mom and other long-term team members of Extreme stayed in the new house. While the team was in training the two short-termers we had worked on projects to prepare the new house for the Antofagasta, Chile Church Plant team we will be having in Oct. Our Training and Logistics Coordinator, Sandra Villa has also been staying with us with her mom. She fell a few days after the Cordoba team arrived and broke her hip. She is recovering in our home as Sandra works on her practicum for the university. After the Cordoba team left we had 2 weeks to recover before we hosted the Extreme Board. After they left, we had 6 days before we received a group for the 40 Days Experience; they will be here for two weeks. In less than a week, we head out for a working vacation to the States. It has been 2 years since we have been back. We were waiting on the adoption of our son during our typical travel time last year. Ferley and Wellington are so excited to go and are counting the days. We plan to take things a little slower and focus on time connecting with family. If you would like to see more photos you can see them here on our family blog www.hotelcork.wordpress.com. We are in need of raising more funds while we are home, but our family time/connection is taking priority since Ferley still hasn’t met his whole family. If God is leading you to help, you can support us through this link www.extremenazarene.org/cork.

Thank you for all your support both prayerfully and financially. We have been truly humbled by your “being the body of Christ.”

Prayer requests:
God’s protection over us during our travels.
Ferley to bond with his new family, even if they don’t speak Spanish.
God to use us however He sees fits.
Enough time so we can finish the repairs and the new roof on our home in Missoula before the next renters come in.

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Since our last blog we have gone through a lot of change and continue to do so. Our whole family traveled to Bogota, Colombia on Dec 22 to pick up our son, we stayed three days and flew back to Cali on Christmas Eve. We got to spend our first few days as a family taking care of paper work and doing some exploration of Bogota together. It was a blessing to receive our son during a time when we could shut down work responsibilities and just concentrate on our family although this was not reality of real life which we had to explain to our new son.

The adaptation and integration into the family has not been easy, but we are grateful to be on this journey. We have been dealing with some pretty severe behavioral issues which were non-existent while he was at the foundation. We had a visit from two psychologists from Bogota last week, they did a session with Ferley and a lot of work with us. We learned so much about some of his behaviors and what is really behind them (not what it looks like on the surface). We have made huge strides since their visit and are so thankful for the support we have received. The finalization of the adoption should be taking place within the next few weeks. I look forward to posting great pictures I have with Ferley’s smiling face after it is official. Vincent or I will travel to Bogota with Ferley to sign the final papers with the judge, change his name on his ID and birth certificate, apply for his Colombian passport, and take Ferley to see the US Embassy physician to prepare for his naturalization process that begins once he touches US soil. Speaking of US soil, below are the dates of our tentative trip to the US as well as a list of the events and hosting/training we will be doing over the next six months. We are so thankful that God has given us a few months as a family with a few overnight visitors here and there to bond as a family before the busy months come.

SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT 6 MONTHS

Feb ?? — Vincent or Alyson and Ferley traveling to Bogota to finalize adoption

March 18 – 20 — Vincent attending Men’s Conference in Cali

March 31 – April 13 — Hosting a short term project several from our home town of Missoula, MT

April 21 – May 21 — Training the Cordoba, Argentina Church Planting Team

June 6 – 9 — Hosting a portion of the Extreme Board’s Vision Tour

June 14 – 21 — Hosting the first week of 40 Days Experience

July — Travel to the US for 5-6 weeks

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray that Ferley finds his place in our family where he feels safe, secure, loved and that this is permanent.
  • Pray for Wellington as he adjusts to this big change. He looks up to his big brother and wants to do what he does, but Ferley is not always making the best choices for lack of knowing better.

PARTNERING WITH US

  • Through Extreme, we have a new way to receive support through partners through the donation of material items. You can find out more details at this link.  www.extremenazarene.org/donatestuff
  • We are in need of an iPhone 5 if any of you upgraded over the holidays or were gifted a new phone you could donate your old one directly to us (not through the link above).

 

 

 

 

Transition

Posted: November 27, 2014 in Adoption, Life in Cali, Prayer Requests, preparations

Our family is in a state of transition right now. We had been approved to live month by month in the last house after our contract ended on Nov 15, with the agreement that we would have 30 days notice to move if they sold the house. If not, we said we could stay at least until Feb 2015. Perhaps that day or shortly after, the house sold. Because of some miscommunications, we received the official news our last day was Nov 17, leaving only three weeks to pack and move… to where, we didn’t know. (As you continue reading, to truly understand God’s working in our lives… try to look at it through the perspective of 2 people packing for 20 and having very specific restrictions on size, layout, and location of the future housing.) We started packing right away and lived in the state of boxes for the remainder of our time, taking everything from the four floors and moving it to the first to aide in loading the truck. In the midst of all the packing, we did some final searching for houses to make sure we had the best option possible for the ministry. We were approved to rent one, but had our reservations due to the price and their inflexibility to shorten the contract. So we continued the search. Days before the move we were still looking. We came to the point of asking our friends if we could move in with them for a bit to give us more time to make a decision. They had offered earlier but we didn’t think it would be needed at the time. Our friend’s husband left for Ecuador to work for a month a week before we had to move. His time away was delayed by several weeks. I believe this was all in God’s timing to work all for good in being here to help our friend with her two kiddos. Wellington is on cloud nine living with his two best friends. This has had a reversed effect on our relationship in that we are together all week so we try to do things independently over the weekends to give the kids some time apart.

The BIG project of the construction of the Extreme Center Cali (ECC) is still in progress. At one point we thought it would not happen but continued in our faith in what God has called us to. There was a change and we are moving forward with working on the plans with all those involved. We do not have a green light yet, but we are closer than we have been before.

The day before the moving truck arrived, we found a place. Vincent looked at it and then returned with me. We wanted to meet with the owner face to face to discuss some options and things we needed to do to make the place work for us and he couldn’t meet us until after loading the truck. We found a mini-warehouse to store our belongings for the time being. After talking with Luis Fernando face to face for a few minutes he was ready to hand over the keys, discount the rent, give us two weeks rent free, and a six-month contract without any co-signers (what Colombia does instead of credit checks and deposits). He felt bad he did not talk to us the day before so we could have moved there directly. However, it is all working out, the house is very dirty and needs a lot of work having been vacant for 1 to 2 years. We are working to get the kitchen done, clean the living room and clean one bathroom that is 100% functional before we move our items in. Our goal is to move our stuff in the weekend of Thanksgiving. In my next post I will share more about the house God has provided us.

Adoption update: We are in the final stretch. Making calculations with our agency and all those involved we think we may be in Bogota, Colombia for our week long integration with our son the week prior to or the week of Christmas. We may be in a hotel for Christmas but at least we will be together as a family. The adoption will more than likely not be completed and official until sometime in January. Our son’s preparation for adoption began just a few days ago and he is excited.

Upcoming items and prayer requests:

Nov 30 – move into our new temporary home (5th home in 3 1/2 years in Cali). Hoping the next one will be the final one where we will stay for our remaining time in Cali.

Dec 6 -9 – We are hosting a Pastoral couple from Brazil for an interview for the next church plant. Brian Tibbs, CEO of Extreme will be joining them here in Cali.

Dec 15 or 22 – Tentative week long integration with our son in Bogota. We need to renew Wellington’s passport while we are there as it expires Jan 2015.

Dec 28 – 30ish – Receiving visitors. On of our high school friends and his wife (from Colombia) will be visiting us for a few days. We are so looking forward to this reunion. It has been a long time.

Jan 19th-ish – Trip to Quito, Ecuador for leadership meetings. Pending adoption status. Pray that the adoption finalizes as we cannot take our new son out of the country until the adoption is complete. The wait for the judicial system can be lengthy and there are frequent strikes.

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So much has happened since our last post at the end of Aug. Wellington began skating classes and enjoys another opportunity to spend time with kids his age and older. With tremendous help from our friends managing our home rental in Missoula, MT we have new renters and it was a smooth transition. More dear friends helped out on the maintenance of the deck in our backyard which was in great need of some care.

We continued the search for a new location to live and host church plant teams and we have not found anything that is a good fit except for this frame of a building which is the Cali’s Nazarene district center. Vincent has been extremely occupied drawing out multiple floor plans. He would show them to me; I would suggest some changes and he would have a few more ideas… he would draw a few more. We then went to the site to visualize what it would really look like. He has been working with architects to have professional plans drawn and is waiting on quotes for the project. After he has all these pieces put together he will be presenting the project to the local leaders in charge of this building. There was a Work and Witness team that worked on it in the early 2000’s that put in a floor and built four walls. We also had several short term teams work on this building as well. God is so good as the original plan when we arrived in Cali was to finish this building to house the short term teams we were receiving. It didn’t work out at that time but God knew what He was doing (as He always does). Everything our teams worked on has the potential to be have preparations for the future Extreme Center Cali (ECC). Hopefully next month’s post will have news on the green light to start the project. Once  we have that we will be looking for some specialized people to come help with the construction Feb – April 2015. Interested? A huge blessing we have received is the approval to stay in our existing home at least until Feb or until they sell it, which ever is first. This eliminates extra expenses in moving twice (temp house and then the new building) and the complications of changing our address in the middle of the adoption process.

We hosted a team of 10 for the 8th annual International Master’s Plan Convention the end of Sept with Pastors and leaders from, CO, KS, CA, AZ, FL, and Ecuador. They were a great and dynamic group. During the week, Vincent and those attending from Ecuador (part of Extreme) were able to present Extreme to the internationals attending the convention. We hosted the 3 Chileans for lunch one day to share more with them about Extreme coming to their country. We were also honored to have Dr. Jerry Porter and his wife accept our lunch invitation one afternoon during the convention. He loves what Extreme is doing and it was great to share with him specifically about what our role is in Cali. Our guests arrived as we were all getting over difficult colds and right in the middle of their stay I got the body aches and a fever but continued to push through and provide meals for the team. I missed the big evangelistic event as I still had the fever. A few days later, Wellington got the same yuck. He stayed home from school for 3 days. He would have fevers at night and waves of feeling better and worse. Due to the team and the sicknesses we were behind in our electronic work. Wellington finished out the week going to school for 2 days and then following week was a vacation week. We all needed a little recuperation so we took a day trip to the nearby town of Popayan and got away for the 3 day weekend in the mountains. Vincent still did some work but we were forced to get some true relaxation with the power out for 24 hours after a big thunderstorm.

We are full fledged this week back to our normal routine, playing some catch up. I am busy with Brian’s schedule as he is doing a lot of traveling and Vincent is chasing down the remaining pieces he needs to complete his research for the construction project of the new ECC.

Adoption update: The i800a application was finally assigned to an officer on Oct 6th, 6 weeks after it was received by them the second time. On Oct 10th, we received a request for evidence. As of today they have all been resolved but one. Hoping for approval next week. Hoping the process is like a super slide after that. It seems like all the next steps are ready, we are just waiting for the one ahead of it to be completed/approved. Our new goal is to have our son on our 4th anniversary of leaving the country on Nov 17. Pray for this with us.

Looking ahead:

Nov (trusting in faith) – Travel to Bogota to receive our son. Anytime Wellington hears the name Bogota or knows someone is traveling there he asks if his brother is coming home.

Christmas in Colombia – Still planning on family coming for the Christmas season, just trying to pinpoint our travel dates to Bogota before making plans.

Jan 5 – Wellington’s baby passport expires. We are hoping to time his renewal when we go to Bogota for our integration week with our new son. He has to be present to renew since he is a minor.

Jan 20 – 24 – Whole family traveling to Quito, Ecuador for the leader’s summit.

Feb  through April – (trusting in faith) Receiving short-term construction teams to help construct the ECC

May – Cordoba, Argentina Church Plant team with us for 30 days of training

Sometime in 2015 – We will be traveling to the US at some point, just don’t have a good measure on when that will be yet. Stay tuned.

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We had a busy August starting with the arrival of Carrie Goldsmith, a new mobilizer in the US. She was doing a Vision Tour with Extreme before starting her new job. She was with us for a week, after seeing the church plants in action in Ecuador. These pictures are from her Cali tour.

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Then started the business of planning Wellington’s big birthday party. Wellington was so excited we made a calendar and he started counting down 37 days out.

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On Wellington’s actual birthday, his Colombian auntie Sandra brought him his gift, 5 fish for his 5th birthday (there are now 6 fish, one had a baby). He had been asking for goggles which we got for him and then he had the idea to go to the pool so that is what we did for the afternoon, just the three of us.

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We decided to do his party Latino style and it was so much fun. The kids and adults had a great time. The party consisted of activities with Carlos (a disciple of Vincent’s that does this sort of thing for a living), an awesome angry birds cake, prizes, dancing with parents involved, puppet show with the appearance of a pig and two angry birds doing a skit on forgiveness (Vincent made the awesome puppets). The return of the egg to the birds which was the pinata (made by Wellington and I). Apparently there were too many layers of paper mache and an adult had to crack it a few times to break it. Then the big finale with the real life angry birds game with a sling shot to knock down the pig’s fort (no live animals were used). Pray for the building of relationships through this celebration.

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A great answer to prayer in August is that my best friend, Magda, for over 3 years here in Colombia accepted Christ as her Savior. What a great celebration in heaven. Here we are with her daughter and then with all our kiddos together.

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We are having to move again (4th time in 3 1/2 years) and so we are in the search for a home large enough to fit 20 adults and some children, not an easy task on a budget. Thankfully we have purchased used bikes for the whole family and we have been using them to scour nearby neighborhoods. I wanted to show a map of all the areas we have searched so far (the yellow pins are our current house and the church and the pinkish areas are where we have searched). Wellington is a trooper and will go 3 hours with us and could probably do a few more. I think the stops for ice cream help. Below are two options, the District Center which lends itself to just a little bit of work (but an amazing palette for Vincent’s creativity) and another home that would work great. The next church plant team was delayed and will now be arriving in April 2015 so we have some time to do the construction if that is the way God leads. Please pray with us in discernment of the right choice, God’s choice. Our rental lease is up mid Nov.

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Other happenings…Wellington started his first day of kindergarten. He had to have a medical check up for his entry paperwork. They are still in a time of integration and will start classes next week. He loves being back with his friends.

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These last two pictures are Wellington with his friendly little lizard he found (he has an ease of capturing them) and a wonderful picture drawn by my niece Bazen of our family. I love how Vincent is looking so sweetly over his family, and how my smile can hardly be contained on my face; it is so big my eyes are shut.

An adoption update (you can get frequent updates on our facebook page, Adding a Cork). There was a snag in our paperwork for the US gov and it delayed the approval process by almost a month. The clock for approval just started over today so it is a 45 – 60 day wait for the approval. We are diligently working to complete the paperwork for the next process so we are all ready to go. At this rate, looking at the calendar and the approximated turn around times for the remainder of the process, we will not have our son with us for his 12th birthday on Oct 1. It would be more like the end of Oct or Nov. This process is not for the light hearted. We believe in God’s timing as He has showed us His timing is better than ours over and over on this life journey with Him. Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.

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Upcoming:

We have a group of  9-12 coming for the 8th Annual Master’s Plan Convention Sept 23 – 30.

Oct/Nov – the BIG MOVE to ????? We will fill in the blank when we know where we are moving to.

TBD – We will go and pick up our son in Bogota for a week of integration before we can bring him back to Cali. One of us will then have to head back to Bogota to finalize the adoption with the judge.

Christmas in Colombia – Alyson’s family is planning on joining us for Christmas. We are really looking forward to sharing the holidays with family. It has been 3 years since we spent Christmas with family.

Jan 20 – 24, 2015 we will be attending the Extreme Leaders Summit in Ecuador with our two boys.

 

Adding a Cork…… We are excited to share that news of an addition to our family through adoption. Vincent and I were unified in a call to adopt last June. It had been on Vincent’s mind for a while but he was patiently waiting for God to speak to me and confirm what God had for our family. We started doing research and discovered that the Colombian government had just stopped receiving applications for international adoptions the month prior. The one type of international adoption they still allowed was high priority adoptions. This was a list of priority adoptions, one was for children 8 years or older when adopting one child. We made trips to the government office in Cali and ran into brick wall after brick wall. When we were in Bogota to renew our visas we found the name of someone with experience with adoptions in Colombia. She is from Michigan and has adopted two children from Colombia. Through her, we were presented with a picture of our son. We signed a contract with an agency in Oct and found out in Jan that they were not re-accredited to work with Colombia.  We had to go back to square one, scouring the list of approved agencies to find one that had experience working with US citizen living overseas. We were blessed to find one full of passion and we started moving in the right direction. We had our home study and psychological evaluation the end of March with a few more skype sessions to complete the evaluation. Everything was in Spanish including a psychological test of 189 questions where you had to answer if you disagreed, somewhat disagreed, somewhat agreed or agreed with the statement. This was one of the more challenging parts for us with many sayings we had to ask clarification on. This week, the home study and evaluation should be complete and then we can move onto the next big step of asking the US government for approval to adopt from Colombia. We are hoping we will have their approval within 2 months.

Vincent’s dad was here for 3 weeks in March and April. This was his third visit to Colombia. Wellington was so excited for his arrival we made a countdown calendar for him. He also drew eight things he wanted to do with his Grandpa which included playing with his trains, going out for ice cream, going to the animal refuge, going to the pool….we got them all checked off and laminated it for Grandpa to take home for a souvenir. It was wonderful to see Wellington and his Grandpa bonding. Grandpa was gracious as I don’t think he ever won a game of match against his 4 year old grandson.  He helped us out in many ways preparing for our next church plant team coming May 29. Here is a list of some of the items he worked on:

  • Installed a 250 liter (60 gallon) reserve water tank. This will aid in toilet flushing and some showering when we have 16 – 20 people. We had a pastor on the last team jump in the shower after playing soccer and there was no water, not good. It really makes one aware of how thankful we are for the things we take for granted every day. When you turn the light switch on, there is light, turn the faucet on, there is water, turn the knob on the stove, there is gas. Remember in your prayers to thank God for ALL things.
  • Installed a curtain wall in the largest bedroom to allow the use of the master bathroom for more people.
  • Fixed stairway lights that were not working and rewired many non-working outlets.
  • Spent a few days helping the expansion of the San Judas Church. We have had many teams help out on this church over the years and it is exciting to see how it is coming along.

It is hard to show many pictures of our ministry work right now as much of it is where I am now, behind the computer. My work load as Admin Assistant has greatly increased as the CEO of Extreme is currently in the States mobilizing many of the positions we need filled as well as those for the upcoming church plant in Cordoba, Argentina. He is traveling almost every other weekend, speaking in churches, getting names of those called by God, meeting with them, following up with them through the application process, interviewing and deploying and I am the one assisting with the coordination of all of his travel, data entry and meetings. I do love it though, being able to assist him enabling him to do what he does best which is share the vision of Extreme.

Vincent has either been with me in the office doing all that he can to fill our house for the 8th annual International Master’s Plan Convention. He put together a package for Pastors, leaders, and laymen to come to the convention as a great rate and we take care of everything for them so they can concentrate on what God has for them during their time here. Our group last year from the Prairie Lakes District had such an incredible time and continue to be a group that is bonded through their time in Cali. The D.S for Prairie Lakes who was here with that group said, “Last year I was able to attend the Master’s Plan Conference in Cali with seven other leaders from our District. It was life changing for each of us. For me, being able to see the very real miracles and victories resulting from this kind of prayer focus is something I will never get over. The Tuesday morning prayer meeting was worth the whole trip for me. The conference itself also was amazing with the presence and power of God. My desire is to see as many of our Pastor and leaders, including lay leaders attend this event.” Below is the flyer Vincent put together for the convention. If you want to come, let us know or pass it on to someone you think would be interested click this linkhttp://extremecolombia.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/international-masters-plan-convention-sept-2014/. Aside from this work, he has been polishing up all the “to do” items we have to do before the next team arrives. We were in need of another family bunk bed so he converted one of the single ones. He has many other items on his list to work on before the group arrives the end of this month.

Vincent has been doing a wonderful job teaching at two different houses of prayers (cell groups). One in our home on Monday nights (I do a study for the kids, I need more!) and one on Wednesday afternoons for a few mom’s of Wellington’s classmates/friends. Please pray for these moms to take the next step and go to an encounter. It is a life changing experience. Also pray for Vincent’s disciples to take the next step in starting their own house of prayer. He currently has two of his disciples who have jumped with both feet in. I also have two mom’s that I have connected with going through challenging times. Pray for me to share God’s word to them giving them peace in their situations helping them to make the decision to choose Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He will never fail us.

As always, pictures to tell the story of our lives these last few months. The are miscellaneous and all over the board but hope they give you a window into our daily lives and activities.

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We arrived back to Cali, Colombia on Sept 11 after our whirlwind travels lasting 3 months  and we had a week to prepare for a 2 week (Sept 18 – Oct 1) short term team of 8 from the Prairie Lakes District.  It was a blessed time to be with pastors from our grass roots. They were renewed and revived during their time here in Cali and they are staying in tight contact supporting one another in their prayers. A week and a half after their departure we received another team on a Vision Tour consisting of 5 people who were with us from Oct 11 – 15. They were here to get an inside look at the work and vision of Extreme. With these two projects completed we are at 95 of our 300 goal.  Here are a few comments from their time here.

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” I came here like ‘butter spread over too much bread.’ I am leaving having seen God, heard God and been renewed by God. Ready to have a deeper walk, a deeper prayer life and a deeper love for others. Love, deeply love, enough to share my Christ more fervently.” Pastor Dave Foshee (Prairie Lakes District Team)

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Vision Tour

“Participating in the vision tour has shown me that God works mightily through the obedience of extreme discipleship. WOW! Cali was nothing that I expected. Instead of a drug and violence ravaged city without God, I saw the mighty hand of God redeeming a people because of the fervent persistence and obedience of a few Christians. What an example for us!”   Kristine Himelick (Vision Tour)

Up and coming….we now have 29 days of preparation to receive the next church planting team who will be planting a church in Ibarra, Ecuador. They will be here from Nov 21 – Dec 19. This is a full team consisting of 14 adults and 3 children for 30 days. We will also have some others who will be coming through at the same time. We are in prayer that we will be in a new house by that time, but we need God to work and to soften the heart of the owner so we can leave our contract in good standing.

I (Alyson) will also be attending the Women’s Congress at the Cali House of Prayer on Nov 1 and 2. I am looking forward to how God will speak into my life during these two days.

Be sure to take a look at our new link at the top of our blog page titled CALENDAR OF EVENTS to keep up with what is happening in Cali. We welcome your prayers in support of what is happening here.

One of our next posts will focus on an exciting big step that God is leading us into, stay tuned!

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We were delighted with the invitation from Brian Tibbs to come and serve with our Extreme family for the Love Extreme 2013 mega event. It has been wonderful to be back in Peru seeing old friends such as our host family and our Spanish teachers. Sometimes it can feel like we are on an island in Cali with Vincent, I and Sandra (our Master’s Plan Training Coordinator) being the only ones with Extreme in Cali, Colombia.

It was very cold upon our arrival in Arequipa and it took several weeks to get somewhat used to it. Vincent was sent off to Puno to set up a mobile church just days after our arrival. I got Wellington all set up to attend the same jardin (pre-school) that he attended for a month at the tail end of our time in Arequipa in the beginning of 2011 after our language studies. He attended the jardin for a month while Vincent and I worked out of the office. The “Love Extreme 2013” short-term volunteers began to arrive and we were given the job of hosts for the construction portion of the project. We worked with 2 teams and built one foam chapel before the event. We had 1143 people attend the mega event on July 20 with Colombia comedian Jose Ordonez. He had a wonderful show with jokes about marriage and tying it all together at the end with a challenge for all those who were there. About 150 people came forward and 105 filled out cards wanting to receive Jesus Christ as their savior. After the mega event we worked for three days at Tio Chico to construct the second church and then we traveled with them to Puno, Peru to install one of the mobile churches in the nearby town of Juliaca, a very dark city in great need of Jesus. Since the first day of construction with our last group we have been attacked with at least one person being pulled off the construction site each day due to illness. Each day we pray over the one who had fallen ill and they are ready to go the next day, maybe not feeling 100% physically but they are ready in their hearts and minds to continue to press on with the work that the Lord has laid before us. The inauguration of the church in Juliaca was Sunday, July 28.

We had to depart early from our team to get back to Arequipa, Peru to catch our flight to Bogota, Colombia. We will be there a day and a half to go through our visa renewal process. Please pray that all goes flawlessly. We then fly back to Cali, Colombia for about 5 days to unpack, wash, repack and head to the US for 5 weeks. Below is our tentative itinerary. If you are near any of our speaking engagements we would love to see you. We have just renewed our contract with Extreme to continue in our current roles for another 2 years. We are excited for what these next two years hold for us as a family and for Extreme as a ministry. We are blessed to be called to serve with Extreme Nazarene Ministries.

Aug 7-9 in Lake Stevens, WA
Aug 9 – 10 in Kennewick, WA
Aug 11 speaking at Ontario First Church of the Nazarene in Ontario, OR
Aug 11 – 13 in Meridian, ID
Aug 13 in Twin Falls, ID
Aug 13-14 in Green River, WY
Aug 14 speaking at Sonrise Church of the Nazarene 7pm in Cheyenne, WY
Aug 15-16 in Lincoln, NE
Aug 16-17 in Sioux City, IA
Aug 18 speaking at Sioux Falls Reach Church of the Nazarene in Sioux Falls, SD
Aug 18 in Kathryn, ND
Aug 19-23 in Bismarck, ND
Aug 21 speaking at Mandan Church of the Nazarene at 7pm in Mandan, ND
Aug 22 speaking at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene at 7:30pm in Bismarck, ND
Aug 24-30 in Minot, ND
Aug 31 in Billings, MT
Sept 1-4 in Missoula, MT
Sept 2 speaking at Missoula First Church of the Nazarene at 10:30am
Sept 5-10 in Lake Stevens, WA
Sept 10 departure for Cali, Colombia

 

 

Vincent prepped his group last night for the time we are going to be away in Peru and the US giving each of them the opportunity to lead the group in his absence. He shared about the fruits of the Spirit last night about how it is not just enough to receive them but how we have to put them into practice showing we truly understand them. Through practicing these fruits with those around us is how we become holy as He is Holy. Please pray for each of them to grow in their faith and leadership and for Vincent to return to new cell groups started by these disciples of Christ. From left to right: Alex, Gonzalo, Raul, Vincent, Jairo, Lizardo and Eduardo. We treated them to some good old American cooking with sloppy joes, corn on the cob, coleslaw and roasted potatoes topped off with chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

We are just 5 days away from departure to the “white city” of Arequipa, Peru to be used by God and help with the project Love Extreme taking place there in July.  See the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LoveExtreme2013?ref=ts&fref=ts

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If it looks like we are having a lot of fun in the pictures I have posted it is because we are. We love what we do and we are so blessed by the call God has put on our lives to serve Him here in Colombia.

We wanted to give you some insights into what we have been up to. So much has happened since our last blog about the preparations we were working on to receive the first church planting team that would come through the new XSA (Extreme South America) service city of Cali, Colombia for their 20 days of training with us on the Master’s Plan. Here is a bullet point of the happenings since our last blog.

Jan 18 – March 2, our Master’s Plan Training Coordinator, Sandra Villa, was in Peru to work with the 40 day program and her mom lived with us during that time.

March 3 – 26, hosted and trained the church plant team assigned to Ambato, Ecuador (with a few early arrivers).

March 26 – April 10, my family visited right after the team left and we got to take them to a special place we have found in Colombia for a few days to relax (but we didn’t – we had some amazing adventures with my family).

April 11 – I started training for a new position within Extreme Nazarene Ministries that I have accepted, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Extreme. I will be working in Colombia while Brian Tibbs remains in Arequipa, Peru. He will be moving to Quito, Ecuador in early 2014. There will be a shift in how we work between countries. God is taking me into new territory and I am excited.

Coming up…..

We will be traveling to Arequipa, Peru mid June to the end of July helping with the big Love Extreme project. Vincent will be working with the foam block chapel builds and I will be assisting Brian in my new position.

The last days in July we will be in Bogota, Colombia for the annual renewal of our work visas.

Aug 6 – Sept 10 in the US. We have a detailed schedule God has laid out for us and we are in the process of making all the connections and confirmations for all the stops. More details to follow….

Sept 18 – Oct 1, we will receive a group of pastors and leaders from the Prairie Lakes District for a 2 week project. They will also be attending the annual International Master’s Plan Convention.

The 300 goal is currently at  77 with 223 more to go.