So I realized today that it's been exactly one month since Bryan last updated. So I think it's time for a new post. I'll try to keep things short and just hit the highlights of April.
We have seen awesome things happen as a result of the basketball camps we did with Hoops for Hope. I'll just share one story. I decided to go meet with the coordinator at a school called Santa Rosa. It's an all girls school, and many of the girls that attended the camps go to that school. As soon as I sat down with the coordinator, she recognized me and asked if we were the one's who helped put on that camp. I told her yes, and she was so excited that I wanted to be involved on their campus. It was such a blessing that God had opened a door before I even went. I have since volunteered there a few times, and I'm really excited to keep going and working there.
We also made a big decision and sold our car. We had it for a little over 18 months, and it was such a blessing to us. We have felt the Lord leading us for a while to look for land to buy. We are eventually wanting to have a home of our own instead of renting, and also to have a place for people to stay with us. It would be great for our mission to have a "missionary house" or base here in Maldonado. We feel like this is the first step towards that.
SO... for our new transportation:
We are now proud owners of a motokar that looks a lot like this. Actual pictures to come. Some missionary friends of ours who left Peru last week sold it to us at a generous price, and we are so thankful the Lord provided for us through them. This will mean we will have to take taxis to the places outside of the city where we go every week, but we are excited for the opportunity to start looking at land with the money from the car.
I also celebrated my 25th birthday this month. It fell on our day off, which was also Easter, so Bryan planned a relaxing day for us and church that night. We had a pleasant surprise about 11AM! A group of kids from the youth center were at our door with a cake and juice that they'd brought to celebrate. It was a lot of fun! They sang to me, and then we all ate cake and played twister. It was really sweet of them to remember me.
They actually pushed my face in the cake, but I'm not going to post that pic =)
We have seen several youth give their lives to the Lord this month. It has been interesting seeing some of the kids come and go, but we are starting to have a very consistent core group. Please keep praying for these new Christians to learn to be bold in their faith, and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
We just got back this morning from a short visit to Cusco. We were blessed to see all our friends there. It is always encouraging to sit with them and hear their victories and struggles.
We will be heading back to the US here in about a week and a half. We are going to be there for a good 5 weeks because my brother is getting married. We are really excited to see family and friends and celebrate with Brandon and Sarah. I'm excited to be getting another sister-in-law! Please pray for safety and a productive visit home.
When we come back, we will have people coming throughout the summer to help out here in Maldonado. Pray for these groups and individuals that will be coming.
Thank you for praying for us. My biggest personal request of all our prayer-ers is that we would be diligent in praising and listening to the voice of God. It can get so easy to get busy, which we all do, but I want my life to be marked by those 2 things. Pray that Bryan and I would remain sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit as we visit the US, and not get too wrapped up in all the indulgences. Thanks for your support and prayers.
P.S. Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful mothers in my life. Especially to Mom and Carol - we love you!