Saturday, February 20, 2010
This is Gabisito, Gabriela's son who is such a great friend to our boys! While at the parage we saw groups dressed up like almost anything you can think of... The Simpsons...
It's been such an experience for our boys to grow up in two cultures so different and distinct. Mornings like today will be memories made that they will carry with them back to the states :)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
(Send-off Sunday at Austin Avenue Church of Christ)
(Nathan and I at the Miami airport, January 2006)
We’ve grown as a family… in more ways than one, as individuals and as a couple. We’ve passed milestones as a family… birthdays, anniversaries, and the birth of two sons. We’ve reached milestones in ministry… establishing a downtown office for the team, finding and setting up a church location, witnessing the adding of new brothers and sisters in Christ, watching the body here grow in maturity as well as size, and beginning to hand over the church and its ministries to our Bolivian brothers and sisters. We’ve gained a second language, culture, and home.
This past year we evaluated our time here, the goals we had met, and our future plans. It was with much prayer and petition for wisdom that we made decisions about the coming years and what they would hold for our family. After months of prayer and planning, we as a family decided that this year, 2010, will be our last year living and working in Cochabamba. Gary and I both feel very blessed by our time and experience here. Our time as missionaries has enriched our family and our faith in ways that we never could have anticipated. We are so thankful for the opportunity we’ve had to partner with our heavenly Father in the work of planting a church here in Cochabamba. It has stretched our faith, pushed us out of our comfort zones, and shown us daily what an important job we as Christians have in this world to share his gospel and salvation. We will miss our church family here in Bolivia, teammates, friends we’ve made here in Cochabamba, and the life that we lead here.
We are also thankful for the opportunity that we will have to live close to family and friends again, sharing important milestones with them face to face as opposed to over emails and webcams. We ask for your prayers for our family as we make this transition back to stateside living. Please pray for our last year of ministry here, our travel back and forth to the states in preparation for our return, decisions we make about career paths in the states, and decisions we make about our family lifestyle. We pray for wisdom and constant guidance from our heavenly Father as we savor these last months here. He was so faithful in bringing us here to Cochabamba, and we pray that his faithfulness will shine just as brightly as we plan the months ahead. Thank you for your support of us as a family, of the ministry we’ve been a part of here in Cochabamba, and through those, the support you’ve given to your fellow brothers and sisters here in Bolivia. God bless you!