Thanks to a Bolivian friend Julia for sending me this recipe:-) We had a great time making them as a family and they were delicious!
Dear Friends, 4-17-12
First of all Kari and I would just like to say thank you for your continued care by your prayers and concern. We appreciate the unity, positive criticism, and the support shown by God’s people in our lives.
At home, we are looking forward to our baby girl who is to be delivered July 6th! I am continually challenged towards loving my wife as Christ loved the church, and Kari and I continue encouraging our children to build a relationship with Christ. I enjoy hearing honest prayers from almost three year old Joel, who in many ways imitates what he hears giving me an extra incentive to be genuine and not take my relationship with God lightly.
Just after I got back from Bolivia, I heard some bad news which wouldn’t allow the Camiri Christian School to keep the needed salary changes we made last month. Then, a few days later, I received good news that even though the national authorities would like to impose their way, the local authorities are supporting us! It looks like we have found favor in their eyes, at least for now.
We continue to invest ourselves in working with Comunidad Cristiana, a Spanish speaking congregation here in Gresham, Oregon. A few weeks ago we had the congregation get together into small groups to share their purpose/vision for the church. There were a lot of good ideas! Last week as I met with one of the couples in a neighborhood we are reaching out to skipped the general light introductions and dove right into sharing the inner struggles of their marriage. Before I left, it was encouraging to see constructive decisions being made towards being better connected in their relationship. God is gracious!
1. For wisdom regarding our plans.
2. For Kari and I as we meet weekly with a pre-marital couple at Communidad Cristiana.
3. For the Camiri Christian School to be protected from attacks to this fruitful ministry and for wisdom and provision in our level of involvement this year.
4. For protection, spiritual growth, and good communication in our marriage/family.
Gabe for Kari and the family!
I am having my girls in Sunday school memorize John 15:1-17. Since Selah is in that class we decided to memorize it as a family. Joel (2.9) has so far picked up 3 verses, but is usually found running around the house during memory time. So, pretty amazing what he picks up 🙂
DIAPERS that is!!!! …. Until the next comes in July (6th to be exact…my dad’s birthday:) BUT, until then I am very grateful to be done with the diapers for a time…and the expense that comes with them!!!
Joel decided he wanted to go pee in the potty like his brother and sisters…then finally #2 as well..yeah!!! He still has some accidents, but thanks to m and m’s and dum dums he is doing great 🙂 !
A Joel funny:
MOM: Joel you are going to be 3 soon! Joel: Soon I will be a MONKEY! (with great expression)!! I’m going to be an “oo oo oo ah ah”!
Gabe leaves with Kaleb for Bolivia in about 8 days…a bit nerve racking for me, but I’m sure he will do well. I am sending him with some schoolwork, but I think mostly he will be beefing up on his Spanish. 🙂 They will be traveling back and forth from Santa Cruz to Camiri a bit because of a camp Gabe is speaking at in Santa Cruz.
Spanish Church: Some encouraging news…* We were privileged to baptize 3 young ladies last week at the hispanic church!* I was able to start a new Bible study at a Mobile home park. The second week I was praying to connect with other people, not just the host couple. A couple just happened to show up, then the phone rang and we were invited to dinner across the street and met another family.* A new hispanic couple came this Sunday to church. They thought it was a catholic mass, but heard the Gospel instead!Please pray:* Grace Community has asked me to be the pastor of the Hispanic church which will now be a ministry of Grace that meets at their church on Sunday evenings. Pray for wisdom as we are merging with them and what that will mean for leaving to Bolivia as often as I have been.* I will be leaving in a few weeks (Feb 14th) to Bolivia once again, possibly with Kaleb this time as we had a free ticket. I will be speaking at a camp, organizing an alumni fundraiser, and helping make decisions for the start of the school year.Thank you for your encouragement and prayers!Gabe, Kari and kids