Monthly Archives: October 2017

Living Life in Bogotá

Category : Bogota

Dear Friends and Family,

This is our second week in our apartment. Yes, that’s right God provided us a wonderful apartment in October. It’s a 10 minute walk to United Church of Bogotá. We have space for hosting and a baby room. It’s a huge answer to prayer. We feel like grown ups! This past Sunday was our first Sunday at United. Andrew gave his testimony and was inaugurated as the youth pastor. He has already participated in high school and middle school youth group. He’ll be preaching next week.

Poco a Poco (little by little)

Bogotá is a huge, sprawling city and it’s divided into sectors. If you want furniture, you go to the furniture district. If you want a cute puppy, you go to the the pet district. What this means is that we can usually get about ONE thing done in a single day. We can take a taxi all the way to one district and order furniture. By the time we are done, it’s time to go home and we are exhausted. I’m sure you can imagine why this is difficult for efficient, fast-paced Americans. We are learning to adjust to a different way of life. Through tears and frustration, God is helping us accept and work through this slowly.

Counseling

Kelly has jumped into her counseling role at the church and is already seeing a client. She is loving being a counselor and is planning a weekend intensive group for women in the church to process their stories and how Jesus really intersects with their actual lives. Also, God has provided a male counselor in the church who specializes in work with addictions. It’s so neat to see God providing healing to His church in these ways.

Language & Life Update

We began private tutoring this week and it’s going well. We are able to speak more in tutoring and our errors are getting more fine-tuned. We have a long road ahead of us with Spanish but we are on the path! Next week, our host family is hosting an official Colombian baby shower for both of us. We are excited to see what this entails. Pictures will follow. This will be Kelly’s first live baby shower. Our baby looks healthy and is growing rapidly. He is already anticipated to weigh over 9 pounds. We are thankful for continued good news when we visit the doctor.

Praises and Prayer Requests

– We praise God for our new apartment. It’s even more than we expected it to be.
– We praise God we have had great health for over a month.
– Please pray that God provides Kelly with the right clients at the right time.
– Continue to pray that we would adjust to cultural changes and remained grounded and rooted in Christ.

– Pray for Andrew as he preaches next Sunday and begins to lead the youth group. Pray that God would give him favor with the youth and provide many opportunities to share the gospel with the believers and non-believers in the group.


October Agape Bihar Update

Category : India

We are thankful to God to share with you that Kevin and the backpack with the Je film made it safely to India!  Victor was so excited for this incredible resource that the Lord had provided to them that he barely slept after watching it!  Last night was the first day of the pastor training conference.  Kevin and Victor showed the film to the 20 attending pastors and taught them how to set it all up.  This will greatly increase the sharing of the gospel to the 85% plus illiterate people in Bihar!  Thank you to our donor and to World Mission for providing this incredible tool!
Over the next few days, Kevin will continue to teach lessons including the attributes of God, the Trinity and of the special creation of Adam.  We are excited for this training opportunity the Lord has given Kevin and for the opportunity to encourage the pastors and evangelists of Agape Bihar.  Thank you to all of you who have helped make this a reality!  Please pray that their sessions will be Spirit lead, for strength, renewal, growth and passion, and for protection from the enemy.
We have almost completed our 2nd and 3rd wells in Bihar.  Drilling was delayed because of the flooding.  But we are in the process now of getting water samples and determining the best filtration systems if they are needed.  Thank you to Zoe Waters for their great knowledge and funding of these life giving wells!
The church building in Pastor Chhotlal’s village continues to be built brick by brick as the Lord provides the funding.  We are thankful for His faithfulness to bring donations each month!  Donations can be marked Agape Bihar.
We are still in need of sponsors to support Victor and his family.  We are asking for at least $325 to add to the $225 he currently is receiving.  Victor has the incredible opportunity of travelling to Calcutta every couple of months to record Bible lessons in his native dialect to be aired over the radio.  This adds to his monthly living expenses.  Donations may be marked Kumar Family.
We are planning to return as a team to India next March.  Please pray for us as we prepare and continue to seek the Lord’s will in all aspects of this next trip.
Thank you to all of you that pray and give financially to the work of Agape Bihar!  Please have November donations in by October 29.  May God bless you richly for your willingness to partner with our brothers and sisters in India.
Blessings in Christ,
Cindy

Thorntons in Ukraine

Category : Ukraine

When are you returning to Ukraine?

As of June 1st, we do not have a date of our  departure. We still have to find new supporters to join our team. Currently, we need approximately $750 per month to be at 100 percent. We are looking for individuals or churches to begin supporting us at $50 or $100 per month or more.

Our prayer is that we will have all our needed support in order for us to move back by August 15th. If you are praying for us, would you consider asking God whether you should also financially support us? Thank you.

Please note – MTW is changing where to send in your gifts of support. The reason is to align the donations receiving process with the best practices and to save money. This only effects donations that are mailed in, not ones already set up for automatic bank draft or credit card draft. The new address is:
Mission to the World
P.O. Box 744165
Atlanta, GA 30374-4165

Since we have been in the US for the year, we have to start the visa and temporary residency process all over again. Please pray that we receive a letter of invitation from the local Kherson office of the Ministry of Culture. Once we receive this letter we can apply for our visas. And then with visas in hand we will apply for temporary residency once we arrive which will allow us to stay in Ukraine for 1 year. When that year expires, we have to reapply to extend our residency status for another year but it is slightly less of hassle since we do not need to receive visas first. Please pray that we find favor with the government officials and all the letters and documents are received and accepted and we receive permission to live and serve the Lord in Kherson. Thank you.

Kherson Happenings

The news from Kherson is encouraging. We have several young men I mentor who will be busy with ministry this summer. Oleg will take a break from his seminary studies and travel to Russia for a month to volunteer with Wycliffe
Bible Translators in Khanty-Mansiysk in Eastern Siberia.
Vova will be serving at several Christian camps this summer.
Some of these camps minister to children in the various churches in the Kherson region and some of these camps
reach out to orphan children with the love of Jesus. He has
already served in 2 camps and will serve in 4 more this
summer.
Our church is busily planning for its annual outreach to
children. Oleg will be directing this week of crafts, games
and the story of Jesus. We continue to pray for children who have come in the past and pray for even more children to hear the Good News of Jesus this summer. Please join us in praying for the camp.
English club is winding down. The leaders are still reaching about 35 – 40 people every week. They will end sometime early in the summer and then we will start again in September. When we return, we will be able to increase the number of students that we reach out to more effectively.
We will also try to find new students through advertising
and passing out invitations at the local university. We have asked you to pray for Olga Kukushkina as she recovers from hip replacement surgery. The recovery has been difficult but God has been with her and she continues to make progress. She is now able to walk for extended
periods of time even without the aid of a walker or cane. She is close to returning to the place she was prior to the
flare up of pain and the need for surgery. We are thankful
to God for how He has taken care of her so far and hopeful
that soon she will be able to do her usual activities and
duties.

We are excited about new witnessing opportunities
connected with the 500th anniversary of Reformation. It will be a nationally recognized holiday in Ukraine, and we hope we can use it to share the gospel.

Our prayers requests:
1. Peace and stability in Ukraine. There is still fighting in the east and economic hardships.
2. Growth in the church – spiritually and numerically, especially for the teenage boys who have been coming.
3. For Olya Kukushkina as she recovers from hip surgery in the US and Pastor Sergey Kukushkin as he ministers and takes care of their children.
4. For new supporters to join our team so we can return in early August.
5. For our visas and, ultimately, our temporary residency permits.
Thank you again for your prayers, concern, and support. We are thankful for you all.

Family News
We have come to the end of the school year. It is amazing how quickly the time has flown. All kids did great and adjusted rather quickly. We continue to hear from the teachers and administrators of how smoothly they did in adjusting and fitting in at a new school. The school has told us that they will miss them next year and wish that there was a way that they could stay. Some have even asked if they have experienced transitions like this often as
the reason for their integration into the life of the school. We have come to further understand how God answers prayers – ours and yours. Thank you for praying for their transitions to living in the US for a year and for fitting in at school. Now we ask for prayer as we have to readjust to living in Ukraine and making friends in their extra-curricular activities.

How to Give

We can meet our need of $750/month if we find new supporters at the following levels: 1 at $200 per month, 3 at $100 per month and 5 at $50/month. Thank you for praying for us and supporting our work in Ukraine. Again here is the new donations address:
MTW
P.O. Box 744165
Atlanta, GA 30374-4165
If you wish to donate online, the address is:
http://www.mtw.org/ways-to-give

Our name and support account number, 17460, should be included in your correspondence to the donations address.


Impacto update/Luis & Dinora Martinez and October Belize Prayer Calendar/Chambers Update

Category : Belize , Impacto

This year just seems to be flying by. September has been a busy month for our staff. We’ve been working hard getting ready for our annual Pastor’s Congress. There have been documents translated, printed, and put into folders. Bags have been filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, books, and hygiene packs. Name tags have been printed and put into badges along with meal tickets. There is much preparation that goes into making this Congress happen, but we rejoice in knowing it’s for God’s glory.
This month we also celebrated Children’s Day. It’s actually on October 1, but we had a party a few days early. The kids from San Juan and Panyebar Happy Tummies came to the Promised Land. They had a day filled with games, fun, laughter, flying kites, and good food.
September also brought graduation for this year’s Stitches of Blessings class! The women were so excited to celebrate this special occasion with their loved ones by their side. Some of the women live almost 2 hours away and made an effort to come to every class. It wasn’t easy for them to find someone to be with their kids and families but they knew it would be worth it in the end.
Please keep our staff lifted in prayer as we prepare for our end of the year ministries. Our Congress is October 2-5 and over 150 people have registered. Pray for our staff, helpers, and speakers. May we all radiate God to His servants. We also have VBS coming up and part of our staff will be traveling to Zacapa with a team from Maine and Ohio. Zona Cero is also fast approaching. This year, due to the request from the youth, we are adding an extra day to Zona Cero! We are doing this by faith. This ministry is not fully funded, but God provides every year, and every year we see how the youth leave with their cups over flowing and filled with the love of Christ. The day Zona Cero ends we will be welcoming a team who will be here to help us celebrate Christmas! Christmas Festival week is the last event of the year and it always brings many blessings. We will be having Christmas at our Happy Tummies locations as well as for the workers, and many more around us. 
Again, we ask that you lift Impacto in prayer, pray for God’s provision, and for physical, as well as spiritual strength for our staff.
Pastor Luis’ Corner
Change Your Profile Picture
What is your profile picture on social media? Your picture will either give us a little bit of information of who you are or it could be deceiving. It is easy to use your picture to give an outward appearance rather than to show who you really are. The Bible gives us some verses to help us ‘change’ our profile picture.
“A good name is more desirable than great riches;

 to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1
 
“But the fruit  of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-13
After reading these verses I encourage you to think about changing your profile picture.
Library
The library at Happy Tummies is very close to being finished! We had a wonderful surprise when, earlier this month, a medical team serving with us from NY had 3 carpenters on the team. These 3 guys were given the time to build bookshelves and chairs for the round tables! We are looking forward to seeing this building completed and really excited that it may happen within the next couple months. Our prayer is to have it up and running by mid-January when school starts for the new year. We need to finish the bathroom as well as the floor and paint the bookshelves. And add a railing for the stairs, for the safety of the children. For this we need $2,200.
The library will benefit our Happy Tummies children as well as those in the community who, for one reason or another, are not part of Happy Tummies. This will be a place where the children of San Juan will not only be able to further their studies but learn more about God and all that He is. We pray that the kids who visit our library will grow “…in wisdom, and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
Children’s Day gives us an opportunity to love on the kids
and spend time with them.