Category Archives: Bogota

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.