Our family was invited to take part in a cool ministry with a couple friend of ours. We were able to go into a neighborhood called Pinar del Rio to give kids new shoes, socks, and notebooks that they needed. Pinar del Rio has financial hardships and is on the fringe of Barranquilla. We were also able to wash their feet and pray over them. It was the first time our girls got to go into an impoverished area and serve in that capacity. We shared a message of the hope of Jesus Christ along with how they can be praying for their families to know Jesus. Each child (over 60 kids showed up!) had their feet washed and were then fitted/given new socks and shoes!
Click here to see a quick video of what it was like!
Coworking: Please be praying for the right investors to become a part of what we are doing. That is quick but we are well underway with a new law firm, accountant, marketing firm, and other providers here in Barranquilla. Joel has been told by several consultants that there will be interest on the parts of angel investors and we are hopeful the Lord will provide those specific relationships.
Colombian Visas: It is time for our family to renew our visas as the date is around the corner (late April). It is a daunting task of paperwork, office visits, and processes. To add to the challenge, many governmental facilities (including Immigration) are still closed to face to face meetings due to the pandemic and you have an even more stressful situation. Please pray that we get through it efficiently and that everything is accepted.
Praise: Joel had a really cool opportunity to take part in a business leaders summit within coastal CEO's and HR professionals on Zoom. The Summit was teaching over 30 executives in different industries how to be "trustworthy" leaders. It was a fantastic opportunity and was great as he was able to share how the Gospel created a guideline for his life and how trustworthiness was a biproduct of that life change!
Friends: Please be praying for our new relationship with Christian and his new wife Eugenia. Christian is the pastor of our church that we have begun attending. They just got married a few weeks ago and are beginning a life together. Pray for them as a couple and that God will protect their ministry together as they are young in their marriage. Pray we can continue to come alongside them and support them well.
We'll be taking a trip to Bogotá soon to spend time with other SAM (South America Mission) missionaries who are working all over Colombia with indigenous populations.
We can't have any more than 10 people in our house at one time because of the pandemic, but we'll have a small group of friends over for a Christmas celebration where we'll share a meal and have a time of playing music together. Some of them believe in Jesus and some don't, so it's a cool opportunity for us to get to hang out with them.
With a lot of needs around Christmas time, we want to be able to help people and love them well. At the same time, being able to enjoy Christmas time without just working all the time has been difficult for us.