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December 2011 Update

I’ve been here for about a month now, and so much has happened.

Firstly, for those of you who don’t know about the foundation where I’m working, it’s called the “Hogar de Providencia.” Unlike a typical orphanage, most of the kids that live there do have parents. They live at the foundation for two main reasons: to get an education at the school on the premises and for the food provided by the foundation, which helps alleviate some of the burden for their parents or parent. Most of the children come from the Chimila tribes in Colombia, who were displaced years ago, and are still struggling to acquire things like an education. The Chimilan kids at the foundation tend to be quite intelligent and are the most eager to learn. Read more →

Photos from the Bakery

Boys and girls learning to make bread in the bakery at Hogar La Providencia.

Wayuu Mission

Dear Servants of the Grace Alone Sovereign,

Here I send you pictures of the mission among the largest indigenous tribe of Colombia. Many indigenous people are abandoned both by the government and the church–without education, health, or food.

We pray, work in construction of a school, and evangelize.

The places where the clans live are called “rancheria.”  We were in two: Rancherias Kaimara and Juluwaipa. There is a church with a Wayuu pastor with 150 indigenous people and they meet in a shed made of sticks and palm branches. We (with a Swedish mission team) built one school and we plan to build another school in February, but we need to help and train the Wayuu pastor.

- Jaime Leal

October 2011 Update

Dear friends of Hogar La Providencia,

These past months have been of great blessings to the children of Hogar La Providencia, thanks to your prayers and donations.

One project that was initiated some months ago was the replacement of the bunk beds of the Hogar. New bunk beds arrived a month ago, with new mattresses and pillows. A few bunk beds that were not so damaged were repaired, so the children are now enjoying new beds. Read more →

Sandra’s Story

sandraandfamilySandra is a 30 year old woman born in Bogota, Colombia. Her parents were illiterates from the countryside. They never gave her any education or direction for her life.

By age 12 she had been raped. But her parents never did anything for her. She was alone and subjected in her poverty. At age 18 she became pregnant but left her son with a family because she had no work to support him. Then she lived with a man by whom she became pregnant who then abandoned her. She named the girl Maria Fernanda. Read more →

John Calvin School Construction Update

John Calvin School Construction as of January 2009.

Gratitude

Rejoicing in the abundant blessings of the Sovereign. To him be the glory for his will, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Thankful for all the effort that has been expressed towards us, not only this year, but ever since you have heard of our needs. Your prayers and actions are clearly seen, so that despite all the obstacles we have been able to advance. Read more →

Devotional from Philippians 4

The Lord teaches me in his Word that I must remain in him always and keep his commandments.

I have to love my brothers and have a common bond in the Lord. I have to rejoice in the Lord always.

I have to be a loving person and not be worried about what I will do. We have to present to him all of our needs, praying and asking him with confidence, because he is our Father.

We learn in his Word that God is God of peace and that his peace passes over all and that I only have to think on the good in everything that is pleasing to God. Read more →

John Calvin School & More

Peace from the always eternal Jesus, our beloved Savior. The construction of John Calvin School is continuing, expecting to have this project finished by the end of October.

1. I’ll be taking pictures of illiterate people listening to the Proclaimers. On Monday we are hosting a group of country folk for training. They want to know more of the Bible.

2. Today we purchased 50 Bibles to give to the new disciples of the Scriptures that know how to read. But they like to hear the dynamic narration of the Scriptures on the Proclaimers that you brought. Read more →

Teaching trip report from Edinson Florez

Pastor Flores - Iglesia CalvaryBlessings to all the saints, in Christ Jesus.

I am informing you that I was traveling to different destinations, teaching and visiting to begin a new study group with STR (Seminario Teologico Reformado) in cooperation with MINTS. The places I visited were: Sincelejo (San Pedro Sucre) and San Pedro de Uraba.

On August 29 I traveled from Santa Marta to Sincelejo. In Sincelejo I took transportation to San Pedro Sucre. I takes two hours to arrive there. In San Pedro Sucre I got to know a sister that is leading a church whose name is Olga. She was waiting to introduce me to her group of leaders. We agreed that they would fill out all the documents to register to be part of our institution. I gave answers to all of their questions. The number of students that want to enroll in the program is approximately 15 persons. Among these students are a physician, a bacteriologist, two teachers, a psychologist and other professionals. Their attention was very good. I was with them from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Read more →