Friday, March 10, 2006

Beams Bytes -- March 2006

Hi everyone,

Are you tired of receiving these letters in the mail each month?

If you are, let us know. World Concern is attempting to shift over to electronic newsletters and donations. If you would like to receive our letter via email, please fill out the enclosed slip and include your most often checked and most dependable email address. Or if you would like to be completely taken off of our mailing list you can let us know that too (although I hope that will not be too many of you).

Many of our World Concern projects are going through a variety of crises lately so I hope you will remember these in your prayers and continue to pray that we will have a tremendous spiritual and material impact in the rural areas where we are working. The flooding continues in the San Julian area. Six communities where we have CAMS micro-credit groups are still under water. Seventy-one of our client families are living in tents in the various encampments around the city of San Julian. They will probably not be able to return to the farms for several more months and many are talking about abandoning their communities altogether and starting over somewhere else. Some emergency supplies are arriving, but long-term hope will be needed for these families to resettle and get back on their economic feet. Also pray for the future of our livestock projects in Yapacani and Warnes. Both are concluding their current funding cycle and the future of the work is these areas is uncertain. Pray for the World Concern home office in Seattle as the administration is struggling with staff and strategy transitions.

Terry Waller, the director of the Water for All project, went to Nicaragua in February to help train a partner organization in drilling technique. On the trip he contracted dengue fever (similar to malaria) and typhoid and has been extremely ill for several weeks. The director of the partner organization in Nicaragua, Paul Closen, also contracted dengue and is not expected to survive. Pray for Paul’s miraculous recovery and for the well being of his family.

Sound like a lot of negative news—sorry to get you down. We are super excited about an upcoming visit by my brother Jason and he wife and daughter Stephanie and Brynlee. And we are excitedly planning for three mission trips this summer from Crossroads, our home church in Lexington, KY. Two groups are coming to work with Vanessa in orphanages and with street kids and a third will be coming to help build an orphanage. If you would like to hook up with any of these trips please let us know. The picture I am including this month is of a rainbow that I saw last week in Santiago de Chiquitos. I love rainbows. They always remind me of God’s promises and show the beauty of his creation. Bolivia is a magnificently beautiful country. We are truly blessed to be serving here in ministry. Thank you to all of our partners for you continued prayer and investment in this work.

In His Grace,Danny

Mailing address:

Daniel and Vanessa Beams
World Concern
Parapeti #146 -- Casilla 3681
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Office Telephone: 011 591 3336 3664
Home Telephone: 011 591 3352 9156

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