Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Out There with the Beams - June 2009

Dear friends and family,

Greetings from Houston. As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we are spending the summer in the U.S. catching up with family and partners of our work in Bolivia. We will be in Texas until the end of June and then in Kentucky until August 7th. We would love to spend time with as many of you as possible. Our U.S. phone number during our U.S. visit is 859-492-9294. Please give us a call or send us an email so we can find a time to get together.

We have left our projects in capable hands while we are gone, but please continue to pray for the Girls Transition Home and the Agua Yaku water project this summer. The Girls Transition Home is now furnished and we have several girls living in the home with the director, Marizabel. These girls have already lived such a hard and uncertain life by the time they are eighteen. We hope this home will be a refuge from past hurts and disappointments, and a springboard to a new life in Christ. During this transition time we hope to teach these girls life skills and Biblical values that will empower them to make good decisions about their future and succeed in living independently.

Agua Yaku is continuing to have an impact on the lives of many people who need clean water in Bolivia. Just before returning to the U.S. we made a trip to drill a well for a national missionary family working with the Guarani Indians in Iguembe, a community in the mountains in the department of Chuquisaca, Bolivia, about 8 hours drive from Santa Cruz. The well was a success and we hope to return again soon to the region to drill more wells in remote communities in this arid region. We have recently expanded our Agua Yaku team. Warren McCaig, a fellow EFCCM missionary from Canada, is working with us almost full time, as well as Irai, a Brazilian pastor who wants to work in rural social and evangelical ministries. Both he and Warren will be focusing on bringing the gospel to the people of the communities where we are drilling water wells. Also pray for the training that we do with other organizations. Many other groups have shown an interest in learning our drilling techniques, but it will take a much larger budget before we can travel to other areas and countries to train others in these techniques.

We want to especially thank all of you who have been faithfully supporting our ministries through these difficult economic times. We know you are making a sacrifice to support this work in Bolivia. If you have thought about supporting our work but haven’t done so yet, this would be a great time to get started. Giving has been down in the last six months. We want to continue investing in these projects, but we cannot do so without the financial support of our partners. At the end of this letter you will find the directions on how to make donations. Please pray about God would want you to partner in this ministry. If you would like us to personally come share with you or your group more about our work, contact us quickly so we can fit you into our summer schedule.