Thursday, December 16, 2010

and so 2010 ends...

December has been almost as busy as November was!! The first weekend we had an open house for any of Bill's students who wanted to drop by for dinner and fellowship. It was one of Bogota's many rainy days so only about half of the students made it out... and we enjoyed their visit!! Here's a picture taken of the first bunch that came along.

On the 9th we had the "graduation" ceremony for the Bible Institute. This semester one person graduated from the entire program and about 60 students successfully finished their courses. To make the most of the evening together some of the teachers put on a panel discussion on the exclusivity of the Christian faith compared to the other faiths of the world. Here are a few pictures of the evening. (Panel discussion: Bill, Julian, Sergio; Julian's class; Bill's class.)

After months of preparation our dear friends Sandra and Arnold were married last Saturday. We've enjoyed being a part of their lives over the years. When Bill first arrived in Bogota they were 12 years old and he was their Sunday School teacher! Then for the four years we were youth group leaders they were in the group. We spent the past few months in a premarital course with them.

With our main commitments for the year over Bill has embarked upon a home improvement project! Thanks to special gifts from two churches in the US we were able to buy a bunch of wood and he has begun building bookshelves. Here is the "before" picture of his study... that has now turned into his workshop!

November News

November was jam-packed with special events, here's a brief photo journal of some of the extras we experienced.

13 week sonogram: everything is looking good and Dr. is convinced baby is a boy!

Our 20 brethren churches in Bogota sent about 8 people each to a combined workers' weekend retreat in Villa de Leyva. It was a good time of encouragement for all. (Pics are of campgrounds.)

We enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with friends who attend different churches as well as get to know some from our own better!

The week following the retreat we had a brethren missionary conference during the day and combined meetings in the evenings and Sunday with the other churches around the city. (Didn't any get pictures!)

Thanksgiving was a normal work day here, but we took time out before going to class to have a wonderful meal with several missionary families and consider the many things for which we are grateful. (Below: half of us talking over coffee while waiting for pie.)

All the women in our church gathered for a bridal shower (at which Angela was asked to give the devotional), here's a picture of the bride, followed by one of a few of the young ladies I'm involved with.

Classes ended the last week of November, followed by grading and an invitation. Two of Bill's students (brother and sister) invited us to dinner at their home. It was a great way to get to know them a little better!

October Highlight: Kersey Visit

We were truly blessed by Paul and Becky Kersey's visit in mid-October (from our sending church in CA). Becky was here for one week and Paul for two. During that time we were able to share our daily lives with them, visit some of Bogota's sights and introduce them to our many friends and ministries here.
 On top of the mountain that overlooks Bogota at the Monserrate Catholic church complex.
The view of the church on our way up in the cable car.

 Paul and Bill purchasing hats on the street downtown.

Spent an evening with four other married couples, Paul had us work on an activity and then gave a brief devotional about marriage.
 Introduced them to as many of Bogota's traditional foods as possible. This is our version of a tamal - usually eaten at breakfast or for a light evening meal.

We enjoyed every day spent together ... when are you coming back??

P.S. thankful that Paul also fixed my clogged sink while he was here!