Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fusagasuga

For several years a group of men have been going down to the city of Fusa to hold Bible studies in a prison there. That developed into a ministry within the city too. Last November our church here in Bogota commended Fredy to move to Fusa and serve as a missionary to the people there. Earlier this year they began meeting on Sundays and there is now a small church established. In July we traveled there to attend the inauguration ceremony.

Their small meeting room. They have one other small room that is used for children's ministry.
 
Commending Fredy as an elder of the church.

 
Praying for Fredy and his family.

 Ex-prisoners who are active members of the church now.

 Cedric enjoyed playing with the kids there.
 
Some of the leaders from J.Vargas and Fusa.

 
 As a bonus we got to visit with Grandpa and Liliana who live in Fusa and help out at the new church.

The negative, getting there and back by bus! 4 hours to and 4.5 hours from... this is the line just to buy a bus ticket back to Bogota on Sunday night!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Family Vacation

Even though we have traveled a ton in Cedric's short life, we've never had an official vacation with just the three of us. After all of Bill's travels and various stressful ministry things, we decided we needed one! So we turned our cellphones off for a week, borrowed a car and took off! The first half of the week we spent in a nearby rural area called Tenjo only an hour away (only 20 miles!). There is a Baptist owned campground with a small family cabin with kitchen, bathroom, and fireplace. It is quiet and peaceful and a great change of scenery for us.




Since it is a campground with lots of weekend retreats, we couldn't spend the whole week there, so we took off down the mountain to a town in "hot country" 3.5 hours away (90 miles... traffic just getting out of the city is at least half the trip).We stayed at a place with pools, so Bill and Cedric spent most of the daylight hours swimming! I jumped in a bit, but just enjoyed being able to read and be lazy with no cooking or cleaning for three whole days!

I took a wander into nature - which I later regretted, as I returned with at least 20 mosquito bites! Bumped into a huge iguana, I scared him and he scared me! This picture is after I recovered from the fright by which time he had scooted off away from me.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Marriage and Money

In the past month we've had two workshops with our young couples' group on stewardship and managing finances. It has been a good exercise for all of us, touching on topics like budgeting, contentment, giving and wisdom. Here are a few pictures from our first session with our coworkers, the Dubberlys, who led that workshop.