Our first two months here in Bolivia have been rather challenging, however, God has been faithful! He has seen us through and helped us to prevail over many attacks from the devil. We have learned a lot in a short time and although we know there is still a lot to learn and a long way to go, we are rejoicing in the faithfulness and goodness of our Savior.
We found a house to rent and have moved in. It is very nice being able to unpack and hang our own pictures. The Lord blessed us with a home in a safe neighborhood, for which we are very thankful. Our new home has also provided refuge for a missionary who is temporarily staying with us and for another missionary family who lost their home and needed a place to store some things while they are on furlough. God’s timing is always perfect! He knew the needs we would all have and provided.
We have also begun our language school and it seems to be going really well so far. It is a challenge but we are learning and are praying that we remember what we learn and are able to apply it soon to our daily lives. We have already seen an improvement.
Everything is going well with Jessica and the pregnancy. We have been able to see the hospital where our daughter will be born and are encouraged and excited about all that is in the future. Please continue to pray that all goes well for the pregnancy. We have had some doctors show concern about the affects of the altitude, however, after much prayer and a few different opinions from other doctors; we feel the Lord still wants us to stay. We know that our God is bigger than any problem that may arise and in His will we are safer here than anywhere else in the world.
Also pray about a situation that has come up regarding our paperwork. There have been some inconsistencies with the paperwork done by
We made it! We arrived in Bolivia at 3:00 am on Wednesday morning the 28th. So far everything is going well and we are getting settled in. Jessica has already seen a doctor here to get established and everything is going well with the pregnancy. We also have some wonderful news. We found out the day before we left that we are having a girl!! The doctor here in La Paz also confirmed the gender. We are very excited about this wonderful news and are excited about beginning preparations for our new arrival. Please pray that everything continues to go well for Jessica and the baby as they adjust to the altitude.
We have been looking at homes to rent while we are staying here in La Paz for language school. So far we haven’t found
As most of you know by now, we are making the final preparations for our departure to Bolivia. We are excited and nervous all at the same time. We are looking forward to what God has in store, yet nervous about the new things ahead.
We would ask that you keep us in your prayers in the next couple of weeks. There are a lot of things to get finished and, seemingly, not a lot of time to complete the tasks at hand.
We have been slowly packing for the past few weeks. However, a lot of what needs to be packed, is still being used. Therefore, we will not be able to
As we came, we brought 5 bags, 2 carry ons and a pillow each. A total of 12 bags. The airlines seemed real confused by this. So I just knew we would not make it with all of our bags. However, we did, and so far we have not found anything broken in them.
Secondly, customs in Bolivia, seems to love picking on the Americans and searching our bags, especially when we have a lot of them. I was kind of nervous about this because we had a water filter that a local church had bought for us. It was so large, it would not fit in one suitcase so we had to take it apart and put it in about 5 or 6 bags. Customs is normally real picky and likes to make you pay extra for anything of value. I have been told, they can charge you full price of the object to get it in country. That filter was worth over $1,000. But praise The Lord,
It is time for our final prayer letter before we leave the United States on our first term for Bolivia. What a bittersweet time! Bitter because of all we are leaving behind; our families, our church and our friends. Yet sweet because of what we anticipate God to do once we get to Bolivia. Our hearts are thrilled with the possibilities.
We are most excited, in this prayer letter, to announce that after 11 years the Lord has blessed us with our first child! For several years, we have been told that this would not be possible, yet we know with God all things are possible. We are excited about this new addition to our lives. We have an appointment with a high-risk specialist the day before we leave for Bolivia and if everything continues to look good we will head out the following day!
With this pregnancy, it has renewed our desire to purchase a water filtration system for the safety of Jessica and the baby. In the past we have been forced to purchase bottled water for everything we cook and drink. This can be