Good-byes are never easy. This time leaving Bolivia would have been a lot harder if we weren’t planning to go back. It wasn’t really an “adios”, just an “hasta luego”.
Good-byes. It was difficult saying until next year to our home church where Janice has been playing on the worship team and where Bill has been doing some preaching. It was difficult saying good-bye to the OBADES (development) team whom Bill has had a class with every week. For me (Bill) it was especially difficult leaving my small group of pastors that meets weekly, and that has become my leadership team for Pastoring of Pastors. For Janice, it was hard to leave her music students who actually came to see her off at the airport. Then there’s our CBM team, the seminary staff, my badminton friends… It’s never easy but it was nice to know that it wasn’t for long.
Feeling good. We feel that our first two years have gotten us off to a good start: a good start in language learning, in building relationships, in finding opportunities to use our gifts. The Pastoring of Pastors ministry has been well received by the pastors. At our national retreat in July we had over 80 pastors attend. We have at least 13 groups going in 5 cities and plans for 5 more groups in the coming year. The denominational leadership is getting behind it and taking ownership of the movement. Janice has been really impressed with her students and enjoys her involvement in the worship team. So we left for our first home assignment optimistic about what ministry will be like when we return to Bolivia in January.
Hellos. On the other side of every good-bye is a hello. For us that was our son, Jonathan, picking us up at airport in Calgary, where he had watched us leave two years ago. This past Sunday we said hello again to many of our friends at First Baptist Calgary. The coming months will be full of hellos with family and old friends and supporters from Ontario to Vancouver Island, as well as an opportunity to make new friends. So, we’re looking forward to meeting many of you along the way.
See you soon. Here’s a quick overview of churches we’ll be visiting in the coming weeks: Lacombe, AB (Sept. 22); Wyoming ON (Sept. 26); Yorkminster Park, TO (Sept. 29); Elliot Lake (Oct. 6); Whyte Ridge Baptist, Wpg (Oct.9); Emerson (Oct.11); Willowlake, Wpg (Oct.13); Neepawa (Oct. 15); Strathclair (Oct. 16); Moosomin (Oct. 17); Moose Jaw (Oct. 18); Swift Current (Oct. 20); Asquith (Oct. 20); Nipawin (Oct. 22nd); Edmonton Prayer Group (Oct. 26); Red Deer (Oct. 27); Norman Dabbs Group, Calgary (Nov. 5); Banff Pastor’s Retreat (Nov. 5-6); FBC Calgary (Nov. 10); Claresholme (Nov. 15); Pincher Creek (Nov. 16); Cranbrook (Nov. 17); Penticton (Nov. 19); Ward Memorial, Vcr (Nov. 23); FBC Vcr (Nov. 24); Olivet New Westminster (Nov. 25); Comox Community (Nov. 26); Qualicum Community (Nov. 27), Mill Bay Fellowship (Nov. 28); Victoria (Dec. 1); Sechelt (Dec. 3). So, hopefully we’ll be saying hello to many of you in one of these places.
Good-bye for now. Hope to see you soon. Before we know it, we expect to be back in Bolivia.
Something to talk about. Check out CBM in Bolivia in general, so we’ll have more to talk about when we see you. Every year CBM sends about a dozen teams from Canada through the SENT program. They work on Chagas projects, visit Integral Mission Initiatives (IMI projects), help out at the Casa de la Amistad, teach at the seminary. The visits of those SENT would not be possible without the coordinating efforts of Patricia Nacho (CBM National Field staff), and fellow Global Field Staff, Tim and Kallie Hutton. So, we’d like you to check out the CBM website and some of the following links to learn more about what else is going on in Bolivia and how you could support these people and projects, or volunteer yourself.
https://hopefulgifts.ca/ educate a child in Bolivia.
Some things to pray for.
Prayer Items: We have a lot of travel coming up, so please pray for safety, but also that the ministries we are involved in here in Bolivia thrive in our absence, that we will be a blessing wherever we go, that people will be fired up to get involved in God’s mission.
Praise Items: We had asked you to pray for permission to be out of Bolivia for more than 90 days, so that we wouldn’t lose our visa. After waiting over a month we received letters of permission on the last possible day—Friday, before leaving on Sunday. Thanks for praying. Also, everyone’s healthy for now.
Financial Support: Please continue to keep us and Bolivian projects and field staff in mind. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Bill & Janice
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