Most of you know by now that our two biggest pieces of news. One, we moved! To a different house, different city, different ministry. Two, we’re expecting another baby! The move was a big change and really came as a surprise to us since we fully expected to live the rest of our lives in Ciudad del Este (why else would we build a house there?) but as the old saying goes, “we make plans and God laughs.” 🙂 We are now in the small city of Itaugua living on a big piece of property that houses a Christian school and a children’s home for at-risk youth. There are thirty children here that we love and work with, and the school has about 170 students that we are involved with as well. We are excited to be involved with the Iglesia Bautista Esperanza (Hope Baptist Church) as well! We help there by teaching and being a part of the leadership team. There are lot of big plans for the future and we’re excited to see what God will do through us and in us here.
The girls are handling the move very well, they love going to school and playing in the park that is directly in front of our house.
On Thursday nights we entertain all the children here at Hogar Ganar while their foster parents are in a financial course. It’s a lot of fun and very exhausting!
Thalia and Elena are quickly becoming good friends. Thalia just turned 15, more on that later!
Debora and Abbie waiting for the next game.
Antonio is one of the cute little rascals that lives here at the Home. His favorite English word is “yes” and he loves our dog, Alice.
Since so many of you have been asking some of the same questions I thought I would answer them here:
Did you sell your house in Ciudad del Este? No, it was on the market for a while but now is being used by a Chilean missionary family. We are happy to know that the house is still being used for ministry purposes.
Who stayed with the new church plant in Ciudad del Este? My parents are still there filling the pastoral role, and they were able to find a new location to meet a few months before we even knew we were moving here. The church there is doing well and growing.
When is baby due and will it be another homebirth? Baby is due the first few weeks of January and if all stays healthy I would love another homebirth. I can’t wait to “share” my newborn with all the kids here at Hogar Ganar. They are all so excited and most are rooting for a little boy this time. (Although, we’re sure it’s another princess! Too early to tell yet.)