I have been learning and growing a lot through all of the waiting, preparation, and frustrations. I don’t have any expectations of what’s going to happen in Colombia, but I am expecting and know God will do big things through me. My desire is that He will simply use me to be a blessing and encouragement to others and use me to draw people to Himself. I know the Lord has anointed me for this mission, and I am excited to see how everything unfolds. The Lord is with me, so I have nothing to fear.
My support-raising goal for my first year is around $9,600 ($800 a month). I am currently at $6,330 (one-time donations and monthly pledges). I have purchased my plane ticket, but I also have needs for my visa ($295) and a possible two-week training/conference in New York from June 21-July 4 (around $1,500). My prayer team is continuing to grow as well. I have been encouraged and blessed by many people so far. I continue to make connections with people associated with Bogota. A young girl I used to teach at church had $7 to tithe, and she wanted to give $5 to the church and $5 to me for my mission. I also have a friend who is staying at his job he strongly dislikes so that he can help me and others with discounted flights. These are just a few of the blessings God has bestowed upon me so far. It's quite humbling.
I leave for this new adventure on Wednesday, July 9. I will be spending two weeks getting adjusted and exploring the city before teacher orientation starts. School starts in early August. I am so excited to be a gym teacher and a coach at El Camino Academy! I can’t wait to meet the students and staff and see what doors God opens up for relationships and ministry. Thank you for your prayers and your faithful support. We are a team, and I certainly can’t do any of this without you!