December 16, 2016

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Merry Christmas to you all as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!  Our days in South Africa are getting longer and hotter.  It is still a strange concept to celebrate Christmas in the summer, even though this is our 5th Christmas in the southern hemisphere as missionaries. 

Thank you for your prayers and emails.  It’s been a tough few months, but I believe we have made a positive turn in our adjustment.  We are feeling much better about being in Cape Town, and are starting to feel at home. Praise God!

Thank you also for your financial support.  We are keenly aware of the fact that we are here because of God and because of your support.  We are preparing to mail thank-you postcards to many of you, so please look out for them!

Our Barnabas (prayer) group is also helping us mail out 120 fundraising letters, as we are trying to increase our number of monthly donors, due to our increased cost of living in Cape Town. (See the letter here.  Donate at www.parkstreet.org/give.)  

Pictured above are camels at a farm not far from us.  We had to do something special for Thanksgiving, since I wasn’t cooking a turkey!

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Alberto’s class ended this week. “Children at Risk” has further broken his heart for children in difficult situations in this world. It has given him more tools to work with troubled youth. His final paper was on juveniles in prison, and explains how he plans to spearhead an outreach to them at the local prison.

This class completes Alberto’s required classes.  We plan to join staff with YWAM Cape Town (Muizenberg) in the new year. At that time, Alberto will be able to spend more time discipling a group of young men from the community.  He’ll also be able to participate in more Restorative Justice conferences in the prisons. These conferences (and the follow-up) teach the inmates about God’s forgiveness and their need for reconciliation with God and their victims.

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Graduation dinner!  Sitting at the table with us are a school staff member, fellow student, and the base director and his wife (who also have a child with Down syndrome). Six people, six different countries of origin!

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Ana is currently in Swaziland, where she just embarked on a 2-month outreach. She recently finished the lecture phase of her 3-month Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Worcester with YWAM.

Isaac finished his mid-term exams yesterday.  He has a full schedule with 4 AP’s (Physics, European History, English Language, and Spanish), 1 regular class (Pre-Calculus), 2 electives (IT and Model United Nations) and 1 homeschool class (Philosophy). Somehow he manages to still go to the gym and play rugby.  He recently attended a Model United Nations conference in Johannesburg, where he represented the U.S.

Margaret has had a tough time adjusting to Cape Town, as she misses her friends. Although the homeschooling has gone well academically, she has not made any new friends.  Because of this, we have accepted the American School’s recent (unsolicited) offer for her to start attending in January at a fraction of the cost. Margaret is thrilled, and we are in awe of God’s faithful provision.

Phoebe is receiving speech, physical and occupational therapy.  Once we started with one therapist, the doors opened for the other therapists.  We are also considering sending her to a neighborhood home-based preschool a few mornings a week. Lots of changes after substantial research!

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I recently attended a Thrive conference in Cape Town for North American women in ministry.  Pictured above are some fellow Wheaton alumni.  I had a wonderful time being refreshed in the Lord, and connecting with other women in ministry both here in Cape Town and throughout Africa, and the world!

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Phoebe joining us in prayer on the beach as we witness a baptism.

Financial Requests

If you would like to make a monthly contribution, increase your monthly contribution, or make a one-time donation, please make a donation to Park Street Church with our name in the memo. The online giving link is parkstreet.org/give.  

This move has been a steep step of faith, so please join us in praying for the necessary finances to enable us to do what we believe God is calling us to do.

We are very grateful to each of you who gives and prays for us. Thank you for your partnership. 

Prayer Requests

  • Health for Ana and her team in Swaziland, and for the Holy Spirit to touch people’s lives through their ministry.
  • God’s protection, blessing and guidance on what we do.
  • More donors to commit!
  • Protection for our new brothers in prison.
  • Wisdom to know how best to help the needy children we encounter daily.
  • Rain to relieve the drought! (Going into the dry season with a water deficit means there are strict water regulations.)

August 23, 2014

“The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I have hope in Him.'” (Lam 3:23)

This past year of fundraising has been such a blessing and such a challenge!  We have met so many amazing people, for which we are grateful, and God has paved the way with His faithfulness…every step of the way.  We are so amazed at His leading and provision. Thank you to all of you for your role as our partners!

We were commissioned at Park Street Church last Sunday!  Receiving the church’s blessing has been very important to us, and we are grateful for their spiritual covering and prayers.  Now our departure seems more real.  September 7 is just around the corner!

Here on the home front things are a bit crazy!  Alberto and various faithful friends painted the outside of the house, replaced a fence, rebuilt the front steps and are currently painting the interior of the house.  It all looks great!

Please pray that we find renters this week!  Our house is ready to rent, so please spread the word.  Praise God we sold both vehicles!  Most of our furniture has found new homes, but we still have some bookcases and a dining room table, in case you are interested.

Fundraising Update

We have raised 87% of our ongoing expenses and 100% of one-time gifts! Thank you faithful people! All money raised from here on out will go towards our ongoing support. We are almost there!

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow our friends at Allure Spa in Quincy are doing a fundraiser for us. All proceeds from haircuts and facials will benefit our South Africa account!  I have been so impressed with peoples’ creativity in helping us get to South Africa!  Thank you!

Sept 5 is our good-bye party at 296 Forest St, South Weymouth, MA 02190.  All are welcome!

Sept 7 is our departure date!  Come say good-bye in the Terrace Room of Park Street Church between the morning services at 10:00.

We are looking for someone with a van to drive us to the airport that night.

May 23, 2014

We are the Parada family, preparing to go to South Africa this August as missionaries with YWAM.  We are busily finishing up the school year, purging ourselves of all the things that we can live without, and getting our house ready to rent.

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” Psalm 9:18

We plan to work with poor and afflicted youth in South Africa.  They are close to God’s heart.  God has not forgotten them, and nor have we.  Their cry has been heard, and there is hope– the hope we have in Christ.

There are many lingering injustices in post-apartheid South Africa, and sometimes it is hard to see where God is.  God is there though, as is the church, the body of Christ.  We as the church need to use our voice and our hands.  “God bless Africa–guard our children, guide our leaders, and grant us peace” is a South African prayer.

In looking ahead to life in South Africa, we are finding many open doors.  YWAM will offer us housing, classes and ministry opportunities.  There are some good school options for the kids.  We have connected with doctors for Phoebe, and are even in email contact with her new Down syndrome doctor in Cape Town.

Please keep us in prayer these last few months as we prepare ourselves for the big move in August.  Please pray that all our finances will come in a timely manner.  God has been so faithful in rising up partners, for which we are grateful and humbled.  This has been an amazing testimony of God’s faithfulness as we depend on Him in every area of our lives. The stories we have of how God has met us at every single turn is truly a testimony and reminder of how He will provide for us when we submit ourselves to Him.

Phoebe

Thank you to all of you who expressed love and concern for Phoebe after her recent diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. The original proposed schedule of seven to ten shots a day has actually been reduced to two shots a day.  Phoebe is very patient with the blood draws from the tips of her fingers and the shots.  Her blood sugar levels are now stabilized, which means she does not have huge sugar swings affecting her energy levels. She has also put on a few pounds!

Video

This video (https://vimeo.com/91142031) allowed us to share our vision for South Africa in seven minutes. We showed it at Primera Iglesia Bautista de Washington.

Here is the link to a shorter three minute version: https://vimeo.com/m/93854896 which we showed at Park Street Church and First Presbyterian Church.

Fundraising Update

We reached our goal of 60% for ongoing expenses by May 1!  Praise God!  Our next goal is 75% by June 10.  Our one-time budget for moving us to South Africa is 78%.

Thank you to all of you for partnering with us in this area! Your role as senders is so valuable.  You are participating with us in fulfilling the Great Commission.

The Parada Kids

Ana just got her driver’s permit! She is also taking AP Spanish and Psychology exams. (Psych is today!)

Isaac is presently taking his final exams.  He enjoyed playing lacrosse this spring!  He made honor roll last period.

Margaret is swimming at the Y.  She has another month of school, which she is not happy about!

Phoebe lost her first tooth, and turns 7 next week!

Words from Alberto

Spring is here!  Again we can see God’s faithfulness in the return of longer days, beautiful flowers, singing birds, and aromatic cookouts.  It seems like we have all the ingredients to start over again.  Winter is behind us.  Through the renewal of the seasons, God reminds us that it is time to renew our minds. (Rms 12:2)

I know we all have a lot of challenges, but God wants us to equip ourselves with the mind of Christ.  Only then will we be able to speak to our problems with His authority and ride the wave of the Holy Spirit.  We will always have challenges and trials, but these let us know that it is time to get back to our first love.  God is always waiting for us with open arms.  (1 Pet 1:13)

How to Support the Parada Family

Please visit our website at paradas.org/giving for giving instructions through our church.

Isaac set up a GoFundMe account for people who prefer to not contribute through our church.  The link is here.

Church Sharing

We had a fantastic time in the DC area over Easter last month.  We reconnected with friends from the First Baptist Church of Washington DC (Primera Iglesia Bautista de Washington), many of whom we hadn’t seen since leaving DC 18 years ago!  We were honored to be able to share our South Africa vision during the Easter service.  We also saw Alberto’s two brothers, cousin, and some other friends.  It was a busy week on the road!

This past Sunday, we shared at our friend Jason Sentas’s church here in Quincy. First Presbyterian Church gave us a warm welcome, and our connections with the body of Christ have widened.

Prayer Requests

Please pray for us as we prepare to sell our vehicles and rent our house. We are also researching plane tickets, health insurance in South Africa, and a host of other details involved in an international move! You can only imagine!

YWAM

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) ministries target needy youth: orphans, street children, teenagers who have dropped out of school, youth affected by AIDS/HIV/TB, and children of broken families.

The goal is to empower young people through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Practically this is done through relationships and time, and through addressing some basic human needs.

We will spend our first year in Bible and counseling classes, and the following years in ministry to hurting youth.

Read more about YWAM’s ministries here.

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions.

Our website is www.paradas.org.

April 17, 2014

Mission to South Africa 2014

We are the Parada family, preparing to go to South Africa this summer as missionaries with YWAM.

Phoebe

Our biggest update is that Phoebe now has diabetes. Diabetes is an inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin to break down sugars, resulting in high blood sugar levels.  Diabetes is treated by injecting insulin and adapting the diet.  Phoebe is now on insulin, which has stabilized her blood sugar levels.  Her diet was near perfect before, so no change there necessary.

Phoebe is patient with the whole finger-pricking procedure, and doing well with the injections.  She continues to amaze us with her happy spirit, and ability to live completely in the present.  Please keep her in your prayers though.

Although this is a big surprise to us, we can clearly see God’s hand of provision and protection.  We were able to catch it early, so Phoebe never got sick.  (A nurse at Phoebe’s oxygen therapy suspected it when I told her Phoebe was extremely thirsty and was peeing frequently. She did an immediate finger prick to test her blood sugar levels.) Diabetes can be sudden-onset, so we are grateful it happened now, and not right before our departure for South Africa.

When I asked the doctor if he thought we could move as planned, he assured us that we could.  He even said that the head of Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital is South African, and would surely help us with contacts in South Africa.  So, I booked our follow-up with him!

To give you some background, children with Down syndrome are at high risk for auto-immune challenges such thyroid problems, diabetes, and celiac (wheat intolerance). Phoebe already has thyroid issues and is on a gluten-free diet, so the diabetes part is the last of the three challenges.  The doctors can foresee no other challenges for Phoebe at present.

We know God uses all things for His glory, so we know this will be no exception.  We live in a hurting world, and God does not promise us exemption from life’s trials.  He does promise to be with us though, and to use the circumstances in our lives for His glory. We now have a window into the lives of diabetics.  Our medical repertoire has certainly increased over the years!

Video

Our video is done!  It’s seven minutes!  Just click this link: https://vimeo.com/91142031  A big thank you to Noël Barlow and Kelly Arnold for your amazing work!

Fundraising Update

We reached our goal of 50% for ongoing expenses by April 1!  Praise God!  Our next goal is 60% by May 1. Our one-time budget is 67%.

Thank you to all of you for partnering with us in this area! Your role as senders is so valuable.  You are participating with us in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Family Update

Ana turned 17 on April 9.  We are so grateful for her cheerful spirit.  She got a camera for her birthday, which she hopes to use to document life around her, both here and in South Africa.  Many of the pictures used in our video were taken by Ana on her trip to South Africa through Boston Trinity Academy two years ago.

Margaret sang in Park Street’s Cantata at church recently.

Words from Alberto

I try to imagine seeing Jesus at the desert: fasting, praying, suffering for me and for you. Just when we were dead in our sinful ways with no direction to go, our Lord Jesus had mercy on me.  I feel like I am a very weak man compared to the courage Jesus showed. During this time of Lent I have been realizing how good life is and how I need to exercise my spiritual muscles, as I haven’t experienced real pain yet. I pray that the Lord will help us to live in a way that responds to and honors the sacrifice He made for us on the cross.

Happy Easter

May the joy of the risen Lord be with you this Easter!  In Him we have victory.  He is the light that overcame the darkness. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn 1:5)

Washington DC (area)

We head there tomorrow!  We will spend Easter with our friends at the Spanish congregation in Maryland, and visit friends and Alberto’s brothers in Washington DC and Virginia. We are looking forward to being there!

March 19, 2014

We are the Parada family, preparing to go to South Africa this summer as missionaries with YWAM, which you can read about below.  We have worked with YWAM before, and love their passion for Jesus!

Cape Coloureds

Last update we wrote about our desire to work with youth who live in poverty and are affected by AIDS.  The plight of these kids breaks our hearts.  The race of many of these kids is “Coloured.”  The Coloured people could arguably be the most needy people in South Africa.

The Coloured community has descended from a mix of black Africans, Malaysians slaves, and white settlers.  Yet they have faced rejection from black, Asian and white groups in South Africa.  Because the Coloured community has an ancestry that is mixed, they have lost their individual ancestral heritages. They have adopted a language that is not their own, Afrikaans, which was equated with being the language of the oppressor.  Legally oppressed for so many years, these people have succumbed to alcoholism, crime and AIDS.  Yet God loves them fervently, and it is our desire to work with them.  

Fundraising

We are excited to announce that we have raised 60% of our outgoing expenses!  Thank you to all of you for partnering with us in this area! Our ongoing support levels are at 43%. Ongoing support covers our monthly expenses. Our goal is to reach 50% by April 1. Please pray about your involvement!

Isaiah 61:1-2

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God…

Youth With A Mission

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) ministries target needy youth: orphans, street children, teenagers who have dropped out of school, youth affected by AIDS/HIV/TB, and children of broken families. The goal is to empower young people through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Practically this is done through relationships and time, and through addressing some basic human needs. We will spend our first year in Bible and counseling classes, and the following years in ministry to hurting youth.

Prayer Requests

Please pray for us as we continue to fundraise, for full provision of our needs, for peace during the process, for our eyes not to stray from Jesus, and for all the details to get sorted out before we leave.

Praises

Alberto’s permanent residency document arrived in the mail! He also recently received a clean bill of health after an episode of headaches.

In Progress

The video has been filmed and is currently being edited.  I’ll share the link when it is ready! We have lots of small group meetings planned, and invitations from three churches. Please pray for us as we share with them!

Parada Kid News

Phoebe recently received her Bible at Park Street during the First grade Bible presentation.  National Down Syndrome Day is March 21.  Please join us in celebrating Phoebe’s life with Down syndrome. Please pray for her potty-training!

Isaac has started lacrosse at Boston Trinity Academy.  This is a new sport for him, and he is very excited!

Ana is enjoying homeschooling again.  Alberto and Ana have returned from El Salvador, where they visited Alberto’s extended family.  I am happy to have them home again!

Margaret is in the middle of MCAS testing, something completely new to all of us!

Feb 14, 2014

“But be doers of the Word, and not just hearers, deceiving yourselves,” says James 1:22. A few verses later it says “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (v. 27)These verses speak clearly to us to put our faith into action.  In a country with over 3 million AIDS orphans and almost a quarter million child-headed households, we need to take action!  Please keep us in prayer as we prepare to minister to youth at risk.

Fundraising Update

We are excited to announce that we have raised 50% of our outgoing expenses!  Thank you to all of you for partnering with us in this area!

Our ongoing support levels are at 30%. Ongoing support covers our monthly expenses. Our goal is to reach 50% by April 1.

In Progress

Friends are making a video of us, that we can share with small groups and churches.We recently had a positive meeting with members of the mid-term committee.

We have a few more local church visits planned, and an invitation from a church close to our hearts in Maryland.

Look out for our upcoming Facebook page.  We’ll keep you posted.

 YWAM

YWAM ministries target needy youth: street children, teenagers who have dropped out of school, youth affected by AIDS/HIV/TB, and children of broken families.The goal is to empower young people through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Practically, this is done through relationships and time; and through such projects as community development, Biblical training and mentoring, soup kitchens, soccer clinics, etc.

Read more about YWAM’s ministries here.

Have Frequent Flyer Miles you want to donate?  Please contact us!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  May God bless you all!

Travel Plans

We are researching airline tickets to South Africa!Alberto’s permanent visa for South Africa was granted!  We applied 4 years ago!  (The children and I can enter South Africa on South African passports, which we recently acquired. We were eligible for passports, since my parents are South African.)

We have started selling our furniture in preparation to rent our house in June.

El Salvador

Alberto and Ana left for El Salvador on Sunday.  They will be there for 3 weeks visiting Alberto’s family. Pictured above is Ana and her cousin Milena.

 How to Support the Parada Family

Here are ways to pledge:

  • Email us to tell us that you want to make a monthly, quarterly or annual pledge; OR
  • Complete this online pledge form, which comes directly to us.

Then, you can send in your support:

  • Write a check: drop it in the offering plate (designate Parada), or mail it regularly to Park Street Church; OR
  • Give online: through Park Street’s online giving page.

Isaac also set up a GoFundMe account, for people who prefer to not contribute through our church. The link is here.

Jan 16, 2014

Fundraising Update

We are excited to announce that we have raised 45% of our outgoing expenses!  Thank you to all of you for partnering with us in this area!  Outgoing expenses cover the cost of our moving and settling in South Africa.  People who make special contributions fund our outgoing expenses.

Our ongoing support levels are now in need of attention, as they are at 16%. Ongoing support covers our monthly expenses (and other things like health insurance) which will enable us to stay and minister in South Africa.  We are looking for individuals and churches to commit to give on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis in order to cover our ongoing support.  Prior to leaving for South Africa in July, we need to be fully funded!

We have started contacting people personally to ask them to partner with us, so please be in prayer about this!

Here are ways to pledge:

  • Email us to tell us that you want to make a monthly, quarterly or annual pledge; OR
  • Complete this online pledge form, which comes directly to us.

Then, you can send in your support:

  • Write a check: drop it in the offering plate (designate Parada), or mail it regularly to Park Street Church; OR
  • Give online: through Park Street’s online giving page.

Please contact us if you would like to see our budget, or if you have any questions.

Our website www.paradas.org has more detailed information.

 How Much to Give?

Here is an example of a break-down that will enable us to meet our goal:

2 partners at $500/month

5 partners at $100/month

20 partners at $75/month

18 partners at $50/month

40 partners at $25/month

That is 85 new partners.

 Prayer Requests

Please pray for us in our preparations: that the Holy Spirit will guide our steps, that our eyes will always be on God, and that our ears will be sensitive to His voice. Pray that the necessary finances are released to enable our timely departure. Please pray that our upcoming small group and church presentations will honor God.

YWAM 

Youth With A Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. The purpose of YWAM is to know God and to make Him known. This is done through training, evangelism and mercy ministries.

We plan to join YWAM in July and will spend year one in training, and subsequent years in ministering to needy youth and families.

Read more about YWAM here.

 

Nov 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

A Word from Alberto

I can’t believe it is Thanksgiving again!  Time is moving so quickly.  Whether we like it or not, the return of our Lord Jesus Christ is imminent.  That is something to be happy about! Let us thank Him for His sacrifice and the salvation He has given us.

Mission Emphais Week Update

The Mission conference at Park Street Church was amazing!  We heard from some very courageous missionaries about their involvement in what God is doing in Boston and around the world.  We also had the opportunity to share our story!  We spoke in front of the whole congregation (which made me very nervous!), a Christian Formation class, Cafe groups, and many small groups!  (Please invite us to your small group, if you haven’t already!)

It was encouraging to not only talk to people about our calling and how we got here, but also to listen to their callings, and to hear how they are seeking God whole-heartedly as they try to be faithful to Him in their lives. We’ve meet lots of great new people this past month, and so happy we had this opportunity.  A big shout-out to all the new folks on this email list!

FUNDRAISING UPDATE

We have raised 20% of our outgoing expenses, and 6% of our ongoing support.  What a leap in our outgoing expenses!  Thank you to all you generous people!

For those of you who still want to make a one-time gift for our outgoing expenses or a recurring gift for our ongoing monthly support, please go to online giving. Checks can be mailed to Park Street Church, Attn: Finance Office, 1 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108. Please designate “Mid-Term Paradas.”

There are more detailed instructions on the giving page of our website.

Informational Session

Dec 15 at 9:45 am we will share about our calling to South Africa.  Please come to the Granary Room at Park Street Church to hear!

Sharing Session

We love visiting groups to share, so please email us to set up a time for us to visit your group or church!

WHO WE ARE

We are the Parada Family, heading to South Africa next June to be mid-term missionaries.  First, we will complete a one year Bible training course with Youth With A Mission in Worcester.  We’ll study such things as Family Ministry, Couples and Family Counseling, and of course Bible!  We’ll also be involved in local ministries targeting broken families and youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Young people are instrumental in bringing spiritual and physical transformation to not only their own lives, but those around them.  We are committing to being in South Africa for at least 3 years, with the hopes of continuing longer.

Oct 24, 2013

We are the Parada Family, heading to South Africa next June to be mid-term missionaries.  First, we will complete a one year Bible training course with Youth With A Mission in Worcester.  We’ll study such things as Family Ministry, Couples and Family Counseling, and of course Bible!  We’ll also be involved in local ministries targeting broken families and youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Young people are instrumental in bringing spiritual and physical transformation to not only their own lives, but those around them.  We are committing to being in South Africa for at least 3 years, with the hopes of continuing longer.

FUNDRAISING UPDATE

We have raised 5% of our outgoing expenses, and 6% of our ongoing support.  This is encouraging!  Please prayerfully consider supporting our missionary efforts.

To make a one-time gift for our outgoing expenses or to make a recurring gift for our ongoing monthly support, please go to online giving.  Checks can be mailed to Park Street Church, Attn: Finance Office, 1 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108.  Please designate “Mid-Term Paradas.”

There are more detailed instructions on the giving page of our website.

 MISSIONS EMPHASIS WEEK “Whole Gospel to the Whole World”

Nov 1-10 at Park Street Church.  We’ll be speaking briefly during the 8:30 service on Nov 3, and sharing in the Parenting class after the service.  We are speaking at Cafe groups at the church on Tues and Wed nights. Alberto is sharing at the men’s breakfast on Sat Nov 9th. And we’ll be at all 3 services on the 10th.  Exciting week!

UPCOMING (SNAIL) MAILING

Yes, a physical mailing!  Look out for it!  If you have not updated your address with us, please do so!

As always, please contact Alberto and Joanna at any time!  Thank you for participating in our excitement as we prepare to share our passion for Christ with the nations! It is our privilege to go to South Africa.  Please keep our preparations in your prayers!

Informational SessionWe shared our vision for missions in South Africa and God’s faithfulness in leading our family.  We will do another informational session at Park Street Church in December, so watch out for details!

Sharing Session 

We have shared in 4 small groups in the last 2 weeks. We love doing this, so please email us to set up a time for us to visit your group or church!

Yard Sale

It was a success!  As we want to rent our house (unfurnished) when we leave, we need to sell/get rid of everything!

South Africa FactsSouth Africa is strategically placed to reach Africa for Christ due to the missionary potential of the immigrants who flood into the country each year looking for employment. Through addressing their physical and spiritual needs, disciples for Christ can be made.

South Africa has 11 official languages and many more unofficial ones. This colorful mix of cultures gives South Africa its nickname “rainbow nation.”

Sept 27, 2013

Our fundraising is in full swing!  Thank you to those of you who have already pledged to support us!  We are so encouraged by this, and excited that there are people who are eager to share our vision.  We have raised 5% of our expenses so far!  It is going to be an exciting year watching that percentage inch up.  As far as one-time giving, we are 2%towards our goal.  Bit by bit, we’ll get there!.  Please go here for pledging and ministry information.

On Oct 6, we are holding our first informational session at Park Street Church at 12:30 in the Granary Room. We will share our vision for missions in South Africa.  We would love to see you there!

It’s been a busy month with kids starting school.  Ana (11th grade) and Isaac (9th grade) returned to Boston Trinity Academy, while Margaret (3rd grade) and Phoebe (special class) started school at our local public school.  This is Margaret’s first time in school, and the transition has been very smooth. Phoebe is in a half-day class with a wonderful teacher!

Phoebe recently saw an excellent GI doctor, and is going to have a scope next month.  She is also starting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) shortly, which we are very excited about! There are so many great resources in this area that we are making the most of before we leave!

While kids are in school, I am writing updates, inputting addresses for our upcoming mailing, and cleaning out our basement for a yard sale!  Alberto is getting our house ready to rent.