May 17, 2019

Here is our new house!  It is in a calm, beautiful setting, which makes it a blessing to return to after the stress of the day.  We are already enjoying lemons and granadillas (passion fruit) from our very own trees.  And there are no security bars on our doors and windows since we now live in a much safer area.  We have a long mortgage ahead of us, but at least we are not paying rent to a landlord looking over our shoulders.  (I’m still in complete awe of God opening doors for us.  It is so hard to get a mortgage in this country, especially if you have an unconventional income like ours!)

Although we are only over the mountain and 15 minutes from our previous home, it is still a big transition.  We didn’t know anyone in this area before moving here. While our neighbors are all lovely, we are starting from scratch, once again.  Although exciting, it is also exhausting and stressful.  We didn’t even know where the closest store was to buy milk our first day here!  (Siri, where can I buy milk?)  It strikes a chord deep within us that we don’t have a solid foundation here.  We are constantly reminded that God is our foundation, and that human connections are slow to come by.

We long to reconnect with people who know us well. And for that reason, we have planned a trip back to the U.S. in June and July.  It’s been two years since our last visit, so we are excited to see as many of you as possible.  Stay posted for more details.

National Elections

South Africa had its presidential elections last week, and the ANC (Africa National Congress) won once again.  President Cyril Ramaphosa remains president, and has the challenge to oversee Africa’s largest economy in a country with a 27% unemployment rate (most of which are young people).  Lack of job opportunities and corruption have made people weary.  This was the country’s worst election in terms of voter turn-out: only 65% of voters voted.  Six million eligible youth chose not to register.  The youth, traditionally politically active, have stepped aside in resignation.  They see no future.  (source: www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48211598)

What a challenge for us Christians!  These bleak statistics reflect the desperation many young people feel today.  The prisons are full of people who are capable of working, but have chosen the wrong path due to limited opportunities, and have entered into a cycle of crime.  But that cycle can be broken.

Psalm 146:7 declares:
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free.

Alberto participates in a prison prayer walk every month, pictured above, declaring victory against the powers of the enemy through the blood of Jesus.

There is Hope

Alberto recently met a prisoner from another African country who was the pioneer for the heroin market in South Africa. He used to give people free samples in order to assure a steady client base.  He was sentenced to time in prison for something completely unrelated, and will soon be released.  He recently participated in a Restorative Justice conference, and heard the Gospel for the first time.  He was Muslim.  Not only did he commit his life to Jesus, but he became saddened by the ripple effects of his actions and now wants to make amends.  Please pray that he can be a positive agent of change when he is released.

Ana came home for spring break last month.  Phoebe was so happy to see her that initially she wouldn’t let anyone else get close to her.  It was great to have Ana’s help and enthusiasm as we moved to our new house.  She returned to Hawaii just before her 22nd birthday.

Ana is in her last term of School of the Bible.  In June, her team will embark on a three-month outreach through the northwest U.S. states teaching the Bible at various churches.  Topics will include an OT overview, Messianic predictions throughout the OT, God’s covenants, and an overview of the NT (the later being Ana’s focus).  The team will also spear-head a youth revival conference.  We will sadly not see Ana during our U.S. trip.  (Photo credit: Ana Santos)

Isaac just finished his final exams and is back in Massachusetts with my parents.  He is taking a class and working this summer.

Margaret is about to start final exams for 9th grade.  The stress is on!  She’s had a busy term playing soccer and being in the school play, pictured above. She is excited to come back to the U.S.

Phoebe has had a challenging term at school because of the school’s insecurity about her diabetes, but things are improving, thanks to her doctor’s involvement.  Her facilitator is wonderful, and the teaching staff loving.  I wish Phoebe could tell me about her day, though!

Prayer Requests:

  • Phoebe: for wisdom to know if her school is a good fit, or if we should come up with a different plan.
  • Margaret: for peace as she prepares for her exams.
  • Alberto’s knees: which are both sore after painting our new house.
  • Prison authorities: to be willing to allow more inmates to participate in the ministries Alberto’s team offers.
  • Recently released prisoners: protection and guidance since pressure from their former lives is almost impossible to resist, plus they are seen as a threat in their home communities.
  • South African leadership: to seek God.
  • House-sitters: for God to send us good house sitters while we are away.
  • My friend: for healing as she undergoes her 3rd round of chemo for breast cancer.

 

 

February 5, 2018

We are running out of water!  It’s a very scary time here in Cape Town, and people are panicking.  Feb 1 marked the strictest water restriction to date: 53 gallons/house/day (that’s 200 liters/house/day).  For our family of six, that works out to be eight gallons/day each.  Given the average American consumes 100 gallons of water/day, we have a challenge to meet!

At least we still have water running through our taps, though.  April is the month when taps could run dry and be turned off.  In preparation for this crisis, people are flocking to stores and buying out the drinking water.  The frenzy has left shelves empty in all the grocery stores around us.  Online drinking water is also out-of-stock.  Many people are now lining up for spring water at various sites throughout the city.  

How are we managing?  We are minimising our water usage by using only a few drops of water when needed.  We take two minute showers, and we recycle all water into buckets which are used to flush our toilets.  Soon showers will be replaced with sponge bucket baths.  Our dishwasher is being phased out.  I’m hanging onto the washing machine for as long as I can, but of course drinking water is the biggest priority.  Fortunately, we can still drink the tap water.

Meanwhile, we have stored about 100 gallons of drinking water for post-tap days, and we’ll continue to add to that collection, as we are able.  We hope we have enough to keep us from needing to stand in line for water, which is chaotic and time-consuming.  For our non-potable water needs, our neighbor has graciously agreed to share some of his well water with us.  As a last resort, we’ll use our pool water!

In case things turn ugly here, we will have to go stay with friends who live outside of the danger zone.  Please pray for us for wisdom as we create a contingency plan. We’ll attend a water crisis meeting at the American School next week to discuss their recommended contingency plans!

What is the long-term solution?  Desalination projects are underway, and should be viable by May.  Winter rains should come in June.  Will these two things be enough to restore water to Cape Town?  

Join us as we pray for rain.  Pray for God to have mercy on us and hear our cry.  We are praying He will supply all our needs. Churches are uniting and praying to God to send a wind that will unleash not only physical water, but also spiritual water, and that we will experience an outpouring of God’s spirit.  We are praying for a spiritual shift to take place, that people will see that God is the only true God.  I am reminded of the time of Elijah, when false gods were called upon, but only the true God showed up.  We are praying that God will likewise show Himself in magnificent splendour here in Cape Town, and that revival will be released.  That is our prayer.

“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 41:17)  

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On a more positive note, we are a full house again!  It’s a temporary blessing, which we are relishing.  Pictured to the left are the kids on a nearby beach on Christmas Day.  (Yes, our beaches are cool and windy in the summer!)

Alberto is energized and really excited to see as many prisoners come to the Lord as possible this year.  He was happy to get back into the cells after Christmas and work with the juvenile offenders again. His team recently participated in a prayer walk through the prisons where they prayed for the prisoners/prison system and anointed various entrances.  The theme for the year for prison ministry is God’s Revolution, which is based on 2 Cor 5:17, where we become new creations in Christ.

Joanna is chief schedule and planning coordinator for the family, which is not easy, given the range of activities and seemingly irreconcilable schedules.  She is presently gathering dates and numbers for the increasingly-complicated taxes for living abroad.  Her DTS students have been on outreach since mid-December.  She has been invited to speak at a women’s conference next month, which is new territory for her!

Ana is enjoying being at home again, after finishing her time with the DTS at YWAM.  She is trying to work now.  Her next project is to be a camp counsellor at Camp Deer Run in New Hampshire.  She leaves South Africa for the U.S. in June.  She is planning on doing YWAM’s School of Biblical Studies in September, which is an intense nine- month course.  

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Isaac‘s school picture is above.  He is now out of school, taking the GED, applying for college scholarships, and preparing for his DTS in March.  His DTS will start here in Cape Town, but then moves to Asia!  Instead of sitting in a classroom for three months and then embarking on ministry for two months, this backpacking DTS is a combined five months of mobile classroom and ministry as the class backpacks through various nations in Asia, with a specific focus on the unreached. 

Read more about the school here:

http://ywammuizenberg.org/backpackersdts/

Margaret is back into the busy schedule of 8th grade.  She made honor roll last term, so we are proud!  Her friends have too much drama in their lives for Margaret’s liking, so that has been a challenge.  Thank you for praying for a good Christian friend for her.  A new girl just started school last week, so we are waiting to see!

Phoebe started a new year at her preschool, and now has an aide named Plaky (as recommended by the school), which has been a great addition!  Plaky is originally from Zimbabwe, and loves Phoebe!  We are actually in need of $150 per month to pay her salary.  Please let us know if this is something you can help us with!

Phoebe has started playing with her toys, which has been very exciting to see.  Playing with toys appropriately (as they were intended) is a challenge for children with autism.  Granted, she is not playing with them appropriately yet, but she is packing them into her bag, moving them around, hiding them, etc.  It’s a good beginning! 

Some of the water bottles we have accumulated over the past few weeks.  We have about 75 5-liter bottles at present, which is about 100 gallons.  Is this enough?  (This is creating another problem for the city…what will happen with all this plastic?!?) 

 Jeremiah 17:7-8

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Amen!  We will trust in the Lord and be blessed!  I am praying we will not be worried in this year of drought, but will bear much fruit.  We will proclaim the faithfulness of the Lord.

Prayer Requests

  • Alberto: a plentiful harvest in the prisons this year, clear communication with authorities, and health and unity among the Hope Ministry team
  • Joanna: stamina
  • Ana: guidance on Bible school applications
  • Isaac: enough financial aid and scholarships for college, and finances for his DTS
  • Margaret: a great semester 
  • Phoebe: a good relationship with Plaky
  • Support: more monthly partners to join our team
  • Cape Town: water

Financial Opportunity

If you would like to support our work in South Africa through YWAM and Hope Prison Ministry, please make a donation to Park Street Church with our name in the memo. The online giving link is parkstreet.org/give

We need money for our water fund!  Please let us know if you can help with either this or Plaky’s salary. Thank you for your consideration!

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Above is a practical breakdown of how to use 50 liters of water/day.  Large families are disadvantaged by the new law, which allows 50 liters/person for up to 4 people in a household.  Because of this, our daily limit is actually 33 liters/day (just over 8 gallons a day, as I wrote previously).  I’m slowly adjusting to the metric system!

October 30, 2017

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)

Greetings dear friends.  Thank you for your encouraging emails and prayers as we readjusted to life in Cape Town after our quick visit home.  We are in a good place again, and have lots of exciting news.

YWAM has had various conferences these past couple of months (an international conference in Costa Rica which Alberto attended, and a southern African leadership conference which I attended).  At 82, founder Loren Cunningham spoke passionately about missions and how God delights in using simple people like you and me to spread His kingdom.  His stories of God’s leading were inspiring.  He personally has preached the Gospel in every country in the world.  Through his impeccable historical knowledge, he showed how getting the Bible into people’s hands always proceeds spiritual awakenings and revivals.  He challenged us to keep our urgency in spreading God’s Word to those who do not yet have it, so that they can in turn be released as missionaries.

Attending the Africa conference was particularly meaningful for me, as Africa’s exponential growth among youth is the highest in the world.  Our role of evangelism, discipleship and multiplication here in South Africa is strategic.  It is very exciting to be involved in God’s purposes.

Click to watch a short YWAM video: I am a Missionary.

Click to read the recent NY Times article End of Apartheid in South Africa? Not in Economic Terms.  The desperate plight of the poor here in South Africa lead many to a life of crime and prison.  But God has plans for getting His Word to the inmates.

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Alberto recently participated in a Restorative Justice program at a nearby prison.  One of the participants was a young man named P, who was born in a township by Table Mountain here in Cape Town.  His father was a gangster, and at age eight, P was shot in the head by a stray bullet.  After three years in hospital, he was released as a recovered child.  Revenge had been boiling in P’s blood all these years, so it was not long before he followed his father’s footsteps and joined a gang, thus beginning his criminal lifestyle. 

In and out of prison, P finally attended a Restorative Justice program and wants to take responsibility for his actions.  Please pray that he will take responsibility, and that he will accept Christ’s forgiveness and walk in the reality of a new creation.

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I recently started helping with the DTS (Discipleship Training School) in YWAM Muizenberg, Cape Town.  The focus of this DTS is Children At Risk, which is close to my heart.  Now I have a small group of girls I am discipling, which is very exciting.  They range in age from 17-23, are from four countries and all desire to grow closer to God.  Such a blessing!  Although my commitment is minimal at this point, it is very rewarding, and I enjoy being part of the YWAM team.

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Ana and her DTS (Discipleship Training School) team left for Madagascar September 9, thanks to the generosity of many of you.  Although a tough country, Ana loved the people.  Her team shared Christ through an ESL venue, did Bible studies, and saw many people come to the Lord.

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A few weeks after their arrival in Madagascar the Plague erupted, the same plague that ravaged Europe in the 1300’s.  Transmitted through bacteria from rats and fleas, it can cause death if not treated quickly with antibiotics.  Because of the alarming rise in the death toll, Ana’s team was advised to leave.  After a brief quarantine period, they are now in Johannesburg, trying to make sense of what just happened. 

The situation in Madagascar is dire, so please pray that the WHO and Red Cross continue to provide antibiotics. To read more about the Plague in Madagascar, click here

Meanwhile, Ana and team are in Johannesburg working with at-risk youth through Joseph Project, a YWAM ministry.  The children they are working with are young, but their wounds are already deep.

Soon her team will travel to Swaziland for the remainder of their outreach.  Ana did her previous DTS outreach there last year, so she is excited to lead a new group there.

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Happy birthday Isaac and Margaret!  Isaac is 18.  Margaret is 14.  Both are busy at school, but Isaac is especially stressed by college applications (and me by financial aid applications).  Please pray for this process.

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Phoebe is doing well, now that she is back to her old routine. It’s Down Syndrome Awareness Month, so here’s to Phoebe!

Praises

*Feeling settled again

*Great YWAM conferences

*Alberto’s visit to his family in El Salvador, and his mother’s successful knee surgery

*Friends Cody and Keri’s recent visit

Prayer Requests

*Prisons: for the power of Christ to break through the strongholds in the prisons, especially among the juvenile offenders whom are Alberto’s focus

*P: to make a decision for Christ

*Ana’s team: for God to continue using them to spread His Kingdom

*Madagascar: an end to the Plague 

*College applications/ financial aid applications: for divine intervention as Isaac scrambles to get his essays and various forms to U.S. colleges next month, and for God to open the right doors

*Rain: our drought continues

*Health: we’ve been sick

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Financial Opportunity

If you would like to support our work in South Africa through YWAM and Hope Prison Ministry, please make a donation to Park Street Church with our name in the memo. The online giving link is parkstreet.org/give.  

February 1, 2016

Greetings from hot and dry South Africa, where the temperature is 104° today and going up to 106° tomorrow!  Yikes!  Despite being in the middle of summer, schools started on schedule two weeks ago. January is the first month of the school year here, so things are rather busy right now!  Isaac is still homeschooling grade 10, while Margaret just started homeschooling grade 6.  For the first time since she can remember, Ana is not studying!  

Margaret recently participated in Teen Movement, a two-week Christian camp at YWAM. Participants came from Brazil, Korea and South Africa!  They studied God’s Word for the first week while learning new dramas and songs. The second week they performed in the poor communities of Worcester and at the local hospice.  Their message is that there is hope in Jesus!

Thank you to all of you for your overwhelming support last month!  Your prayers and finances are sacrificial, we know.  May God pour His blessings upon you all!  Alberto can now start to look for a ministry vehicle.  The timing is great, since he has two more invitations to work with young men.  One is a post-prison program, while the second is a discipleship program for men ages 18-21.  Both are exciting opportunities!  Meanwhile, he is still working in the half-way house and with his younger boys.  It continues to be our desire to see young people empowered by the Holy Spirit when they come to a saving grace through the love and atonement of Jesus.

God bless you all in this new year!  Margaret is starting to memorize Psalm 91, which is a beautiful chapter on God’s love and faithfulness.  It is my prayer that we will all rest in the shadow of the Almighty this year.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
(Ps 91: 1-2, 14-16)

PHOTOS

We took our first family vacation since arriving in this country: three nights at the beach and two nights

Camping!  In the background are our damp sleeping bags, as it poured with rain our first night.  We actually camped in an area of South Africa where there is plenty of rainfall, unlike our area!

A Park Street Church reunion in South Africa!  Ashley Spencer-Smith lives in Cape Town now, while Devon and April McGettrick are visiting South Africa.

Our Barnabas group collaborated with Phoebe’s former Sunday School class at Park Street Church.  They sent us Christmas presents!

Our adopted family member Philip Christiansen, from Park Street Church, came to volunteer with YWAM for a couple of weeks!

Wild fires are far too close for comfort! Most of South Africa is experiencing a drought. Rainfall is scarce and wildfires are common.

Prayer Requests

  • Rain for South Africa.
  • Safety in all we do. 
  • Blessings on the new school year for Margaret and all South African kids.
  • Continued wisdom and guidance for Ana and Isaac as they plan their next steps educationally.
  • Absorbent brains for Alberto and Joanna as they learn Afrikaans.
  • The arrival of Alberto’s South African id book, whose release has been tied up.
  • Accreditation process of YWAM with South African officials.  This is an expensive and bureaucratic procedure.
  • Refugees pouring into Europe: a team from our base is leaving today to help YWAM Germany in their outreach to the refugees.

July 28, 2015

Praise God for our house!  Thank you to all of you for your prayers and financial support which made this possible.  It is very exciting to finally unpack and start to feel settled.

South Africa is cold!  With temperatures just above freezing at night, and in the 50’s during the day, we are cold most of the time.  There is no heat, but we have a fireplace to huddle around.  Our house also has an indoor barbecue area, which is typical for Afrikaans homes in this area.  Now we can cook over the open fire when we are cold and when the power goes out (which renders our electric stove useless).

Along with working with boys in the community, Alberto has also started visiting a rehab center where men are recovering from their addictions to alcohol/drugs.  These men are very thirsty for answers in their lives, and are very receptive to hearing about God’s unfailing love and forgiveness.  Most of them have never had access to a Bible or stepped foot into a church.

Picture Captions:

Some neighbors came by with this cake! Afrikaans is the preferred language here, so the sooner we learn it the better! (Isaac, Margaret and I just finished our second term of Afrikaans!)

Isaac left for the U.S. for a month of camping at Camp Brookwoods, made possible through a generous scholarship! It was his first time traveling alone internationally.  He is pictured above in Boston.  He is coming back this week!

Cape of Good Hope, at the tip of South Africa, is where Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias first rounded the Cape in 1488, thereby opening trade with the Far East.  Many boats have crashed on the rocky coast and choppy waters.  Included in our picture is Lydia Bruce, who came from Boston to visit Ana!

We had an outdoor service at YWAM, to publicly declare God’s sovereignty over the base.  Dinner was also served. Potjie is a typical meal here, which is a stew cooked over the open fire in large cast-iron pots.

Phoebe’s favorite place is the kitchen. Here she is pictured helping make rice for the community outreach.

Some of the boys Alberto is befriending.

We met up with the Park Street Church short-term mission team, who came to spread God’s Word in the prisons. Andrew and Anne May were the hosts. It was a very cold night, but wonderful to see friends!

Prayer Requests/Praises

  • Praise God for His provision of housing.
  • Praise God for a good school break for the kids.
  • Pray for the boys Alberto is working with, that they can know the hope of Christ, and live lives of hope, despite their destitute circumstances.
  • Pray for the kids as they return to school and continue to adapt to a different style of eduction.
  • Pray for Ana who graduates later this year, and is considering many different options.
  • Pray for a muscle I pulled in my shoulder right before we moved. The timing was very inconvenient.

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.

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.”