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!