Please support The Beehive Girls in Bogota

26 Jun

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Our son Ezra recently found a website (YouCaring.com) where nearly every penny of voluntary financial donations go directly to the beneficiary.  He decided to use this platform to raise money for The Beehive girls.  Here is a link to the fundrasing site.

The website uses the most secure form of online money transfer:  Paypal.  We urge you to give a donation (in any amount, the bigger the better) to the girls we love and support.

Human trafficking is in the news a lot lately.  Maybe you have thought to yourself, “I want to do something about this.”  Well, here is your chance.

These girls were rescued from environments where human trafficking is a reality, especially for young girls.  Now they are safe in a home where they can be nourished physically, mentally, and spiritually.

But this doesn’t happen without financial support.  The Beehive is in a vulnerable financial condition right now.  Will you please give generously to this powerful ministry?

Thanks and may God Bless you abundantly,

The Boyles

Captain America Saved the Day!

25 May

A few weeks ago we went to the Colombian VISA office to renew our kids’ visas. Prior to going, I (Heidi) spent hours on the phone with the Colombian government officials trying to find out exactly what paperwork was needed so we wouldn’t run into any problems.  An administrator from our school also called to confirm everything we needed.  After collecting all the necessary paperwork we drove an hour across town, paid all the fees, and then waited a couple more hours. Finally, we had our appointment only to be told we had to return another day with different paper work because the government was no longer issuing student visas.

To make a long story short, we were able to meet with the director of the VISA office.  He told us we could go to the U.S. Embassy and get our children’s birth certificates certified – they would accept that.  So, we arranged to take another day off school and arrived at the embassy only to run into more complications.  Oh, and did I mention the VISAs expire in a week?

I screamed a silent scream in the embassy and asked God for a miracle.  After talking to several embassy personnel who were are all trying to help us but couldn’t, another man stepped up to the counter and asked me where I was from.  We chatted for a bit and he asked if I had heard of a Christian camp in Bellingham, Washington called The Firs.  I said yes.  I went to that camp several times when I was little, and my brother was a camp counselor there.  His sister was also a camp counselor.  What a small world!

Anyhow, thankfully he started working behind the scenes trying to find a solution for us.  Eventually he was able to direct us to a website in Olympia, WA that I didn’t know about.  We were able to order our kids’ birth certificates with the all-important apostille seal.  God willing they will arrive on Monday.

My son Zach was with me when I was talking to this man and Zach thought he looked exactly like Captain America.   We all thought that was funny because he literally saved the day for us! (Although we know who really saved the day)

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The VISAs are just one little thing among many stressors we have been dealing with.  Lately I have been reflecting on the storms of life.  You may have heard the phrase “sometimes God calms the storm and other times he calms his child.”

Psalm 107:28-30  Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,  and he brought them out of their distress.29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;the waves of the sea were hushed.30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.

These last few months have been hard.  Really hard.  But in the midst of the storms we have seen God’s faithfulness. And yes, we still firmly believe we are right where God wants us to be.

Please pray for the following:

  • My (Heidi’s) health has been very compromised and It has been a difficult road.  Pray for complete healing.
  • Yesterday Kelly and Zach got into a fender bender.  They are fine but the car is a bit beat up. Pray we get the insurance sorted out without complications.
  • My (Heidi’s) dad is in ICU this week with all kinds of complications.  Pray that God heals his body and brings peace to each family member. I praise God my dad still has his great sense of humor!
  • Pray for renewed energy to finish the school year strong as we wrap up finals, grades, meetings, evaluations etc.
  • Pray that God continues to prepare the hearts of the WFMC mission team that will be arriving in Bogota, Colombia June 27th.
  • Pray for the girls at Findesin (The Beehive) that they would always know how deeply loved they are by God.

Thank you for praying and partnering with us!  We would love to hear from each of you, so send us an email when you think of it.

Big Hugs from the Boyle Family and we pray you remember God’s awesome power to calm storms!

 

 

A Lost Sheep in Medellin

26 Apr

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So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in theopen pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

By Kelly

During our spring break vacation, we had the special privilege of traveling to Medellin with our good friend Dave Solomon and his daughter, Lauren.  Dave has a special connection to this beautiful city – his mother was a lifetime resident, and through a series of unfortunate events, Dave was given up for adoption in Washington state.

About 11 years ago, Dave began taking steps to find his birth parents and learn about his ethnicity.  To make a long story short, in 2004, Dave reconnected with his Colombian mother and family.  Because his mother had kept Dave a secret, the family was shocked when they found out.  But shock quickly turned to joy and now Dave has spent many years building relationship with his Colombian family.

While in Colombia, one of our prayers was to go with Dave to meet his family and see world-famous Medellin.  We were so happy when God answered that prayer.  As we left Bogota for Medellin, little did we know what was about to happen next.  Here is Kelly and Dave in Bogota before leaving for Medellin.

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And a picture of the Beehive girls and friends from church…

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On our first day we made arrangements to be picked up at the airport by a man named Pedro.  Pedro is friends with a man that works at our school (El Camino Academy).  He came highly recommended as a Christian man of integrity.  When traveling in this area, safety is a big concern.  We thought it prudent to have a trusted tour guide to show us around.  Pedro made arrangements for a van to pick us up at the airport to take us to our first destination.

On the morning of our arrival, Pedro and the van met us at the baggage claim.  It was a typical Colombian school van that seats about 10 people.  The driver was a man named Emerson.  He had a female companion that sat up front in the passenger seat.  We later found out they were married.  After greeting us, they strapped our suitcases on the top of the van.  We hopped in the van and took off to begin our sightseeing of the Medellin area.  Here is a photo of Emerson checking our luggage during a pit stop we made along the way.

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The plan for the first day was to visit an enormous rock called El Penol de Guatape. When we arrived, Emerson and his wife stayed behind to watch our luggage.  We felt a little nervous leaving our luggage on top of the van, but we thought Emerson and his wife would safely guard our belongings.

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After the hike, we ate a typical Colombian lunch at one of the near-by restaurants and invited Pedro, Emerson, and his wife to join us at our table.  Culturally, it’s not common to invite hired help to eat at your table, but we didn’t give it a second thought and offered to pay for their lunch.  Emerson told us he was a teacher at the same private Catholic school where his wife was a van driver.  We had a wonderful lunch, took pictures of the views, and had a nice conversation.

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When we returned to the van, strange things started to happen.  An undercover security guard told us some people in the parking lot had noticed Emerson on top of the van going through our luggage.  Emerson denied the accusation and claimed he was simply checking the luggage to make sure it was secure.  We trusted him, but just to make sure, we confirmed our most valuable belongings were untouched.  Everything was in tact just as we had left it.  We decided not to check the luggage on top of the van since it was only clothing.  Then we left for our hotel in Medellin.

About a mile before we got to the hotel, Emerson jumped out of the van and wished us goodbye.  He said he needed to get his car out of a parking garage and he would see us later. Moments later, we pulled up to the hotel.  We unloaded the luggage from the top of the van and removed our belongings from inside.  Kelly searched underneath the seats for any loose items.  All of the sudden Kelly said, “Do these things belong to us?”  He had a couple of shirts and a windbreaker.  Dave and Heidi both exclaimed, “Yes, these things were in our luggage on top of the van.  They must have been removed by Emerson!”

A second later Ezra realized his wallet was missing from his backpack along with 53 mil pesos (About 27 USD).  We opened our luggage and it was obvious they had been searched.

At this point, we realized the accusations back at El Penol were true.  Pedro suggested we call the police right away.

Four policemen arrived within minutes.  We told them the story and asked if they would let us carefully inventory our belongings to find out what was missing.  It turns out we didn’t have time as the chaos increased.

Emerson’s wife claimed she was innocent and had no knowledge of what happened.  She demanded payment for the day’s services.  Then she admitted she really wasn’t his wife, but instead a girlfriend.  We also found out Emerson isn’t really a teacher – he was lying to us.

As the police assessed the situation, we were shocked to learn they weren’t going to take our side.  As a matter of fact, they said they were going to arrest Pedro and Kelly if we did not pay the woman immediately.

At this point we realized the situation could go from bad to worse real quick.  So, in front of the police, Heidi handed over the money and looked her straight in the eye and said, “We will pay you, but this isn’t right, and God sees everything.”  Her eyes were filled with conviction, but she took the money anyway and left.

Shortly after, Kelly said, “Let’s pray.”  All of us – including the four kids – joined hands and lifted our prayers to God.  We prayed that God would touch Emerson and his girlfriends’ hearts and cause them to turn from their lifestyle of crime.  We also prayed God would bless them.

None of us slept well that night.  And in the morning we found more things missing – two ipod shuffles, a watch, and some clothing.  We felt violated, taken advantage of, and regretful for being so trusting.  But we gave thanks, because the situation could have been much worse.  We were grateful for being safe, especially our precious children!

Dave then recalled the words of a wise Preacher.  The Preacher said, “When you have been wronged and things don’t go as planned, don’t nurse it, don’t curse it, don’t rehearse it – instead, disperse it and LET GOD REVERSE IT!”

Within seconds of Dave sharing this, we looked up, and to our amazement, we saw Emerson at the entrance of the hotel.  He stood there motionless, looking deeply troubled and in desperate need of something.  We all looked at each other in shock.  We hesitated for about a second and then said, “Let’s go see what he wants.”

We approached Emerson.  He had tears welling up in his eyes.  He struggled to get the words out.  We were stunned.  Standing before us was the guy that boldly stole from us no more than 12 hours ago.

The first thing he said is, “Yo soy una oveja perdida” or “I am a lost sheep”.  He said that as a child, he had known the Lord, but as a young man, he got involved in the Medellin Cartel.  He spent time in prison for drug trafficking and murder.  He told us he wanted to make his life right.  He said he wanted to give back all the things he stole from us.  He also told us that he is married and that he was going to return to his wife.  Here is a short video that Lauren took while we were talking with him.

 

 

Eventually Heidi put her hand on his shoulder and told him that we completely forgive him and that God loves him and has great plans for his life and that he needs to leave his old life of sin and live his life for God’s glory.  He reached out to hug us and each of us knew in our hearts this was a holy moment.

A few hours later, Emerson was true to his word.  He brought back our belongings.  And can you guess who he had with him?  HIS WIFE!  Here is a photo of Emerson returning our stuff.

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In the days that followed, we replayed the events over and over.  We expected a nice, peaceful vacation.  But God had other plans.  He wanted to use us to reach one of his lost sheep.  And He chose us to be a part of his amazing plan.

Please pray with us that wherever Emerson is today he would know the unconditional love of the Father who searches, finds, and lovingly cares for every lost sheep!

Rhythms

23 Mar

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It has taken us nearly 9 months to figure out the rhythms of a city of 8 million people. The traffic can be unbearable and so we are learning the value of patience, time management, and multi-tasking.  Last night we went grocery shopping at 10 p.m. in order to avoid the 30 minute wait at the cashier.

The photo below was taken today in the shopping mall near our house.  These Futbol fans are watching Real Madrid vs. Barcelona at a kiosk in the middle of the mall.  Futbol is big around here…..really big.  We can hardly imagine what it will be like when World Cup gets underway.  GO COLOMBIA!

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We are back in the rhythm of school after a two week quarantine from chicken pox.  I (Heidi) was allowed to work due to the fact that I had chicken pox when I was little.  However, the Health Department mandated all family members who had not had the virus to stay home for 2 weeks.  So I had to go to school in sweats and then shower and disinfect in the nurse’s office at school before entering my classroom.  This is just one example of the vast differences in culture.  It was a stressful couple of weeks with illness, being cooped up in a small apartment with 3 active children while Kelly was trying to work from home.  Also, it was a challenge for the kids to stay on task and keep up with assignments from 19 different teachers.  Thankfully, life feels a little lighter now as we are back in the rhythm.  We’ve wrapped up 3rd quarter grading and finished parent/teacher conferences.  It feels good.

Additionally, we are very excited for Semana Santa (Holy Week) which is coming up on the week preceding Easter.  Our good friend Dave Solomon and his daughter Lauren are planning on visiting us.  Dave is originally from Medellin (another large city about 12 hours by car from Bogota).  So, after he visits us here in Bogota, we plan to go to Medellin with Dave and Lauren to meet their family.

Finally, things are buzzing at the Beehive as Pastor Libni has organized a group of leaders to help build long-term financial support for the girls.  We have been invited to participate in hopes the additional support will bring 6 more precious girls to live at the Beehive.

Today we had the privilege to bring Mayerly and Leidi home for a day of fun.  We cherish these days and enjoy lavishing them with special treats.   They danced to the rhythms of Wii’s “Just Dance” with our kids.

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We can’t wait for the group of high school students and adults from Wenatchee Free Methodist Church to arrive and meet the girls who live at the Beehive.  We know they will treasure their new friendships and be deeply impacted by the mission trip.

A few recent highlights include:

*The kids all received good grades and reports on their report cards, which is no easy task while learning a new school system, language, culture, curriculum etc.  They also enjoyed a very special lunch at Gurus (our favorite bakery down the street from the Beehive) last Sunday with Diana, Jennifer and Maria Paula.

*I (Heidi) am making progress speaking Spanish.  I scheduled an eye exam for Gabriella, helped translate for Kelly at the clinic where he recently got the chickenpox vaccine, and ordered pizza – all in Spanish.  Yes, I fumbled through it, laughed at myself, made all kinds of verb conjugation errors – but hey the Pizza made it to the right house so we are making progress.

*Kelly enjoys teaching Latin American History, U.S. History, and finding creative ways to make learning fun.  He also drives like a local Colombian while I close my eyes and pray about every 10 seconds.

We hope you are enjoying the rhythms of your life and we want to thank you for all your prayers and support!

Joy in Service

23 Feb

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Much has happened in the past 8 months as we have been adjusting to life in Latin America.  The above picture is of 5 of the 9 beautiful girls who live at FINDESIN, also affectionately known as The Beehive.  We hang out with the girls every Sunday, and once a month we have the privilege to bring a few of the girls home with us for the afternoon.  We eat, play games, watch movies, hang out and relax.  Time spent with the girls is always a highlight of our week.

We are thrilled to share an important opportunity to help the girls.  Set Free Movement has partnered with International Childcare Ministries to raise awareness and financial support for FINDESIN on a scale never seen before.  Set Free organizes an annual event called Freedom Sunday.  The event – to be held on March 9th – is a significant effort in the world-wide movement to end modern slavery.  Please take a few minutes to read about this event – and by all means, please give as generously as you can to this important work.  The donations received will go toward interior remodeling projects and the salary of a full-time Christian caregiver.  The improvements are necessary to meet government regulations so that six more girls can be rescued from abusive situations and/or desperate poverty.

In other news, we can hardly wait for the arrival of a group of young adults from the Wenatchee Free Methodist church.  They will fly down in late June with the intention to minister and serve here in the name of Jesus.  We expect they’ll make a huge impact on the church, the Beehive girls, and the surrounding neighborhood.  Plans include a 5-day vacation-bible-school-style outreach to children in a local park, street evangelism in the evenings, and sharing lots of time with the Beehive girls.  A team from Georgia will also join the ministry efforts. The goal is to learn from one another and share the love of Christ with the beautiful people of Bogota.

At El Camino Academy, life is never dull.  After Christmas break my class had an outbreak of Chicken Pox so the whole 4th grade class had 2 weeks of virtual school.  I was busier than ever preparing online lessons and correcting stacks of homework: equivalent fractions, persuasive essays, Science and Social Studies projects, and much more.  We recently celebrated “Spirit Week” and “Celebrate Colombia Day.”  Celebrate Colombia is a day to honor the history, traditions, and customs of Colombia.  Gabriella’s class performed a dance in honor of the indigenous Colombians.

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My 4th grade class also performed a traditional dance.  They looked so grown up in their make-up and costumes!

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On the homefront, our children are doing well and learning so much in all areas of life – especially in their Spanish classes.  Language acquisition is difficult when you spend all day in an English-speaking school.  We are so proud of our kid’s achievements!  A few nights ago, Gabriella invited a friend over for a sleepover.  They held a wedding for Ella’s little horses complete with a wedding dress and a home-made red carpet.  Oh the joys and creativity of 7 year olds!

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Well, that’s all for now.  Thank you for your prayers and financial support and may your days be filled with the joy of the Lord!

Teaching at El Camino Academy

14 Jan

“Teaching at El Camino Academy” by Heidi

Feliz Ano and Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters!

A few days ago we returned to our teaching jobs at El Camino Academy (ECA).  This blog post will give you a little insight into our lives as missionary teachers here in Bogota.

El Camino Academy is a Christ-centered educational community biblically equipping bilingual servant-leaders to transform their world.

ECA’s mission is to:

  • Provide a Bible-centered education primarily in English, using a U.S. curriculum that meets Colombian and U.S. educational requirements
  • Foster spiritual growth within the educational community by promoting vibrant personal relationships with God
  • Influence students and the community through modeling Christ-likeness and discipling intentionally
  • Encourage participation in service and missions opportunities.

I teach 4th grade and Kelly teaches 7th and 8th grade Language Arts/Social Studies.  We serve alongside other teachers from all over the world.

Since we are missionaries, we do not receive a salary.  Instead, we are supported by individual members from our church family in Wenatchee along with other friends and family members in the States. We also get a small stipend from the school, which helps with a few of our bills – and when you are a missionary living on a tight budget, every little bit helps.  Nonetheless, the experience we are getting as a family is priceless.

There are many tangible benefits to our jobs at ECA.  For example, our children attend tuition free.  We also receive expert instruction in the Spanish language.  Furthermore, we get free hot lunches every day.  It’s not the type of school lunch you remember from way back when.  Not even close! It’s a huge, delicious lunch with fresh fruit and juices along with rice, meat, vegetables, soup, salad, and dessert.  Colombians eat big lunches, and believe me when I say, after eating breakfast at 5:30 a.m., we have enormous appetites.

Another benefit of working for the school is free transportation.  We have a car here in Colombia (thanks to our supporters) but due to the traffic issues in this city of 8 million people, letting someone else drive is a relief.  The traffic is so bad in Bogota the government made a law called Pico y Placa which means cars can drive on either odd or even days depending on their license plate number.  This law helps alleviate the congested traffic.  If you attempt to drive on your “off” day, your car is impounded and you’ll get a huge fine.

El Camino Academy is a world-class school and we are blessed to serve there.  We thank God for His clear guidance in leading us to this place.  We took this step of faith together as a family so that we could pursue God’s will with all our heart .  Is it easy? No! Is it worth it?  Absolutely!

When you step out in faith, miracles happen. As we move forward into uncharted territory, His still small voice guides, shapes and transforms us when we quiet our hearts and stop to listen.

I encourage you to stop, listen, and take the next step of faith.  It is totally worth it.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

31 Dec

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Looking Back, Looking Forward by Kelly

Recently, Zach made an observation that captures the spirit of our first six months in Bogota.

“Hey Dad, I’ve never had a sunburn in December.”  With a smile and a nod, my mind acknowledged how vastly different life is now that we live near the equator.

We’d just returned from spending time with friends.  They’d invited us to join them at their vacation home about two hours outside of the city – a place where we could enjoy the tropical landscape Colombia is famous for.  We lounged around the pool, watched movies, and rested from the intensity of living in a city of 8 million people.

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The respite provided opportunity for reflection.  And reflection is a great time to put life in perspective.

Prior to leaving the states, many warned of culture-shock, a feeling of disorientation that affects people who live outside their home country.  Like any typical American, we thought the consequences would be minimal because, well, we’re Americans (we tend to be overly self-reliant).

Of course, as you probably already guessed, the fantasy of invincibility evaporated.  In the past six months, we have each experienced a variety of emotions, both good and bad:  joy, fun, excitement, and contentment — frustration, anger, sadness, and loneliness.  I must admit there are times when the negative emotions have felt overwhelming, and you’re not really sure what to do — but, thankfully, God’s grace always helps us through another day.

One odd experience I must share is the how I seem to have lost my sense of time.  I’m not exaggerating when I say it feels like we’ve been gone for several years.  I think something happens inside a person when they move cross-culturally that causes them to lose the perspective of life history.  It feels as if you’re born into an altogether new life and months feel like years.  When I talk to locals, I often refer to Wenatchee as “back home” — but it seems half-hearted, as if Wenatchee is a distant memory.  I haven’t lost my love for Wenatchee and the United States, but living here has definitely loosened my attachment. 

There is so much more I would like to share with you, more than I have time to write, and more than you have time to read.  So rather than write a book, here are just a few brief thoughts I’ve had recently:

  • Colombians focus almost everything on personal relationships, much more so than Americans, and they inevitably find a way to have fun together.  If you want to laugh, dance, and sing — hang out with a Colombian.  Hopefully some of that will rub off on me because it’s such a good quality.

  • My heart breaks for friends who have been affected by the violence in Colombia.  We know many that have suffered personal loss or have made substantial life changes because of threats.  We have been told about persecution, kidnappings, car bombings, and many other types of terrorism.  I ponder the privileged life we Americans live — the safety, security, and peace.  And then I admire the courage of Colombians to persevere in spite of it all.

  • Life is better when you walk more often, especially to places like the park, grocery store, bakery, or to a friend’s house.  We have a car, but given the traffic conditions, it would be foolish to drive anywhere within a 10 block radius of our home.  Walking is fun, relaxing, and good exercise, especially at 8000 ft above sea level.

  • The Beehive girls have graciously accepted us into their family.  They’re sweet, adorable, and kind.  God’s miracle-working power is evident in their lives and it is a privilege to love them as daughters.  Through our relationships with the girls, I expect God will change our hearts so that we become more loving and compassionate.

  • I can’t imagine a life without my supportive, loving, and forgiving family.  They give me grace every day and  I thank God for Heidi, Ezra, Zachary, and Gabriella.  Bottom line:  they are the best!

  • Living and working in a city this size requires significant physical, emotional, and mental energy.  I see so many people struggling to survive in a system where the odds are stacked against them.  The desperation is tangible and real.  Only God can make sense of the corruption, injustice, and poverty found in most Latin American cities.

  • Security guards, police, and military men with automatic weapons really do make you feel safer.  Our home is located within a fortress surrounded by 24 hour guards, 10 ft fences, and gated entrances.  That’s just the norm in Bogota.

  • Serving as a missionary doesn’t make you perfect.  Hardly!  Being in a position like this can leave you feeling powerless and weak.  So many times I’ve told myself “I can’t do it Lord.”  And then I remember it’s not my strength, but His.  When I surrender my own self-will, somehow God provides the strength to go on.

  • In Bogota, there’s no such thing as “road rage.”  It’s normal to cut someone off when merging or changing lanes so nobody gets mad.  Also, speed limits and stoplights are mostly optional.  As a driver, there’s definitely a thrill factor.  Heidi and the kids hang on for dear life while Dad gives his best impression of Mario Andretti.

  • Middle school students in Colombia aren’t that much different from those in the U.S.  They like to play video games, care about friendships, and need to know their teacher loves them, even when they misbehave.

  • And here’s the last one, in Proverb form:  It’s not hard to live with less when you live with purpose.  This concept really hit home a few days ago on Christmas.  When you see your kids smile, appreciate, and not complain about the 2 or 3 small gifts they received, you know they are beginning to understand the greater purpose of life.  After all, if you have Jesus, what else compares?

Dear friends and supporters, I am very thankful for you today.  It’s our heart’s desire to represent Jesus and represent you with excellence.  In spite of the culture-shock, we are thriving — all because of God’s grace through your prayers and support.  

I pray this next year is the “best year ever” for you and for us.  And by God’s grace, it will be.  So stay tuned, some really big things are about to happen here in Bogota.

Overflowing with gratitude,

Kelly

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Well, it has been a whirlwind these last few months.  Our school hosted the Association of Christian Schools International Conference the week of Thanksgiving.  We had an amazing week of professional development and we met educators from all around the world.  The speakers were outstanding! Kelly and I were challenged and inspired to continue shaping the hearts and minds of our students to be leaders with ethics, wisdom and Christian character.

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One former student of El Camino Academy shared that her school years were extremely formative in her faith.  In fact, at the conference, she shared that she was recently in her college class and asked her classmates if given the chance to engage in corruption, would they participate? Sadly, almost every one of them said yes.  She said it was her life mission to fight corruption and stand strong in her faith.  Our prayer is that our students would not just learn reading, writing and arithmetic, but they would understand at a heart level what it means to serve, love and empower the least of these.

Last week Pastor Mike visited us and put on a conference at our church here in Bogota.  It was a fantastic week sharing, exploring, and hanging out together.  The timing was perfect and we parted ways refreshed and encouraged.

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The conference was very well attended and it was fun to hear Pastor Mike preach in Spanish.  Thankfully, we understood almost every word he said.

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The girls at the Beehive were blessed with gifts from our WFMC family when Pastor Mike was here.  Also, thanks to Rick and Lynne Piper we all enjoyed a delicious lunch at Guru’s.  It’s one of our favorite spots to eat.  Thanks Rick and Lynne, we love and miss you!

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Each week our family has enjoyed getting to know the girls at the Beehive better.  It’s fun to finally be able to understand them and communicate better. We teach them English and they teach us Spanish.  We have also had the privilege to bring four Beehive girls to our home for a special day with us.  The kids enjoyed playing games, going to the park, and eating lots of food together.  One of the highlights of having them with us was buying them their favorite dessert and watching their eyes light up with excitement over such a simple treat.  Our relationship with them has blessed us beyond words.  We wish we could take each one of them home with us.  Their life stories would make you weep, but their faith and all that they have overcome makes you stand in awe of God’s amazing transformation power.

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Our family is so happy with all the new friends and Colombian community God has provided for us.  One of my prayers before arriving was that each of our children would make at least one good friend.  Well we have so many friends it’s difficult to rest because of all the Colombian hospitality.

Photo: After party...

God has also answered another prayer of mine, which is to bridge the school that we work at with the Beehive and our church here in Bogota.  The school is located about an hour drive from the Beehive depending on traffic.  A father of one of my students has been instrumental in providing government connections to our Pastor here in the midst of a corrupt system.  Another family from our school has been serving the Beehive girls by blessing them with new clothes and shoes for Christmas and special treats every time they visit the Beehive.  Their generosity has been an unexpected and beautiful gift.

We are in our last week of school before break.  My grades and report cards are done and Kelly will deliver his final exam tomorrow.

Thank you again for all your prayers and support!

Hasta Luego,

La  Familia Boyle

Prayer Requests:

1.  Rapid Spanish Acquisition

2.  Rest, unity and humility for each member of our family

3.  Healing from migraines

4.  Wisdom in parenting, teaching and our work with the Beehive

5.  For the Beehive girls to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas break

Nick Vujicic visits our school, El Camino Academy

2 Nov

We were privileged to meet Nick Vujicic, a man of courage and hope.  He represents – with humility, humor, and boldness  — the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.  He spent the past 4 weeks travelling throughout South America with the Director of our school, Beth Afanador, and her husband, Rafa Afanador, the official promoter and manager of the evangelistic outreach.  Beth begins the presentation with prayer.

This is one of those moments that we will remember forever.  We would be honored if you took a few minutes out of your busy day to watch and enjoy.

Note:  The blonde girl in the foreground is none other than our precious little Gabriella.

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