Recently we had a week off for Semana Santa (Holy week) which included an incredible Easter service. Now we are back in the swing of things at El Camino Academy. It’s already the 4th quarter at school and we can hardly believe we’ve been living in Bogotá almost two years. We only have two months before we pack our bags, sell everything we own minus our clothes, and return to our homeland.
We are already beginning to grieve the loss of everything we hold dear here in Colombia. Our friends, church family, and the staff and students at El Camino Academy have impacted our lives beyond measure. We plan to continue our relationship with this beautiful country filled with some of the most joyous people on earth. Our hope is to support the church and girls home we work with on an on-going basis through short term mission trips, publicity, prayer, and relational/financial partnerships.
We have no idea what our lives will look like when we return. We did keep our house in Wenatchee and have had an amazing tenant renting our house the entire time. The plan is to return to our house in Wenatchee. That is one of the only things we know for certain at this point. It is a little scary to live in the dark, unknown spaces of life, but we know God is directing our every step as we walk in faith.
Our oldest son Ezra will be entering high school in the fall and we can hardly believe how fast time has gone and how much he has grown recently. It seems like just yesterday Kelly and I were kissing his chubby little baby cheeks and marveling as he discovered the world around him. Our middle child Zach will be entering 7th grade at Foothills Middle School. We are constantly amazed by Zach’s compassion, his relational skills with young and old, and his incredible potential to be a world changer. Gabriella is only 8 years old, but wise beyond her years. She is a friend to all, even when rejected. She is artistic, creative, and very responsible. She is torn about what she wants to be when she grows up. At this point, she is contemplating being an illustrator, artist, singer, dancer, writer, or a teacher. Whatever she decides to do, we know she will complete the job with passion and excellence. Our hope is to choice her into Lewis and Clark Elementary School so she can continue with her Spanish language acquisition.
I (Heidi) plan to teach in the fall, God willing. I could use your prayers for an interview and a job offer. What we know now is that we will have four different school schedules with elementary, middle, high school and wherever I happen to land. Life will be busy, hard, and wonderful.
Kelly is asking God to open doors for him as well and for God to confirm which direction he should go. He is looking at several different options, so please pray with us for clarity and confirmation.
We ask that you would be praying for a smooth transition back to Wenatchee for each of us and that we would find two reliable used cars to buy when we return.
We sure appreciate your prayers for all the changes ahead. Please pray that God would keep us united and strong as a family as we leave the life we have established in Bogotá, Colombia and re-enter the American culture. Pray we keep our eyes on the prize!
Finally, we want to give a huge shout out to all our friends and family who have sacrificed to support us these past two years. We could not be here without you; we sincerely thank you for your generosity and prayers. Thank you for giving to the Lord and his work.
We would love to hear what is new with you, so send us an email. We miss you all, and in case you are wondering, our return date is June 16th.
Dios les bendiga ricamente (God bless you richly)
Love, Kelly, Heidi, Ezra, Zach and Gabriella