Written by Heidi Boyle
These last few weeks have been filled with so many emotions. I can’t begin to explain how full, frenzied, and fantastic life is right now. We have one month left in Bogotá and a never-ending to-do list. However, our hearts could burst with joy over the arrival of 3 new girls at Findesin (The Beehive). I can’t share the details of the entire story, but just know miracles are happening before our eyes. Two of the girls are sisters and another little girl is only 6 years old and about the size of a 4 year old. They are as precious as can be. We watched as they arrived wide-eyed, anxious, and full of excitement about their new home. They had been counting down the days for many months to move in, like a child waiting for Christmas to arrive. It was so beautiful to see the older girls take the new girls in and care for them like seasoned mothers. Please be in prayer for these lovely girls and for their mothers who dropped them off with grateful yet shattered, bleeding hearts. After witnessing the arrival of these girls, I maintained my composure only long enough to get into our car for the drive home. Then the floodgates burst and I cried tears of joy! Even through these girls have many challenges ahead of them, I’m well aware of the dark side of life they are escaping from. To God be the glory forever and ever!
On a personal note, just last week I still did not have a job lined up. However, job or no job we knew God would open doors and provide our every need. He has always been faithful to provide above and beyond for our family. So we continued to pray, wait, and trust God with our future. Last summer, I told a few people that I would love to work as a teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary school in Wenatchee, WA. Fast forward to April of 2015 and a job opening appeared for 5th Grade English Language Arts. I applied and got an interview. I was offered the job a few days later and am so grateful to God for preparing me for this position and giving me the desires of my heart. I am also happy to report that Gabriella gets to attend Lewis and Clark with me. She will be entering 3rd Grade in the fall and will receive instruction in Spanish for several of her classes throughout the day. She is ecstatic to be able to go to school with mom and we can’t wait to love on all the families and students at Lewis and Clark.
Update on the kids:
A few weeks ago Kelly and I had the privilege of commissioning Ezra into high school along with his classmates. It was a day we will not soon forget. In typical Colombian fashion, the students decided to spend the entire day together from about 10am to 10pm squeezing the most out of each day and simply enjoying being with each other. That was followed by another full day of partying when a girl in his class had her Quinceanera. Again he left at 11am and returned around 11pm. It was a special day filled with dancing, swimming, bowling, an elegant dinner, and a photo booth. He was also pretty happy that he and the boys in his class won the middle school soccer tournament.
Zach has been practicing his soccer, basketball, and football skills with Kelly when he has time. He recently completed his personal goal of reading 45 books for the school year. He got rewarded with lots of Krispy Cream donuts from mom and dad, which is one of his favorite treats. He will be playing a few songs on his guitar for an upcoming recital at school as well. He is very sad to leave his friends here, but excited to see old friends too.
Gabriella performed in a school celebration called Celebrate Colombia by doing a typical Colombian dance with her class. In addition, she recently participated in a Poetry Reading and an after-school craft party with the girls in her class. She also sold magnets with personalized pictures to raise money for children in Africa to have clean water. (see photo below) She is excited about playing her piano in an upcoming recital. She too is grieving the fact that she has to leave the girls at Findesin and her two BFF’s from school, but she looks forward to seeing her friends in Wenatchee. Thank God for facetime and skype!
As you can see life has been very busy and full of roller-coaster emotions for each of us as we prepare to leave Bogotá. However, we all agree there is no greater joy than a life lived with our hands and hearts wide open!
Thank you for partnering with us on this amazing adventure.
*In about a week, Kelly and Zach will fly to Medellin with Pastor Libni to see the ministry that Pastor Ricardo and Beth Gomez are leading. They are working hard to plant a church and minister to the children and families in their community. This is 1 of 5 Free Methodist Churches that will be planted in Colombia under the leadership of Pastor Libni. Amazing things are happening with ordinary men and women who have simply said yes to God. Pray for safe travels and a fruitful time in Medellin.
*Pray that we sell all our belongings here quickly. Praise God that the Middle School Principal from our school here is buying our car. This is a special blessing because we get to use it until the day before we leave and we don’t have to advertise, field calls, and answer detailed questions in Spanish.
*Praise for the people who wrote letters of recommendation and prepared me for my interview. You know who you are and I could not have done it without you! Muchisimas gracias.
*Pray for Kelly as he wraps up all the year-end details of his classes for 7th and 8th grade.
*Pray for the people affected by the earthquake in Nepal and all those suffering around the world that they might know the hope of Christ.
*Praise that 8 additional girls will be arriving at Findesin within a month.
Finally, this is our prayer for all of you:
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests. Psalm 20:1-5
Much Love from the Boyle Family and we will see you in a month!