Gifts, more gifts, and the ultimate gift

4 Jul

Thursday was the day we decided to distribute the gifts that we had brought with us. The gifts were an assortment of clothing, toys, crafts, and games.  Several of the team members purchased gifts and brought them down in their luggage. The rest of the gifts were from generous donors in the Wenatchee area and beyond.

The girls were beyond excited to receive the things that we had brought to them. Mama Ruth asked the girls to sit down and they politely complied. We opened each bag one by one and Mama Ruth handed out the gifts to each girl. One of our fondest memories is watching the girls wait with eager anticipation as Mama Ruth decided who would get each gift. At times she would give them a choice, and other times she would simply choose which girl would get what. We never heard any complaining or arguing amongst the girls.

I don’t want to over spiritualize the act of giving gifts, but I can’t help but say how much better it is to give than receive. We could feel the divine presence of God, and it seemed like each article of clothing and each toy had a predetermined destination for each specific girl. 

Once all the gifts of been handed out I asked the girls to take a seat and listen to a few things that I had to say. I told them that our hope was that every time they enjoyed one of the gifts that we had brought, they would remember the ultimate gift: Jesus Christ. I told him that our main purpose for coming down was to remind them that Jesus loves them and that He had died for their sins. I told them that if they were to put their trust in Jesus, His love would carry them through life. No doubt they’ve heard this message before so it wasn’t brand-new to them. When I asked the girls to raise their hand if they had put their trust in Jesus, all hands went up.

The Beehive is not a government program or a secular foundation. The Beehive is a house built by God and dedicated to disciple and teach young girls to live a life that fulfills their God-given purpose and design. We feel like we played a small role in helping these girls continue walking that path. The real heroes are the ones that are there with these girls day after day after day. We give honor and thanks and praise to God and his servants who faithfully love these girls back to health and well being.

If you would like more detailed information on The Beehive, please contact me and I would be happy to tell you how to support this effective, Christ-centered ministry.

May God bless you,



Laughter is the best medicine…

30 Jun

Yesterday was a day filled with smiles and laughter. We hired a bus and took the girls to a very special place here in Colombia. The name of the place is Jaime Duque. It is a combination of a zoo and an amusement park and an exhibit of Colombian history. The founder of the park, Mr Jaime Duque, had a vision to bring the children of the country to the park so that they could have fun and learn more about their history. And that’s exactly what happened.

It was a day of firsts. The girls had never been to a zoo or amusement park or anything closely resembling a place like this. You should’ve seen their eyes when we pulled in. The bus broke out in shouts of joy and applause. Everything about this place causes you to ooh and ahh and say wow. We took the girls straight to the little kiddie rides. They love the merry-go-round and various other carnival type entertainment. Their favorite was the ball pit. If you don’t know what that is it is the place where there are thousands of little balls and you jump in as if it were a swimming pool. They laughed and laughed and laughed some more. I could sense that they felt totally free and safe. Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched them and thought about where they had come from.

After the rides we went to have lunch. The girls have such a polite manners you would think that they have been raised by a very strict parents. I have learned that the reason why they are so polite is because of the deep gratefulness they have for getting food on a regular basis. I was surprised to learn that many of the girls had never eaten a hamburger before in there entire life. Now think about that for a minute. Do any of you know a seven-year-old girl that has never had a hamburger? I doubt it. I was both stunned and elated at the same time.

After lunch we walked to the zoo. The girls were able to see tigers and parrots and monkeys and all the animals found in this beautiful country. The best part was sitting and watching the monkeys playing. They put on a fantastic show for us and we once again laughed and laughed together.

There’s so much more that I could tell you but I simply don’t have the time. This morning we will be taking all of the clothes that we have and the towels and the sheets and other gifts.  These gifts were purchased with money received from our supporters. There are so many generous donors to this mission trip I could never name them all. As I write this I feel a lump in my throat and tears forming in my eyes once again. Your generosity is filling the hearts of these girls with deep and abiding joy. I love you all so much.

Please keep praying for us because we will be doing some sightseeing in the city tomorrow and there are some dangerous parts that we will walk through. Also on Saturday we will be participating in an out reach in a very poor part of the city. We hope to reach many children and bring them in to a new church plant that is happening there.

Yo les quiero mucho y un abrazo grande a ustedes,


Serious Fun!

28 Jun

When we were children, nobody had to show us how us how to play, we just went and found a way to have fun. As adults, we still find ways to have fun, but it’s so different from when we were young. How long has it been since you’ve grabbed the hands of two different adults and tried to flip yourself over backwards? How long has it been since you asked somebody to grab your hands and twirl you around like a helicopter blade? How long has it been since you got in a circle with your friends and just bounced a ball to each other for a half an hour straight? Wouldn’t you agree that as adults we have lost so much of the God-given innocence found in play?

This week our team is learning that one of the best ways to show God’s love to a child is to play with them. The moment we arrive at The Beehive in the morning, our new friends are ready to start having fun. Some want to draw or color while others want to finish their bracelets. Others prefer to play with the soccer ball and still others simply want to hold your hand or sit on your lap. These girls have suffered from a serious lack of attention and affection. As we spend time with them we see them coming out of their shells and expressing themselves in a whole new way. A few are extremely shy and did not want to talk or be touched when we first arrived. We now see these girls wanting to play hide and seek or asking to be tickled. I’m not stretching the truth when I say that there are miracles happening right before our very eyes.

I can’t say enough good things about the team that we have. Every single person on this team is giving their full effort towards pouring out love upon these girls. The young adults are having the time of their lives playing, joking, and embracing the girls throughout the day. I love watching them share the love of Jesus through acts of kindness and patience and service. They’ve also done a great job interacting with the girls and using all the Spanish they have learned. We have some future world-changers in this group.

Yesterday we spent a lot of time using the crafts that were donated by a very special person in Wenatchee. Then we went out to a local park and played on the merry-go-round and the slide and the monkey bars and on the soccer field. Today we walked the girls a few miles to a beautiful botanical garden. Then we took them to one of the largest parks in all of Latin America. It has a beautiful play area, a sandy beach, and large open spaces with lots of beautiful trees. It was easy to see that the girls felt as if they had gone to heaven.
Tomorrow will be even better. We have hired a bus to take us to a very special place called Jaime Duque. This place is a combination of an amusement park and a zoo along with special exhibits that explain the history of Colombia. Tomorrow may very well be the very best day of their entire life. What a privilege to have this opportunity to bless these girls!

Please continue to pray for us as we move about in a dangerous city. Also pray that the time we spend here makes eternal impact on these girls.

Dios te bendiga!


Love in Action 

26 Jun

We are thrilled to be here in Bogota. Our flights were smooth and each of our 19 bags arrived safely. Our hotel is better than expected and we are a short 5 minutes from the church.  The team is in high spirits after spending 2 full days with the girls from The Beehive and worshipping with the Bogota Free Methodist church.

This morning I was asked to preach. It was so good to see my brothers and sisters in Christ. I felt the emotions deep in my soul. I taught from Psalm 34, a psalm of David. There are 5 heart attitudes in this psalm that every Christ follower should develop in their lives: Praise, Prayer, Purpose, Purity, and Passion. This message was well received and many came forward for prayer at the end. The team enjoyed the lively Colombian style of worship. Oh how I have missed my church.

The girls have captured our hearts. They soak up all the love, attention, and affection we can give them. We have taken them to the local parks, painted their nails, and did some crafts with them. We watched Colombia defeat the USA last night. Ezra played the antagonist and cheered for the US. The girls bought into his game and shouted with elation when Colombia scored the only goal of the match.


We are filled with joy to be here and thankful for all our financial supporters who made this possible. This is a place where miracles happen. I cannot put into words what I feel when I look into the eyes of the precious girls who until just recently were victims of unspeakable abuse and utter poverty. You can’t learn about this by reading a book. The only way to understand is to go in person. After all, that’s the way of Jesus. Don’t just read about serving, go and do it.

Thanks for reading and may God bless you immensely. Please keep us in your prayers.

Best to you,


It’s GO Time!

23 Jun

In a few short hours, the Wenatchee Free Methodist Bogota Mission team will be heading over to Seattle to begin the journey to Colombia.  We fly out early Friday morning from SeaTac and arrive in Bogota at approximately 6:30 PST.

As we go, we carry with us high expectations to witness and feel the presence and the power of God working in and through us as we share His love with the Bogota church and The Beehive.

Please pray for us: for protection, guidance, and wisdom.  We invite you to participate in this beautiful cross-cultural ministry through your prayers.

Thanks and check back for updates!

~ Kelly

Bogota Mission 5k Run/Walk Fundraiser

1 Jun


Want to burn a few calories while helping at-risk girls in Bogota?  Here’s your chance!

This Sunday, June 5th, at 4:00 pm, we’ll be firing the starting gun for the Bogota Mission 5k Run/Walk.  You can register early at this website, or, just simply show up 30 minutes prior to the race and we’ll get you set up.  This is a family-friendly event so bring the kids, the dog, the baby jogger, and yourself.  The race begins at Walla Walla park in Wenatchee.  Just come on down, you’ll find us at the starting line.  The cost is $25 per person or $65 per family.  Donations of higher amounts are welcome, too!

Here are the girls we’ll be supporting on this mission trip:

This mission trip will consist of 13 people, a mixture of adults and teens.  We’ll be working with the girls at The Beehive, a home for girls who have been rescued from dire circumstances and are at high risk of sex trafficking.  We’ll also be supporting the Bogota Free Methodist church.  The dates for the trip are June 24 through July 4.  Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated!

May God bless you immensely

Kelly Boyle

Joy To The World

24 Dec

Dear Friends and Family,

We are so thankful that God placed YOU in our lives!  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This video is a 2 1/2 minute highlight reel of our year:

Boyle Family Christmas 2015

Opportunity to Partner with Colombia

23 Oct

The following message was written by Ricardo and Beth Gómez, Free Methodist Missionaries to Colombia and Latin America, on behalf of the Colombian Mission District board.  We are posting it to our blog in an effort to raise awareness and support for this valuable church-planting initiative.

Dear Friend,
Greetings from Colombia.  We write to you today to give you and your church the opportunity to be a part of the expansion of the Kingdom of God as it is taking place in Colombia.
Over the past 5 years, the Colombian Mission District has grown from one church in Bogotá to include churches in other parts of Bogotá, Barrancabermeja and Medellín for a total of 5 Free Methodist churches. The Colombian Mission District leader, Libni Gasca, now has the support of a national board that helps him develop sustainable systems for exponential growth for the Kingdom of God in Colombia and beyond.
This board has created a strategic plan to plant healthy, biblically-based, mother churches  in major urban cities of Colombia that will in turn plant more churches in each Colombian city. As a mission district, we are committed to leadership development and developing sustainable systems that serve the specific needs of our communities.   There are 48 million residents in Colombia, many of whom have yet to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and we want to change that.
Church Planting Initiative logo
This is your opportunity to share Christ with the people of Colombia! Watch and share this video and then prayerfully consider investing in the Colombia Church Planting Initiative in one (or more) of the following three ways:
Pray. Will you or your church commit to pray regularly for the Colombia Church Planting Initiative?   If so, we commit to send monthly prayer reports to you. Please let us know by responding affirmatively to this email.
Give.   Resources invested in the Colombia Church Planting Initiative will be used to train local pastors and leaders, mobilize leadership throughout the country, provide materials, rent/build facilities, and more. You are invited to make a one-time donation or an ongoing gift.
Please register your commitments or make your donations in one of the following three ways through the Colombia Country Share Account.
  1. Online.
  2.  Printable form –  Print and mail to: Free Methodist World Missions, 770 N High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214. (Checks should be made out to Free Methodist World Missions with Colombia CSA in the memo line.)
  3. Call 800-342-5531, ext. 236

Together we can accomplish what we cannot do alone. Will you consider putting together a short-term VISA team that can come and help us cast vision, participate in evangelization activities and/or work on construction team? Please let us know what your interests are so we can begin planning accordingly.
There are 48 million opportunities to share Christ in Colombia. This is your opportunity to participate with us. Will you join us? We look forward to hearing from you!
Ricardo and Beth Gómez, Free Methodist Missionaries to Colombia and Latin America
Written on behalf of the Colombian Mission District board

New Contact Info for the Boyles

27 Jul

Dear friends,

Here is our new contact information:

Kelly and Heidi Boyle
Ezra, Zachary, and Gabriella
2251 Stephanie Brooke
Wenatchee, Wa 98801
(509) 663-6465 Home
(509) 670-0795 Kelly
(509) 670-4052 Heidi
And Kelly’s new Realtor contact information:
Kelly Boyle
Premier One Properties
925 Fifth St
Wenatchee, Wa 98801
Direct:  (509) 670-0795
Twitter:  @kboyle_realtor
Instagram:  kboyle_realtor

Back Home in Wenatchee

23 Jul



Hello Friends and Family,

We are back home and wanted to write an update on all that has happened in the last few months.  We have transitioned back to the Wenatchee Valley.  We moved back into our home on the first of July.  Since then we have been unpacking and buying a few needed items on Craigslist, including a used car.

Heidi accepted a job teaching 5th Grade English Language Arts at Lewis and Clark Elementary School.  Lewis and Clark is a dual-language school. Heidi is excited about this opportunity to use her teaching and language skills in this school. Teacher orientation starts mid-August.  In addition, she recently completed a month-long Spanish Immersion Class at Wenatchee Valley College.  This was a special gift from the Wenatchee school district because they paid for the class. A few people have asked why she would take a Spanish class after living abroad for 2 years, but learning a language takes an enormous amount of time and effort. Now she feels better prepared for working in the bilingual environment.

Ezra is headed to the high school this year and is now taller than mom.  He is eager to attend a school with so many academic and athletic opportunities.  He says 2400 students won’t be daunting after living in a city of 9 million for two years.

Zach is entering seventh grade at Foothills Middle School and looks forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones.  He wants to participate in several clubs and sports.  He now plays his guitar on the middle school worship team and really enjoys it.

Gabriella will attend Lewis and Clark with her mom.  She will be entering third grade.  Half her classes will be taught in Spanish, so she is excited to learn and be in the same building as mom.  This summer she participated in the WRAC Summer Swim Team and loved it!  She loves to keep up with her big brothers!

I (Kelly) have returned to the real estate business at Premier One Properties.  I’ve always enjoyed the challenge and thrill of helping people pursue their real estate goals so returning to the business is exciting.  Many have asked why I am not continuing with the teaching profession.  The answer is a bit long to share here but suffice it to say we thought it was the best decision for our family as a whole.  It’s not easy starting over so if you have friends or family that are in need of a good Realtor, I would greatly appreciate your referral.  You can reach me at (509) 670-0795.

It’s hard to express in words the gratitude we have for all of you that supported us financially and prayerfully.  We are eternally grateful for the generosity of so many people that got behind the vision of sending a family to Bogota, Colombia in the name of Jesus Christ.


We hope to provide a formal report to our church family in the near future and we will be sure to let you know when this will take place.

Now that we have returned to Wenatchee, we are no longer in need of financial support.  In fact, there is a surplus in our mission account that will be turned over to another full-time missionary from our church, Craig Reese.  If you would like to learn more about Craig and his ministry to Burundian widows, please visit the Wenatchee Free Methodist website.  We encourage you to direct your mission giving to him.

Finally, for those of you who would like to continue to support and participate in what God is doing in Colombia, specifically the girls’ home, we would like to meet with you and explain what the needs are.  We are committed to maintain our connection with the Bogota church and Findesin (the girls’ home).  We are looking for a few people who would like to get together once a month to pray for these girls and their needs.  If you feel a “tug on your heart” to participate in this ministry, please let us know.


Oh, and one more thing- we are planning on leading a short-term mission team to Colombia in late-June/early-July of next year (2016).  If you have interest (youth or adult), please let us know.  We promise your life will be forever changed.


God bless you and we will see you soon!

Que Dios les bendiga y hasta pronto!

The Boyle Family

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