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HEATHER & JASON FADER
A beautiful thing happens in Kibuye in the fall. Dry season ends, and rainy season begins. But it is not just the appearance of rain that signals the beginning of a new season. We receive a uniquely beautiful gift. The jacaranda trees bloom. Bright purple blossoms seem to appear overnight drawing our eyes up these tall trees. But they are in bloom only for a brief amount of time which makes the experience rare and special. The violet flowers are so delicate that the lightest rain, or a drifting gust of wind, will cause the petals to fall out of the trees.
This is my fourth "fall" at Kibuye. So it's my fourth time seeing these jacarandas bloom. In past years I remember saying "oh those are pretty" or maybe I even snapped a picture on my phone. Perhaps I was too distracted by the start of a new school year. Maybe I was feeling sorry for myself because I missed Midwestern falls with orange and yellow leaves that crunch when I walk. I don't think I ever truly saw the jacarandas. Until this year. This year I saw them. I really saw them.
For a brief time, every day I stepped outside, I noticed the jacaranda blossoms. Tiny purple flowers fell into my hair as I walked. Purple petals covered the ground around me. I looked down at my feet where each step was cushioned by a delicate flower. As I walked, my heart fluttered, and I thought, "I feel like a bride!"
It was as if someone had gone before me to sprinkle flowers along my path. And then I remembered the image of the Church - us - as the bride of Christ. My neck lengthened as I walked a little taller. A little slower. I felt anticipation. I felt loved. I felt seen. I felt... beautiful. Here, in the midst of poverty, struggle, sickness... was beauty. God was literally laying down for us a beautiful carpet of purple to walk upon as we walked our everyday paths. Our path to KHA to teach the kids. Our path to the hospital to see patients. Our path to the neighbor's house to say hello. Our path to Church. For a brief moment these worn-down walkways looked like a beautiful isle prepared for a bride.
And then I thought about the color of these petals. Purple. Royalty. Priesthood. Kingship. This purple ground belongs to the King. The King is here. The words take off your sandals for the place where you are standing is Holy ground echoed in my ears. The Most-Holy is here. He is at Kibuye. He loves Kibuye. He loves these people. He is already working in this place, and somehow, we have been invited to join Him on the journey. Pray for us on our path in Kibuye. Sometimes rocky. Sometimes muddy. Sometimes beautiful. May we hear God's voice. May we see His blessings. May we continue to be awed by His grace. His love. His forgiveness. And may we, as brides, draw others to Christ.
ERIC & BRITTANY PEDERSEN
Posted on Facebook Sept. 11 (Brittany): Handed out 100 donuts to first year nursing students today! We are hoping to get to get a bible study launched in the next week or two in the nursing school. Pray for me as I follow up with the 12ish students who showed interest so far! Earlier, on Sept. 5, Brittany posted: Large group was great tonight! We wanted to show students a couple of the things we love about intervarsity so we sang a song in Zulu and did a manuscript bible study. Students engaged well with the bible study while we talked about the parable of the soils.
JULIO & KATIE ISAZA
We are grateful for many reasons. We have witnessed first-hand transformation that is happening in people's lives and the impact they are having on their communities. We are also grateful for you and for the time you take to read about what is happening in Colombia and that you pray with us
KELSEY TEBEEST CORPAS
What is TotalFit? TotalFit is an international Sport fitness movement for everyone. It trains Body, Mind, and Spirit. Sound Familiar? If so, that's because this is the movement that inspired our structure of SixFit. (SixFit is the optimal health program that we currently use to work with women in Spain).
Why did I go to another training? - I received a generous expense-paid invitation from TotalFit for further professional development with them. This allowed me to receive the Level 2 training of TotalFit and Training of Instructors certification October 13-21. Level 2 equipped us with more in-depth knowledge for programming and olympic weightlifting movements. It also equipped us with Person of Peace methodology, a church-planting through TotalFit model, and a discipleship strategy. Training of Instructors means that I'm now a certified TotalFit Level 1 instructor. We hope to host a Level 1 training in Spain this summer.
Why is this important? - Level 1 in Spain means that there will be more people using the method of TotalFit or SixFit to bring the gospel to Spaniards. Please pray for the training and for God to prepare the hearts of people. Attending this training also gave me more tools to work with the women who are going through SixFit. Last month, I asked you to pray for one of my flag football teammates who was starting the program. We are one month into her program, and our relationship has deepened. I am so thankful that SixFit allows a way to go deeper in relationship with her and others like her. Please pray that God would open her heart to a relationship with Him. We firmly believe that God is using fitness and sports as an avenue to bring the gospel to the world. We are so thankful for the relationships that we're able to form because of sports and fitness. Through these relationships, we are able to share God's love with people in Spain. Thank you so much for being part of that! We cannot thank God enough for your partnership. God is using you.
NILS & ERIKA CLAUSON
Buenos días, amigos! This afternoon we start our 3 leg, overnight flight to Santa Marta, Colombia to attend the Latin American Missionary Retreat as a family. We are so excited for this time to rest, play and connect with friends and colleagues! Please pray for safe travels and a time of Sabbath for all, and pray for Erika as she returns home alone with the kids next Monday while I stay and visit some CWR partners in Colombia. Muchas gracias!
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