MinistryUpdate

“I’ve been wanting to see this for two years!”

After several months of praying and planting ideas, I (Anna) had the opportunity recently to co-facilitate a women’s training and discipleship group with our pastor’s wife. During one of our weekly Zoom meetings, the pastor appeared on screen, exclaiming his excitement and gleefully giving thumbs up as women shared their testimonies. They are acting in […]

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Black Friday

For a while, Medellin was doing well. The government seemed to have a good control of the pandemic through its well-thought-out public health protocols and social distancing requirements. Naturally, since the numbers were favorable, local governments started to ease up a bit. There were still plenty of health protocol expectations but it seemed that people […]

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Zephaniah 3

Today was the first time reading Zephaniah through the filter of revelation and understanding Jerusalem as the church. Here are some of my on the go thoughts and highlights for me from chapter 3. Regarding the Church The first part was a little sobering. Replace Jerusalem with <the church of ____> and whoa! I hope […]

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The wisdom of listening first

Something to laugh about but also a teachable moment. This video reminded me of a lesson we had during our cross-cultural training prior to going to our mission field. Often we see a problem and try to fix it. Our natural tendency is to share our advice first without learning the context of our counterpart […]

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Looking for the edge pieces

We started the year strong. We had a vision and developed a plan to impact our community and mission field. This was a long term plan that would hopefully guide our next 10 years of ministry. We even came up with a catchy slogan, “Vision 2020” and I was pretty sure I had come up […]

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Ministry and missions during a pandemic: our story

Anna and I started to monitor the Covid19 situation more closely around late February. We were reading the devastating news of how this pandemic was impacting other countries and how the best solution was social distancing, followed by a quarantine. For us, it wasn’t a question of if but when would it arrive in Colombia. […]

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Level 4 Evac

I get notifications from the US Embassy for relevant updates for ex-pats. It sounds fancier than it is. You go to the State Department website and just sing up with your email. Most of the time, it’s passport renewal schedules in different cities across Colombia. However, the tone of the updates have shifted since the […]

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Limiting mobility

The local municipality is taking strict & proactive measures due to Covid19. At this point, Medellin doesn’t have too many cases…but they’ve been watching the numbers grow exponentially in countries that didn’t take preemptive measures. The result is Pico y Cedula. Pico = Peak and Cedula is your National ID card. You can only be […]

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Colombia: From Michigan to Florida

Putting Colombia in geographic perspective. 2nd most biodiverse country after Brazil. 49 million people. 35% of its land is covered by jungle, that would be Michigan/Ohio/Indiana combined as jungle terrain. 3 mountain ranges. Coast on both the Pacific and the Caribbean. Desert. 5 borders. Colombia is a country of diversity: culture, nature, geography, cuisine, etc… […]

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reading LARGE

Monica* has been a consistent participant in a Bible study that started 4 weeks ago. She owns a Bible but admitted to us that it is a challenge to read it. “The size of the letters makes me dizzy, and it gives me a headache.” Last week, we had the privilege of giving her a […]

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