Saturday, September 2, 2017

Blessed and Humbled!

September 2017 Update

It seems that months go by between our email updates and many times we aren't even sure where to begin. Our hearts are to keep you all updated as much as we can, but as you know, time just slips by and in the ministry we are a part of, there are always urgent matters pulling our attention elsewhere. We pray that you all understand and thank you for being gracious with us!

We are humbled... we are coming to you asking you for prayer, once again. We know that the Lord calls us to bear each others burdens and to come to fellow believers when in need of prayer and we feel convicted to do so. It doesn't come easily and quite honestly, we don't want to share this. However, we have to! An extremely dear partner to us contacted us this week to inform us that the Lord has called them to shift their international giving to local ministry for now.  We know that they are walking in obedience for their body of believers in making this decision. In doing so, we know that the Lord will provide for the deficit this leaves our family with. We are asking you to pray that the Lord would send us new partners, whether churches or individuals to fill this large gap... like only God can do. As most of you know, we live completely off donations so this can be really scary for us at times! Thank you, in advance, for bringing this to our Jehovah Jireh!

Updates from Guatemala: 
-We have been gearing up for the Christian Alliance for Orphans (Latin America) conference happening this coming weekend. We have been blessed with the opportunity to share what the Lord is doing and invite many local churches here, which has been amazing! We are praying for God to move in the hearts of believers in Guatemala to head the call to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. We are also seeing more interest in adoption and have the opportunity to help equip and walk this journey with many families! Praise Jesus! (below is a photo of the conference last year)
-We ask for prayer for all of the children in our programs as we head into the final weeks of the school year. Please pray for endurance and focus for each of them. Many of the children we serve had little to no support at home so the results of their school year impact their parents decisions for the next year.
-Praise God for a summer full of impact! With the blessing of the groups that came to serve alongside us and their willing hearts, we were able to accomplish many things at the orphanages, schools, and community center. Just a few of these highlights were: a new therapy/sensory room for children preparing to be adopted into loving families, a family visiting room for these families to get to know their new children, gardening beds to improve nutrition and provide an income stream for families working in the garbage dump, efficient stoves and water filters, sharing the Gospel in public schools that opened their doors to us, and the list goes on! God is so gracious and good! 

-Having people we know come and serve with us has been one of the biggest sources of encouragement for our family! This summer Christ Community Church from Gridley, IL (one of our faithful supporters and dear friends) came to serve with us and it was an amazing week where we saw God move mountains. We are also looking forward to Pontiac Bible Church coming in December to celebrate Christmas with all of the children and families that we serve! 

-As the ministry of Orphan Outreach has grown over the last several years, we have had the opportunity to grow in many ways. The past two years Dan has been overseeing the community program in Chimaltenango. Now that he has trained up the local staff to run this program day-to-day, we can now shift some of our time to some other areas that we feel God calling us to. One of these being the spiritual development of the children in the orphanages where we serve. We are thrilled for this new challenge and love that we can spend more time on discipleship! 

-We are also excited for a training opportunity that has been presented to us for next May. We would have the opportunity to receive training and certification through Back2Back ministries in Trauma Competent Care. This is crucial for our staff and caregivers here and would give us the opportunity to help them learn new skills in this area as well. We pray that we are able to attend!

We pray that you and yours continue walking with the Lord and see His hand in your lives. May you continue to serve Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Thank you for loving us so well. We miss you all greatly and can't wait to hug you again, hopefully soon!

In Christ,
Dan & Christi

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