We hope you have had a great summer. This summer has kept us very busy on our furlough. We have had a lot of traveling in the last few months. We have been anywhere from the Norfolk, Virginia area to Dallas, Texas. We have met a lot of new friends and reacquainted with several past friends. This has also been a time that we have been able to spend with family which has been very special our the children. Last month we celebrated our 4th year as missionaries in Bolivia. We arrived on the 28th of August, 2013. It is fascinating to see what God has done in this amount of time. We thank you for being a part of that and helping make it happen.
We are still working towards the purchase of our church land. In the last month or two, it has really started coming in. We are currently at about 70% of the money needed to purchase the land. That has us needing only $8,000. Would you please continue to help us pray about the land purchase? And if you have not already, would you please consider helping us in this?
In our travels, we have also been able to raise some new support. This is truly a blessing. We try not to be constantly asking for things. So have not focused on this much in our meetings because of the land but it is a need. When we left 4yrs ago, there were only 2 of us (1 on the way) and now our family has double. That does come with its expenses and new support is needed.
Some of you have noticed as we have traveled in the last few weeks that Jessica and the children have not been traveling with me as much. We appreciate the churches and pastors of our scheduled meetings understanding this. The biggest reason for this has been Ellie's health.
What an exciting time to be serving the Lord! With all the things going on around us in the world, we know His coming could not be long. It is great to have the opportunity to serve Him till that day comes.
We have been fairly busy with our time in the states. It started out a little slow due to our unknown return date but it has slowly started getting more busy. Even with us being in the states, our projects are continuing in Bolivia. I just received word last night that the next 10,000 scripture portions have been finished. That makes 30,000 that have been printed in a year!!! And we already have started
Another two months have come and gone very quickly and we have been very busy.
As you may remember, we had to return from our stateside furlough early to finish our residency paperwork. We are happy to report that after 4yrs of work, we are officially Bolivian residents. This has taken a lot of time and a lot of money. We are happy to have this behind us. However, we have something else we may do. Because our children were born here and are Bolivian citizens, we now have an opportunity to become citizens too. This would make all of us dual citizens of the USA and of Bolivia. This will give us more security to be able to stay as this government is quickly turning socialist. It will also help us in our day to day business and as we deal with the government.
We recently had some visitors here on a survey trip and we are very excited that they have surrendered to come to Bolivia as missionaries! We had the opportunity to show them around different parts of Bolivia. We tried to encourage them in the need all across the country. Please pray for Jacob and Shera McKinney as they