war_280Hi friends,

It was nice to see so many of you during July, and I hope you are doing well. Thank you, as always, for your prayers, financial support, and spiritual encouragement. How is your summer finishing up? I´m back in Bogota, and it does not feel like summer; it´s cold! But even on cold and rainy days, God is still working in Bogota and around the world.

This summer was special because I came home with Santiago, age 8, and Juan Nicolas, age 11. We tried to fit an entire American childhood experience into a month while we were in the states, so it was fun but very busy. They enjoyed Camp Wightman, visiting parks, swimming, and eating lots of hamburgers. Thank you to all who blessed them this summer.

Back in Colombia, our teaching team is preparing for a year in which the school changes from good to excellent. We have a new high school principal with ideas to raise the standards of the school. This year I´ll be teaching two sections of chemistry, biology and physical science. I´m supervising student council this year, too, and our first event on Friday is to hang out with and welcome new students. Pray for the new students! Most importantly, I´ll also continue to minister to the senior girls in their small group and mentor three girls one-on-one. God has blessed El Camino Academy with 13 new teachers this year, most of whom are passionate about service and discipleship. I am praying that God continues to give us energy and correct motives as we help our students grow in Christ because one´s relationship with God is of eternal importance. Our senior class also had many ideas at the end of last school year to make the school a more Christ-centered community. I pray that they have maintained their fervor and can work cooperatively to implement their ideas.

In the past week, God has given me words about waiting on Him in my daily devotions, my church group and through a sermon. Ever feel like God is trying to tell you something? I´m praying that I can expect and hope for great things from God for this school year and future plans (medical school?) while remaining patient and trusting. I am so excited to see what God has coming up for us. And those who live expectantly in God´s timing will "... renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31)