Thursday, April 2, 2020

Episode 11: Diecinueve


The Langham escuelitas enjoyed a great day-workshop back in early mid-March,
in the 'BC' era. This picture may as well have been taken a decade ago. 
A trip to the zoo...


...yielded monkey-spottings.

Cheer up, Sam! The joy of schoolwork by WhatsApp.

Extra-curricular activities have included the crafting of plasticine aliens.
No social distancing round these here parts!



Prayer Points
  • Give thanks for this extended time together as a family.
  • Pray for this extended time together as a family!
  • Give thanks that we remain, so far as we can tell, untouched by COVID-19.
  • Pray for Bolivia as a country, that inter-class tensions would not be exacerbated by current events.
  • Pray for the Christian community here, whose work has either ground to a halt or can only be continued via God-given creativity and imagination.
  • Be assured that our prayers go with you in these uncertain days. May you know the peace of God, our Refuge and Strength.
¡Que Dios les bendiga!

Craig & Amanda

Friday, March 6, 2020

Episode 10: Out of the Overflow




It's been a remarkably dry 'rainy season' this year, as
evidenced by this dusty road near our house.

Speaking of roads, these cars were getting a layer of mud applied so as to
prepare for the carnage of Carnaval (they spray paint at you here). A not
uncommon sight.

Sam in silly-selfie mode. There's definitely a west-of-Scotland thing going on here.


Remember Mariana from Trinidad? She graduated from Etnos last week! This
is a seminary with a particular focus on tribal missions and unreached peoples.
Here she is with husband  Nathan (they married just a couple of months ago).
Craig has known her since she was just eight years old and, of course, we served
alongside her at Fundación Totaí for many years. What a joy to see her graduate!

Sam with his friend Zoe, at church.

More of the same. I think that's quite enough for now.

Prayer Points

  • We are busy, but very much serving from 'the overflow of the abundance' of God's grace. It's an exciting place to be. Give thanks.
  • Give thanks for the progress we are seeing in Sam.
  • Give thanks for the opportunity to come alongside other church and ministry leaders in Santa Cruz in the last month.
  • Pray for our upcoming travels: Amanda to Cochabamba and Oruro (11th-14th), Craig to Scotland (17th-26th).
  • Pray for the Langham event taking place today (Saturday 7th) and for preparations for the Level 1/2 event in June.
¡Que Dios les bendiga!

Craig & Amanda

Friday, February 14, 2020

Episode 9: Colombia Records



The conference venue in Armenia, Colombia. Because missionaries are
allowed to have fun too.
Amanda leads a prayer session.


Santiago tunes up.

Colombia beat Ecuador 4-0! (That plant around the perimeter is coffee, of course)

The scenery around Armenia is stunning.

A beautiful old town called Salento. 

Can't wait till we can visit again.

Bajia La Concha, Santa Marta. See caption for first photograph.

Samcastles!


Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for the Lord's goodness to us and protection over us in Colombia: we had a really encouraging week at the LAM Canada conference, and plenty of much-needed relaxation the week after.
  • Pray for us as we settle back into a more 'normal' rhythm, especially for Sam.
  • Remember Amanda in your prayers as she works alongside short-term volunteers (including three recent arrivals) and begins her new biblical counselling course.
  • Pray for Craig in his work for Langham Preaching, particularly in preparation for the day-workshop in March.
¡Que Dios les bendiga!

Craig, Amanda & Sam

Monday, January 13, 2020

Episode 8: Mistaken Identities



Christmas 2020. The long-established morning fry-up.

The turkey. It was gobbled.

Trimmings!

Friends!




Overhead-mirror-selfie.

The party's over, kiddo.

Prayer Points
  • Give thanks for a really enjoyable first Christmas in Santa Cruz.
  • Give thanks for the chance to spend more time together as a family in recent weeks.
  • Pray for Amanda's work with the new short-term volunteers who have arrived this week with our mission.
  • Pray for a time of real refreshment in Colombia, both at the LAM Canada conference in Armenia, and then our vacation in Santa Marta.

¡Que Dios les bendiga!

Craig, Amanda & Sam

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Episode 7: From Tollcross to Trinidad


So what's happened in the last month?

Our house got some added sparkle.

Napoleon got a cuddle.

And his portrait chalked by a master artist.
Santa Cruz got imports.

And decked (though not in the west of Scotland sense).
Mummy got a haircut.


Daddy got a round in.
Samta Claus made an appearance.

The Langham escuelitas brought the curtain down.

Prayer
  • Pray for lots of energy and patience as the year ends with various special events.
  • Pray for Craig as he takes his first Christmas at Trinity International Church.
  • Pray for a really special few weeks at home with Sam over his school holidays.
  • Give thanks for God's goodness to us in this past year. It has most certainly been a case of 'right place, right time'.
¡Feliz navidad y próspero año nuevo!

Craig, Amanda & Sam


Friday, November 22, 2019

Episode 6: When You Were Young



Sam and Napoleon in front of one of the road-blocks.
This is a prayer meeting in our neighbourhood that arose during the strikes.


These roads are usually bumper-to-bumper traffic all day
long. At least I could do something useful during the
strike like grow a beard!
Some graffiti on the road by a supermarket.


Hauling luggage between friends' houses became a normal part of life.
10th November: Evo Morales resigns as president.
12th November: Jeanine Añez, Bible in hand, assumes the interim presidency.
Today: Tensions remain high in many areas of the country.

Here are a couple of useful articles on the fall of Evo Morales:

https://gringoinbolivia.wordpress.com/2019/11/15/why-the-bolivian-crisis-is-not-a-right-wing-racist-imperialist-violent-coup/?fbclid=IwAR0VVn7iATB6UypFBms5x1X8LJN_z40YdxzVQ2EvhZxqI7IRonRoF1yM0QQ

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/evo-morales-finally-went-too-far-bolivia/601741/?fbclid=IwAR1wO78hslhrZuiWphg7aUpkx7oI38TYNDNo7sCIYLCz5B5BfRoJ_NCst4Q

Prayer Points
  • Give thanks that some semblance of justice has been done with the president's resignation.
  • Give thanks that the Lord was proclaimed and honoured as God throughout the period of the protests.
  • Give thanks that we were able to return to our home and re-establish something of a normal routine.
  • Pray for a peaceful resolution to the current tensions in the country.
  • Pray for Amanda's one-on-one training with Suzanne Potter, Latin Link's short-term coordinator. 
  • Pray for our time with new short-term volunteer Andy Robertson.
¡Que Dios les bendiga!

Craig, Amanda & Sam