Good grief! This update is sure getting out late! A lot has happened since we last wrote. We finally received the “go ahead” from the airport to sell the hangar! This week Dwight is in the process of getting that going. Dwight’s ID card will be running out of date by the 20th, so the lawyer said we need to get the contract done before then, otherwise it will cause a lot more trouble and time. Also we need to draw up the contract for the selling of our vehicle before then! Yes, we have a buyer for our car! I just feel that your prayers are carrying us through! Thank you!
On Dec 23th, we took off with two other families from church (the Pastor and a deacon) to attend the wedding of one of the single guys from the church leadership team. I could make this letter really long with all that happened, but I will try to just give you a few highlights in the sentences below: (32 hours of travel in 2 days by road to attend the wedding)
– A very hot day, but a very happy bride and groom! Pastor Gustavo preached a short but good sermon and the pastor from the bride’s church did the ceremony. A trip an hour north to take our friends to visit the Ayore ethnic group and meet some precious brothers and sisters in Christ; some of whom were wounded when they contacted their own relatives in the jungle in 1986. (5 Ayore believers were died at the same time)
– A bus trip to Asuncion and then on to see one of the seven wonders of the world…Foz de Iguazu. Our friends were overwhelmed with the beauty and awesome power of God manifested in that place! The Pastor’s back pack got stolen off the bus from the overhead compartment on our return. Too bad, for the thief who was going to find mostly dirty clothes. We thank the Lord no money or documents or valuable items were in the back pack….except for the makeup kit…which some of us ladies would consider very valuable!
– On our way back to Bolivia, we left the town in the center of the chaco and got to some friend’s ranch out in the middle of the jungle. Our Bolivian friends experienced for the first time…milking a cow, riding a horse, and many other exciting things…like learning about sheep and pigs. Oh, I forgot to mention this family has 12 children,and talk about being a blessing! Wow! The following day we took off for Bolivia, going through location where the Manjuis live. They are an ethnic group that the Mission has worked with for years and now do not have any missionaries living on sight, but still work with them on an itinerate basis. The Manjuis have a functioning church, and they have sent out their first missionary family! How cool is that?! Several of them remembered Dwight and I from when Dwight would fly in and out of the there! We made it back safe and sound last Sunday evening.
We came home to a houseful of guests, as the couple that just got married had come back to Bolivia and had a special reception in our church here for all those who couldn’t be at the wedding in Paraguay. So we had offered our house for guests of the bride (her parents and a few friends). They waited for us to arrive and then left early the following morning. We had a good visit with them even though we only had a couple of hours. We both are terribly tired, but blessed! It was so much fun to see how our friends enjoyed the simple things along the trip and to see new things that were so exciting for them. The Pastor’s first Sunday morning preaching was about the Good Shepherd. After seeing first hand, the way the sheep were cared for, how each sheep had a name, and how each sheep knew who their shepherd was, it was an inspiration!
Dwight had to make a quick trip up to La Paz on Tuesday, but was able to come back early afternoon. Please pray that his paperwork in La Paz will get finished quickly! Can you continue to pray that we won’t have to paint our apt before leaving? That sounds like a “little” thing to pray about. But it would be very difficult to do that while we are trying to wind things up and still live here and have that strong smell of paint. We have been praying that God would “make things happen” as it seems like everything is going so slowly. (You can’t get much done in any offices right before Christmas until several days after the 1st of Jan.) But now things are stepping up and we are seeing God’s hand in moving things for us. Can you keep praying that we will have the strength to finish well here?
Thank you so much! We really appreciate each one of you!
Dwight and Diana Brown