So just a quick briefing for anyone interested in what we are doing and where we are going. Mike and Stacy Riffle and Josh and Julie Harpole are planning to move down to Cartagena Colombia to start and oversee a facility for "at risk children" and widows. A general term that we often use is an orphanage, however it will not be exclusively for orphans, but abused abandoned, neglected, exploited, etc, as well as approx. 10 widows who will have their needs met as well as help with the needs of the children. With this in mind, our goal is to purchase real estate that will be able to facilitate 75 to 80 people with the potential to grow crops and raise livestock. This is very brief so if you are interested in more specific details, we would be happy to fill you in!
We are officially Colombia Grace Foundation according to the state of Oregon and the IRS, however we are still working on completing all the necessary paperwork to finish the corporation establishment, and application for a 501c3 (tax deductible) status.
We both have our houses on the market and are praying for God to sell them in His perfect time and trust that He will do just that, because, He is bigger than a struggling economy!
At this time we are unsure of when we will leave, but when we do, there will likely be a year or so of a transition period for us to learn the culture, language, and operating details.
Specific prayer requests:
That we would keep Christ the focal point of all we do
Protection of our family unit
Wisdom to carry out His plan for our lives
Selling of our homes and belongings
His provisions spiritually, physically, mentally, monitarily
Thank you so much for your prayers!!! Please feel free to e-mail us with any questions, insight, concerns or prayer requests at firstname.lastname@example.org