Tuesday, February 12, 2013
We ushered the New Year in here with a shared dinner and fellowship. What a blessing it is to be able to serve in this ministry alongside others seeking to Glorify God in their daily lives. The year started out with a bang as we sought out advice from other like-minded organizations on the best way to proceed in bringing children in need to live at the farm. We know from Scripture that man’s best thought out plans are not always the direction of the Lord. And we are finding this to be true right now. Our plans were to begin constructing a new orphan house at the beginning of the new year. Prior to construction, we wanted to make sure our building plan met all the requirements of Bienestar Familiar, (the governmental agency overseeing child and family services in Colombia). We recently realized that we were getting the cart before the horse in some ways. By talking with the government and with other organizations God has shown us that in order to utilize the facilities we already have, we need to make some changes. Mostly in regard to health and sanitation. We are focusing our efforts right now on remodeling the existing main house to meet the governmental codes. Currently the guys are working on revamping the kitchen with sanitary cabinets, tile and countertops. Next the plan is to fix the existing bathroom that is not functioning properly, the pipes are over 40 years old, and need to be replaced, along with the tile. After these two projects we need a ceiling and to fix the windows. There is a lot to be done but we are excited to see how God has been providing for these projects and giving the guys the time and health to work on them. We look forward to what God has in store for us this year and we look forward to sharing our progress with you. May God glorify His Excellent Name as He brings these children to a saving knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ that they in turn will help impact the society around them to the praise of the glory of His grace!