Cambodia Chronicles

Dear friends and family,

This past year, my sabbatical was a time for listening more deeply to God’s voice. I learned more about trusting God as I let go of ministry roles and my community in Cambodia for 6 months and relied on God’s provision. God was gracious and provided comfortable places to stay in Seattle and a car to borrow through friends at BelPres. I also found someone to sublet my Cambodia apartment! Other sabbatical blessings were spending time in the church community (including singing with the choir), connecting with church partners and visiting Midwest friends and family.

I attended a prayer weekend and retreats facilitated by spiritual mentors in Seattle. The highlight was a week’s retreat on the Isle of Iona, Scotland (through the generosity of BelPres). Initially, finding solitude was difficult. However, God spoke to me of my need for community as well as for solitude and balancing the two. (E.g.: A group member provided a listening ear when a hymn reminded me of the loss I still felt over my father’s death two years ago. Exploring the beauty and history of the island, I finally found solitude.)

I also received confirmation that I’m still called on a journey to serve cross-culturally. As I sat in a quiet corner of the Abbey church, I glimpsed a sailboat in the harbor. St. Columba sailed from Ireland with a group of 12 in 563AD. Legend says they let the wind guide the boat. They landed on Iona where they established a Christian community, learned the local language, built relationships with the Picts* and Anglo-Saxons and shared the good news as far as Russia. I’m now certain that my call remains to walk alongside Cambodian young leaders.

Returning to Asia late July to attend our CRM staff Conference, I finalized my return to ministry with a 3-day DOVE retreat (a Cambodian organization). At the DOVE retreat, I was moved by the staff’s passion to develop young leaders to bring healing to Cambodia, and their willingness to make personal sacrifices for this vision. During the fall (2016), I continued to mentor staff and DOVE Onyx Leadership students.

The DOVE Onyx lessons draw young leaders into a deeper relationship with God, remove burdens and bring healing. As part of my call, I want to help develop more contextualized** spiritual formation resources in the Khmer language. The spiritual formation lessons were taught this year primarily by Cambodian staff and volunteers. Davy, a Kampong Cham Onyx student, is a divorced mother and a counselor for young women recovering from human trafficking. She said, “After the lessons, I found my personal spiritual character. We have our own way to come to the Lord, in a way that He created for us. Now I’ve unlocked myself from years of reluctant relationship with God and am feeling so free and joyful to go to Him.”

Pisey, a Phnom Penh Onyx student said, “It has healed my pain, hidden for a long time and gave me hope that God will never give up on me.”

Many young leaders have lived through traumatic experiences in the past. I’ve begun learning more about inner healing prayer. Starting in October, the Phnom Penh Onyx men and women met separately for 4 lessons about healing processes. I enjoyed revising and helping facilitate the Women’s lessons together with “F,” a Thai missionary, fluent in Khmer and gifted at inner healing prayer. One of the 2013 leadership alumni (an amazing, resilient Cambodian woman) volunteered to help with the final Women’s lesson in November. It was powerful as the young women received healing and saw themselves as beautiful and loved by God. I’ve also continued to learn from a former teammate, who moved to the US the summer of 2016.

This month (January), I continue to learn about peace building through an online course using reflection to determine how each person can use their talents advocating for justice and peace. I’m dismayed at the hatred and fear openly displayed in many countries. I’ve mourned at the violence in conflicts around the world. I am appalled that some have raised the unjust WWII internment of Japanese-Americans as a precedent for how to treat neighbors we mistrust.

In November, I went to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum with the Onyx students for a Khmer church history lesson. I felt a swirl of emotions: the weight of suffering by victims and survivors of the Khmer Rouge; the hope of these young leaders wanting transformation in their society and a personal strong determination. I came away asking, “What more can I do so hate and fear don’t win?

In December, I was reminded that the birth of Jesus means there is light in the darkness. On Dec. 10th, I joined a few Onyx students for the International Human Rights Day celebration in Phnom Penh. After initial resistance, authorities allowed about 1,000 people to gather publicly in support of freedom of assembly and of speech. Riot shields were laid down. We met several young Cambodian Christian leaders serving as human rights observers and as a light in the darkness of injustice.

For 2017, I pray your burdens of the past are removed and you experience the light that dispels darkness.

With Love,

Lynn Ogata

*Picts-a tribal confederation of peoples, living in eastern and northern Scotland during the Late Iron Age and Early Medieval periods, thought to have been ethnolinguistically Celtic

**Learning takes place when teachers present information in a way that students are able to construct meaning based on their own experiences.

Lynn Ogata will be at BelPres to speak about social issues in Cambodia on Sunday, June 4, 12:15 pm UC-105  .

Letter from the Editor

When I think about diversity making an appearance in my life, the first place I think of is my very own Kirkland Costco. When I walk through the aisles, I am always amazed by the vast selection of food that was not available there ten years ago. Better yet, go out to the Southcenter Costco, where the selection puts Kirkland’s to shame. Growing up and walking through these same aisles, I do not recall having a variety of Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, etc. foods available to me.

Okay, this is a pretty shallow example of seeing diversity in my life, but it points to the makeup of the greater Seattle area. Thanks to companies like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, our region brings in the brightest minds from around the world. (more…)

Go & Make Disciples

VBA – Vacation Bible “Adventure” – because isn’t all of life an adventure, especially when you are walking with the Lord? For just one short week out of the summer, July 10-14, my three children, Sophia (13), Owen (9) and Della (7) will be exploring and experiencing that we all are created by God and built for a purpose.

VBA week is one that we look forward to because we get to participate in it together, whether volunteering or in a class with friends. I’ve had several different responsibilities over the years, but two of them have had the most impact on me. (more…)

Diversity and Identity

A Small Texas Diner

In college, my closest friend and I were heading back to school from a church retreat. Driving through rural Texas, we got hungry and stopped in a small diner in a city of about 800 people. We were famished and looking forward to a great home-cooked meal. We walked in and found a table. As we were seating ourselves, we were so wrapped up in our conversation we almost didn’t realize that the nearly full diner had gone completely quiet and that everyone in the place had stopped what they were doing and were staring unabashedly in our direction. I looked around, thinking there was an accident outside that everyone was looking at, but quickly realized they were looking at us. I instinctively wondered, “Is it me everyone is looking at, or my black friend?” I smiled at everyone, looked to my friend and whispered, “I think we might be the only black and Asian people that have eaten here before.” (more…)

Carefully Taught

The other day I went to the park with two of my daughters and their neighborhood friends. It’s such a fun and rowdy crew. Despite varying in gender, age, and ethnicity, they care little of each other’s differences. Typically, the biggest concern is whose house or yard they are going to play in. One has a trampoline, but the other has video games…and yet another has great trees to climb! Usually, a small meeting is held, and an average of 3.7 seconds later they’re off!

On this particular day, they decided to take a bike ride to the nearby park to play. After some time on the play structure, it was time for a game of tag. The rules: one person is “it,” the play structure is base, and you could only be on base for 30 seconds. And, oh yeah, the two dads had to play. I’ll tell you, running around with a bunch of elementary age kids is some serious calorie burning, and, of course, everyone wants the dads to be it all the time.

After we had played this game of tag for 15 minutes or so, another family showed up with their two boys. The two boys approached respectfully and asked if they could join the game. This motley crew of kids answered with a resounding yes! (more…)

Choose Love

Today, the Prince of Peace surprised me at the front door, dressed as three lovely teachers from the school next door who brought a gift and big card made by their preschoolers.

I live in a “little Jerusalem” in the Crossroads area of Bellevue. On one block are a Jewish synagogue, Muslim school, Mormon church, and Presbyterian church. It’s an opportunity for understanding and friendship. Fear and hatred live here, too.

Many months ago, hearing horrific world news and my neighbor’s comments about “the little terrorists” at the Muslim school nearby, I resolved to be friendly. I walked over to the school, introduced myself, and told teachers how happy I was the school was here. They looked at me quizzically, quickly apologizing for how noisy the children were. I told them, “No, no, I was a teacher, and love the happy sounds of children playing.” Their faces lit up. The preschool teacher invited me to please read a story to her children sometime, which surprised and delighted me.

At the end of the school year, I left a note for the teachers, wishing them a restful summer. I signed the note, “From your neighbor in the corner house.” I didn’t hear anything back, so I wondered if they’d gotten the note, or if I’d overstepped. (more…)

I Am an Immigrant

Lord, I am an immigrant
I haven’t taken on that label until recently
I’m white and was born in England
I haven’t faced prejudice, discrimination or suspicion
I had a green card and I have a social security number
An acceptable identity (more…)

New World

It was the longest trip of my life. I was five years old, and we were flying from Seoul, Korea to the United States, the Land of Opportunity. In America, I was told there is more food than you can imagine and everyone gets a good education. I thought I was going to heaven on earth!

The best part was that I would see my dad again. He moved to the United States a couple of years before us so he could find the right place for our family to live. He first landed in Los Angeles where there was a growing Korean community, and found Seattle unintentionally when his friend asked him to help on the long drive up. Once my dad arrived in Seattle, he knew this was where he wanted to live. The majestic mountains all around and bodies of water everywhere enamored him.

Coming off the plane at SeaTac, I ran to my dad’s arms. He looked just as I remembered, but his voice sounded funny. He picked out “American” names for us: Elizabeth, Abraham, Mary and John. He chose biblical names, hoping that we would follow the legacy of each name. He wanted to change our last name to “Usa” to show his devotion to his new country and told us to only speak English to each other so that we would pick up the language quickly and lose our accents. (more…)

The Land Between

The Global Leadership Summit has changed my life, and the lives of 78 inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex were changed this year as well. Reading the inmates’ reflections, I was reminded of my first Summit experience.

I was in the Land Between, a transition folks often define as having an “empty nest.” Pouring my time and heart into the lives of my three children and the activities they were involved with had come to an end. The end of significant leadership roles with these organizations and the end of meetings, planning, events and personal connections amplified the emptiness. My life as it had been for 20 years was drastically changed. It felt less like a few birds had flown away and more like the wasteland Jeff Manion described in his Summit talk seven years ago. Although it was seven summits ago, I especially remember Jeff Manion and his session highlighting key insights from his book, The Land Between. The premise of his talk and book were that faith transformation and growth happen in times of great transition, the Land Between. He reminded us of those led by Moses to the Promised Land and the years spent in barren wasteland on their way. Difficult transitions can be due to a death of a family member, financial lows, marriage erosion, teenagers drifting, aging and certainly those experiencing time in prison.

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Behind the Scenes with Lynne and Hank Geib

It’s no secret there’s a mature demographic at BelPres. Do you know how fortunate we are to have these people among us? Many are retired from their careers, but by no means are they retired from life. They spend much of their time serving our congregation. It is through the faithful and consistent efforts of people like Hank and Lynne Geib that our church runs like a Holy Machine for God’s glory.

I’d like to enlighten you a bit about them. When I asked Hank and Lynne if they were possibly approaching their eighties, Lynne in her witty humor replied, “Eighty’s in the rearview mirror!” After meeting on a blind date, they’ve now been married for 61 years. Maybe that’s why they have a deep admiration for one another, something you can sense right off the bat. Lynne met Jesus as a young girl. Someone knocked on her family’s front door and invited her to church. Hank, on the other hand, met Jesus through Vacation Bible School. Both are originally from California. Hank worked in Computer Operations for the Telephone Company while Lynne worked as a CPA and a school teacher. They have three children, one who works here on staff at BelPres, and five grown grandchildren. For fun, they enjoy a good game of bridge, staying active on the computer, and working out together. They have been attending BelPres since 2003 and participate in a myriad of volunteer positions here at the church. (more…)

Niños con Valor = Children with Value

Looking west of Cochabamba and standing watch over the city, is the world’s second largest statue of Christ. And honestly, it’s both comforting and disturbing.

Proverbs tells us that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.” This great symbol (raised up on St. Peter’s hill, arms stretched wide, declarative and assured) provides a constant reminder of God’s presence. God holds vigil over his people.

At the same time, Cochabamba represents some of Bolivia’s darkest realities: 60% of Bolivia’s children live in poverty, 40% will never finish high school, 15% lack secure access to water, 1 in 4 are sexually abused, and 8 in 10 are victims of physical abuse. Over this darkness, God holds vigil.

My wife and I met at college and through our ministry on the streets engaging with new friends living such different lives than our own, (ours of privilege, theirs of suffering), we recognized the huge dissonance between our words, our beliefs, and our lives. Just a 30-minute drive from where we were immersed in studying the Scriptures, Church history, and theology, a very different world existed; one that was gritty, full of struggles paling our own, and more consistent with the overwhelming reality lived by the majority of humanity. We began to ask where God was in all of this. Was it okay that we were so disconnected from the suffering surrounding us when all we were learning about Jesus was that he was in the midst of it?

When we arrived in Bolivia 12 years ago with the Cristo overlooking our new home, these questions became constant. With Christ standing vigil over good and evil, poverty and broken homes in the news and on the streets daily, why didn’t God act?

I have spent a good deal of my life looking around, blaming God and blaming others for the injustice that has a relentless foothold on our world. I concluded that it is easier to point outward than inward. Yes, there is injustice, but recognizing this is only one step – a useless one at that if we don’t take the next step: to become a part of the solution. It is the difference between judgment and justice. It is the answer to my question about God acting. “We” are how God is doing something about the injustice. When nothing is being done, that’s on us, not God.

Since 2005, my family has had the opportunity to work alongside a team of incredible men and women with Niños con Valor. The name, which means “Children with Value,” speaks to our main focus: demonstrating the value God places on the life of each and every child in the world.

Children in Bolivia have it rough. They are 42% of the population. Despite the heavy emphasis placed on family here, as the statistics mentioned above demonstrate, there is something much more sinister at work beneath this surface value. Niños con Valor cares for children who are orphaned, abandoned or rescued from abusive family situations. We provide loving, family-style homes where they can experience God’s love in tangible ways.

Accompanying these kids as their lives are transformed (watching hope replace hopelessness, broken families reunited, adoptive families formed, and generational cycles of poverty and abuse shattered)has transformed our lives as well. Being a part of God’s compassion is something that you can’t learn a priori. Compassion is lived.

Niños con Valor provides opportunities for people to live compassionately, journeying alongside our staff and children. This has meant building a bridge between Cochabamba and our friends outside of Bolivia. So far, 45 individuals from BelPres have visited us, including Lizzy Blake who arrived in November 2016. We asked her to share a bit of her experience:

I have never felt as comfortable as I have here in Cochabamba. I have a wonderful host family (including a sister and mom) and a great group of friends! My favorite part is spending time with the kids at Niños con Valor. I have always loved working with children and the relationships I have with my NCV kids are extra special. Two years ago, I met a boy named Tomas and was so excited to see him again when I arrived. Now, while I’m still so in love with my bundle of joy, my heart has expanded and I’ve fallen in love with all 42 kids. I’m also building deeper relationships with the older girls. While they act very much like teenagers, they also make me laugh, help me love others more, are patient with me as I learn more Spanish, and are helping me “grow up” while sharing the joys of being young. The boys are younger and smaller, so most of my time is spent playing, running, and laughing. The kids all love to dance. They constantly ask me to play music and tell me what songs I should hear.

In my three months in Bolivia, I have experienced so many activities. There was a talent show where kids danced in different traditional costumes and others highlighted their talents on the piano. Christmas was a world of fun to celebrate the birth of Christ with 42 kids. Witnessing their faces as they opened their presents, I saw a beautiful sense of wonder. We also hosted our first mission group of the year from Canada. These amazing people had a spirit of flexibility, loved on the kids and painted rooms. We all celebrated Fabiola’s quinceañera (transition from childhood to young womanhood). She looked like a princess, and we celebrated her life as we danced and played games. We also celebrated ‘Moda Loca’ which is a fashion show where everyone dresses up in goofy outfits. It’s a time when no one cares how he or she looks and we all focus on having fun. It is sometimes exhausting volunteering at NCV and its one job I love with everything in me. I can’t wait to see how God grows the kids, the staff, and all the volunteers (including myself!) in 2017!”

Click here to learn more about Niños con Valor

30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World

Several months ago, an arsonist set fire to the Bellevue Islamic Center.  In response, several churches, agencies, and leaders in Bellevue reached out to express their sympathy and offered help.  BelPres and our leadership were among those.  Since then, a few pastors and a similar number of Eastside Muslim leaders have been meeting regularly for religious conversation and relationship building.    Recently, a fellow pastor asked our Muslim friends about the notion of forgiveness in Islam.  Do Muslims believe God forgives?  How does one know that they are forgiven enough to receive eternal life? And must a Muslim forgive someone who sins against them?  Stereotypical pastor conversation, right?

In Islam, God is transcendent, meaning that God is free to do as God wills and is not bound in any way by physical laws like time and space.  Christians believe the same thing.  So God can be Creator without being created, and God can continually work in and outside of specific situations and events to accomplish God’s ultimate purposes.

For a Muslim, transcendence also means God is free to forgive whatever and whenever God wants.  A Muslim must be sincerely sorry for their sin. When they express their sincere remorse, then God forgives. Muslims must also practice good deeds during their lifetime, which are saved up in a sort of bank account of good deeds.  Good deeds are deposited, and bad deeds result in withdrawals.  For a Muslim to receive Eternal Life, their good deeds must outnumber their bad deeds.  When a Muslim sins against another Muslim, not only should that person ask for forgiveness, but the one who was sinned against gets to take some of that person’s good deeds and deposit them in their own bank account.  It is like a money transfer, transferring good deeds from one bank account to another.  So a Muslim hopes they have done enough good deeds to receive Eternal Life.  But they can never be certain.  Ultimately, God is transcendent and can choose to forgive or not to forgive.  “In Sha Allah,” if God wills.

This is very different than what the Bible tells us as Christians.  The Bible shows us that God is rich in mercy (Psalm 51:1-2; Micah 7:18.)  God is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love (Psalm 86:15, Psalm 145:8).    But God is also just (Isaiah 61:8, Psalm 9:7-8).  God holds us all accountable for the way we live our lives.  Justice, the idea that people should not get away with the bad things they do, comes from God.

Justice and mercy appear to put God in conflict with God’s self.  God is just and holds us accountable for the things we do to one another but God is also merciful and desires to treat us better than we deserve.  God’s answer to the apparent dilemma is grace.   Grace means God can be both just and merciful at the same time.  The most powerful demonstration of God’s grace is what Jesus did for us on the cross.  There, Jesus met the full requirements of justice and mercy.  By dying for us, Jesus served the sentence justice requires.  By stepping in our place, Jesus unleashes God’s rich mercy on each of us.  We didn’t earn it.  We didn’t deserve it.  But God did it anyway.  That’s grace.  Grace means, we get what we do not deserve.  We get forgiveness, freedom, new life now, and new life forever.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:23-24. “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Eph 2:4-5.

May 27th to June 25th marks the 30 days of Ramadan.  For a Muslim, Ramadan is a time for getting closer to God.  Muslims will pray daily for God to reveal Himself to them and they will do things like fast from sunrise to sunset and give financially to the poor as spiritual practices to help them get closer to God.  I encourage you to join Christians all across the world in praying for Muslims during Ramadan.  Pray that the transcendent God will become close, personal, and intimate for Muslims.  Pray they will discover Jesus, the one who ensures our forgiveness and secures our salvation.  God is doing amazing things throughout the Middle East and Europe among Muslims, and they are discovering the love and hope found in Jesus.  It is a unique time in history.  You can become part of it through prayer.

Pick up a copy of “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” at BelPres located at the info-walls in sanctuary lobby, walkway, and upper campus lobby.  Or go online to 30daysprayer.com to participate. 

What Breaks God’s Heart? Racial Injustice

God wants to heal His human family, and as long I can remember, I have yearned for that, too.  He places a very high priority on the relationships among those He has created. Jesus said, “If you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First, make things right with your brother or sister and then come back and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 CEB

Since grade school, I have wondered what I could do about the painful issue of racial injustice. My parents set an excellent example. They actively protested the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War and during the Depression, my mother often cooked food for people who knocked on our door.

My father, a family doctor, served many people of color.  Some of his patients did not have the means to pay, so he specified that they not be billed. As a little girl, I remember attending some of his patients’ baby baptisms with him.  Our neighborhood and my school had little diversity. My first African American friend was Peggy Brooks, who came to help my mother once a week. As a young girl, I shadowed Peggy in her work, and she taught me to iron. This is still my best domestic skill, although not in high demand these days!

As college students, Steve and I married. We learned about a program for underprivileged minority children. If they lived with families within that district during the week, they could qualify to be considered eligible residents of a superior school district. We did not know if they would accept us – a young couple – as fill-in parents.  But they did, and we had two middle-school “daughters” for the next couple of years.

When Pastor Dick Leon established a sister church relationship with Mt. Calvary Christian Center in the Central District several years ago, it meant a lot to me to be part of the formation team. As we traveled in the evenings between churches, we all had to work through our fears of going into unfamiliar neighborhoods. We had challenging conversations as we compared notes about being black or white in our country.  As we began worshipping together and meeting in one another’s homes, we celebrated our oneness as Christians. Our shared love of Jesus dissolved the barriers of race, age, economics, gender and culture as nothing else can!

Our country seemed to be moving beyond racism, and as the news reminds us daily, racial tension and hate crimes are still very apparent.

I am thankful that BelPres has created a Justice and Reconciliation Team. Its efforts to engage our congregation in educational programs, service opportunities, and person-to-person ministries can help turn the tide. I am excited for this way God is inviting our church into His work of redemption!

 

BelPres offers several different options to learn more about diversity and racial injustice:

May 13, Saturday, 9:30am – 2pm:   Racial Reconciliation Workshop/Frames & Filters with Tali Hairston

May 24 or June 4: Racial Reconciliation Post Workshop Discussion

May 25-June 29, Thursdays, 7pm: Justice+Reconciliation Workshop/Facing Racism

Miracles Do Happen!

For more than a dozen years, we have sent teams to support Nicolás Fund for Education in La Esperanza, Guatemala. In that time, enduring relationships of love and trust have formed between team members and villagers. One such relationship emerged between team member, Tom and a widow in the village named Juana.

Juana is the adopted mother of Bernabé, a boy who’s life seemed destined for trouble. Juana has been doing her best to raise Bernabé as a single mom.   On each of Tom’s trips to the Ixil, he made a point to seek out Juana to give her a word of encouragement.

Bernabé’s negative attitude has been a source of pain for Juana. She has been praying for a solution for the past few years as he was frequently truant from school and eventually dropped out altogether. He fell in with a “bad crowd,” was both disrespectful, and physically and emotionally abusive to Juana.  Bernabé traveled to the fincas (plantation farms) to work, a fertile ground for gang recruitment.  This came at a particularly difficult time for Juana, as she developed a severe eye condition that causes pain when exposed to bright sunlight.  This eye condition made it impossible for Juana to plant or harvest crops.

Nicolás Fund for Education National Director, Ivan España, recognized Juana’s problem and devised a plan.  Nicolás Fund for Education began providing a village tutor for Bernabé to help him catch up in school.  Bernabé began to benefit from the tutoring. The progress was both slow and not without setbacks.  This year, Ivan came up with a new plan:  Tom would pay Bernabé to plant and harvest Juana’s snow peas; Bernabé would not have to travel to the fincas for work.  Bernabé agreed to this plan.

Lo and behold, the harvest came in.  Bernabé felt pride in what he accomplished for his family.  With his proceeds, Bernabé purchased a small transistor radio for Juana.  Juana has a deep faith. When she and Bernabé get up at 5:30 am, they immediately turn on the radio to listen to Christian music.  Bernabé has become respectful of Juana: helping with chores, asking how her day was and telling her about his day.  This was a tremendous change from last year!

Bernabé began attending Nicolás Christian School and has become a good student!  The Christian education he receives at school helps his personal relationship with God.  Bernabé has become part of the Christian community at Nicolás Christian School, where all the students come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds.  Bernabé seems so much happier now.  God is transforming Bernabé’s life through love and male role models such as Ivan España and the teachers at Nicolás Christian School, as well as the generosity of the Tom’s to support tutoring, field work, and school scholarship. God never gave up on Bernabé; neither did Juana, Tom or NFE.  God worked a miracle that is changing Bernabé’s life and answered Juana’s prayers. Thanks be to God!

 

Sunday, May 7th, BelPres is honored to welcome the Director of Nicolás Fund for Education (NFE),  Ivan España and his wife Janet along with NFE student, Ana Cordova, from Guatemala.  12:15pm UC-105 

Click here, if you would like to know more about Nicolás Fund for Education and upcoming Impact Team trips to Guatemala.