|Special guest speaker at La Viña|
|The Raising of Lazarus by Giotto di Bondone, 1304|
For me (Beth), these last few months have been a journey of being helped out of burial cloths, as God continues to restore my heart. I’ve been seeing a counselor (via Skype), who pointed out to me that times of big transition (like our kids now all being in school, and me taking a large volunteer position at our church) can be catalysts for stirring up internal struggles that we’ve conveniently ignored in the past. Thankfully, I have some wonderful friends here who have been walking alongside me on the grave-cloth removal crew, along with my best friend, Dave!
One of the great side effects of getting more “unbound” is more freedom to confidently reach out to those around me. The learning curve for our lay-pastor work in the English congregation here is challenging, but God continually surprises us with the growth of people in our church. An English-language youth group, run by one of our small group attendees, just started, and a second English-language small group opened in February. Please join us in praying for even more growth.
|Beth in the studio at HCJB|
I (Dave) have also been thinking about the dynamics of resurrection. In Philippians 3:8-10, the Apostle Paul confesses that he has counted everything a loss that he might know Christ and the power of his resurrection. These words have challenged me to look for signs of God’s continued work of resurrection, even as these last few years have been marked by consistent, and at times, very painful losses.
|The Raising of Lazarus, by Duccio di Buoningsegna, 1310-11|
|Checking in with students during the lunch hour|
|Praying for their teacher|
Huge thanks to you, our support team, for your prayers and your financial partnership, which make our work with Reach Beyond possible. We are deeply grateful for your role in our lives, so that “one generation shall commend [God’s] works to another, and shall declare [God’s] mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4