Paul writes in Philippians 4:12 (NIV), “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
During the almost 25 years of Operation Restoration we can clearly identify with what is expressed by Paul in the above verse, as we have seen times of need and times of plenty as a ministry and are sensing that we are in a time of “need” at present, where we would like to see more financial provision rather than be working in “survival mode”. However, as we have seen so often in the past we also need to “…….live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV)
A Great Week!
Apart from the blessing of seeing God’s continued provision for His work here through our Mid-Year Boost 2015 (http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/ywambolivia/oprestboost2015) for which we have adjusted our target because to off-line giving, we have also seen the Lord move in various lives on the streets……..
About 10 days ago, Benigno, (who was with us for several months from July last year), took the decision to come off the streets again, but due to now being 19 years old, we managed to facilitate his acceptance into an adult rehab. center.
This week Jose (who was with us for over a year from mid 2013) also took the same decision and was able to join Benigno in the same rehab. center. Our First Contact team will continue to keep contact with both of them and hopefully see them complete the program there and see their lives transformed through this Christian adult rehab. center.
We reported last week that Marcos, aged 12, should be coming into our reception house this last Monday. Unfortunately, he didn’t even stay for one night, but at the same time as he was leaving our reception house, our street team was working in a market area of the city where Danilo (aged 13) was taking the decision to come off the streets, so he was received into El Toborochi on Monday evening and has been through his reception phase this week and is moving into El Camino today (22nd August)!!
For the last two weeks we have had the blessing of a young team from Selby and Goole, Yorkshire, England serving with us. Despite some health issues, they have served the ministry here with lots of energy, especially in El Alfarero with our girls, helping with some practical maintenance around the home, as well as connecting with our girls through art, sports and the sharing of their different cultures and foods together.
It has been amazing to see how young people can connect and enjoy time together despite their different cultures and languages!
Thank you to all who faithfully pray, give and serve the Lord’s work here. We would like to say a special thank you to our long term regular givers and those who give anonymously. Your contribution is invaluable to the transformation of those youngsters who are coming off the streets here in Bolivia. THANK YOU!