Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fogg Newsletter December 2016

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Dear Blog

If we had to sum up the year 2016 here in Shell, it would be with one word, CHILI. In January of this year a conversation began among the leaders of Community Development. This discussion centered around the possibility of beginning a missionary training center  in our little town. The purpose of the center would be to train individuals for 6 months, form them into a team and then send them to a closed country for 18 months to work with a local partner on the ground.

This was a very large vision with very little detail but as the dialogue continued, concepts were written down and details began to emerge.  A name was given to this phantom center; CHILI , an acronym for Community Health Intercultural Learning Initiative. Armed with a vision and name, Eric and Wim began the very necessary process of locating a place to have this training center and recruit students.

With the help of a two teams from the USA, a hardworking local contractor, overall direction from Eric and much sweat, the termite eaten apartment located on the second floor of the Community Development Office was transformed  into a modern training facility. To be honest, it wasn't quite finished when the students arrived in September but we thought it was a great way to teach flexibility right from the beginning!
          
Within a few weeks of seeking students, the Lord guided 5 young people to apply to the program and all of them were able to raise the necessary funds in time. Next came hours and hours of brainstorming. What types of classes would be offered?  Who would teach them?  What would the overall purpose of the classes be?  Where would these 5 students live?  Many times it seemed overwhelming, especially when water projects needed to continue and 2 interns arrived for 10 weeks over the summer- yet with hard work, some sleepless nights and much prayer , we now have 5 new neighbors. They have been here for 2 months and will move to their new location in early March.
       
So after all of that preparation, what does it look like to be CHILI student?  Each day begins with a Bible Study, devotional or prayer time before classes begin for the day. Some classes are theology based, others focus on team building, while others are very practical in nature, like changing a tire or killing and preparing a chicken for lunch. We've made pottery from river mud and learned each others stress modes and best working environment from the Grip-Birkman assessment.  Many of the classes are taught by local missionaries, including both of us. Those outside of the local community teach via live internet in their areas of interest. A few teachers have flown in to teach in their expertise. Every third week the students head out to the jungle to assist in local communities with their water projects and practice what they have learned.
       
These 5 young people are energetic, seeking how the Lord wants to use them and excited about these next several months. We look forward to see how the Lord will use them here and in their next location.

Family News

Our oldest, Adrianne, graduated with honors in May from The Potters School, an online Christian Academy that she had attended for the past 4 years. She returned to Holland to work this summer and prepare for Hillsdale College, where she has just completed mid-terms and is enjoying the experience immensely. We miss her dearly. There is  a LOT of testosterone in the house now but are so happy that she is transitioning well and has found friends and mentors.

Kevin continues with his studies online as a junior and also returned to Holland this summer to get his driver's license and work. Joshua is mid-way through his last year at Nate Saint School. He enjoys a variety of sports as well as making up puns. In his words, "He's really punny". Jacob enjoys his class of 4 students, participates in a community art class and spends hours riding his bike.

  This summer we returned to Holland for a few weeks to spend time with Eric's mom who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March.  After several weeks of alternative treatment we are thrilled to announce that most of her tumors are gone or are continuing to shrink.

 Eric is occupied with teaching classes, mentoring the CHILI students and leading water projects while Renee continues to provide therapy at the orphanage, mentor 2 of the students and teach English to a young lady here in town.

Prayer & Praises

  • Pray for the 5 CHILI students as they prepare to enter a closed country.
  • Pray for additional staff in the Shell office. We need help in administration as well as project leaders.
  • Pray for strength in our marriage and wisdom as we parent.
  • Pray for Adrianne as she finishes her first semester in college.
  • Praise for new vision within the Community Development office.
  • Praise for health.
  • Praise for opportunities to minister to the local people through water, CHILI and the orphanage.

Finances

We continue to be so thankful for our monthly, quarterly and year end supporters. It is a blessing to see God provide for our every  need. Each year we come out "just right." If the Lord leads consider partnering with us as we seek to do His will in Ecuador.  One way to directly affect the lives of local missionaries is to give to our missionary school.
 

Orphanage Update

5 years later and I still feel a burst of joy when I enter the doors of Casa de Fe.  Each day brings with it something new, whether it be a challenge or an infant's first smile. I can't help but think how grateful I am to be a part of these little lives.  We now house around 55 children. About half of them are waiting to be declared adoptable while the others are working toward reinsertion with their family members. I currently have 2 helpers and this allows me to work more with the CHILI students and  spend more time at home investing in our children.
 
Partner with us as we train the next generation of missionaries at Nate Saint Memorial School. For every $50.00 donated to the Nate Saint Memorial School before the end of this year we will send you a PDF copy of our 50th Anniversary cookbook filled with recipes from over 4 decades of missionaries.
 
Send a check to:
 
Reach Beyond
P.O. Box 39800
Colorado Springs, CO 80949-9800
 
Note in the memo line :
"Nate Saint Memorial School "
 
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