Nieuwsbrief December 2019
the rock of my strength and my refuge, is in God.
Let me first say how much I have enjoyed visiting churches in the UK that are linked with the work of Mision Adulam and some new contacts as well. It is such a blessing for instance to hear someone say how the Lord prompted them to pray without knowing why, well, that was just when things were tough! I have been blessed with your generous hospitality and go home knowing you are with us in many ways.
The last few weeks have been very stressful in Bolivia as you may have heard in the international press. I’ve had some sleepless nights, but Mision Adulam staff really found it rough. Sometimes they walked for a few hours to get to the houses, having veggies or stones thrown at them as well as verbal abuse, being seen as people that don’t identify with the people of El Alto. Less could be true, all we do and have ever done is serve in our area – people in our local area stood with us and promised to protect us as much as they can.
Our young people also perceived the tension and staff had to think of ways to lighten the atmosphere, for instance baking bread with the whole group (the bakery was closed).
In Adulam it has been hard going because of the new staff. They tend to misjudge risky situations so for instance when the boys went to the school to evaluate their improvements, staff stayed together to have a nice chat rather than being with the boys. Result: 8 of the 10 smoked marihuana given to them by a boy who used to live with us. So sad, shouldn’t have happened. The good thing was that all owned up when Felina asked them what had happened and said they were ready to take responsibility for their actions.
The situation in the country is settling a bit but not good yet, please pray for us as are in December, a difficult month on every level at the best of times. In the mission we will have staff evaluations, afterwards we will close our year together and hope to give all some food for their celebrations. Then I hope to join the team from church going to the high security prison for the Christmas outreach to the men. Pray for the Lord’s peace to rule in each of our hearts, and for Him to come close in the special times together when we remember the birth of the Lord Jesus.
I trust you will have a good Christmas and wish you the Lord’s blessings for 2020 and hope we can continue to serve addicted youth and children at risk together!
This comes with love and warm greetings, in Jesus, Fineke.
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