You never know what to expect when you get to Sucre. It's been 24 hours of travel. 3 planes, multiple airports, too much coffee, and the anticipation of finally making it.
There are questions on your mind every time you come here. Will this greeting be like the last one? Will they make you feel like you're the VIPs of the city? Will you sponsor kid be there? It would seem, after years of teams going, that the greetings would get stale, but they never do.
And honestly, it's not because of the banners, cheers, and games.
It's because there is something special about reuniting with friends. There is something unique about seeing brothers and sisters that you've formed deep relationships even if you're only there once a year. You see faces like Esther, Carmenita, Maria, German, and the other FH workers that you've become close to.
God made relationships to be special. He made us to have friendships and brotherhoods, and to work together on things that are bigger than us. What an amazing thing that He would create that kind of arrangement; that kind of mutual transformation.
Even here in Bolivia we'll be challenged to be focused on relationships this week. To not let tasks and agendas get in the way of being with each other. And you know what? You'll be challenged in the same way.
So, what are we to do? We lay it before God, ask him to orchestrate the conversations, the time we spend, and attitude we have toward each other. He does that in Bolivia, and he does it in New Mexico.
Thank you for your prayers for us.
Thursday is full of home visits, food, and a talent show.
We appreciate you all!
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MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch on January 13th after 2nd service. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! We encourage anyone who is considering making MCC their church home to attend and get connected! Contact Elizabeth to RSVP today.
For any ladies interested in prophetic literature or wanting to begin a Bible Study in the New Year, MCC is starting a new Bible Study in January! What is the heart behind the roar of the Lion from Zion? In this 16-week study through the book of Amos, beginning January 7th and meeting Monday mornings at 10 a.m., you will learn about a loving God who prepares His people to live forever. We hope you will consider joining us for this fantastic study! Child care is provided. Please contact Elizabeth Allan to learn more.
If you have ever felt like you don't fit in, that you aren't good enough, that everyone else has it together while you struggle to even show up, then we invite you to join us. We want you to learn that we have a God who lifts the pain of worthlessness and rejection! Starting Thursday, January 17th, Sara Ghormley and Elizabeth Allan will lead discussions as we prayerfully work through Ed Welch's book, "Shame Interrupted". We begin at 6:30 and end at 8, and will meet for 16 weeks. Cost is $16 per person, but scholarships are available. Please contact Elizabeth and let her know so she can order a book for you.
Would you like to learn how to respond to conflict Biblically? Pastor Frank Malizzo, Elizabeth Allan and Spencer Brown are hosting a Peacemaking as Evangelism Workshop at MCC on January 25th-26th. The class will highlight Biblical tools that can be used for work, in the community, in the home and as a tool for evangelism. “Conflict presents unique opportunities to serve other people, we can demonstrate the love of Christ and give witness to the gospel even to people who are attacking us.” Ken Sande. Contact Elizabeth to learn more.