Praise for a good closure for Andrea to her time and ministry in Peru, and for the Lord’s leading in her life to bring her to Charlotte for a period of time to work in the home office. Pray for wisdom for her this week as she represents SIM at the Urbana, IL, missions conference. Pray for divine contacts there, for health for the team, and then for a good transition as she moves to North Carolina the middle of January. Pray also that during the next six months the Lord will clarify for her where He wants her to serve long-term.
Dick Ackley was only 11 years old when he first felt “called” into missions. A young missionary kid, unsure of what his own life was supposed to look like, Dick sat at the spiritual life conference held at his boarding school in Ethiopia in 1964 and listened to the story of a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. Corrie Ten Boom, imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp for her faith, looked out into the crowd that day and said, “God has a plan and a purpose for your life.” And for the first time, Dick really believed it. Fast forward in Dick’s life eight years, and we find him sleeping in his car in the dead of winter in Urbana, IL or, if he got lucky, he’d slip into the lobby of the dorms without being noticed. Dick couldn’t afford the full registration cost of the Urbana Conference but he knew … Read More
By Mende Kitzman and Andrea Obregon | PERU MARIA is a young girl who lives on the outskirts of Lima. As is common in Perú, Maria’s parents are separated, and she lives with her mother and brothers. Ever since Maria’s father left the home when she was 11, she has resented him and struggled with depression. When he came to visit for her twelfth birthday, she got angry and told him she didn’t want to see him again. Almost two years passed without a visit, and Maria’s walls of self-defense continued to grow. Earlier this year, a neighborhood Sports Friends coach spotted Maria curiously watching as other girls her age arrived for a summer Bible program. Since the coach lives in the neighborhood, she started to notice that Maria could often be found hanging around on the street. A few weeks later, the same coach resumed practices for her neighborhood volleyball … Read More