Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Thiessen Talk'O - Winter/Spring 2017

It's been a while since you've heard from us and for this we apologize. Life is full and busy and sometimes carving out the time required to put together a good newsletter is hard to do. A lot has happened in our lives since our summer update but time and space do not allow us to share it all, so here's a few highlights we hope you will enjoy.

This Is Our Rapid-fire, #TBT Attempt....

August – September 2016: We returned to Canada and were blessed to take in a family wedding (Keyana was the flowergirl) and to re-connect with loved ones. We managed to fit in some medical appointments, got our children registered to homeschool, collected Alberta curriculum and visited/shared with a few of our supporting churches. One of the highlights for Josiah and Keyana, while in Canada, was building a tree house with Grandpa Foster.

October 2016: Transformados 1st intern, Ben, wrapped up his 7 months with us and headed back to the US. We were sad to see him go, but so very thankful for his sacrifice and service! The end of October brought us our 2nd intern, Taylor, who was with us for 9 weeks. It was a blessing to have both of these young men pour their time and energy into the work of Transformados and the hearts of the youth in our community.

December 2016: We put on our 1st Transformados Christmas Posada! We rented a local fiesta place, just 3 doors down from our home, decorated, prepped and cooked a meal of taco soup with cupcakes for dessert. We planned group games and competitions like the best slam dunk and a turkey shoot for the parents and even put together a little band, including some Transformados youth on guitar and drums, so we could provide our guests with Christmas dinner music. The turnout was great and the opportunity it gave us to meet some parents for the first time was prayer answered! Taylor shared his powerful testimony about the transforming work of Christ in his life and we know that hearts were touched and some amazing conversations have since followed. This excites us and shows us that God is moving and working in the lives of those with whom we are building relationships! God willing, we'd love to see this become an annual event!

We enjoyed having Karlene's parents visit us during December and January as well as Anthony's sister and her family. It's always a wonderful encouragement to have family and friends make the effort to come and visit us and experience the ministries we are involved in.

Between Christmas and New Years, Transformados hosted a 3 day basketball camp for our youngest age group. We were blessed to have the help of our older Transformados youth and our family visitors. Each day during water break, Phil, Taylor and Anthony took turns sharing about the Love, Joy and Peace found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

January 2017: ESL classes are back up and running with a good size group and regular attendance. Anthony enjoys teaching this class and spends time hanging out with those who like to stay after and visit. Ideally, we'd love to have an ESL teacher join our team and expand this part of our ministry.

Remember the elementary school in our neighbourhood, who a year ago, allowed us to use their basketball court to hold a 3 day camp during Christmas holidays? After this camp, they gave us permission to use their court on Saturdays for our elementary basketball club. Part way through the year, they entrusted us with our own gate/bathroom key which is a testament to having earned their trust. Then in February, they allowed us to come and teach basketball during the afternoon recess on Mondays and Fridays! After just 1 week of teaching basketball during recess, the number of students who attend our Saturday club doubled!!! We now have on average of 28 elementary aged children each Saturday! Two weeks ago, Anthony had a meeting with another Principal of an elementary school in a neighbouring colonia who is inviting us to provide a morning recess intramural program for their students. This is an exciting opportunity!

February 2017: Anthony, Karlene and Phil had the opportunity to take an 18 month course from Global School of Sports Ministry and in February, the executive director and her husband traveled to La Paz to evaluate our ministry and to give us our exams. We all passed with flying colours and they were excited to see what God is doing in and through Transformados.

We were also blessed to have another of Anthony's sisters and her family come and spend a week with us. Doing life together, in La Paz, was great!

We made some changes in Transformados this month. We split our older age group into Sr. and Jr. high and added 2 extra nights of basketball club to accommodate this change. This was a stretch and it meant that we had to give up hosting our El Faro cell group which was a very difficult decision for us. But when Anthony met with the leader of the group to share what God has been doing in Transformados, he confirmed that expanding the ministry to better meet the needs of the youth and to give us more times of interaction with them, was the right decision. He assured us that we would always be a part of their group and welcome to attend when we can and then gave us his blessing to pursue the course that God was setting before us.

The second change we made was to our Saturday youth nights. Now the girls meet at our house for a fun activity and Bible study while the boys meet at the centre for the same. Then we all congregate together at the centre for group games, activities, snacks etc. It seems to be a good change and we look forward to being able to delve deeper into spiritual discussions and the Word as we continue to build relationships with these precious youth.

We are excited, that after a hiatus to organize documents and become a registered civil entity, the Christian life coach we partnered with last year has returned to renting our Transformados Centre 2 afternoons per week, to meet with, encourage and work with at risk youth. It's a blessing to be able to help him provide this much needed service to our community.

March 2017: Our third change took place this month as we held our first 3 on 3 basketball tournaments in all 3 categories of our club. The idea is that this tournament will happen every month (except during summer) and the teams will change each time to give more youth the chance to win the trophy for their category. Each individual, on the winning team, gets a framed picture of their team and themselves with the trophy, to take home. While we hope for increased numbers in our Jr. & Sr. High groups, we were blown away with the turnout in our elementary category! All the groups seemed to really enjoy the competition and are looking forward to the next tournament.

April 2017: Anthony had the privilege of helping out again this year with an inter-church Easter Bible Camp held at Rancho El Camino (another TEAM MI here in La Paz). Josiah was old enough to attend this year and he obviously enjoyed it so much that he's already talking about next year. It was a record attendance year with 141 campers and enough volunteers/staff to take the number over 180. We were super excited to be able to take 4 of our Transformados youth! Last year, when we offered, none of them showed any interest in attending camp. Praise God that this year, 4 of them went and all enjoyed the experience. We continue to pray for their hearts and know that God is working and drawing them to Himself.

We enjoyed having Karlene's parents here for 3 weeks over Easter. Their help, support and company lighten the daily load, which we truly appreciate! This past week, Anthony's parents were here for the first time! It was great to have them visit and to show them what life is like for us in La Paz! Hopefully they enjoyed their experience and will want to come back again someday.

Other Exciting Spiritual, Language Updates...

Anthony and Phil have been discipling one of our Transformados youth who recently shared that he gave his life to Christ a year ago at a youth event in another church. Their journey through the Gospel of John has resulted in great discussions and the realization that his salvation is not based on his good works has brought him further understanding and freedom in his growing relationship with Jesus Christ! It's exciting to see God at work in his life and heart!

I (Karlene) have had two exciting opportunities to share my faith, for the first time in Spanish! Those of you who know how difficult this language learning journey has been for me, will understand the significance of this! I've shared a sentence here and there before, I've been trying to live out God's love in the relationships we're building and the situations we find ourselves in, but actually having a deeper conversation about God and salvation has felt next to impossible for me. But God provided the opportunities, gave me the words (in Spanish), caused my speech to flow, albeit with mistakes and far from perfect and the courage to just do it! In both instances, I was so blessed in the process and am praying that the words He gave me to share will have encouraged and caused those with whom I shared, to think more about God. I pray that one day, His amazing love will draw them into relationship with Him!

El Faro Church Update...

The roof has been raised! Many of you will remember that 2 years ago, a work team from Nampa Gospel Fellowship came and served by helping to get the construction started on the new worship sanctuary at El Faro. Since those first great strides were made, the congregation has been working toward raising funds for a nursery and church office, which they have since built as well as funds for pouring the roof over the sanctuary. We are excited to report that just last month, they raised the roof! We thank God for His provision and we continue to trust Him to further provide the funds needed to put in the windows, doors, A/C and sound system! What a blessing this new space is going to be to the growing congregation of El Faro!

The Future....

In May we have our annual Transformados Team retreat and are helping to host a group on a TEAM vision trip by letting them experience the ministries of Transformados. Some of these people could possibly become future teammates!

In June, our next intern arrives. She will be with us for 8 weeks and we're excited to have her return. She first served here last year as part of the short term team from Cedarville University and loved her experience so much that she's coming back! In July, we will have a short term volunteer join us for 2 weeks helping us prep for and put on our first week of summer basketball camp. Following that, will be another 2 weeks of camp, put on with the help of a returning short term team from Cedarville University! It's going to be a crazy, busy summer and we ask you to cover us in prayer!

One Final Note Of Thanks...

We are so, so incredibly blessed to have you standing with us through financial and prayer support. We recognized that it would be impossible to continue serving here without this much needed and much appreciated help. Your prayers, your support, your sacrifices, your emails, your cards, your visits, these are all blessings that we do not take lightly or for-granted. It is humbling to be on the receiving end of the outpouring of love from the Body of Christ. We pray and hope that we are found faithful in passing on this love to those we've been called to serve.

When we first arrived on the field in Mexico, we were very close to being fully supported. We have now been here for 4 years and with the addition of renting the Transformados Centre, the loss of our Alberta Health Care* which has caused our monthly health insurance premiums to increase substantially, a 20% government hike in gas/fuel prices this January and a recent rental increase for our house, we are facing the present reality of being under supported.

Our desire is to keep on serving here in Mexico with Transformados and we are trusting God to continue to provide for us as He has in the past. We know His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness! Please join us in prayer regarding this situation.

*(Alberta Health Care has a policy where they will only allow Missionaries to be gone a total of 4 years and will reinstate AHC only when we return to permanently live in Canada.)
We want to thank you for your continued support and prayers and trust that you have enjoyed reading our latest update!

Until Our Next Talk'O Together,

The Thiessens :)
  • Our temporary resident visas expire this September which means we need to apply for permanent residency. Please cover this process in prayer as it involves a lot of time, energy, expense and trips to immigration.
  • Please pray for our Transformados Team retreat. Pray that it will be a time of rest, regrouping and vision casting. Pray for discernment, the Holy Spirit's leading and unity as we look back on all that God has done and forward to all that He has planned.
  • Pray for our new intern, our 2 week volunteer and our short term team from Cedarville. Pray that God will provide the support they need to be able to come. Pray for their travel, transition and time with Transformados. Pray for yielded hearts, willing to serve and glean all that God has for them during their time here in Mexico.
  • Pray for the young man Anthony and Phil are discipling, for his growing relationship with Jesus and his less than supportive home environment.
  • Pray for all who attended the Easter camp. Pray for the lives and hearts of all the teens, especially the Transformados youth who attended. Pray that God will continue to draw them to Himself and that they will recognize their need for Him to be their Saviour.
  • Pray that more youth will come out for our bible study/devotional times on Saturday nights. Pray that God will get a hold of their hearts and that they will recognize their need for Him.
  • Pray that God will continue to give Transformados favour in the eyes of our community and that He will continue to use us to help and encourage and share His love with the children, youth and families in our neighbourhood.
  • Pray for our upcoming summer of basketball camps and community outreach activities. Pray that God will be honored and glorified in all we do and that hearts and lives will be transformed!
  • Pray that God will bring us more long-term teammates. We would love to grow the ESL side of our program, have our centre open every day as a drop-in-place for youth as well as add more ministries in the area of music and creative arts. In order to do this, however, we need more personnel with a passion to reach children/youth and a desire to serve God.
  • Pray for those coming on the TEAM vision trip in May. Pray that God will direct and give discernment as they seek Him about becoming involved in the work He is doing in Mexico.
  • Please continue to pray for our marriage, our children, our family, our health, our protection, our energy, our continued language growth and the relationships we are building. We cannot continue to serve here and serve well without your faithful prayers on our behalf. Pray as the Holy Spirit leads because He knows our needs, our weaknesses, our struggles and the challenges we face.
  • Pray for the children/youth who attend our basketball clubs and youth nights. Pray that God will impact their hearts through our love, our teaching, our friendship and time spent together. Pray for lives to be transformed!
  • Please pray for the individuals with whom Karlene shared her faith. Pray that they will seek to know more and for further opportunities to talk with them. One of these individuals is a Grandmother of a child that attends basketball club. She has just endured her second battle with cancer. Pray for continued healing and that through this difficult journey she will witness God's faithfulness, provision and presence. Pray that she will experience the true peace and freedom that comes through a personal relationship with Him.
...for our interns and the ways God worked in and through them during their times of service.
...for our successful Transformados Christmas Posada, for the opportunity to meet more parents and to share the love of God while having a ton of fun together!
...for a successful 3 day basketball camp over Christmas, being entrusted with keys to 2 public schools and the favour that God is giving Transformados in our community, among members, parents and school directors.
...for encouraging family visits.
...for the increase in students in the ESL class and our elementary basketball club.
...for finishing and passing our GSSM course and a positive evaluation of our Transformados ministries.
...for a successful Easter camp and great turnout of youth.
...for our Transformado's youth who has put his faith in Jesus Christ!
...for the roof being raised at El Faro Church.
...for the encouraging opportunities God has given Karlene to share her faith, in Spanish!
...for the re-connection with a young man who Anthony first discipled upon arrival to La paz, for the exciting report of God's work in his life and the encouragement we received through his thankfulness for the important part Anthony played in his spiritual journey.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Motorcycle, Prayer and Hurry

I believe it is Dallas Willard who said that one of the most important disciplines a Christian needs to work on is to mercilessly remove all hurry from one's life. I had an experience that helped me remember that, as well as the importance of the prayers of all those who do remember us in prayer.
It was Josiah's birthday, with way too many things planned, and a soccer practice and game were added to the mix, which involved a 15 km ride on the motorbike. I was exiting a parking lot that we cut across, as everyone does, to get onto a main artery across the city. I was a bit distracted by a policeman beside me, and in a hurry as we were late, so after making sure I came to a full stop, I glanced to see if anyone was coming, gunned the bike, and as I was turning to the left thinking about the policeman I left behind, a flash of lime green came across my front, just clipping my front tire of the bike. My heart stopped, and I didn't have time to do anything else. The bike kept going in its line, as the touch of my front tire had been small enough that it didn't cause me to fall or swerve.
I couldn't help but think that I almost ended his life at 12 years by putting hurry before careful driving. I praised God for sparing us from anything worse, and renew my commitment to avoid hurry like a plague.

The Thiessen Talk'O - Summer 2016

                       The Thiessen Talk'O                         Sharing The Love of God in La Paz, BCS, Mexico

   Missionaries To Mexico, Serving With TEAM & Associate Missionaries with EMC

Our Transformados Logo!!!

Our logo speaks to the transforming work of Christ in our lives. The cross symbolizes Him and the truth that He is pure and holy. As He transforms us, we become more like him, moving from dark to light, from sin to purity, as represented by the shade changes seen throughout the word 'Transformados.' Our key verse, Romans 12:2, is highlighted at the bottom of the logo. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." 

Transformados seeks to transform lives through utilizing sports and other community initiatives as powerfully effective evangelism and discipleship tools for extending the Kingdom of God in Mexico and beyond.

Transformados Summer Camps

Summer, in Mexico, has come and gone and with it, our first ever Transformados Sports Camps!!! In our inaugural summer, we ran 3 weeks of camp, 2 weeks of Basketball and 1 week of fútbol! A TON of work and a whole lot of time and planning went into these 3 weeks! To say we saw God at work, is an understatement! He is good and faithful and it was exciting to see how He brought everything and everyone together, to make these camps possible!
July 17th - Sports Camp Community kick-off (With help from SWCC, Texas)
July 19th - 22nd - Our 4 day basketball camp for ages 8-12 (With help from SWCC, Texas) - A total of 19 campers attended
July 26th - 29th - Our first ever fútbol camp for ages 8-12 (With help from Hope EFC, Illinois) - A total of 31 campers attended
August 2nd - 6th - Our 4 day basketball camp for ages 13-18 (With help from Cedarville University, Ohio) - A total of 22 campers attended

This summer also marked another first for Transformados! We were incredibly blessed to host 3 different short-term mission teams. Each team helped us with a different week of camp and it was amazing to see how God ordered the teams and equipped them to serve in ways that were perfectly suited to their specific week of camp! This overseas missions adventure was a first for every group and therefore, it was a learning experience for all of us. What a joy it was to serve and learn and grow together and to see God work in mighty ways! Precious moments were shared and one of the highlights, each week, was doing a prayer walk together around our community, stopping to pray at all the places where we presently minister. How wonderful it was to pray together, for God to use us in specific ways and places, throughout our community, to help bring Transformation! Our summer of ministry would not have been possible without the help we received from these 3 groups. They blessed us and encouraged us in so many ways! We look forward to their return and working together again someday!

On Sunday, July 17th, we hosted our sports camp kickoff at the local community basketball court, the same court where we stood 1.5 years ago and prayed for God to open doors and make the way for Transformados to reach our neighbourhood for Him! What an amazing experience to see God's hand bringing us full circle!

It was a night filled with fun and laughter! We had a pre-registration table for camp and actually had some people sign up in advance! Along with our snack table, we also had ones for face painting, playdough, lego and an artist paper wall where kids could be creative. Our competition booths consisted of a 'minute to win it', yard Yahtzee, bean bag toss, hula hoops, basketball shooting and a fun, improvised take on the all popular dunk tank. During all of this, we also had a local band called, "JazzSur" provide us with some awesome music that turned the heads of those passing by and drew curious people to the court where we were able to tell them about camp, hand out information flyers and invite them to partake in the fun! We couldn't have done this night without the help of our Southwest team and we were encouraged by the good turnout. The purpose of the kickoff was to make our presence known in our community, to share about Transformados and what we have to offer and to inform, those interested, about our summer camps! Mission accomplished!

Then began our 3 weeks of sports camps. Every morning we met together at the Transformados Centre, with the visiting team, for a time of prayer and then began hauling needed items to the court or to the soccer field in order to set up before campers arrived. It was heartwarming to see the short term teams dive in and get involved with camp prep, coaching teams, leading skill stations and having fun with their players! Even with the language barrier, the children and youth who attended the camps, knew that they were loved and felt encouraged through the enthusiasm and excitement displayed by the short term teams and our Transformados staff.

Each week, the campers where divided into teams and cycled through a series of stations where they learned basketball or fútbol skills depending which week of camp it was. Every day, during water break, one of the short term team members would either share their testimony or give a devotional talk. Campers got to hear about transformed lives, that God loves them, that Jesus died to save them, that they are never alone, that God can bring good out of bad and that they too, can trust Him with their lives. Seeds were planted and now we ask you to join us in praying that God will cause them to grow and that as we continue to reach out to this community and pour into these children, that their hearts and lives will be Transformed by the truth of God's amazing love! After the water break, the teams would play against each other until home time. Every day, they received an invitation to come to the Centre between 5-7 for a games night, ice cream night, craft night and coffeehouse/awards night.

The first night, we only had one camper come out but with each passing day and week, more campers came as did more of their family members until we had a packed centre the last night for our coffeehouse and awards evenings! It was exciting to watch the campers receive their certificates and medals and to have their family members there to celebrate with them! We were able to share about Transformados and how we are here to help the community. Great conversations were had, information was given, questions were asked and connections were made! This was our goal when planning these events and now we look forward to pursuing these connections. It was wonderful to have one of the Grandmothers remark, "Oh, this is good! We need something like this in our community!!" Our prayer is that God will use Transformados to transform our neighbourhood and our city!

Another exciting thing, to witness this summer, was the involvement of our own Transformados youth. These youth, whom we've been working with for the past year, stepped into leadership roles and helped to either lead skill stations or coach teams during the first two weeks of camp! They did an amazing job! It was truly rewarding to witness youth that we've been pouring into, turn around and pour into others! Seeing them embrace an opportunity to serve their community was priceless! So was hearing them say, at the end of the summer, that it had been a lot of fun, that they were looking forward to next year already and that Transformados had become family!

So what's next? Today started another year of basketball clubs and Saturday youth nights in the Centre. ESL class will begin again this coming week and we've talked about starting a weekly chess club, at the Centre. A number of Transformados youth have expressed interest in studying the Bible so we hope to start an exploratory study in September with a leadership/discipleship component for those youth interested in helping to lead at next year's summer camps. Because of the prayer walks, community kickoff, sports camps and community outreach events in the Centre, we have managed to make a number of contacts and a few of these have expressed interest in attending a Bible study. So we wondering whether to add them to our cell group or start a community study at the Centre. We hope to continue our partnership with the Christian Life Coach who works with trouble teens and we also want to start visiting the families of our basketball club kids, on a more regular basis. There is much we can be doing. We need prayer and wisdom to do exactly what God wants us to so that we can do it well. We continue to be excited to see what He has in store for the future of Transformados!

Coming home...

We are excited to be able to return to Canada on August 18th. We have medical appointments, a family wedding and the need to purchase school supplies/curriculum since our children will be full-time homeschooling this year. If we are in our home province on September 1st, we can sign up under a homeschool program and receive the added benefit of financial help from our provincial government. This will be a huge blessing! We do not have an exact date of return to Mexico since we need to keep things open to make sure that we can complete our medical appointments. At this time it looks like we will be home, in Alberta, for 3-4 weeks. If this enables us to share in some of our supporting churches, we definitely will take the opportunity! We would also love to get together over coffee to share about what God is doing through Transformados! We look forward to re-connecting with as many of you as is possible, during this short time.

 On The Homefront

The month of June was crazy busy but full of celebration! Keyana turned 10, had her first piano recital at the State Music School auditorium, her 2nd ballet festival performance at the City Theatre, wrote her grade 4 exams and passed, received another certificate for the highest semester grade average in her class, as well as the certificate for finishing the year at the top of her class. She missed getting the certificate for student with the highest marks in the entire school by .1 of a mark. She ended the year very well and has worked hard at everything she was involved in. She's sad that she won't be able to see her friends everyday at school, this coming year, but at the same time, she is super excited to be homeschooling this fall. Her Spanish is great and many of our Mexican friends comment on the fact that she speaks without a foreign accent. We don't want her Spanish to suffer, so we will make an effort to organize activities with her Mexican friends and once a week she will be attending a conversational Spanish class to continue to help her grow and advance. She's already told me that now she wants to learn French and sign language! She will continue with basketball club, ballet and piano this year, but wishes she could take baseball and horsemanship classes too. She really enjoyed her week of basketball camp, bonded well with her coaches and was excited when her team won the mini tournament which meant she received a gold medal!

June saw Josiah finish grade 5, perform his second drum recital and receive a brand new fútbol uniform which he proudly sports around the house. We are blessed to have found a teacher who is going to take on all his schooling next year and although he's sad to not see his friends every day, we think eventually he will be excited to see how much faster he can progress in a one on one situation. He likes being part of the basketball club and really enjoyed all 3 weeks of our Transformados camps. His basketball team came in 2nd and his fútbol team came in 3rd, making him excited to receive silver and bronze medals. He also had a blast connecting with the youth on the short-term teams, some who ended up taking him under their wings and playing the role of older siblings, during their time here. It was really neat to see them bond and helped to make up for the void we feel not having family members close by. After almost 3 years of playing fútbol, Josiah is looking forward to taking a break and trying his hand (no pun intended) at karate. His love for music is growing and so he will continue with drum lessons this coming year. He's made some really good Mexican friends and we will work hard to keep those relationships going. His Spanish is coming along nicely and he has no problem communicating with his buddies! It's great to hear him conversing and laughing and having a good time in Spanish.

In June, I auditioned for a choir and made it! Since then we've practiced twice a week and are presently learning songs in English, Spanish and Swahili. I am super excited to have this opportunity to do something that I am passionate about! I'm impressed with the director and her husband and am slowly getting to know the other members. We just had our first social event a couple Saturdays ago. It looks like we might have a small concert in October with a bigger event happening in December. They envision becoming a close knit chorale that one day might even tour and attend choir festivals in other parts of Mexico! It's exciting to dream and I look forward to using this opportunity to share the love of Christ with this wonderful group of people I am blessed to sing with and get to know.

Anthony has been bothered by a bump on the back of his heel for almost 3 years now. He's been living with the pain, told by doctors that with time, it will go away. Through a course of events, he happened upon a local orthopedic specialist here in La Paz. After x-ray, ultra-sound and consultation, he had the lump removed on August 4th. Having thought that the lump was fat build-up, the doctor was surprised when it wasn't so he removed extra flesh around the tumor and sent it to be examined by a pathologist. Although we weren't overly worried, it was still a relief to get the results saying it was benign. He's hopeful that the constant burning and pain he had with activity, will now be gone with the removal of this lump. He's looking forward to being active again, pain free!

  • Pray for all of the children and youth who attended the summer camps. Pray that the testimonies, devotions and love they were shown will continue to touch their hearts and that their desire to know Jesus as their personal Saviour, will grow.
  • Pray for all of the people we met this summer and the contacts made. Pray that we will know how to move forward in reaching out and strengthening these relationships, especially with the families of the children and youth that attend our basketball clubs.
  • Pray for our basketball clubs. Pray that those who came to camp will start/continue to attend our clubs. Our desire is to build relationships through sports and to use sports as a platform to share the love of Christ with the children and youth of La Paz. Pray for the youth that have been faithfully coming and with whom we are building relationships. Pray that the time we have already invested into these youth will begin to provide further opportunities to share about the transforming work of Christ!
  • Pray for continued direction for Transformados.  Pray that God will use this ministry to greatly impact the city of La Paz and to build the local churches. Pray that our team will be a true spiritual community, united and grounded in Christ, seeking Him first and foremost, listening to His voice and obeying His call for us as individuals and as a Ministry Initiative (MI)
  • Pray that the Transformados centre will be a welcoming, safe place where children, youth and families will want to come. May it be a place where they will experience the love of Christ!
  • Pray for continued safety and protection. We do not take our safety lightly. We trust God for His protection and thank you for your prayers.
  • Pray for healing for my Dad.
  • Pray for Ben, our first Transformados intern. Pray that he will continue to find joy in God's call on his life as he discovers all that God has for him during this season.
  • Pray for continued health, stamina, energy and joy.
  • Pray for wisdom in regards to our children's education and choosing what curriculum/online options to use. Pray that we will make the right decisions in order to meet their individual learning needs and styles.
  • Pray for continued opportunities for music ministry and that God will be honored and glorified in it.
  • Pray for perseverance as we continue with our Spanish learning.
  • Pray for strength and endurance in times of discouragement.
  • Pray for the continued construction at El Faro. Pray that God will provide the money needed to complete the cement roof over the new worship sanctuary. Pray that El Faro will continue to develop a hunger for God and a desire to serve the surrounding community.
  • Pray that we will be wise in keeping a balance between family and ministry and that we will be able to create some margins in our lives.
  • Pray for safe travels as we return to Canada this month for various reasons. Pray that our time home will be refreshing and for opportunities to re-connect with family, friends, supporters and churches.
  • Pray that Karlene will be able to find some help, relief, healing, from some health issues she's facing.
  • Pray for energy and wisdom in parenting. Pray that we can be the parents our children need us to be. Pray that we will rely more on the Holy Spirit's strength to understand, guide, correct, direct, teach, care and love our kids in the ways that they need.
  • Pray for our marriage. Pray that despite the stresses and pressures around us, we will take time for each other.  
  • For an amazing, 3 weeks of camp and for every student who attend and for the seeds that were planted in their hearts and minds.
  • For the 3 awesome short term teams that helped us this summer!
  • For the many new people and family members we connected with, over the summer, who live in our community.
  • For the Transformados youth who helped in leading the 2 weeks of camp for younger aged kids.
  • For the positive relationships we have built with the president, the directors of the schools and community members in our colonia and for their openness to our sports ministry efforts.
  • For continued safety, protection and health.
  • For a great end to the school year for Josiah and Keyana.
  • For the choir opportunity that God has given Karlene.
  • For successful removal of the lump on Anthony's foot and that it was benign!

We want to thank you for your continued support and prayers and trust that you have enjoyed reading our latest update!

Until Our Next Talk'O Together,

The Thiessens :)