Brooke Goes Back to Colombia
May 3, 2014
The Special Day is Coming Soon
Myself and Amy and Jamie Haur are getting excited! We will be going Colombia soon on May 3rd until May 28th. In the meantime we are preparing ESL programs and VBS programs. During our time in Colombia we will be working in the new speaking centre out of the Sabaneta Church in Medellin teaching English as a Second Language. As well there is a possibility of serving at El Pacifico, a home for handicapped children and/or Open Arms (ministry for pregnant teens). The following two weeks will be spent in Rio Negro serving with the El Oriente church in ESL, English Bible studies, children’s ministry at the farm school that we worked at last year. I am so thankful for all the support I have received in just a month. I am 26% towards my goal of $2500.
A look Backwards
Last year I went a six week trip to Colombia with Fellowship International. My team and I traveled through out several different cities during our time there. We spent just over two weeks on the coast: running a youth retreat in Tolu, as well as ESL programs in Cartagena and Barranquilla. I had the opportunity to see a few organizations that are changing lives. One organization called Open Arms allows homeless mothers to come in off the streets for an entire year and get there lives to where they want to be. After Cartagena and Barranquilla we traveled to a city near Medellin called Rio Negro where we were be placed with our first host family. We worked with one of the El Redil churches (El Redil del Oriente) where we taught ESL in the evenings, and taught at a farm school during the day. That following weekend in Envigado we ran a three day retreat for young adults. God made miracles happen that weekend. Our last two weeks we spent working closely with two churches, running ESL and VBS One set in Envigado and the other possibly nearby in Sabaneta. During the first of these two weeks I was placed with my second host family. A woman whom could hardly speak english. It was difficult to communicate but I appreciated the words that we were able to speak. During my second week in Envigado I was placed with a third family. This family spoke english very well and we able to have great conversations. As a team we went to one of the poorest areas in Medellin. A place called El' Pacifico is set up for handicap children. We spent time with the children and help to organize the building. It was so hard to say goodbye. When I returned to Canada I kept saying that I left my heart in Colombia. Technically I didn’t but It felt like I did. The trip was amazing. The people were amazing. God was amazing.
Smiling and Laughing
These are some girls who participate in an after school program in Barranquilla.
Dance Until You Can Not Dance Anymore
Finishing off an after school program with some dancing.
Leaving with Warm Hearts
Saying goodbye to the beautiful children in Barranquilla.
How You Can Help
I would appreciate it so much if people would partner with me in prayer as I prepare to go to back Colombia and during my time there. I am putting together a prayer team, if you would like to be a part of it please email me at the email address below.
I am looking for financial support. I need to raise $2500 and I am over 26% of the way there. I have less than a month to raise the rest of this money. I know it is possible! If you would like to donate, you can do so at the fellowship.ca or by calling the number below.
Thank you so much!