Yesterday was a very productive day. Linford and his crew of painters made great progress on the exterior of the older girls’ home. Charlie and some of the guys did some concrete work and also repaired bunk beds. Bev and I spent most of the day hemming school uniforms. Jeanene, the director of Children’s Vision, was very pleased with how much our girls accomplished. They helped organized donations and fitted the children with new clothing and shoes.
We ate supper at the Leviticus house, the little girl’s house. The children were so excited to host our group. An adorable little dark-haired girl prayed for our meal and said, “God bless the missionaries who came to share our food”. Some of them were so excited they forgot to eat. It is amazing to see how much communication takes place without a common language.
Our youth spent the evening getting to know the Bogota drama team, teaching them mime techniques and beginning to teach them a song.
Please keep praying. So far our week has gone well, but several of our team are struggling with stomach issues.
Karen – for the Colombian team
We are enjoying another beautiful, sunny day in Bogota. The weather is perfect, a cloudless blue sky and a calm breeze.
Last evening we ate supper with the boys at the Exodus House. Our team had fun attempting to communicate with the boys. It was a noisy mixture of Spanish and English!
The plan had been for our youth to do mime training after the meal, but the schedule changed and instead we went back to Bethel, our guest house. The team had Bible study, while the parents went grocery shopping.
Thankfully, we were able to get to bed early….as everyone was very tired!
This morning our team split up and went several different directions. One group of guys worked on concreting a bedroom floor that they had ripped out yesterday. They worked on bunk beds while waiting for their concrete to dry. The rest of the guys climbed scaffolding and began painting the exterior of one of the houses. The girls helped fit all of the children with clothing and shoes.
We are all healthy and well. Thank you for your prayers!
We are enjoying a beautiful, sunny day in Bogota! We arrived late last night after a long day of travel. Our flight went well, and thankfully, all of our luggage arrived with us. After landing at the airport and collecting our luggage, we traveled 45 minutes through the city to Bethel House, the guest home where we are staying. We had a brief wait in a dark courtyard attempting to unlock the door with a broken key. After being brought a new set of keys, we hauled our suitcases through a narrow hallway and up steep flights of stairs, finally tumbling into bed around 1:00 am.
This morning we ate a breakfast of cold cereal and fruit and walked two blocks to the Genesis House, the home for the babies and toddlers. We enjoyed a tour of Children’s Vision’s four homes and school before eating our lunch in the sunny courtyard.
This afternoon the group will begin their work projects, which will include fitting children for school uniforms, painting, and tearing out a wooden floor.
We are all well. The youth are understandably tired, but have great attitudes. I haven’t heard a single complaint.
Karen and Alisha, for the Colombia Team
Hello Friends and Family,
We just finished up an awesome weekend of training in preparation for Colombia! The team put together and practiced seven songs, four of which we are hoping to teach to the mime teams at Children’s Vision. It was a blessing to have lots of DRAMA faces at the commissioning service at Blue Ball COB this morning- thank you all for your support! And an extra thank you to the wonderful parents who provided meals for us during the weekend. :) We wrapped up our training with a Bible study in Colossians, which we will continue during our trip.
An update on fundraising: We have received all of the funds we needed, with a little bit extra! We are praising God for His provision through each of you. Thank you so much!
Your prayers are appreciated as we travel tomorrow. We have a two hour drive to Newark, NJ, and a six hour flight to Bogota. Please pray for safety, and that things will go smoothly as we navigate the airport with our large group. Thank you!
For the Colombia Team,
DRAMA Ministry is heading back to partner with our sister teams in Colombia from February 4 through 15, 2017. The teams are in Bogota, Colombia and run as a part of Children’s Vision International Inc. (www.childrensvision.org). CVII takes abandoned, abused, and high-risk infants and small children from the streets to provide twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week care. This includes a home, food, clothing, education, recreation, and full medical attention.
The trip starts on February 4, when we will begin training and we hope to arrive in Colombia and start ministry by February 6. From there our base of operations will be Children’s Vision’s guest house in the city of Bogota. We will be working primarily right in CVII’s homes and school with the children and youth who live there. DRAMA has helped the CVII children to start their own discipleship team in the past which has since grown into two teams. This trip will focus on strengthening and equipping them for further ministry. Along with training and outreach opportunities alongside the local team, our team will also help with work projects around the CVII property.
For this trip to happen our team needs to raise some money and will need a lot of prayer cover. Each member is striving to raise $1,200 toward the travel expenses. Prayer is even more essential than funds in an undertaking of this nature. If you’d like to join us in either or both capacities, we’d be glad to count you as a part of our Colombia team. Below are two buttons, one for giving online toward our trip and the other is to add your name to our e-mail list for the trip. If you already get regular e-mails from DRAMA, you’re already included. If you’d like to give via snail mail, just send a check made out to DRAMA Ministry to 241 Blimline Rd., Mohnton, PA 19540 and include a note indicating it’s for the Colombia trip and (optionally) which team member you are sponsoring.
On November 29, 2016, Team Alpha had an outreach at Hope Rescue Mission. They presented four mimes that focused on how great God is, Christ’s life on earth, and how that all applies to us. Alpha’s director, Alex, also spoke and explained how Christians are saved by Christ alone and not by what they do.
Overall, the outreach went well, especially since it was the first time that Team Alpha used mime paint this session.
Team Delta got to be part of the 50th anniversary of West York Church of the Brethren. It was exciting to celebrate with them in this mile stone in following Jesus Christ!
Jaybin sharing the gospel in speaking.
Sharing God’s Awesomeness in the mime “Awesome God”;)
Your Bro in Christ, Caleb
On October 22, 2016, Team Alpha had the opportunity to bless others with a service project. The project took place at Jim Good’s campground from 8am-2pm. We were able to help Mr. Good by raking/blowing leaves and splitting wood.
Although we were there to bless others, we were greatly blessed by the delicious meal that Mrs. Good provided. We were very thankful for the dry weather and the opportunity to serve Mr. and Mrs. Good.
Hello DRAMA family!
Sunday the 13th at 6pm DRAMA will be having our Friends and Family Presentation at Mohn’s Hill E. C. (708 Mohn’s Hill Road Reading, PA 19608). This evening is a great chance to see what DRAMA is doing as a ministry and to fellowship with everyone! All are invited so please come out and invite others to watch the teams preform mimes and recap some things that we have been learning this session! After the presentation, everyone is invited to stay for snacks and refreshments. We are excited to share what God has been doing through DRAMA this session and we look forward to seeing you there!