A New Chapter Begins…

Not only have we added to our family this year, but we’re hoping to inspire other bolivian families to do the same through adoption! Yes, our new ministry focus is ADOPTION ADVOCACY in Bolivia, and we are so excited to network with government officials and churches to mobilize the body of Christ and foster a culture of adoption at the local level! Take a look at our latest newsletter, and please help to spread the word! We are halfway to our monthly budget goal, and every dollar helps. Thank you SO much for all your love and support!

October 2015 Prayer Letter (click here to download full PDF)

October 2015 Prayer Letter

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Ch-ch-changes…..

Update coming soon about a new and exciting ministry transition!! Thanks for your patience and for all the loving support!

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Worst Blogger Ever…

Oops – so I think my last post was two years ago? Ouch. I’m both a procrastinator and a perfectionist, so when I think about writing, I tell myself “I don’t have time to write something well-crafted, so I’ll just do it later”. Which means I never get to it! I’m thankful for other social media (such as Facebook) as a way to keep in touch with my dear family and friends, so it’s likely that we have “seen” each other in the past two years, just not on this blog! 🙂

In case you hadn’t met the latest member of our family, our precious adopted daughter Gabriela joined us in December 2013 – although her paperwork won’t be complete for another year. But don’t you agree she is worth the wait?

1st birthday on March 2, 2014!

1st birthday on March 2, 2014!

I’m finishing up my 3rd year of teaching general music at Carachipampa Christian School – such a wonderful ministry here in Cochabamba. I’ll truly miss the students, staff, and school family, as I have decided to transition away from teaching to focus more on family and other ministry opportunities as of June 2015. Please pray with me as we continue to seek out the best use of our time in serving the beautiful city of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Although there are uncertainties ahead, I am certain that I’m in need of a bit more monthly support! I’m so grateful for each prayer partner and financial partner who has given sacrificially over these past three years. If you haven’t had a chance to give yet, would you consider becoming a monthly $10 or $20 supporter? It may seem like so little (one Starbucks drink per week!), yet it truly adds up to make a huge impact! Feel free to visit http://www.ripeforharvest.org or write me/send a Facebook message if you would like to know more…

Love from the Vasquez Family!

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Procrastinating like the ENFP that I am…

Oops – how did 6 months go by without me writing a single update on this blog? Shame on me! Please hold me accountable – my resolution is to write at least one update a month (if not more) to keep you all in the loop!

So….in the past 6 months I went to Senior High Camp for a week, wrapped up my first semester at Carachipampa Christian School with a super fun Christmas program, traveled with Ramiro to the U.S. over Christmas and New Year’s, and returned to Bolivia just in time to renew my one-year residency visa! If we didn’t get to see you while we were in the U.S., we sure hope to see you next time (or maybe you would consider a little trip down south?!)….

It was SOOO wonderful to see family and friends over the holidays – honestly it was just the thing that we needed to renew our strength for the upcoming year! I’m so grateful for each one of you, and for the prayer and financial support that you so generously give! Just so you know, I am finally at a solid 50-60% of my financial monthly support goal, but I could still really use another “push” of help to keep getting a bit closer! God has been so faithful in providing for us, but we know that He also uses people as a way of blessing others in the Body of Christ. Would you prayerfully consider joining our monthly team of supporters, even with a $20/month tax-deductible gift? You can find out more by visiting: http://www.ripeforharvest.org, or feel free to email or call with any questions you may have.

Blessings and hugs for all –

Rachel

Enjoying some Tennessee  BBQ last December!

Enjoying some Tennessee BBQ last December!

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Confession Time.

I’ve never liked the term “fundraiser”….the very mention of it brings back memories of too many tubs of cookie dough in the fridge (is it really still good after 6 months?!) and magazine orders I didn’t need but got anyways, all because I couldn’t say no to some cute, wide-eyed, innocent 9-year-old trying to win a pizza party for his/her class at school. Now, I totally get that fund raising and giving in general are GOOD things, and that God does want to teach us to be generous in all aspects of our lives. But if I were to say that fundraising was #1 on my list of hesitancies in accepting the teaching job at Carachipampa, it would be a huge understatement (well, it was really my only hesitancy – I’m super stoked otherwise!). But somehow I feel like maybe God is teaching me some lessons…

I had a totally random ear worm stuck in my head the past few days (please don’t judge me! 🙂 – the 80’s/90’s praise chorus “Jehovah Jirah, my provider, his grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me!”  If you don’t know it, then you may have had a deprived childhood, or you just don’t know what your missing! 

But yeah. I don’t need to worry about anything – He’s got me covered! I mean, what else could I ask for? There will be ENOUGH for each day, to supply my needs (not always my wants!). I realized that God has ALWAYS (and especially recently) provided for us in every way – with nourishment (such a bounty of delicious foods here!), access to low-cost medical care, and even care packages to get us through those lonely and homesick days. So am I worried about fundraising? As a (slowly) recovering “people pleaser”, I’d have to say that I’m more worried about offending people by asking for money than trusting that God will totally provide, and probably in way more creative ways than I could have asked for or imagined!

So I think I’ll just sit back, sip a mug of tea (thanks mom for the Constant Comment Decaf!), and lean into those Everlasting Arms! (Until tomorrow, that is…I’m super excited for Teacher Orientation this week and last minute prep for students next week!)  Hasta pronto!

 -Rachel

P.S. School photos to come soon – there is a lovely new patio area just outside my classroom door but the construction guys are getting it finished up this week!

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Chillin’ in Cochabamba…

Winter has arrived in Cochabamba! We are literally “chilling” with the cool weather (and no indoor heating), but it’s not cold enough to snow, so it’s really not all that bad!

In case you haven’t heard, Rachel is going to start teaching K-12 Music at Carachipampa Christian School this next school year, a school founded for missionary kids here in Cochabamba. It’s a great ministry opportunity – feel free to read the prayer letter below to find out more! 🙂

Rachel Vasquez Prayer Letter

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