To say that January has been a busy month is an understatment! I don’t even know where to start, so I will try to categorize things for you.
Tyler, Hannah, Carter and Abby all worked hard before Christmas to make and sell Christmas cards with the goal to raise a bit of month for a Centre in Cochabamba, Bolivia. We had an opportunity to serve at the centre and became friends with the directors (The Quinteros Family), so we have had time to meet and know a number of the kids from the community.
The Vis kids raised an over 3,900 Bolivianos! While this is definately worth celebrating, the bigger thing (to me) is the countless times
they created opportunities to share their God story about Bolivia! Our kids attend public schools and were given opportunities to talk about the Centre and the reasons we were there. I believe seeds where planted as they were public about their faith!
Our next family adventure has begun! If you haven’t heard yet, I accepted the ManagingDirector role at Camp Kwasind, beginning January 1st. What camp ministry experience do I have, you ask? Great question! I have been the Spiritual Director for a few Sports Camps at Camp Norland and Jen and I were the speakers at a
Camp Kwasind family camp, but that is about it.
To be honest, I did wonder why I would be asked for this role. My background is in
Pastoral Ministry and a family business (Bright Spot Drycleaners), so how does camp fit in? My short time here has shown me that the answer is “perfectly.” At Camp, I will be able to put to use my full toolbelt of experience, education and interests. In fact, the more I learn about Camp Ministry, the more excited I get! And I haven’t even mentioned how perfect we believe this will be for our family as a whole!
Stay tuned to hear about some of our camp adventures and discoveries in the days ahead!
Back to the Mission Field
Before going to Bolivia, I (Rod) had been part of 4 short term teams to the Dominican Republic with the Canadian Baptist of Ontario and Quebec and Careforce International (wow, that’s a mouthful!). While I was in the Interim Family Director position at Compass Community Church, I was asked to lead a March Break youth mission trip. Naturally, it made sense to connect again with the Lighthouse School in the DR.
From March 7th to the 14th I will be part of a team of 12 people traveling and serving at the Lighthouse School in Los Alcarrizos, Dominican Republic. This is a community of over 250,000 people, many living in extreme poverty and poor living conditions. Education is one of the best ways to break generational cycles of poverty and the lighthouse has had incredible impact in this community over its 20+ year history. I am excited to be returning to once again participate in all that God is doing there.
One of the many joys of any mission experiences is raising support, both financial and prayer. So many of you have been part of our support during our time in Bolivia and I would covet your support once again.
Finacial donations can be made via my Careforce page (here). Tax receipts will be issued by Careforce International.
If you are able to commit to praying for me and the team from Compass, I would love to know. Please comment here or send me an email at email@example.com.
Lastly, the Lighthouse always has specific item needs… from paint brushes to ink for their printers. If you are able to help somehow in this need, please read the list (here) and let me know if you are able to help.
In short, I am still not 100%. I am walking better and more each day, but I still can not run or manage stairs very well. Most days I feel fine and I am ok to move at my own pace. I am still confident that I will be running by summer.
Well, that has been our month… and the year is just starting! Talk to you soon!