Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008!

Thanksgiving was great! We went to Tiquipaya to have Thanksgiving with the Marcums, the Bulls, and the Sandovals. As we were leaving the city in the Sandovals car we had to go around in circles a few times because there were some natural disaster drills going on. At one point we joked about taking a picture of us have Thanksgiving on the side of the road because there were lawn chairs in the car and a feast. We had a roast, cornbread, mash potatoes, and three kinds of pies. Thankfully though it didn't take long for Butch to find a way out and we made it to the Marcum's by 11. The kids had a great time playing while we got the food all put together and then we had a FEAST! After lunch we visited and the kids did a little turkey craft.

We are thankful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for all the amazing blessings we have received in the past year. We have been blessed with the birth of Malakai, a growing church family here in Cochabamba and new friends.

May God bless our family and friends during this holiday season and the year to come!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Blessings on my head!

(Hi! This is Katie and there will be a noticable difference in the writing of this blog entry.)

I just wanted to update everyone on how we are doing and what's going on here in Cochabamba.

After a wonderful and powerful trip to the states to introduce Malakai and recharge our batteries we are back in full swing! The trip was a blessing in many ways and we thank everyone, including our team, family, friends and supporters, for their patience and encouragement.

Malakai and Jubilee are doing great! Malakia is growing and changing everyday. He is now saying no with his head - and many times I think he knows what he is doing. He is not crawling yet but he is very close. He loves to play and does a good job of entertaining himself as long as he doesn't realize that he is alone. His big sister is his favorite toy and she continues have an amazing amount of patience with him as he discovers the world. Malakai is still struggling at times with some breathing problems but prayer is powerful and we thank everyone for their continued prayer for his health.

Jubilee turned 4 on October 27th! She will finish her first year of preschool on Friday. She has learned many things and made great friends. She will attend a vacation program for about a month and then be out of school from the end of December until the beginning of February. We are looking forward to having her at home!

Jeff back to his English classes, preaching, teaching and serving. He also started working on his master's degree from UMASS and is doing a great job of balancing work, school and family.

We are also looking forward to a visit from Rod and Darlene - Jeff's parents - for CHRISTMAS! This is an amazing blessing and we pray that they have safe travel and a wonderful experience here in Bolivia.

The church here is growing and changing. We have had a couple of big events lately. We had the church retreat before we left for the states and then the national encampment after we returned. We continue to see growth within the body as people learn more about their relationships with Christ through service to each other.

Right now the ladies are preparing to go to Cusco for the Ladies Conference. The conference will be held in Cusco, Peru from the 20th to the 23rd of this month. This will be the third time that I have had the priviledge of attending this ladies conference. The conference is on a rotating schedule. I attended two years ago in La Paz, Bolivia, and last year in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I know it will be a blessing for everyone. There are about 120 ladies expected to be there in total. They will be coming from from Chile, Peru , Bolivia and the United States.

Please remember is out their for you all to see!

May God bless each and everyone! You are loved by the Forbess family and we appreciate you all!