Missionary Sarah Burr Serving in Paraguay

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Three Months Mark

Tomorrow I will have officially been in Paraguay for three months! The time has flown by extremely fast. I haven’t been the greatest on keeping up with this blog, but I hope you have been following my mission through my monthly newsletters! If not, they are visible on my site under “newsletters” or contact me at sarahlburr@gmail.com to sign up.¬†

Also, I want to give a shout out to Abby and the rest of Mrs. Dunkin’s class at Redeemer Lutheran in Kokomo, Indiana! I hope learning about Paraguay was enjoyable. It is certainly a unique culture. ūüôā¬†

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Paraguayan Arrival

“Since you are my rock and my fortress,¬†for the sake of your name lead and guide me.”- Psalm 31:3

A year ago I did not know where Paraguay was. Eight months ago I did not know what the drink mate was. Four months ago, I did not know any Spanish. And now, I get to find out what else I didn’t know! Time has been flying and I cannot believe that I am finally in Paraguay.

After about four months in Guatemala learning Spanish, I am in Paraguay beginning the main part of my mission. In the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to say goodbye to my new friends in Guatemala, go to Florida for four days to get papers certified for my Visa here, see my parents there, and head to Paraguay. I arrived on Friday morning (February 13th).

It only has been a couple of days here, but it is a blessing to slowly get to learn more and more about a new culture. Somethings hit you quickly, somethings take time to learn. It hit me quickly that the Spanish is different here with a mixture of words from the local dialect, Guarani. Something that will take some time for me to learn: the money system here. With every 4,751.50 per $1, it is safe to say I get confused with the Paraguayan Guarani.

While this isn’t the most in-depth blog post ever, I just wanted to let you know to stay tuned! More adventures are to come soon. But first and foremost, I want to praise God for my safe arrival here and ask for your continued prayers as I get settled.

Vaya con Dios!

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The last three weeks…

Christmas '14Christmas in Ciudad Viaja

¬†‚ÄúTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” – Matthew 6: 25-27

Feliz Ano Nuevo!!

First off, I need to learn how to make accent marks on my computer. But after that breaking news, let me share the amazing blessing the last three weeks. As you can imagine, my first Christmas away from my family was difficult. Fortunately, God knows how to provide. I was adopted into a very gracious and kind family for the week, making the transition easier and a great opportunity for me to experience a Guatemalan Christmas! Let me explain to the best of my knowledge.

There may be no snow here, but they know how to make it feel like Christmas with many musical lights, Nativity scenes, Christmas Posadas, special foods, and pine leaves. To start off with, I noticed the Christmas lights, or at least hear them, and saw Christmas trees. After I noticed many large Nativity scenes, taking up almost half the room in houses. For the most part, these are all things I knew from America, but then I started noticing more and more houses having pine leaves line the floor. I found out this tradition is carried from when there were dirt floors in houses, the pine leaves are placed for celebrations. It changes the entire environment of the room: the color, the smell, and gives the room carpet. Then at¬†night during dinner I began to hear whistles, shakers, car horns, and of course, firecrackers. My Guatemama told me to go out the door and I would see a Christmas Posada, which later I participated in. These Posadas went through town carrying a Nativity scene and would end up at someone’s house, asking if there was room. The house would let them in and feed them some food as well as serve Punche Navidad, therefore changing the history of Joseph and Mary being turned away.

Next, the big day is really Christmas Eve. After church, you wait until midnight and set off LOTS of fireworks. And no, I am not exaggerating, I mean A LOT. Everyone does, including all the neighbors, and this is not just at midnight. They continue to be set off at 6 am, noon, and 6 pm.  After you eat special tamales, in the Antigua area it was Red tamales or Black, which are sweet. Then you open presents if there are any, but mostly it is just time to spend with family. In the household I stayed in, we actually ate the tamales and dinner earlier, leaving us time to play Apples to Apples!

After the week was up, I left my “family” and got to practice my traveling Spanish! I spent the next two weeks traveling around parts of Guatemala with my boyfriend, Caleb. We met many new friends, whether in hostels, just at lunch, or in shuttles. And sometimes meeting those new friends meant I had to translate. It was such a great experience! I feel so much more confident in my Spanish being able to communicate with so many different people, with different accents, from different Spanish speaking countries!¬†We spent New Years in Lanquin/Semuc Champey (don’t worry, there were fireworks!), and we spent time exploring Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Quetzaltenango (Xela).

Now, since this post is long already, stay tuned for my January newsletter for more stories! Check out my facebook for pictures! If you have any questions, comments, or jokes, please share!

The Lord really does provide for His children’s needs.

Vaya con Dios!!

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Aqui Voy

Part of the English Class that meets Monday and Wednesdays

Part of the English Class that meets Monday and Wednesdays

Learning to make typical food from Guatemala

Learning to make typical food from Guatemala

The view from top of Tajumulco at Sunrise. The other "mountains" are also Volcanos.

The view from top of Tajumulco at sunrise. The other “mountains” are also Volcanos.

“For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus‚Äô sake. ¬†For God, who said, ‚ÄúLet light shine out of darkness,‚ÄĚ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God‚Äôs glory displayed in the face of Christ…Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. ¬†For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:5-6,16-18

I am starting to lose count of how many weeks I have been in Guatemala. My calendar tells me I am going into my sixth week of language learning, which means, I have been here a little less than seven weeks. I feel like it has been two. I recognize I have been here longer, because everyday it feels more and more like home. My Spotify account is filling up with popular music in Central America, I have a regular cafe, I can carry on a broken conversation with my host family, and I can give directions. I am home for the time being.

Just because I am home does not mean by any means that everything is perfect. Like every person, the longer you are home, in a new job, a new school, a new anything, you begin to see the faults and failures. Everything is not new and exciting; it contains flaws and failures. Not everyone is a friendly Guatemaltecan, not everyday is clear, not every shower contains hot water. The world sometimes is really messed up, and I know I don’t understand everything. Being removed from understanding a language does not remove me from hearing about the evil in the world. I don’t get to automatically hide from the wickedness of the world. I am not automatically more righteous and closer to God because I am here. I am not automatically less of a sinner because I am here. I am full of the nasty, human nature that is in us all. But the Bible is full of examples of regular Joes that the Lord uses to do His work in a world full of fault.

Fortunately I am not witnessing myself or about my life. I am witnessing about Christ, His light, and forgiveness in this dreary world that needs His Glory. We may lose heart when we see the evil in the world around us, but we should never lose heart in the Lord! The Lord is bigger, brighter, and more full of love than we can comprehend. Even in a fallen world, He has a plan to make His light shine. He uses each one of us. We are in this fallen world, which takes its toll on us and sometimes are spirits, but the Lord conquers our fears. Our fears are fleeting, but the Lord is constant. He is eternal.

In all of my trials and fears here, the Lord is with me. I thank you for your constant prayers and support. Prayer is powerful, and I can see how the Lord is watching over me daily. Please continue to pray for my language learning, safety, and that God would use me as a tool to shine His light in all of my interactions during the day. Please let me know if you have any prayer requests!

Other highlights recently:
РHiking Volcano Tajumulco: the highest point in Central America
-Learning to cook typical Guatemalan dishes
-Continuing teaching English Class and being able to communicate with students

Vaya Con Dios!

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Getting to know Guatemala

Edwin

Edwin my language instructor

‚Äúfor God‚Äôs gifts and His call are irrevocable.‚ÄĚ- Romans 11:29

English class 1

English Class Group 1

   As of today, I am officially starting my 4th week in Guatemala and my third week in language school here in Quetzaltenango (Xela). I finally think I have the pronunciation down for the city, so I can move on to other words! In all actuality, I have been very busy with learning Spanish here, whether that is in school in the mornings, activities in the afternoon, exploring on weekends, or even teaching English classes.

This past week, my friend and fellow student here, Nanna, from Denmark, began teaching English classes for kids. The kids here are having their “summer” break now, so ICA language school is suppling basic English classes. Nanna has been studying here for six weeks, so she is very capable to teach in English and communicate in Spanish. She asked me to help because being American, I supposedly know how to spell and speak English correctly. We started off with one class of students twice a week, Monday and Wednesday. Then last week during a class, a whole group of new students showed up, so we have started another class that meets on Tuesday and Thursday. It is quickly filling my days, but it is such a great joy!

Anyways, during my language class today, my language instructor Edwin asked me why I was here. I had answered this question before and then he repeated¬†in Spanish, “No, how were you called here.” I already knew he was a Christian because he has been pointing me to different churches. We also have spent time talking about our views on death because of “D√≠a de Muertos” here, and his volunteer work. Even with all that it was really awesome when I got to tell him how I ended up here. At the end of trying to tell my story through a mess of words and tenses I am still learning, he wrote down Romans 11:29 on the top of my notebook page:¬†‚Äúfor God‚Äôs gifts and His call are irrevocable.‚ÄĚ

I know I am here learning Spanish, but I also know I am here because God is using everyday to strengthen me and even use me as a tool for others.¬†Everyday events, explaining why I am here, and “D√≠a de Muertos” give me the opportunity to talk about my faith with fellow students, my family, and my teacher. It is so emotional to see God in everyday things and people. It really makes me remember that I may be here to learn Spanish, but I am constantly a witness for God.

Other highlights from this week:
– Hiking Volcan Chikabal
– Hiking Volcan Santa Maria
– Watching Guatemaltecos celebrating San Simon
– Watching and participating in activities for¬†“D√≠a de Muertos”

For more of what I have been up to and pictures, add me on facebook! Click here.

Vaya Con Dios!

 

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And the Journey Begins…

ICA Language School

ICA Language School, Xela, Guatemala

“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God‚Äôs law but am under Christ‚Äôs law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Hola!

I cannot believe I have been in Guatemala over a week already. Time is already flying by. So much has happened in the last few days, but it may be best for me to just recap the highlights.

On Wednesday, October 15th, I left my house at 4:00 AM to catch my flight to Miami. There I met up with Dale Talsma of Global Lutheran Outreach and we flew to Guatemala City. Dale served in Guatemala City and introduced me to many members in the Body of Christ and the work they are doing there. We stayed in Guatemala City till Friday and headed to Antigua for the day. I got to check out the Lutheran Center there. The next day, we woke up at 4:30 AM to the glow of volcano Fuego to head out to Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala.

Once in Xela, I met my host family through the ICA Spanish School here. My Guatemalteco family consists of two grandparents: Marco and Marta, along with their granddaughter Stephani, plus the multiple children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren going in and out. I meet someone new in the family everyday it seems! This is not counting their two dogs and cat. The cat has decided that at night jumping in my window from the roof is the best option. He takes over my bed daily, so it feels like home. But no one tell my cat Wilma in Indiana, she is possessive.

Meals here consist of bread, black beans, eggs, and rice typically. For lunch, soup and meat are thrown into the mix. Don’t forget the tortillas or coffee though! Coffee is all day, everyday it feels like. And the streets of Xela are filled with the scent of tortillas during the three different meal times. Most people do not make their own tortillas because it is so cheap to buy it from the other street venders and others making them. My family has them delivered to the house.

So far my typical schedule is waking up around 6:45 AM for breakfast at 7:00 AM. School starts at 8:00 AM and I have classes till noon. During the afternoons there is typically an activity to see some aspect of culture or see new things, but always practicing Spanish! In future posts, I will let you know specifically what I have been up to, but for now I’m keeping this on point. ūüôā

Xela is a very special city to learn Spanish in because most people here do not know English. This is a total immersion setting. Whether I am eating out, walking around Xela, in school, or in my house, most people do not know English. The 8-year-old granddaughter is the most English I have heard in this house because she likes practicing, “Hello!”

The school had five students when I arrived, one just finished his few weeks and now there are four of us. It is nice because then we really get to know each other and the teachers. For my first week of classes my teacher was Edwin. He has been a fountain of information about not only Spanish, but the culture, and sometimes even about American culture.

There is so much more I could say about this week, but I think this is just a good place to start. I will be working on posting pictures, but click here to  friend me on facebook to see the ones I have posted now! Overall, it has been an adventure so far. I am learning so much about Guatemala, Spanish, myself, and God. I cannot wait to continue this adventure. Please continue to keep me in your prayers! If you want to contact me, please do. I would love to answer any questions. My email is sarahlburr@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your support!

Dios te bendiga!

Sarah Burr

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Taking Off!

Do not fear “But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant,’ I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41: 8-10

My first flight leaves the Indianapolis airport in 32 hours. I leave at 6:13 am for language school in Guatemala, where I will be for a few months before settling in Paraguay. I haven’t finished packing, I still have things thrown around my house, which my loving mother has put up with all summer, and I have to get my haircut. I have less than 32 hours to get everything together, say my last goodbyes, and do my last load of laundry. Needless to say, I feel like I should be a lot more frazzled than I am.

Over the past month, I have spent an ample amount of time trying to get things in line for my departure on Wednesday morning. Besides the packing, I am physically ready. I have said most of my goodbyes to friends and family. Although these goodbyes were not been the easiest, I have been able to see the support and love of Christ and His Church. I have also felt the peace of the Lord.

For the past week, I have waited for the shock of leaving to set in. I keep getting asked how I feel, and in all honesty, I feel at peace. The peace that only the Lord can supply. Am I scared? I believe it is human nature to be scared. This is something that is different, and I have no idea what is going to happen over the next 15 months. What I do know is that my God is bigger. Veggie Tales taught me as a child that “my God is bigger than the boogie man,” but now I have grown and discovered that my God is bigger than anything the world can throw at me. Will everything run as planned? Probably not. Does that matter? No. My God is bigger than any adversity or struggle that I will face or any fear that will come my way.

Max Lucado wrote in his book, “Great Day, Every Day” that:
¬† ¬† “The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident. Hasn‚Äôt fear taken enough? Enough smiles? Chuckles? Restful nights, exuberant days? Meet your fears with faith.”

Meet your fears with faith. I may be scared, homesick, panicked, excited, adventurous, and full of the Lord’s joy at points, but through it all God will be with me. He will “uphold [me] with [His] righteous right hand” through it all. I will meet all of my fears and joys with faith.

Please keep me and my family in your prayers the next couple of days as I am traveling and getting adjusted to Guatemala for language school! Thank you for your prayers and support.

Blessings!

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Getting Out of the Boat

walking-on-water

“But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.” ‘Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,” he said, ‘why did you doubt?’ “- Matthew 14:27-31

When moving, switching schools, meeting a new group of people, or the like, people often tell you to ‘get out of your comfort zone.’ When I started fieldwork at St. John’s Lutheran Church in LaGrange, Illinois, during my time at Concordia, I was told that phrase multiple time by a multitude of people. It honestly became annoying and redundant, and I began to think people had thought I had never heard of the concept before.
The problem was not that I didn’t know I needed to get out of my comfort zone, the problem was ¬†I didn’t want to get out of my comfort zone. I wasn’t trying to be a difficult person, but I liked my comfort zone. I was comfortable working with high school youth and that is where I was perfectly content staying. My comfort zone was where I was good, and at the time, I didn’t think I needed to learn anything else. No surprise here, but I was wrong.
In fieldwork, stepping out of my boat was more of a shove because of certain requirements, but it did still help me grow. I began to grow in the areas where I was not as comfortable working in once. I accepted that they were not my comfort zone. Eventually some of those areas even became part of my comfort zone. My comfort zone widened when I was able to step out of my boat and rely on God to help me stay afloat. His wisdom surrounded me, and He began to prepare me for my ministry.
Through fieldwork I learned I needed to step out of my own boat for God’s hand is constantly guiding me. If I constantly stay in my comfort zone, God will never be able to fully build my character for the ministry he is equipping me for. Am I perfect in remembering this? Absolutely not! I have faltered and failed many times this summer. My brain goes from being so excited and focused on God to worrying about how I’m going to complete the littlest of details. How am I going to raise funds? What am I going to pack? What if I run out of bug spray? Am I going to need a haircut while I’m in Paraguay? How do you say “water, no ice” in Spanish? Some worries may seem more legitimate than others, but really they are all concerns that God has control of. I’m on the water walking, but then I lose my focus and begin to see the storm. Jesus constantly keeps having to catch me and ask me why I’m doubting, then He shows His strength.
I am human. I am a sinner. I fail. God rescues me. God keeps me above the water and will not let me sink. He knows the plans that He has for me. He knows how He is going to use me. I know I will see the storm around me, but God will lead me when my feet fail.

Recently, I had the opportunity to go to a Hillsong United concert while I was in the Chicago area. I had heard their song “Oceans” before, but I had never taken the time to really think about the words. I encourage you to take a minute or two to read through these words and spend some time with God, listening to His voice above the storm.

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” ¬† – Click Here to Listen to “Oceans”
by Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

[6x]
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Please consider stopping by or inviting me for an open date! Questions? Contact me at sarahlburr@gmail.com

August 31st- Mt. Calvary in Fort Wayne, IN. Presentation 9:30 AM, Worship at 8:00 & 10:45 AM

September 4th- St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN. Worship 7:00 PM

September 6th- St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN. Worship at 6:00 PM

September 7th- St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN. Worship at 8:00 & 10:45 AM, Education Hour at 9:45 AM.

September 14th- OPEN
September 21st- OPEN
September 28th- OPEN

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One Body, Many Parts

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit, into one body- whether Jews of Greeks, slave or free- and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body…The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’…If one part suffers, ever part suffers with it: if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” ¬† – 1 Corinthians 12:12-15, 21, 26

1 Corinthians 12

Hola!

In 1 Corinthians 12, we learn what it means to be part of the Body of Christ. We are all separate individuals with unique talents, gifts, and callings, yet we are all still part of the Body of Christ striving towards one goal: to bring glory to our Father in heaven. We are striving to grow the kingdom of God in our various roles and parts in ministry. We have unity in diversity. We have unity in Christ.

As I was reading through 1 Corinthians 12 again last night, I realized that is what this mission to Paraguay is all about. The goal of this mission is ministry. It is to bring glory to God, in the United States, Guatemala for language school, and in Paraguay. Every person involved with this mission is a part of the Body with their own unique role, but together the Body is glorifying God and spreading His love.

My ministry partners and supporters are one part of the body. Prayer warriors praying for me and the people of Paraguay are part of the body. Those passing along encouragement to me are a part of the body. The directors at Global Lutheran Outreach and my DCE professors at Concordia Chicago are part of the Body. Even my dedicated friend who proofreads my posts and my loving family is part of the Body. We are all striving towards the goal of ministry in Paraguay to glorify God and bring His children closer to Him. With the Holy Spirit, this mission goes far beyond the boundaries of Paraguay.

At first, I jumped to the conclusion that this mission was just to reach the people of Paraguay, but I then realized it is so much more than that. In fact, the mission has already started. This summer I have had the chance to both inform people about God’s work in Paraguay and also bring glory to God ¬†by sharing the faith and ministries with people in the United States. It is one body striving for the same goal. The more mission partners there are, the farther this mission and ministry can be spread.

I have prayed that when I have the opportunity to talk about this mission to people, I will trust that God is using me as a tool to help strengthen the faith of others and rally their spirits to follow God’s calling for them. What I did not realize until recently was how much other’s encouraging words would effect my spiritual growth. This weekend, I had the blessing of presenting at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Kokomo, Indiana. After the presentation, multiple people spoke with me about their stories in ministry, their connections to me, how to get involved with helping in this mission, and words of encouragement and prayers. Days later I am still feeling overwhelmed with peace and assurance that God is in control, and he has placed those¬†people in my life, as part of the body, to help¬†a different part of the body: me, in my own spiritual walk.

We are all unique. We are all diverse in our spiritual gifts, but we are all important. No matter what part of the body we are, we work together to spread the love of God. There is no greater mission than that!

 

Quick shout out to Ali Verruck in Paraguay as she celebrated her birthday on August 12th! Ali works at the CPTLN office with her father, the director, Victor Verruck.

Ali Birthday Aug 12th

                                                                     ¡Feliz Cumple, Ali!

           Bendiciones,

Sarah Burr

August 17th- Faith Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN, 10:00 AM, worship at 9:00
August 20th- Chapel at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN 1:20 PM
August 24th- St. John’s Lutheran Church, LaGrange, IL, 9:30 AM, worship at 8:00 and 10:45
August 25th- St. John’s Lutheran Church, La Grange, IL, 10:00 AM Musical Review, leading with devotion¬†August 31st- Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, 9:30 AM, worship at 8:00 and 10:45

September 4th, 6th, 7th- St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN, Sunday worship 8:00 and 10:45

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Keeping Momentum

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” -Psalm 27:13-14

Buenos dias!

Throughout college I learned one thing about test taking. I would get the grade that I put into the test. If I paid attention in class, took notes, and studied, I would most likely get a solid grade. The end result was based on what I did and the work that I put in. It was on me. I am used to being in control of the end result.

So far fundraising has been a new experience for me. There are many different reasons why, but mainly because I do not have control. God is in charge. I have been learning the last few months that I need to wait on God, the only one in charge. I have been enjoying putting in the effort, learning the process, and being able to talk with people about God’s work in Paraguay, but after all is said and done, God is using me as a tool. I am God’s tool to do His work, and raising support and awareness is a part of this mission. God is using this time to shape and mold me into the disciple He is sending to Paraguay. God is also using this time to work in the hearts of those who are being called to be partners in ministry along side me. When the funds are raised, it will be in God’s time. Now is the time to wait on the Lord and see His work and strength.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to talk with the Peace Lutheran Church congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was a great experience to finally get to present to individuals who are interested in becoming partners in ministry or just to know about how God is working in Paraguay. I look forward to the next congregation I get to speak with! Below is a list of where I am speaking during the next month. If you are interested in having me present to individuals, a small group, or a congregation, please let me know. I would be more than happy to come and inform you of God’s ministry in Paraguay! Please continue to keep me, the Cristo Rey Parish, Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones, and the people of Paraguay in your prayers!

Bendiciones!

Sarah Burr

July 27th- OPEN
August 3rd- OPEN
August 10th- Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Kokomo, IN, 9:30 AM, worship at 8:15 and 10:45
August 17th- Faith Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN, 10:00 AM, worship at 9:00
August 20th- Chapel at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN 1:30 PM
August 24th- St. John’s Lutheran Church, LaGrange, IL, 9:30 AM, worship at 8:00 and 10:45
August 31st- Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, 9:30 AM, worship at 8:00 and 10:45

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