The Nyberg family is back in the States and has been on the move since arriving a month ago. After a crazy week where we travelled from Bolivia to Virginia, where we spent time with Hans’ sister and her husband, to debriefing at WorldVenture’s office in Denver, to Minnesota where we spent a few days with my family before heading east to Hans’ parents’ house, we were glad to stay in one place for a couple of weeks. But with Hans’ youngest sister getting married while we were there, we still kept busy!
Our trip from Minnesota to Michigan started our (large) loop around Lake Michigan. We’ve now been in downstate Michigan and Ohio for a week, and so far have driven over 1500 miles since we left. We are enjoying meeting with friends, supporters, and family, and feel blessed to have this opportunity to catch up with so many people. And as we travel, we are working to raise more support with the goal that Hans will be fully funded with InterVarsity by the time that students arrive at Tech next month.
We’re looking forward to settling into our apartment in Dollar Bay in August. For now, the plan is to move in on the 9th or 10th, and we hope to be posting more frequently once life settles down.
Recently, our church has decided that their biggest priority on their property is a metal roof over the volleyball court. Not only used for sports, the church uses it for large events that wouldn’t fit in the sanctuary.
For example, during the church’s yearly anniversary celebration, they hang a gigantic plastic tarp over the court to provide shade.
Our church recently hosted a volleyball tournament among several churches in the southern district of Cochabamba, and although it’s possible, playing sports in the intense sun (or rain) at this elevation is not fun. As a result of the tournament, a new Bless volleyball team started up in the south of the city, and its “base of operations” is our church, where all practices are held. Currently no Baptist churches in the south have a covered court, and constructing one could open up many opportunities for sports ministry, large district-wide services, evangelistic outreaches, and community events.
So to begin raising the $12,000 to $15,000 needed for the roof, the jovenes sold coffee and pancakes, recipe courtesy of Lindsay:
It’s a long way to go, but we love seeing these friends try new things and work together for a common goal.
Yesterday was an exciting day! While walking next to the cow pen at Hans’s grandma’s farm, we received a phone call from Mallory at WorldVenture. Mallory called to give us the clearance to buy plane tickets for Bolivia (she gives clearance to mid-term missionaries when they are at 90% of their monthly support).
But the news was even more exciting than we thought: our support level is at 99%!!! We are excited about this and are so thankful that God has given us our support so quickly.
Our departure date it set for June 4th: We leave Minneapolis-St. Paul at 6:35 a.m. and arrive in Santa Cruz at 9:30 p.m., with a layover in Miami. We will be joining a short-term mission group as they spend two weeks in Bolivia. Our first adventure with the group is an 10 hour bus ride from Santa Cruz to Cochabamba. We’ll be with the group until they leave and then get started in language school.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support! We look forward to sharing more with you in the future about what God is doing in our lives!
God has been blessing us a lot lately. Last night, our church (Bethany Baptist in Dollar Bay, MI) voted to officially become our sending church! We are excited to have the full support of the congregation and to be an extension of the church’s ministries.
Our support level has also been increasing… we are currently at 72% of our monthly budget! (Which leaves approximately $800/month remaining to raise.) It is amazing to see God working through this process of raising support – we have gone from 0% to 72% in 4 months in the “worst economic times since the ’50s” (or something like that). There is no way that this is possible except through the grace and power of God. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
My (Lindsay’s) parents were also up last weekend, to help us begin the process of moving out of our apartment. It was great to see them and we enjoyed a trip up the Keweenaw (even though the weather wasn’t the nicest). And we sent them back to Minnesota with a pretty big carload! We plan to move out of our apartment on May 7th and will be spending the rest of the month of May with family.