Dear Family and Friends,What a blessing it is to know that we serve a God who still hears and answers prayers. Just this pastweek God answered some major requests in my life. His will and timing truly is perfect! I am grateful for the blessings that He freely gives every day.
The staff and students have completed the 2011 school year and are enjoying “summer vacation.” We
praise the Lord for His help through another school year and for the progress that we have seen in each stu-dent. I am trying to enjoy my vacation and not think too much about the new school year that is right aroundthe corner.The 2011 year was filled with exciting activities, daily class routines and even a few sad situations.Every year we have had at least one major situation that has interrupted our school year, and this year was noexception. We found ourselves very anxiously counting down the remaining days of school when our count-down came to a halt with only two days of school left. Normally, I am excited when we have unexpected
“vacation” days, but I can not say that is the emotion that I felt as the director informed me that our last two
days of school were suspended by the government due to the continuous rainfall. Thanks to several tropicalstorms, we received rain for several days, which made for very dangerous conditions in some areas of Guate-mala. Thankfully, after a few days, we were able to resume classes and finish our school year.Life seemed to stay extremely busy after school was out as we completed paperwork for the govern-ment and our school records, cleaned and organized, helped a few students finish up some required work and began to make plans for the 2012 school year. And in the midst of all that we squeezed in two Vacation BibleSchools. The first week of November was filled with excitement as we (missionaries from Child Evangelism
Fellowship, a friend from the Bible Institute and myself) held a VBS at the Emanuel Church in Las Maria’s in
the morning and another VBS at the school in the afternoon. We thank the Lord for His help and for the oppor-tunity to share the Gospel message with 60-70 children. A few adults even showed up and enjoyed participat-ing in the activities. We thank the Lord for the children who expressed interest in receiving Christ as their Sav-ior.Lord willing, the new school year will begin around the middle of January 2012. We plan to resume thekindergarten class and will welcome ten precious students into the school. Along with the kindergarten stu-dents we will also welcome four older students into the school. These four students have recently returnedfrom the States and have a good knowledge of the English language.Thank you once again for your friendship, prayers and support. We covetyour prayers as we press on in touching young lives for Christ. The new year will befilled with new adventures and challenges as we adjust to the departure of mission-aries James and Rachel Rickenbach who have returned to the States. We know thatGod is faithful and will help us through these changes.I trust that you will have a blessed and happy Christmas season as yougather together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our Savior, JesusChrist. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Sincerely,
My little friend,Mandy Rickenbach