Welcoming new granddaughter

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Baby Bella

We wanted to let you know that she’s here! Isabella Marie Collins was born on May 28. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long. We praise God with Joey & Connie for this little miracle. Bella is our eighth grandchild, but it just never gets old! We can’t get enough time holding our newest little love and kissing those tiny fingers!

If you are interested in pictures of us with Bella, click on the Photo ...

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access to God’s Written Word

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Serving at training centers in Colombia & England where God is preparing dedicated & talented young people for ministries all around the world

God is preparing dedicated & talented young people for ministries all around the world

Putting on the miles…

Since our last letter we’ve put on a few more miles to Colombia and England, worked with a team from Papua New Guinea on a revision of their literacy program, and lead some annual meetings with the team that translates church planting resources into Spanish. Life is full and we thank God for each day that we can walk together with Him.

What’s next?

These next ...

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access to God’s Word in Mozambique

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computer program helps us analyze language data and write literacy materials

computer program helps us analyze language data and write literacy materials

We are back from Africa and thanking God for the month invested there. The first days were spent in South Africa, working with 4 missionaries from different countries in Africa who are being equipped to help their fields with literacy ministries. Then we traveled together to Mozambique where 3 missionary teams and people from their villages joined us to write literacy materials. One of these languages is a fairly new ...

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preparing for literacy ministries

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We are back home from Bolivia remembering great times with new friends and all the fun with Ryan, Pam and the grandkids. Please keep Pam in your prayers as she recuperates from dengue fever. They return to the States on July 15, so these next weeks are full of packing, cleaning and good-byes.

Pam arranged a couple of trips for us to see the beautiful Bolivian scenery and take in some real history! Our favorite was El Fuerte (The Fort) in ...

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literacy training in Bolivia

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Hello from Bolivia! We are about to begin the final week of the literacy course here at the   missionary training center. There are students from Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru and it is so exciting to think of the ministries that God is preparing for each of them. We have certainly come to love and appreciate the students and staff here who serve so completely.

This week the students will be teaching through a lesson in the primers that they have developed during the class, ...

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keeping those suitcases free of dust…

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Yep, it’s time to get out our suitcases again. We are preparing for an important trip to Bolivia. We leave the end of this month for Bolivia. One project we’ve been working on is to update the literacy training that missionary candidates receive and then to train the trainers. This trip to Bolivia is a part of that process. We are so excited to work with about 15 students from Bolivia and Peru, as well as help train the literacy ...

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sopa de mani

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Bolivia flag

Bolivia flag

In honor of Ryan & Pam moving to Bolivia try the recipe for Bolivian Peanut Soup! Crisp fried potatoes sprinkled on top make it the best!

You might have just found your new favorite soup…

 

Bolivian Sopa de Mani (Peanut Soup)

Soak 2 cups of raw peanuts in water for at least 20 minutes. Drain the water. Put the peanuts in a blender and add fresh water to about 1 inch above the peanuts. Puree for 4 – 5 minutes, adding water ...

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lovin’ the grandkids!

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our precious granddaughter, Claire

our precious granddaughter, Claire

Trust you enjoyed the holidays as much as we did! Time with family and friends is so special! We are absolutely loving being grandparents! 

We sent Reed and David (ages 3 and 2) one of those recordable books of the Christmas story. The other day they were listening to us “read” the story and Pam asked them who was talking. It was a page that Papa Jerry was reading and David reverently whispered, “God!”

Molly, age 4 has been asking ...

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welcome Baby Amelia!

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Grandma Joyce and little Amelia

Grandma Joyce and little Amelia

She’s here! Amelia Grace McDaniels was born on August 16. She is absolutely beautiful and already adored by big sisters Molly and Claire! We praise God for this miracle with David & Mari. Papa Jerry & Grandma Joyce can’t get enough time holding their newest little love!

Our family actually increased by 2 this week! The adoption of Ryan & Pam’s little David (age 2 yrs) was also completed. David Bravery Parsons makes them a family of six!

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He’s not old…he’s vintage!

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he's not old...he's vintage!

he's not old…he's vintage!

Jerry is now a certifiable antique person. Yep, he has turned 50! The kids helped me pull off a surprise birthday party with about 60 friends and family members. Check out pictures of how bad we were to him on our photo page under the family album.

Everyone asks, “When’s your next trip?” We are glad to report that we actually have several months without travels! We’ve taken on some huge projects and are thankful for some time at our ...

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