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Lingo Update November 2022

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Lingo Update 2022-11
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Dear Pastor and Church,

Heartbeat of the Mission

There is a song with the lyrics, “To know the Lord our God is the heartbeat of the mission.” I experienced that when I had a little talk with Tonio (short for Antonio). What a great little nine-year-old; big smile, so friendly. He had talked about wanting to be baptized several months ago, so when the time came around, I said, “Great Tonio, let’s talk.” I asked him why he wanted to be baptized and his answer was, “I want to act better and not do bad things.” His grandparents, who have adopted him, were very attentive while I explained how God did not want us to “fix" ourselves, but wanted to receive us just like we are, in our mess. Tonio accepted Jesus in his heart as tears came down the faces of his parents. I know Tonio will be the first to be on the list for baptism in November.

Training and Discipleship School

I am very excited about being part of the teaching staff at the school. It fills my heart to spend time with these students and share my experience with them. Here is a picture taken in one of the classes. If you look closely, you can see my most attentive student is Craig’s dog, Oliver (Ollie). He is my constant companion. Any special financial gift you might want to designate for the Training and Discipleship School can be sent to me through the BBFI mission office. Monthly expenses and support for directors would be the main thing for now. Craig’s dream is growing!

Arm of Missions in our Church

Maria Rosa was an “irregular” person, not easy to get alone with, when Craig and I met her over 30 years ago. To watch what God has done in her life has been nothing less than HIS miracle. Growing in her faith and giving her heart and life to Him a few years back, she is now a missionary in Haiti doing a tremendous ministry in a very difficult place. She is 60 years old and a loving and true, broken servant. Her life reminds me of the words, “broken crayons still color.” At 60 years of age, God is using her. It’s exciting to see what God is doing through our missions giving in Colombia.

Friends, thank you so much for giving to the ministry here in Colombia. Your faithful monthly sup- port and gifts are so appreciated.

From another broken crayon that still colors.

Fran Lingo

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