Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ecuador Retreat Update…

The Ecuador Retreat is full, and we have already gone to a waiting list. You still can get on the waiting list by going to purejoyinternational.org. Many times, we have missionary women that must drop out because of circumstances, illness, family things back home, etc. So, we have had ladies that get to move up the waiting list by the time we get to the actual retreat dates. If God is putting it on your heart to register, then be obedient and get your name on the list as soon as possible. You never know how God might move on your behalf.

To all our Pure Joy Supporters on all levels, please begin praying for this Retreat. It is so exciting to see the Retreat fill up in just one week’s time. We also have 25 of the missionary women sponsored with only 25 more to go. So fun to watch God move on their behalf! As always, please start seeking God now to see how He would have you be involved in this trip through prayer, gifting, and giving.  You can donate by clicking on the button at the right of this page, and/or send checks to Pure Joy International and write “missionary sponsorship” in bottom left corner of check.
Well, today I took the day off literally (for real!) and spent it with my great nephew and his cousin. Respectively ages 6 and 8. We went bowling. It was fun until 1 hour into it we figured out that everyone around us decided to take their kids bowling too, because of the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King. However, we ran into another family and ended up bowling together. I’m pretty sure my lower back is going to be screaming at me in the morning. I don’t think people with lower back issues are supposed to be bowling. I actually was tempted to use the boys’ 6lb bowling ball, but I couldn’t get my fingers in the 3 holes. Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha
What I really enjoyed most was that I intentionally took the day off and took the boys because I wanted to spend time with them… not because I needed to watch them for anyone. However, I suspect both moms appreciated our outing too. Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha

Wanted to share something before closing. If you didn’t catch this reading from Oswald on January 11th it was a very powerful one.

What My Obedience to God Costs Other People, by Oswald Chambers


Monday, January 7, 2019

It’s A New Year and We Are Off to Quito, Ecuador.

I hope this blog finds each of you having begun a New Year with a renewed hope in your heart and a desire to know Him more.

We are so excited to be heading to Quito, Ecuador in April of this spring, 2019. Quito holds a very special place in my journey because it was there in 1999 that God placed the vision for ministering to missionary women in my heart. Here it is 20 years later, and the vision continues to accomplish His good and pleasing will.

The theme God has placed on my heart for this 20th Anniversary Retreat is, “He is Faithful.” Our verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:24, “He who calls you is faithful, He will surely do it.” Oh, how those that serve cross-culturally on foreign soils need to be encouraged to remember this truth. It is a truth for all of us!

Please help us get the word out to the missionary women serving in this part of the world. Whether you are serving as a single missionary or alongside your husband and family, please pray and see if God would have you attend. If your daughter, mother, sisters, friend, etc., is serving in this part of the world… get the word out to them! More information will be given when you go to Register at our web site. purejoyinternational.org

Registration opens January 7, 2019. Please know that we cap out at 50 missionary women, so first come, first served. Then we go to a waiting list. If you have questions you can contact me at vickie@purejoyinternational.org 

Pray that this retreat will be everything God wants it to be from this email going out till the time the team steps off the plane coming home. The key to that will be our preparation time and all that takes place here before we leave. So, join us as you always do in praying, giving, gifting and going.

Love you all and can’t wait to see what He does with all of us this year.