News & Prayer Update / 010

It’s been a long time since we last wrote. Too long!

Hopefully you’ve been following how things have been going with Novō via our Novō News Updates. If not, you can read the latest one (and subscribe for more) here: Novō February 2017 Update. You can also play catch-up by reading our hot-off-the-press Novō Annual Review 2016 (UK) – and follow Novō on Facebook!

Suffice to say it’s been a really exciting period with 8 residents now on the programme at Quinta Totaices and our mobile car wash business now up and running. God is good!

The big news from us as a family is that after 2 years here in Bolivia we’re going to be back in the UK from early July to late August (as well as a week at the start of June). We’re so looking forward to being home and hope to connect with as many of you as possible during that time.

In addition to time for refreshment with family and friends we’re also going to be ‘on a mission’ to raise the profile of Novō as a charity in the hope of increasing the number of churches and individuals who support Novō practically and prayerfully. In that context, we’re on the look out for opportunities for us to share about Novō in churches, small groups, men’s group, or gatherings of friends. Do let us know if you’re able to set something up for us!

It’s been both a busy and good couple of months on the family front.

Trinity International Church, the English-speaking church here which Andy used to lead, have been without a Pastor since the end of 2015. At the end of the year we felt quite a strong prompt to return for a period so that Andy could support the church, preaching a couple of times a month and organising the speaking rota.  Easter Sunday was a real highlight of this time, as we had the privilege of baptising 5 people (3 Bolivians and 2 Americans).

In April, Daniel and Jemimah performed in their school’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Daniel played Peter and Jemimah was a Naiad. Everyone involved’s efforts were greatly rewarded with an amazing production, and we were really very proud of them both!

A couple of days after the play we headed-off for a few days away with Mickey’s parents to Santiago de Chiquitos, a small former Jesuit mission town 4 hours east of Santa Cruz. It was great to enjoy the stunning scenery of this area and to enjoy some time together away as a family.

As we sign-off can we leave you with two specific and important prayer requests!

The first relates to our close friends, Marco, Misty and Ciprian Lopez. It’s a really long story (and we can’t go into details) but on the 22nd March, as she went to pick up her son from school, Misty was arrested and, within a few days, transferred to Palmasola prison on the edge of the city. Here in Bolivia you can be arrested and detained whilst allegations made against you are investigated and the authorities decide whether to charge you with any crime. This is what has happened to Misty, who remains in custody. Can you pray with us for Misty, specifically that the appeal against her ‘preventative detention’ will be successful and that, as a result, she will be quickly released. Looking further we are, of course, praying that her innocence will be quickly and categorically demonstrated and no charges will be brought against her!

The second one is a Novō prayer request for finances. In 2017, as we work to see local sources of funding (including the business) move the project towards financial sustainability, we need to raise a minimum of £66,000 (£5,500/month). Will you join as we pray and trust in God to provide for these immediate needs? And, of course, if you feel prompted to respond, please do so! There are 2 ways to give:

  • You can set-up a regular gift or make a one-off donation to Novō using this form: Novo UK Giving Form.
  • You can give online via Stewardship Service using this link: Donate to Novō. If you don’t already have one, you will need to set-up a Stewardship account – an easy process!

Thank you so much for your love and support. We can’t wait to see those of you who are in the UK when we’re home this summer!

With love & blessings,

Andy, Mickey, Daniel, Jemimah, Phoebe & JJ.

xxxxx

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5 thoughts on “News & Prayer Update / 010

  1. Edwin L Wallan says:

    Hi Andy and Mickey. Thanks for the update. We are already praying for the requests you made. May God be glorified. Just a thought: for those of us who don’t deal in Pound Sterling (USA and Canada), it would be good to give the equivalent of financial needs in dollars as well. All God’s best to you and yours. Ed, for Diana too

    On Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 5:15 PM, PARTINGTON BLOG wrote:

    > Andy Partington posted: “It’s been a long time since we last wrote. Too > long! Hopefully you’ve been following how things have been going with Novō > via our Novō News Updates. If not, you can read the latest one (and > subscribe for more) here: Novō February 2017 Update. You can a” >

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  2. Pat Hood says:

    Lovely update Andy, pictures are so so nice to see how the children are growing up into fine young people. Colleen looks well.

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  3. Pat Hood says:

    I hit the post button too soon, fantastic to see how God is moving, and the car wash business is so successful. Amazing. We will continue to pray for all the work, but particularly for the things you have raised. Sending lots of love to you all. Keep us posted on when you are around, if you fancy some time by the sea you are welcome to come down, with the spare room and the van we can fit you all in. X x x

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  4. Sean Riordan says:

    Hi Andy and Mickey, so good to read your blog and hear how amazingly the project has moved forward – 8 residents is phenomenal. Really nice to see the pictures of you and the kids looking so well too and the Bolivian countryside – it takes me back just looking at it. I’m sure there are loads of ups and downs but God is using you in wonderful ways. Send my love to everyone including friends at Trinity – good to see they’ve finally got proper pastor again! Love to Rachel from all of us here too. And last but not least, I’m sure you’ll be having a hectic time back in the UK with lots of people to see, but wouldbe great to catch up and pray together if it works. Hope you get some really decent rest time too.

    Every blessing Sean

    /”A friend loves at all times” Proverbs 17:17/

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  5. Maureen Atkins says:

    Hi Andy, thanks for the update. I will be around in the summer and hope to see you when you are over in the UK. God bless, Maureen

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