Our First Week In Colombia


It has been one crazy week. We have finally made it on the ground in Bucaramanga Colombia, thanks to many of you who have helped us with your prayers, finances and helping hands. You are a blessing to us!

This is just a quick update to let you know what we’ve been up to. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for more frequent postings!

  • We left on early Wednesday the 13th of November.
  • My parents and Josh Sims (an awesome fellow from our home church) helped us get our stuff to the airport.
  • We hauled 15 checked bags, 8 carry on bags, 2 car seats, a stroller, and oh yeah, 2 kids too! That was crazy
  • In Bogotá we were picked up by and spent the night with good friends of ours, Pastor Freddy Nieto & family.
  • We had to get up and going again about 3 AM to catch our flight to Bucaramanga Colombia, our final stop.
  • Once we arrived, we were met at the airport by a Panamanian missionary, José Morales, and another new friend with a big truck (we filled that up quickly!)
  • We already had a temporary furnished apartment lined up and took our things directly there
  • Our first week we have gotten blood drawn for legal paperwork, received documents that let us sign for things here (called a cédula), gotten our cell phones working with a local company, and begun looking at houses.
  • Please pray that God will give complete wisdom in choosing a house or apartment. We hope to be signing on something thing by this weekend
  • We have also participated in Sunday and midweek services with our Panamanian missionary friends the Morales. There is a new church plant hosted in their garage on the other side of town from us. I preached on Sunday night and we were so glad to see two people accept Christ after the service! Pray for Santiago and Michel
  • I finished my Bible reading plan yesterday. It is called the four streams plan, basically taking me through the NT 4 times, the OT once, Proverbs 4 times and Psalms twice. I only missed one day the whole year (the day we had our Miscarriage in May)! I highly recommend you getting a reading plan if you are interested in knowing and serving God. It’s amazing how many Christians have never read the Book they say they believe!
  • The girls are well, though Amira is somewhat disappointed all her favorite cartoons on TV are in Spanish! Lol
  • Both of the girls are making lots of friends and picking up a little on the language. That will come very soon I believe.
  • Side note: Our little girls are always in the spotlight and are affectionately called “Monitas” which literally means, Little Monkeys. It’s what they call blondes here. Kinda catchy!
  • Extra side note: Yes, the coffee here is very good. 🙂
  • I can’t help but to think everywhere I go, “God, you can build a work here! God, this man could be a pastor! God, this woman could be a Sunday school teacher! God, this area could be filled with light instead of darkness! God, would you do a work through us here? We know you are able!”
  • I’ll try to post an update like this at least weekly so you can know how to pray for us.
  • Remember, you can always email us at aaronlvance@gmail.com or call/text at 678-686-0082. This US number forwards to my phone here. We’d love to hear from you! God bless. We love you in Christ.

    Here are a few pictures of the things I have mentioned….

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    About Aaron

    I am a born again child of God, a servant of Christ and seeker of His glory! I'm happily married to a wonderful wife. We have two precious daughters. After serving as Pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Faro in Dawsonville, GA for 4 years, God has now allowed me and my family to be missionaries in Colombia, South America. Follow our story at www.bemagnified.org

    Posted on November 21, 2013, in Colombia, Evangelism, Family, Praises, Prayer Requests and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

    1. What a beautiful family. What a great work! What a mighty God! Praying specifically for a home and God to put all the pieces in place for your work to begin. Love to all!
      Keith and Karyn Wilburn

    2. Thanks for the update…and the pictures! Praying for God’s speed in directing you to a place to live. Praising the Lord for His protection and guiding hand in all that is happening. Love you!

    3. Pastor Eric & Mrs. Betty

      Brother Arron and Family,
      We are so grateful for you and what the Lord has already done and will continue to do through you in the future.
      We’ll be sharing with Academy Baptist Church this morning about what the Lord is doing!
      We are praying for you and we love you.
      Pastor Eric & Mrs. Betty

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