An Update on the Boyces
I was noticing that, unless you follow either of us on Facebook, you have heard virtually nothing from us since October! It’s time to correct that. So, hold onto your hats, because we’re going for a fun ride!
Some friends of ours asked me to take some engagement pictures of them. I gladly obliged!
Noche de Luz (or Night of Light)
Lydia participated in a church event called Night of Light as an alternative to Halloween. She went as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Caleb went as Tigger.
Reformation Day 2017
Starting back in August, I began posting the 95 Theses that Martin Luther nailed to the door. I posted the last one on October 31st. I made pictures out of them, so that they were visually engaging. You can see the full series here.
The institute was in full swing, with regular students and four teachers. Every Tuesday and Thursday night. Please visit the Facebook page to see more about it!
I was invited to be an interpreter for a guest preacher at ICM.
Fourteen Lessons on Grace
I finished translating a series I’ve been working on for a while now: Dr. Cottrell’s Fourteen Lessons on Grace. If you are a Spanish-speaker, or know someone who is and want to recommend it, you can find the whole series here.
The Institute and Work
Classes continued. Students attended pretty faithfully. Mike also worked at his office three days a week, busy writing courses, contacting churches, and filming promotional materials for the Institute. You can see the videos he and Habacuc Díaz have made together on the Institute’s YouTube Channel. Check it out!
Mike and I purchased year passes to the zoo, so that we can take our kids regularly. It has been a great and educational experience for Lydia. While Mike works at his office, my main work is to be a mother. You can see more about how my day goes here. Some days, I take the kids to the zoo. Mike has gone a few times, too, when the Institute is on summer break. Here are some pictures I’ve taken at the zoo, the days that we do go.
Mike went on another retreat with just a few other men, to give them classes about Bible and leadership. They spent a couple of days at the beach in study, prayer, and fellowship.
Mike is invited to preach fairly often. I’m listing it in December, but here’s a compilation of the various churches Mike has preached at.
We spent Christmas Eve with our church group. Lydia tried out her Christmas presents and made cookies.
New Church in Lomas de Mirasur
Together with our neighbors and friends, Jaime and Malli, we began a work in our neighborhood. At this point, the start-up church is meeting on Wednesdays. We ask that you pray that this work be to the honor and glory of God.
Our friends, Todd and Dany, got married! Congratulations to them! Incidentally, Dany is my future partner in the project of opening up the café. I hope to write an update about her in the future, so you can get to know her a little more.
Family Retreat Las Peñas
Each year, Jaime and Malli organize a retreat at a retreat center up in the skirts of the Andes. It’s a time to rest, fellowship, and spend time with family and friends. Each year, Mike preaches one of the sermons. This year, I did a workshop on rock painting. People loved it! I hope to do this again. Each year there is also a clown troupe that does a show for the kids. It’s wonderful, because they teach a Bible lesson in a fun and active way.
And that brings us to:
With school on summer break, and everything in Santiago basically grinding to a halt because of vacation time, we’ve also taken a little time off. Mike still goes to his office to work, but only twice a week. And we took a couple of days to go to the beach. Mike still managed to squeeze in an opportunity to teach at a camp for a day, but we’ve taken things at a slower pace, besides that. Everything is scheduled to speed back up in March.
We ask for prayers for all of Mike’s ministries, and that I will be able to continue to find time to translate, since my blog traffic is holding steady. We thank God for your ongoing support, and for all of you who have checked up on us regularly. Thank-you, and may the Lord bless you!
Mike and Tabi Boyce
(also Lydia and Caleb)
*Note: Original photos for the “Dressed and Dapper” photo, and the one where we’re dancing were taken by Donoso Carlhos.
* Note: Original photos at the end of the blog were taken by Abraham Alarcón.