Supporting Your Missionaries: Investing in the Kingdom

Supporting your Missionary

Dear friends, family, and supporters,

We are always grateful to have the privilege to work overseas, in Chile. Our years here have been abundantly blessed, as we strive to be a blessing to those around us.

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We try to gear our work to our strengths, which is why Mike has focused on teaching, and Tabi has focused on translation and website upkeep. These ministries don’t occur in a vacuum, so between the work and the long hours writing and preparing, we also make sure to extend and maintain the bonds of friendship.

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We also do our best to stay connected to you, our supporters, and to keep you informed of our ministries and our day-to-day life through newsletters, Facebook updates, and blog updates.

We have, for the 9 years we’ve been here, returned to the United States every 2 years, in order to reconnect with our supporters and supporting churches and give detailed updates in person. These furloughs are good times for us, and have been even better as our family grows.

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We strive to be honest and transparent about our life and ministry here. We want our supporters to always feel confident in their decision to choose us as their missionaries. We know that times are hard and money isn’t easy to come by. We want you to know that you have made a solid investment in the Kingdom by investing in us. We also recognize the sacrifices so many of you make for us other missionaries and your generosity.

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So, in an effort to be transparent, we have written this letter to let you know that our plans this year have hit a snag– due to our funding steadily declining over the last few years, we do not have sufficient funds to do our furlough this year. Unless our funding goes up, or we receive a special offering, we will be unable to make the trip up with all our family.

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We want you to know that we are committed to staying in Chile, and have no intention of letting hardships get in our way. We believe in our mission here, in the value of teaching and training leaders, and of providing accessible materials for the Body of Christ. We have a calling, and we will heed it.

We also want you to know that we will still be trying to get at least one of us up to do the furlough, but we would like our whole family to go, if possible.

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We would like to be able to share our successes and joys, our sorrows and yes, even the times we feel we dropped the ball. We want you to be able to share in our ministry, as you have these last 9 years.

Thank you for giving us the time to read this letter. Thank you, as well, for being our supporters through these years.

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If you would like to donate to our mission online, please click on the button to donate.

May the Lord bless you all, and fill your lives with His joy and peace. “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Blessings,
Mike and Tabi Boyce

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Can you hear me nowJust a brief update for now:

Recently, Mike has been collaborating with Habacuc Díaz to record a podcast.  The topic is the Bible– how did we end up with the books we have, who are the authors, what are the sections of the Bible?

They are currently unpublished because they’re still in the recording phase, building a buffer.  They should be available in a while, though.  We will post a link to them when they are available.  Until then, we appreciate prayers for this project.

All other missions march on normally.  Classes continue, blogs are updated, Bible studies, and sermons.  The kids have been battling colds, but are otherwise healthy.  We thank you for your support and keeping up with us.

Blessings!

Online Giving

 

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We live in an age that is increasingly digital.  As more things move to digital formats, we have striven to stay abreast of the changes.  We have been asked, many times, if we have a way to donate to our mission online.  Until now, we did not.

But.

Now we do!

It should now be easier than ever to send donations to our mission.  Follow the link on the “Support Our Mission” page,  You’ll find it both on our blog and on our website.

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Twelve

Warning

Warning: Sappiness ahead.  You have been warned.
Written by: Tabi

 

 

 

 

 

They met at college.  He was shy.  She, most definitely, was not.

She spotted him sitting contentedly on his own in a corner of the cafeteria, and crashed into his life with all the grace of an excited puppy.

Bam!  She slammed her tray down in front of him.  “You’re sitting all by your lonesome self, and I’m not going to let you do that!” she announced, and promptly sat down in front of him.  Thus a friendship was born.

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She ain’t lettin’ this one go!

They were friends for a year before she asked him out.  They dated a year before he asked her to marry him.  And year after that, they married.

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Ah, there we go.

They had decided from the beginning that they would be missionaries.  Where, though?  She was from Mexico, but she wanted somewhere foreign.  He told her all the stories of his internships in Chile, and that’s where they decided to go.  It took them three years of support-raising to reach the point where they could go.

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They celebrated four years of marriage in their first year in Chile.  (It was quite the adventure.  Ask us to tell you the story next time you see us.)

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Four years!

Then, they celebrated 8 more.

There have been ups and there have been downs.  They’ve lived through earthquakes, blackouts, riots, travels, disappointments, joys, and laughter.  Their ministries have grown, their family has grown, and their love has, too.

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Why post this on our blog?  Well, we are very happy to have reached 12 years of marriage.  Furthermore, we are thankful to have the great blessing of living and working in Chile.  And that’s all thanks to our supporters.  We thank you for being a part of our big adventure and ministry here in Chile.  We hope for many more years of this partnership.  And, until next time, God bless!

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Blessings from the Boyce family!

Hit the Ground Running

After our return from the US, we hit the ground running, in terms of ministry.  For this blog, we’d like to share with you a little of what’s going on through a video.  If you can’t see the video, there’s a brief summary below it.  We recommend seeing the video, though, because it includes details not present in the bullet points.

This place is called “Quebrada de Macul”. 

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  • Mike’s dad passed away and we took a two-week trip to the USA.
  • Our average week is as follows:
    • Sunday– church (Mike preaches two weeks, rests two weeks)
    • Monday– Second year students of the Institute have classes
    • Tuesday– First year students have two of their four classes
    • Wednesday– Bible study in our neighborhood
    • Thursday– First year students have two of their four classes
    • Friday– Bible study every other week
    • Saturdays– our day to rest
  • Mike is part of a group of ministers that focuses on encouragement, edification, and unity.
  • Mike does occasional guests preaching at other churches, or speaks at events.
  • The church we attended for 8 years was unable to continue and closed its doors.
  • BUT a new church has started up in our neighborhood.  This church, so far, is doing well.  We ask for continued prayers for it.
  • Tabi tends to the digital side of our mission.  She also leads songs sometimes at the new church.

And for those of you who would like to watch the video with further updates, please click on the following link to view the video.  What changes are coming up in our ministry?

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We ask for continued prayers for the Institute and the new church, as well as Tabi’s blogs.  We thank you for your support and pray God’s blessings for you always.

In Him,
Mike and Tabi Boyce

Rough Roads Ahead

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Written by: Tabi

Sometimes, when you face obstacles on your journey, it is that you may see the Lord clear the way before you.

March and April have been emotional months for us.

On Wednesday, March 14th, Mike’s father passed away suddenly.  It was a big blow to the entire family.  He was the kind of man you dream about having in a family.  Kind, caring, loyal, patient.  A good man, loved by almost everyone who knew him.

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RIP.  Craig Boyce, loving husband and father.

We decided to fly up as soon as possible.  There was one setback, though– although we had begun the process to get Caleb’s passports (he has dual citizenship), we had not received them yet.  We spent all of Thursday explaining our situation to the proper channels and asking for expedited processing.  Thankfully, they complied, but couldn’t get us his Chilean passport until after the weekend.

We talked as a family, and decided that it was best for Mike to fly up that evening and spend as much time with his mother as possible.  We filed the paperwork necessary for me to travel alone with the kids (Chile has laws preventing parents from travelling alone with their children, to prevent kidnapping).  Buying the tickets was going to be a heavy blow to our budget, but it didn’t matter.  A close friend of Mike’s sent a message: “Let me and my family buy your tickets.”  I have rarely seen Mike so deeply moved, and this one one of those rare moments.

We bought the ticket and he flew out that night.  I stayed with the kids, for the weekend.  I’ll skip over the anxious days and several frustrating “not ready today” moments, straight to Monday.

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Mike, on the airplane, ready to fly out.

I had read that morning that there was a big protest holding up traffic on the highway and delaying travel.  I hoped it all cleared up by the time I left that evening.  I called to see if the passport was ready.  The answer was a resounding NO.

I cried, and prayed, and cried some more.  I called to cancel my ticket, because they had assured me it would be ready on Monday.  I felt like we were facing obstacle after obstacle, and all I wanted was to have my family together.  Please God, just give me this.  My own spirit challenged me.  What if He says NO?  I pondered the question.  Reluctantly, I handed over my will.  I’m not happy about it, Lord, but I’ll take whatever You decide.

And around 4:00 PM, they called again.  “It’s ready.”

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Caleb’s passport, at last!

Overjoyed, I hurried off to retrieve it, and called to re-book the flight.  It was too late.  I would have to fly out Tuesday night.  No matter.  We had the passports, and our family would be together again.  I remembered then, about the protest.  Good thing you didn’t have to travel today.  It would have been very difficult to get there in time.

Tuesday evening, my friend Sara drove us to the airport.  She arrived much too early, but we went anyway, thinking a little extra time wouldn’t be such a terrible thing.  At the airport, we ran into Jim Hurley (a missionary friend), who was there to drop his parents off for their flight.  We commented on the coincidence, took some pictures, and continued on our way.

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Sara, making silly faces with Caleb.

When Sara headed back home, I went ahead and started to go through security.  A little extra time spent inside the airport wouldn’t be too bad.  And that’s when I realized . . . I had forgotten the paperwork clearing me to travel alone with kids back at home.

I cried, and prayed, and cried some more.  I sent some messages to Mike, and he calmed me down.  I ended up calling our neighbor and close friend, Malli, who sent her son to our house to pick up the paperwork.  They called an Uber to take him to the airport.  Back at the airport, I paced nervously, waiting for news.  I berated myself and my forgetful brain, prayed some more, and paced some more.  Each minute that ticked by meant that we got closer to missing our flight.  Good thing Sara showed up too early.

I called again.  The Uber driver had refused to go to the airport, so they had called another one.  More minutes ticked by.  “He’s on his way” texted Malli.  One knot gone from my stomach, but he still had to arrive.  I prayed for no traffic, and no delays.  I got another message.  “The Uber driver refused to go into the airport, so my son is running up from the entrance to get to you.”  Mike suggested I see if Jim was still around.  I found him still at the airport, just getting ready to leave.  I asked if he would watch Lydia while I ran out to meet up with Malli’s son.  He did, and I ran to the entrance.  Good thing Jim just happened to be there when you needed him to be.

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“Look who I found at the airport!”

I met up with Malli’s son and got the papers, thanked him profusely, and ran back inside.  I picked up Lydia, thanked Jim profusely, and we hurried into security.  They took the papers and the rest of the process went smoothly.  When we arrived at the gate, the agent waved us in, because it was time to board.  We made it in the nick of time.

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Lydia, looking at the plane we’re about to board.

Once we were situated in our seats, I heaved a deep, deep sigh.  Gratitude, relief, and wonder filled me.  I realized then that, even if God had, indeed, said NO to this trip, I would have been all right.  But I was grateful for His help every step of the way, and for each “coincidence” that got me to this moment.

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On the airplane at last!

We arrived in Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon.  The reunion with Mike was tender, and long-awaited.  For Lydia, the joy of rejoining her Papa was added to when she saw the beautiful and fresh SNOW.  And though it was probably not a blessing for many, for our little family, it was the promise of God’s pure and gracious provision for His beloved children.

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The beautiful SNOW!

Dolled Up and Dapper

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An Update on the Boyces

Written by:
Tabi

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!

October

Engagement
Some friends of ours asked me to take some engagement pictures of them.  I gladly obliged!

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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.

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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
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!

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Interpreter
I was invited to be an interpreter for a guest preacher at ICM.

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November

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!

The Zoo
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.

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December

Leadership Retreat
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.

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Preaching
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.

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Christmas
We spent Christmas Eve with our church group.  Lydia tried out her Christmas presents and made cookies.

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January

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.

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Wedding
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.

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And that brings us to:
February

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!

In Him,

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.

Newsletter Delays

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A picture of me and my adorable baby’s huge eyes.  Just because.

Friends,

I am writing this as part apology and part imploration for patience.

About a year ago, I switched newsletter carriers.  Besides sending all emails to people’s Social or Spam folders, it seemed like a pretty good service.  Easy to use designs, and once the settings were programmed, easy to send out.

Then we hit a snag.  They let me know that they wouldn’t be accepting our gmail email anymore.  So we payed for a website and created our own, personalized email associated with the website (mission@cornerstonechile.org).  That worked for a few months.

Then they notified me of another change.  In order to send out the newsletters, I now had to authenticate our email.  They have a page that explains how to do it.  But I must confess that, though I’ve tried to follow the directions, I’ve been completely unable to authenticate the email.  I’ve spent the last three months returning to the website to try again periodically.  I never do it right.  And until I can fix it, I can’t send the newsletters I’ve designed.

Now, I have a few options available.

  1. Switch carriers again.  I don’t really want to go through that process again.  It took a lot of work to change the first time, and the other ones I tested didn’t have quite so nice a look.
  2. Find someone who knows this kind of stuff to help me authenticate the email.  This is a good option, but I haven’t found anyone with the time to do it yet.  If you’re reading this and have the time to walk me through it, let me know.
  3. Keep trying until I do it!  This is the option I’ve decided to pursue so far.  Hasn’t gone so well.

So, in lieu of a very-delayed newsletter, I’m posting an update on our blog.  I hope to resolve this issue soon.  Until then, thank-you for your patience.

In Him,
Tabi

A Day in the Life: Tabi

A Tour in Black and White
(because I’m artsy and stuff)

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Good morning.
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My daily dose of caffeine.  You know what’s expensive in Chile?  Milk.  We buy milk anyway, for Lydia, but I found a recipe for oat milk.  Surprisingly similar to creamer!  And it’s cheap.  I’m sold.
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These two.  They drive me nuts and fill me with joy.  Most of my day is about them.
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Most days, after breakfast, we play or watch TV.   If it’s TV time, Mami has some time to spend on the computer, or to do housework.
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If it’s a really nice day, we might take a dip in the pool.
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Then it’s lunch time.  “Noonows, peas?”  Noodles, please?
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Lydia often helps me cook.  She does very well!
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Then it’s nap time.  Mami’s favorite time of day!
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This is the time of day when I can get some serious work done!  It’s during this time that I buckle down and tend to the website, update blogs, translate, do some studying, upload articles, work on newsletters, write articles, or work on photos.
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When the kids wake up again, we might stay home and play.  Sometimes, though, we go out.  This may be to the mall or to a nearby park.
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The mall has three free playgrounds, two fish tanks, several paid play areas, mechanical games, and, Mami’s favorite . . .
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The Starbucks has a kids corner, where Lydia can play and color.  We usually get much cheaper drinks than in the picture, but I had a free drink pending on my account, so we enjoyed something nicer.
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If we stay home, we might go to the store to pick up some fresh veggies, or some fresh bread.  Lydia likes to help me carry the bags.
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On special days, we go out in the morning and do a day trip!  Lydia likes the bus, because she gets to sit like a grown up and look out the window.  We don’t get work done those days, but it’s a good time to bond.
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They go to bed early, so I can have a little more time to work (as long as I don’t end up falling asleep as soon as they’re down!).  I use the night time to either have a little bit of “me time”, or to work some more on urgent projects.

And that’s what an average day looks like for me.  I am, first and foremost, a mother and wife, but I try to make sure to get my missionary work done as well.  Both are priorities to me, and I want to make sure they both get my time and attention.

I am grateful for my life.  It is blessed, and it is beautiful.  It isn’t always easy, but it is full of love, and that makes it all worthwhile.