Ehlers Family Letter Mar 2011 (PDF)

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Highlights from March
Bolivian Bash + Cake Auction: On March 12th, a
little over 60 people came to hear more about
El Jordán and the work we'll be helping with in
Bolivia. We served our best attempt at a few
Bolivian snacks, shared a bit about El Jordán, sold
delicious fair-trade coffee and a friend came to sell
Epicure products and donated a portion of profits.
The auctioneer was our sister-in-law Char, and she
did an amazing job. She spoke fast like a real
auctioneer, and got people to spend crazy amounts
of money on cakes! Our MC was our pastor, and he
did a great job.

Some of the beautiful cakes up for auction

Cakes were donated by friends and family and
ranged from pretty cupcakes to delicious
cheesecakes to a three tiered cake with the Bolivian
crest hand-iced on top. Our families helped with
setup and cleanup and worked the whole day.
Thank you to everyone who came! It was a fantastic
day and in the end we raised just over $5,000 (far
exceeding our goal).
Speaking at Bethesda Church: On March 20th,
we shared about what God is doing in Bolivia and at
El Jordan at Bethesda Church, where Sam grew up.
It was great to see everyone again and catch up –
so much changes in people’s lives and yet Bethesda
is one of those places where it is easy to jump back
into friendships. We always feel welcome there and
had a fantastic morning.

Speaking before the auction began

Please pray…
That the remaining 24% of our support
will come in over the next month.
For El Jordán as they continue to
renovate for the men's ministry.

In Transition

Partner with Us

Last week, we left our job as apartment resident
managers in order to have time to focus on the
things we need to do before we leave for Bolivia:
prepare our minds and hearts for the job ahead
of us, work on paperwork, practise Spanish,
transition Jess' business, meet with friends and
potential supporters and connect as a family
(have some fun with our kid).

Thank you to everyone who has been
praying for us - this whole period of
transition and preparation has been going
very well.

Leaving our job also meant moving out of our
home, so we are now staying with Sam's parents
until we leave for Bolivia (hopefully around five
weeks from now). Suddenly the things we read
about El Jordán seem more real - we will actually
meet the people and help with the projects that
we're hearing about. We're looking forward to
seeing what our new Bolivian home will look like,
our new job, our new friends, our new city.

One big answer to prayer is that 76% of
our support has been pledged or
donated. Thank you so much to everyone
who has contributed. We are hoping to
be fully supported within the next few
weeks, as we are required to have 100%
of our support raised before we can book
the plane tickets. If you are considering
donating but haven't yet, we would love if
you would send us an email or send a
donation to:
Avant Ministries
2121 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2G 1P8
Or online at:
Our project number is 11846.
Sam & Jess Ehlers
If you know of a Bible study, small group,
prayer group or church that we might be
able to come and share about what God is
doing in Bolivia and the work at El Jordán,
please let us know. We would love to
come and share. Over the past few
months we've heard of several people
who have gone to Bolivia as missionaries
or for travel - we would love to hear your
stories as well.

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