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Rubitza and Lydia
At the beginning of the month, 11 month old Lydia was admitted to
the hospital with malnourishment and a blood infection. She stayed
for 5 days, mostly in a crowded emergency room, sharing a bed
with another baby. Her mom, Rubitza, was constantly by her side
to make sure that she had everything she needed and didn’t roll off
the bed. Rubitza was frustrated with the situation, confused by the
doctors, and sad for her daughter, but she stood by the bed without
sleeping or eating, and showed extreme patience and assertiveness
throughout the tense situation. I learned so much from her!
After being released from the hospital, Rubitza’s friends told her
that Lydia needed to see a witch doctor, but fortunately volunteers
at El Jordán and the doctor convinced Rubitza that to become
healthy again would take time, patience and nutritious food.

The return of Lydia’s smile is a sign
that her health is improving

Since coming home from the hospital, the doctor gave vitamins and
milk for Lydia, and a generous person connected to El Jordán took
Rubitza on a big shopping trip. We saw Lydia yesterday and she
seems much healthier. She was smiley and stronger, and her
cheeks looked a little more full.

Please continue to pray for this mom and baby. Rubitza has two other kids, ages 2 and 5. She is 23
years old and has an unreliable boyfriend and unreliable income. It’s really difficult to learn to follow
and trust God when the old ways are so engrained, and friends who haven’t changed their lives can
have a huge negative impact. Rubitza desperately wants to raise her children in a safe home.

Happy Birthday, Miles!
This month, we celebrated Miles’ 4th birthday with
our friends. Here he is opening a gift with our
family friend, Gina.

El Jordán Graduation

Winnipeg Fundraiser

October is the end of regular classes at El Jordán.
Wednesday, October 26th, was the student’s
graduation ceremony.
The ladies came and got
dressed up, with their hair and makeup done. They
wore graduation robes and received diplomas for their
different classes: crochet, cooking, card-making, Bible
study, and others.

On October 11th there was a fundraiser
in Winnipeg, where items made by the
women here were sold. Thanks to
everyone who made a purchase, $200
went back to the women who made the

It was really special to see the pride that comes with
receiving a diploma from El Jordán. Then, October
30th was the open house, where the women sell their
crafts, people pay to play games, and the cooking
class sells lunch. They sold about 240 meals, and
despite a rainy day, it sounds like it was a big success!
It’s been remarkable over the past couple weeks to
see the amount of time the women and their families
took to get El Jordán ready for the events – they
ironed graduation robes, cleaned, cooked, folded
napkins, and much more. The women really do work
together as a family, each taking responsibility to help
prepare for their big days.

Our ministry expenses are ongoing and
we continue to be grateful for the
support we have received. Donations
may be sent to:
Or mail payment to:
Avant Ministries
2121 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2G 1P8
Our project number is 11846.
Sam & Jess Ehlers

Please pray…
For the construction as it is in the final
ten percent.

The graduating class of 2011

Last, but not Least
After nearly five months of biking to and from the
immigration office gathering all the necessary
paperwork, we finally have our one year visas
stamped and signed in our passports. Thanks for all
your prayer support!

For the women as the summer break
approaches, that they will remain firm in
their faith.
For us, that we would find and take
opportunities to continue visiting the
people we have met (there is lots to do
around the buildings, but we want to
keep in contact with people as well).

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