Santiago and Jackie Olortegui, Founders of Pathway College Outreach Ministry, were approached by a college student who asked them if they could use their ID to purchase liquor. As Santiago thought about this, he began to realize the great need among college age adults. This led them to form a ministry that is now reaching out to students, helping them to overcome the temptations among them and teaching them about their liberty in Christ. During this interview, they offer suggestions to parents to help them assist their children to choose a solid church close to their college.
For more information, you can contact Santiago and Jackie at www.pathwaycom.org
I have been reminded over the past week of the importance of loving people. This might be a “no brainer” for you, but, it has been something that has rocked my world.
Last Saturday I was driving frantically from being on the radio in Winston Salem to being at my grandson’s 7th birthday party that was an hour and a half away. As I was driving down the road, looking at the time, I flipped on the radio to hear Karen Mulder with “Wisdom of the Wounded” talk about how important it is to listen. As I listened to her program, it made me realize how I have become so busy that I don’t take the time to listen, to focus on what the person is saying; to genuinely engulf myself for a period of time into the life of someone who is speaking to me. So, I decided to take the time and listen to my grandchildren when I got to the party. First, I was greeted by my wife and listened to her tell me what had transpired prior to me getting there. Then I got a hug from my oldest grandson who told me how important it was to him that I was there. Then I saw the birthday boy, little David who turned 7. The expression on his face when he saw me was sheer joy. How excited he was with the watch we gave him. He kissed me on the cheek and told me how glad he was that I came to his party.
We celebrated his birthday by going ice skating. It’s been years since I ice skated and my family all know about the time I went ice skating with my hands in my pockets and fell and couldn’t get my hand out of my pockets – laying there like a beached whale We all laughed as my kids reminded me of this. The highlight of my day came when my granddaughter took my hand in hers and looking up at me said “Papa can I skate with you?” Imagine a beautiful young lady who wanted to skate with her granddad. As we skated around the rink, I listened to her. I truly focused on what she was telling me about her day.
Dear friend, the greatest gift that we can give to anyone is a listening ear. How was I able to remember all this from my busy weekend? It’s because I took the time to focus, to listen and then to respond in love. Our children and grandchildren grow up so quickly. Take the time to listen… and to love.
Dear Coffee Club Members,
Missionary families coming and going – that seems to be the theme lately, almost like a revolving door. We look forward to meeting the new ones that arrive, getting to know them, and hearing about their ministries. We have just spent a month or so remodeling one of the homes to give it some new floors, paint the whole house and do some much needed improvements. I can hardly wait to take the new family into the house so they can see how God has provided this beautiful home for them!
I hope you will mark your calendars to come and join us on Saturday, June 22, 2013 for our first Farm Day at Camp Glory Farm. There are going to be a lot of fun things for the kids to do, as well as for the adults. So, make plans to bring the family – your kids, or your grandkids! Come and experience Siloam Missionary Homes for a day.
We have some new Coffee Club Members. We are so grateful for your partnership and for each one who sacrificially gives each month so we can continue to provide this wonderful missionary campus for missionary families.
May God richly bless each of you.
The last article that I put in the newsletter was praises and overviews of last year. Well, this year is off to a fast start. We have already had several groups out this year starting a lot of new projects. It has been exciting to see the activity around the campus here at SMH, even more exciting to have so many wonderful people desiring to participate. I pray that it continues – there is so much to do. Really, anything that anyone would like to do – there is to be done.
We have been working on getting one of the houses remodeled and ready for the next family to move in May 13th. “It always seems as though it is the 11th hour upon completion” Praise the Lord, He is providing! I enjoy times that I can get alone and work, it seems as though it becomes a sweet time for me to spend with the Lord. As I was reflecting and working, I was thinking about my dear uncle whom we called “Rich”. Last weekend, Rich graduated to Glory. He was a wonderful man that had a long and great life. He was always thinking and doing something, I learned a great deal from him. He was easy to talk to, and learn from. It seems like I had such a short time with him, but what I had was great. I can’t help but to think of James 4:13, 14 “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit,’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Life is too short and there is far too much to “do”. It’s easy to get bogged down in the daily routine of life, but we must stay active and “be about the Fathers business.” My uncle Rich always used to say “I’ll see you around campus.” Over the years I grew to love to hear him say that. Looking forward to the next time that I could hang out with him. He’s gone ahead of us to glory to see our Savior Jesus Christ. But his example of staying busy and his wise words live on with me.
I know that I got a bit off in this article, but I would love to see you busy about the business of our Heavenly Father. Don’t get bogged down- life is but a vapor.
“See you around campus”
– by Mike Rich, Sr. VP
In America we still have our religious freedom. But, some are not so fortunate. Listen as Ed and Sam tell their stories about hearing the Gospel for the first time – even hearing such a thing as “there is a God!”
God is using these two men to reach their own people with the Gospel. Lives are being changed and God is glorified.
For information about how you can reach them, please contact us.
Everett and Marcy Conaway have been ministering in a children’s home in Argentina. This year, as they have been on home assignment, they are focusing on raising funds in order to build one more home for the children there. Listen as Everett shares how important it is to remember it is not about the building, but the about children who will be sleeping on the little pillows on the little beds. As they come into the home, they hear about the love of God and for the first time in their lives, they can sleep without fear.
For more information, you can contact them at wearewho.org