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Posted by on in Road To Bogota


The kids are great here in Bogota! Once again I have spent a very large amount of time ministering to young mothers. We have been able to experience salvations, freedom from addictions, and children returned to their mother. My passion for teaching the younger kids on Saturdays, which is something new to me, has grown exponentially also. I have a group study a passage all week and then they put together the lesson. They do little dramas, songs, and sometimes even games. Its been great and the children love it because they are 100% involved in whats going on and the learning process. We have also started memory verses weekly. I'm not sure if its the candy or the memorization but they love it!

Also Amanda just left Bogota last week. Her visit was a blessing in more ways than one. Of course I missed her but what really touched my heart was seeing her heart for ministry and children. We have talked for months now about her joining me in missions and I knew her passion from knowing her, but being able to see it for the first time with my own eyes was such a blessing. It was confirmation that God has made her for me, me for her, and us for this time and purpose. We are more than excited to visit Project Samuel at the end of November! The enemy has done everything possible to keep this trip from happening but with patience and prayer the time has come. We look forward to God’s guidance as to where we will serve our lives together with RFC. All that matters is I will get to minister with my future life partner on the front lines again soon, no matter where God calls us. I cannot explain how much of a blessing it is to serve my life in homes away from home with Amanda.

I feel like I can never say thanks enough to our support group back home. You all are the ones that make this dream a reality by getting behind this calling in our lives. Without such a group of amazing supporters the work we do for the Kingdom may not be possible. So once again, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!

From His Front Lines,

Chris Poole Phil 1:21


Posted by on in Road To Bogota

Sorry its been a little while between blogs, with no internet, moving, and starting school this month its been a little busy here in Bogota. One thing God has really opened my eyes to is this question: "God what can I do today to serve you and be more like Your Son? I can't be worried about tomorrow because right now all I have is today." Its hard to think about but many of these children not only have the worries of family and living in an institution, but they also carry the same burdens and problems we do. I couldn't imagine adding to my stress load or work load, but then one of the kids reminds me that God is always with me. Thats right! The children I minister to so often minister to me.

A few weeks ago I was at a home called Nuevo Nacimiento, a home for adolescent mothers or soon to be mothers and many of the girls I know from their time in San Miguelito (an emergency center) and have began ministering to them there. This particular day the director asked if Oscar and I could go talk with a young girl and pray for her. I had no idea what was going on as we entered the room, all I could see was a young girl bawling. My heart instantly hurt for her and I didn't even know what had happened. She handed me a stack of papers about Hepatitis A and my heart hurt even more. She had been diagnosed with Hepatitis A the day before and the doctor had said its important for the next week or so she be apart from her son, who can't be older than 3 months old. I was unsure what to say but I knew God could provide words. God put my diabetes on my mind and I shared that with her. I told her I have been diabetic for the past 21 years and it has been very difficult but God has kept me healthy and well even though I have this sickness. I also shared with her that sometimes God uses situations to open our eyes, so we know how much we need Him! Before we finished she asked Oscar and I to pray with her, specifically that she will find God through this. As we left we told her she wouldn't be alone and we would endure this with her through God's love and prayer. I saw her yesterday, 2 weeks after this day, happy as can be. She told us, "God has comforted me and I'm not worried about what will happen because I know God has a purpose for my son and me." My heart was full of joy in this moment! Its such a blessing to see them confide in God and trust that although their circumstances aren't what they planned, He is with them and keeping them strong.

I also am happy to say that Pastors Lucas and Doraine, whom I work in Colombia with, have found their church building! I attended last Sunday and besides family there were 5 or 6 others with a vision of impacting the surrounding community. The streets of this community are always full and the people are so curious. I stay in prayer and am really excited to see how this church, Rios De Vida, will impact this community.

Once again, sorry for the delay but I promise to keep you all updated with what God is doing in Bogota and in my life! Thank you for all your support, whether it be financially or through prayer. It means so much to me and more importantly to the Kingdom of God!

From His Front Lines,

Chris Poole 
Phil 1:21


Posted by on in Mission Possible


by Cara Cuculic

It’s awesome to see how the Lord is working here!  There are so many blessings that God has given Project Samuel!  From the time Pastor Timothy first started making plans to start the orphanage, God has been so faithful every step of the way!   It’s been neat to hear about all of the people they’ve met who have been large parts of the preparation, formation, and continuous building of the project!

Some of the people that the Lord has blessed us with are Manya and her mother, Ms. Liboma, and their family.  They’re the sweetest people and give of their time and hospitality so generously.  Manya had lived in the United States for a few years, and the Lord brought her back home to Zambia just before Project Samuel was getting started.  She lives about three hours drive away from the project, which is near Lusaka, where we have to travel every few weeks to get food and supplies for the project.  They have welcomed us in their home anytime; Ms. Liboma tells us that her home is “our home away from home!”  It has been an absolute joy to be around them!  They have also advised on many things for the project, like the pump for our water well and ways on being cost effective here in Zambia on things such as food, clothing, supplies, farming, and raising chickens.  They also did a lot of the legwork on getting power on the project, which is now being put in motion.  Their family has been a huge blessing to Project Samuel, and I’m so grateful to have them in my life!

There have been so many times when the Lord has stepped in and provided people who have contributed tremendously to Project Samuel in all different ways!  Since I’ve been here, we were blessed with a vehicle, which we felt was important to have in case of emergency for the children; it’s also more cost effective in making trips to and from town.  We recently got news that there will be a tractor donated soon to allow for more efficient and increase in farming!  There are also plans for building a water tower for running water, where we can irrigate for farming more crops.  All of these things that will move the project toward becoming self-sufficient are coming into place!  The next home for orphans was going to be opening during this time, but it looks as though the Lord wants RFC to wait.  We are trusting in God’s timing, provision, and guidance for the upcoming plans for Project Samuel!  What a privilege it is to be a part of this ministry!  Thank you very much for all of your support!  God bless!

“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”             – Psalm 37:5 NKJV


Posted by on in Mission Possible

by Cara Cuculic

I had a new experience last week with farming, and it was even more fun with the kids joining us!  I had never done any farming before, so it was something I looked forward to doing while I was here.  We had driven out to a seedling service store to buy all of the seedlings of a variety of vegetables to add to the crops already planted here on the project.  Brenden, Chloe, and I started working on the fields, and the kids came out and saw us.  We asked if they wanted to help, and it was no time before they jumped right in, grabbing a hoe or rake, or pumping water at the well for us to water the seedlings.  It didn’t look like it was the kids’ first time because they were preparing the beds just as fast as we were!  Then we would dig the holes, and the kids would come behind us, and plant and cover the seedlings with dirt.  We ended up planting 260 rape seedlings, 180 onions, 50 cabbage, 20 lettuce, and 20 spinach seedlings after the few days of working.  We had a lot of fun laughing together while we worked and watching the kids dance and sing in between!  These kids are an absolute joy!  I loved seeing them jump in with no hesitation and so much happiness to help! One of the neat things about Project Samuel is their plans to become self-sufficient with growing crops and raising chickens, which is part of why I wanted to help with the farming while I was here!

Posted by on in Mission Possible

I remember recently the heart broken feeling I had when I heard the news that several people had been killed and many more injured in a movie theater shooting during a Batman showing in Colorado. As I thought about the horrific event in light of other historic tragedies, I realized that many of the events that came to mind centered around my own people in America. Has America had more devastation happen to its people than the rest of the world? Certainly not. There have been holocausts, tsunamis, earthquakes and wars all over the world, but we tend to see things through our own lenses. Some of this I believe is human nature. Just as much of our day to day lives center around us individually, most of what goes on in day to day events we tend to center around our own country.

The problem is that God calls us to go beyond ourselves. He knows we tend to be self involved, whether it be for ourselves, our families, or our countries. So when Jesus told the disciples to go and tell the good news of his coming, he had to get specific. He said don't just go to your town, but go to your surrounding areas and to everyone all over the earth. The first Christians were of Jewish origin and may not have shared the gospel with non-Jews had God not led them to do so.

God is telling us to the same thing. We live in a great country; many believe the best. In many ways, it is hard to argue that. However, there are 195 other countries in the world. God wants them all to know the love of His Son and none of our lives are more valuable than theirs.

That's why I believe so strongly in short term mission trips like the recent one we took to Nicaragua. It gives people the opportunity to step outside of their own world and get a dose of reality in other parts of the world. We don't always mean to be numb to the rest of the world, but we are because we have never experienced it. However, when you see the people first hand, when you hug a child, share a meal, worship together, and share stories, it becomes real. When it becomes real, it moves us to action.

If our Mission Possible program only accomplished one thing, and that was to bring awareness of the need around the world, it would be worth every trip. If by allowing people to see, taste, and touch other parts of the world, they would return to the states forever changed, then program would be a huge success!

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

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