Hello Friends and Family –
In our previous Ministry Updates, we have shared with you the challenges we’ve faced in the past several months in our work at the Abraham Project. In October when we wrote last, we mentioned that we thought doors were starting to crack open but we were “taking things one step at a time; being flexible and holding our original plans loosely”. Unfortunately, over the past month, it has become very clear that the doors are not opening for us here like we had anticipated or hoped. Since August, we’ve been trying to discern our role here, and we’ve continued to have several meetings and conversations about fundraising for the Project. To articulate a very complicated situation in a straightforward way, we simply are not a good fit for the Abraham Project. This reality, along with the fact that Jennie is pregnant, has lead us to make the very difficult decision to move back home much sooner than expected. We already had tickets for December 11th to go back to the States for the holiday season, so we will be leaving Costa Rica in about 10 days. Jennie and Kate won’t be returning; I will come back in January to tie up everything.
We will still finish up some projects that we started, including a re-design of the current AP website, a strategic plan, and a new marketing brochure for the children’s homes.
It is difficult to understand and describe all that has happened in this past year, and it is especially challenging to have to share this news with you. We know many of you have invested in our family and in our ministry and we don’t want to let you down. However, we know that God is sovereign and has a purpose in all of this, even though this has turned out much differently than expected. Yes, we are disappointed, but there are also immeasurable rewards and lessons that have come out of this experience that will impact the rest of our lives. We want you to know that despite the challenges, we have been incredibly blessed by our time in Costa Rica. We could not have done it without you. We trust that as we continue to reflect on this time God will make his plan clear and continue to guide and direct us.
We are more than happy to share more of our story in person with any of you. Jennie will be maintaining the blog (www.tresriosproject.org) so you can check there for updates on how the ‘moving home’ process is going, along with more information about our next steps.
Thank you so much, as always, for your friendship, love, and support. And thank you for your grace and understanding in this difficult decision for our family. If you have been a financial supporter, we will be sending you a follow-up email soon.
Joe, Jennie, and Kate