Dear Brothers and sisters, with a heavy heart we have to inform you that the Christian school Vida y Luz has officially closed its doors permanently. We thank God for the opportunity to serve at the school for the last 7 years. We praise God for all the families and lives we touched for the Lord during the 12 years the school existed.
The school board met together and after a few months of praying and trying to figure out how to continue, we came to the decision that it was not possible to continue this ministry and the School needed to close permanently. Families of the school have been notified and there have been many tears shed. The reasons why this came about are complicated. Yes, the present COVID pandemic has effected the school greatly but also the political pressure of a marxist leaning government here in Bolivia has contributed to the decision as well. The economic situation of the school hasn’t been very good for a long time. Many times the leadership of the school would not get paid and would have months where they didn’t have basic necessities of life. There are other reasons as well that contributed to this decision but those are the major factors that lead to the decision.
Now we are in the process of completing the paperwork with the government for the school’s closure. This will take a bit of time as Laura and I were board members and also are a part of this closure. The school properties will be sold and the profits will go towards paying off the remaining debt we owe. There are a few Christian organizations that are interested in the property so please we pray for wisdom as we work out those details.
We truly are so thankful for all the support the school has had from donors in Canada and the US the last several years. Your generosity was not in vain. We were able to touch numerous families with the gospel and provide a safe and loving environment for kids to get an education. Also, many gave towards the scholarship funds for the kids. This allowed kids who were extremely poor to receive a Christian education and get a meal for several years. We thank you for your generosity and allowing us to be an instrument in making an impact on these children.
We sometimes don’t understand why certain things happen in our life. Job when he was going through all his challenges confessed, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2) God continues to work and we put our faith and trust in Him. Romans 8:28 reminds us not to give up hope or be discouraged because God can turn even bad events in our life for good.