Making Progress
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Left: An example of a course information page
Right: The Life of Christ course page

God is good! Over the last several weeks, He has allowed me to figure out solutions to technical issues I have had with ACA’s website and I feel like I am really making some good progress toward making the site fully functional.

ACA’s online ministry has two parts: the main website that contains information about the ministry, and the actual Bible school site. I have been designing and maintaining both sites, and have made some great strides lately on both (I’ll spare you the details since only serious computer geeks would find them interesting).

One thing I do want to mention is that, since I started creating the main website a year and a half ago, I have tried hard to make it look good on every device, from a desktop computer running Windows to an iPad to an Android phone. While this seemed impossible for a while, I believe I have accomplished my goal so far! The reason compatibility is so important is that people access the Internet on so many different devices around the world. In many areas, cell phones are used more than laptops or desktops, so it is critical to make ACA’s content easily available on all devices. I don’t want someone to have to miss out on the audio teaching or the Bible courses because our website doesn’t display correctly on their device.

While the process of designing and programming the ACA websites isn’t a very exciting topic for a newsletter, the goal of all my behind-the-scenes work IS! That goal is for Spanish-speaking people all over the world to gain easy access to the Bible training ACA provides and, ultimately, to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and share Him with others. That goal is what keeps me going even when I get stuck on certain technical issues or when the work seems like too much for me too handle.

If you would like to take a look at my work so far, you can go to http://test.academiacristiana.org. There is some content in English, but I have been primarily working on the Spanish side. Please pray that God will continue to bless the work that I am doing because I cannot do it without Him!

ACA Update
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I want to give you all an update on my work with Academia Cristiana del Aire (ACA). Over the past week or so, I have had some breakthroughs with the ACA website that have brought us very close to opening up the first course about the life of Christ to the students who have been waiting for it for years!

jorgeI’d like to tell you about one such student, Jorge, who is a pastor of Iglesia Bautista Fundamental Berea in Nicaragua. Jorge registered for ACA’s “The Life of Christ” course back in February and has been waiting all that time for us to be ready to begin the online program. Jorge said in his online profile that he was saved 17 years ago and for 11 years has been the pastor at his church in Managua. He has been married for 11 years and has a 10-year-old son.

For me, seeing the face of one of ACA’s potential students and hearing a little about him makes me even more excited to open up the online ACA! Will you pray with us that God will connect us with Spanish-speaking volunteers to help grade the students work and interact with them? That is our major need right now. I really think it’s possible that we could launch the first course this month, and I will be working hard to see that it happens. Continue reading

Ups and Downs
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This summer has been full of ups and downs for us. Financial uncertainty, moving across the country, settling into a new home and church, and other life events – including a miscarriage – have given us many challenges to overcome. In case you hadn’t heard, Danyelle suffered a miscarriage last month when she was 6 weeks pregnant. We thank God that she has physically recovered fully and no medical intervention was required. Also, thank you to all of you who prayed for us during that time.

We have been back in Illinois for three and a half months, but we are still trying to get into some sort of routine and sense of normalcy. Life at language school was full of routine, so we have struggled with our new unstructured days. For Danyelle and the girls, the recent start of homeschool has helped. I am slowly getting into a groove, but I have always been an employee with a regular work schedule or a student with classes to attend, so working from home every day has been strange.

For me, it has been a frustrating summer ministry-wise. Almost daily, the Academia Cristiana del Aire (ACA) Facebook page has received new “likes” or messages from students or potential students throughout the US and Latin America. Many of these people, along with hundreds or thousands more, are ready to start studying through ACA online, but I have not been able to devote the time needed to make it happen. I have been able to work on some of the technical, “back-end” parts of the website that are needed before launching the online school, though, and I set up a website for collaboration between us at ACA and our partners at Camino Global’s ObreroFiel.com ministry. Continue reading