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Monday, January 16, 2017

A New Year!

January 2017
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What’s Happening with Freedom?
Click here to see a short video of all that God did in 2016!
Our school bus fleet has grown by 1! A big thank you to everyone one who gave towards the match. With a projected 210 students next year, this is a must!
Gabe has been working hard on our multi-use building. This will make a huge difference in my area of service! The bigger kitchen will allow us to expand our meal options and will also provide a cafeteria area for the kids/teams. If you would like to help finish this building, click here to give towards our "Building" fund.
Our tractor is on it's way  and should arrive January 28th. This tractor was outright donated to Freedom. God is so good! It's amazing to see how He continues to provide.
Francielis is in Blakeley and Karsyn's class and is in need of a sponsor. You can sponsor her for $50/month. We also just recently introduced Anchor Sponsors. Anchor sponsors will sponsor a class as a whole for $200/month. This will add the flexibility to provide additional curriculum, improve our meal options, provide teacher's aides and will also allow us to take them on a field trip once year. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, click here!
The Countdown Has Begun!
The Suon Family will make the big move on January 23rd! Please keep them in your prayers this week as they finish packing and say their goodbyes. It's a bittersweet moment but we are all so excited to have them on the field!
Quick Pyle Family Update!
Both sets of our parents were able to visit in December and January! 
We loved being able to share our life in the DR with them.
After a much needed Christmas break, the girls are back in school! (Ava - 2nd grade, Blakeley & Karsyn - 1st grade ) While it's not always easy for them to go, they are all doing an amazing job!
On April 29th, we will be heading back to the states for 4 weeks. We would love to meet with you and share all the amazing things God is doing in the DR! You can email us at kristapyle@itisforfreedom.com to set up a time.
We are truly thankful for your continued support! Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Pray that we would keep God first and that everything we do would bring glory to His name.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bryan

"But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth" (Exodus 9:16).

                                                     
This move has not been easy for Ava. There have been many tears shed at school and bedtime often brings around the questions of “why?” “‘Why did God call us here?” “Why do I have to go to school?” “Why do I have to learn spanish? I don’t understand it”. “Why don’t I fit in down here?” “Why do I feel alone?”
Talk about tugging at this mamma’s heart. It’s a struggle to hold back my own tears while I watch the tears stream down her cheeks. 
Now, there has been a huge improvement over the past year, and while the tears and questions are still there, there aren’t as many of them. But they are still there. She still struggles to understand what her purpose is here and why God would call her to the DR. But through this struggle, God has opened a door and allowed us to have many conversations about how much God loves her and only wants the best for her. About how God calls us to be uncomfortable at times because He is shaping  and molding us to be more Christ-like. We talk about how everything we do is to bring glory to God and that we are called to deny ourselves and surrender everything to Christ. 

It’s a lot to take in for an eight year old but she often nods her head through the tears. As I lay in bed after our conversations, I find myself asking a lot of the same questions. Why God does she have to go through this? Every ounce of my heart wants to keep her from this heartache and pain. But I know that God is faithful. I know that where God calls, He will provide. A few weeks ago, He did just that! We got to once again experience His faithfulness. 
Every week, the girls pick a kid from their class to pray for. Each night they pray for that kid during their bedtime prayers. That week, Ava picked Bryan. Bryan is an ornery little kid with a contagious smile. :) Half way through the week, Ava came home and shared with me that Bryan was having some discipline issues at school. While this isn’t exactly out of the norm,  Ava said that it was an increased amount and that he was just acting different. She thought maybe something might be going on in his home life. I told her that we would continue to pray for him and for whatever was going on in his life.
Every Friday night, our Freedom team gets together to share about our week and then we worship and dig into God’s word. That night, our leader Jason, said he had a story to share about Bryan. My ears perked up when he mentioned Bryan's name. Jason went on to share that Bryan had been having increased discipline issues, just like Ava had pointed out. That morning, he had visited the office twice before 11am, which meant he would be sent home for the day. Jason drove him home to talk to his mom. When he arrived, Jason found only his brother at home. His aunt, who lives across the street, walked over and Jason explained to her what had happened and that Bryan was having a lot of discipline issues. When he asked where Bryan’s mom was, the aunt told him that she had a job that now required her to be gone all week. She only came home on the weekends. As Jason talked to Bryan's aunt more, he found out that Bryan was sleeping at their house but spending the rest of the time at home with no one to really look after him. The aunt mentioned that she thinks his increased discipline issues was a result of him missing his mom. At that moment, Bryan covered his face with his hands and started weeping. Jason kneeled down to his level and gave him a hug and told him that he understood how that would make things more difficult for him. He asked Bryan if he wanted to come back to school for the day and Bryan said yes.
After Jason shared this story, tears were streaming down my face. Ava had picked Bryan at the beginning of that week to pray for. I believe it’s because God placed his name on her heart. She took notice of his increased discipline issues and came home and shared that we needed to continue to lift him up in prayer. How awesome is that! I know it’s not that Bryan’s discipline issues immediately disappeared, and it might seem like a small thing, but God used an eight year old girl to lift up a little boy that was hurting and missing his mom. God is so faithful! Not just because he pricked her heart to be praying for him, but because He allowed her a glimpse of how He is using her down here to further His kingdom! 
What's Happening with Freedom?
Classrooms continue to go up! Next Tuesday we hope to pour the ceiling on this second story classroom. These classrooms will give us the opportunity to equip children to glorify God by loving Him, loving others and living out their design!
The Suon's have made it to the half way mark! They have raised 50% of their needed financial support! If you are looking for a way to invest in the Freedom ministry, consider supporting this family! Click here to make your donation. 
Tuesday we received two more containers! Supplies such as desks, cabinets and tools will help us keep this ministry running. God continues to provide beyond what we can imagine! Thank you to everyone who donated and helped out!
We need interns! We currently have 5 interns - Abby, Heather, Sarah, Olivia and Vannie. You can see the love they have for God reflected in their love for our kids. If you're interested in joining them, click here for more info.
We are truly thankful for your continued support! Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Pray that we would keep God first and that everything we do would bring glory to His name. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

June 2016 Update

June 2016
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What's Happening with Freedom!


We had our first day of of the 2016-2017 school year last week! We've added 3rd grade which now brings our number of kids to 180. Please be in prayer for the teachers, kids, parents and all our staff as we invest in these kids lives!
We need interns! Interns are a huge part of our ministry and play such a vital role in the school. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please visit itisforfreedom.com for more information. We know God is faithful and that He will provide!
We need a tractor! A tractor will be beneficial in maintaining the campus and will also be used for getting our buses pulled out of the mud during the rainy season. To donate, visit itisforfreedom.com and put 'tractor' in the comment box. 
Footers are being dug for our next 6 classrooms! It's amazing how God continues to grow the ministry. We can't wait to fill these classrooms with kids and watch how God will work in and through their lives!
Pyle

Furlough

It was so good to be back in Indiana and spend 3 weeks with our family and friends, although we were cold for a good chunk of the time!  While it did feel different going back, we still feel so connected to Berne and have such a place in our hearts for the people there! I think it will always be "home" to us!


The girls were ecstatic to be reunited with their cousins. They picked up right where they left off and it was such a joy to see them together. We also got to love on two new baby cousins! The girls also enjoyed visiting old school friends and being able to reconnect with them. Today's technology allows them to stay connected but there's nothing that beats being able to see that person face to face!


While back, we also had the amazing opportunity to visit 4 churches and share what God is doing in the DR through Freedom. Our only regret about furlough is that we didn't get to see more of you while we were back! Being our first furlough, we learned a lot. So if we missed you, we are truly sorry and look forward to catching up next year!
We can't say it enough...Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support! God is doing amazing things here and it is such a blessing to have you be a part of it!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"Never Once"

Pyle Update
“Never Once”
Whew! We survived the first year! We may not have done it well or with much grace :) but we are standing here and that in itself feels like a big accomplishment!
Looking back, there were many moments full of joy, laughter and smiles, but there were also many tears, and to be brutally honest, several sleepless nights of wondering what in the world we were doing here.

If we had been living in our own strength, I’m pretty sure we would have given up and boarded a plane back home. But as I sit here and recall these moments (the good and the bad), they all have one thing in common….never once did we face any of them alone. In every moment, God was walking alongside us and many times carrying us. He gave us the 
strength to carry on when we wanted to give up. He used every hardship and battle to mold us into His likeness. He also gave us each and everyone of you to pray for us and encourage us along the way. How good is our God?! 
I recently heard the song ‘Never Once’ by Matt Redman and I couldn’t help but cry the entire time. It sums this past year up so perfectly.
Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we've come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us
Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You've done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us
Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

 

The Big Move!
We are moved in and loving it! What a huge blessing it's already been! We have one more family to get moved in before furlough. They should be able to move this weekend. What a big difference it will make for our team to all be in one location and on the same campus as the school! We've already seen the benefits and know there are many more to come. Thank you to everyone you gave and who physically had a hand in constructing our new homes!
We are in need of summer interns and year long short term missionaries! Both play an essential role on our Freedom team. If you are interested, visit itisforfreedom.com or send an email to info@itisforfreedom.com.
The countdown is on! We will be back in Indiana in 11 days! We are looking forward to seeing all of you and sharing what God is doing in the DR! If you'd like to meet with us, you can send an email to kristapyle@itisforfreedom.com.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

It Feels Different this Year


Pyle Family Update
It Feels Different this Year
As I’m sitting here in shorts and a t-shirt, it’s really hard to believe that it’s December!! It feels a lot more like August! And besides the fact that I have my tree up, it really doesn't feel like Christmas is right around the corner.

 I absolutely love Christmas, and from the first day of December, I’m usually filled with excitement for the season! But this year, instead of feeling joyful, I find myself feeling a little bit depressed.

This Christmas will be a little different. There will be absolutely no chance of snow on Christmas Eve,  no hopes of waking up to a snow covered ground on Christmas Day. There will be no big family gatherings to attend, no loading up the car to spend the day at grandma and grandpa's. There will be no snuggles from my nieces and nephews as we all gather to read the Christmas story and no annual pictures of all the cousins in matching pj's.  As I sit here listening to Michael BublĂ© singing Let it Snow and I’ll be Home for Christmas (not sure why I'm torturing myself!), I can’t help but tear up a bit.

But as I sit here pining for Christmas’ past, I hear God asking me “Am I enough?" When you strip away everything else about Christmas, "Am I enough?” Wow! That really hit me! I’ve known the truth about Christmas since I could walk but it’s all too easy for that truth to get pushed under the tree and become just a small part of the season. Yes, all the family gatherings, lights, trees and presents are nice and are something to be cherished, but God’s reminding me this year that none of those are what Christmas is truly about! My joy for the season should be found in the baby lying in the manger and nothing else! My main focus should be the birth of a baby, a baby born to set us free and give us eternal life! 

So while Christmas does feel very different this year, and while I will still dearly miss spending it with our families, I'm praising God for the reminder that the greatest thing about Christmas will never change no matter where I am! My joy is dependent not on worldly gifts but on the greatest gift of all - Jesus!
What's Happening with Freedom!
God is good! Freedom has been offered another matching gift! It's our biggest one yet -- $50,000!
$50,000 could become $100,000 if this match is met by January 8th. We plan to finish out the apartment building and begin adding the necessary classrooms to start the 2016-2017 school year. 
Be a part! Click here to give now to the Building Fund by adding "Match It!" to the comment box.



Sunlight Power was here in November and set our apartments up with solar. So thankful for their team and their willingness to serve us!


Our Christmas program is next week! Please pray for us as we share the good news about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with these kids and their parents!
Our interns are invaluable! They further the ministry in many ways.
We are looking for both summer and school year long interns for 2016! If you are interested in learning how you could be involved in the lives of others in a meaningful way, click below and send us an email!
Thank you all so much for your continued support! We are truly thankful for each and everyone of you! Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
- Galations 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!