Someone once told me, “You’ve been blessed when saying goodbye is difficult.”
Certainly, we’ve been blessed.
Renato and Nellie have been serving at The Bridge with Jay and me since 2011, and they started the 2nd Neighborhood Center, Park Center.
Together, we’ve walked this unknown road of ministry, cross-cultural relationships, loving hurt children, and the summer days that seemingly never end. We’ve adventured across seven countries together with five kids and cheap bus tickets. And, we’ve raised our late-night coffee mugs to the victories and laughed slap-happy-style at our own belly flops along the way. It’s been amazing!
Most of all, Renato and Nellie are among our dearest friends, ones who truly understand and have shared in our lives and our kids’ lives.
So, in all honesty, it is not easy for any of us to share that Renato and Nellie are beginning a new chapter in their lives, one that will take them away from full-time work with The Bridge. Yet, as new pages are turned, we hang on to the beauty of memories and look ahead with faith and expectation.
At this time, we especially want to thank Renato and Nellie for their dedication to this ministry in the past years.
They jumped in with faith and sacrifice when The Bridge was just a vision, beginning Park Center and contributing greatly to the beginning stages of this ministry. They have intentionally served and loved people in Jesus’ name, and we are all grateful for their passion to make their lives count for God and His glory.
Please join us in wishing Renato and Nellie many, many blessings as they step out in a new direction!
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
As for The Bridge, we anticipate changes in the coming months. We ask for your patience and prayers as we determine the next steps in this new chapter of ministry. Please keep Renato and Nellie and their family in your prayers as well, as they seek God’s will for their future!
For this Friday Fotos, we look back on highlights in this ministry together with the Jimenez family, thanking God for His faithfulness and blessings in the past. And then, with grateful hearts, we turn the page. May God be glorified in these new chapters in each our lives!