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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Marcela Gandara

What a beautiful concert! I don't think I ever heard of her before, but I was excited to see a Colombian friend of mine so excited about this concert, so I decided to take Juan David with me. I ended up taking both boys (one of them very reluctantly) and let them sit out in the cafe for most of the concert (where they could still see and watch everything on the screens).

I wondered if the main auditorium might actually be a bit big for the concert, but boy, was I wrong. That auditorium was packed out! They said about 4,000 people were there!  The coolest part was that I barely any other white people besides David and I, and I don't think I heard a word of English except in the cafe when I ordered a drink. I felt so inspired and impressed with how the Hispanic ministry of our church has grown exponentially over the last few years.

After she sang a few songs, she gave a little information about herself, claiming her Mexican heritage and the fact that she married a Colombian American. :)

I also got to reconnect with a friend from Colombia who hosted us for dinner in her home two years in a row the first two summers we went to Colombia, both times with Julian. We never ended meeting up our last summer there while adopting Juan David, so I enjoyed introducing them to each other finally. After seven years in Colombia, God finally brought them back to the States again. I sure am thankful God let us connect in Colombia, though. I can't tell you what a comfort it was both years to find your own church family when you're living on another continent.

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