From Tracy & Caleb Godoy, Brethren Partners in Chile
Friends, Caleb and I are writing to inform you that we will no longer be serving as Global Partners with the Brethren Church. Our passion and call to reach Chileans for Christ have not diminished, and we will continue to minister as we are able regardless of our status with the Brethren Church. Even though we will not be in Chile as full-time church planters, we will continue to collaborate on projects periodically in the future with The Brethren Church and with individual members who have developed connections with the Puertas Ministry.
Over the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to support ourselves financially in Chile. Caleb recently left for Switzerland to work with a nephew while I remained alone in Chile to continue with Bible studies and orphanage work, a less than ideal situation. At the same time, our financial needs have increased with two of our children in college in the US and one more on the way next year. Even though they are young adults, our children still need our support, a responsibility we underestimated. A responsibility we will have for the next five years. At the same time, my parents’ health continues to fail, and it is important that I have the freedom to travel as needed. Planting a church and discipling others requires a significant level of consistency. Without financial stability, it has been challenging to be consistent and focus only on the ministry. We have been hoping and praying that our situation would somehow resolve itself, but we have realized that we are not going to be able to provide for our family and dedicate ourselves fully to the task of planting a church in Papudo at this time.
During this transition, we will continue to provide support and guidance for the small group of believers that have been gathered. The Brethren Church will continue to support the group with study materials and materials for the orphanage outreach.
Please continue to keep Sara and Elio in your prayers as they take on the leadership of the small group and for Sara and two other women, Sari and Priscilla, as they continue outreach at the girl's orphanage.
We are truly grateful to the Global Partners team and our Brethren tribe who have encouraged and supported us throughout the years. Caleb and I have been reflecting and celebrating the many amazing things that God has done and allowed us to be a part of since the beginning of Puertas' ministry in 2008. As we read through this list of events over the past ten years, we remember all the faces, conversations, laughter and things God has done through the Puertas Ministry.
God is good. The list above will most likely begin to have longer gaps between events, but we like to think of ourselves as ¨in the reserves¨. For the moment we need to focus on our family and getting our boys through college and are also looking forward to what God has in store for us in this next chapter.
Caleb and Tracy Godoy
As we wind this ministry down here are a few important things to note:
We will continue to collect funding for Puertas Ministry through September and distribute that to the ministry in Mid-October. This will allow them to finalize any projects and take care of additional areas. After the 15th of October, any residual funds that continue to be received are to be returned to the donor with this information and the Godoy’s letter attached.
We may at some point collaborate on additional ministries as Caleb and Tracy plan to be back in Chile from time to time during the summer months (winter here in the Northern Hemisphere).
If you have time, please feel free to send cards and notes of encouragement to the family as they searched their hearts and prayed earnestly for God’s leading. These should be mailed to:
Caleb and Tracy Godoy-Forester
408 N SYCAMORE,
NORTH MANCHESTER, IN 46962
If you have any other questions about this ministry, the process we will be using going forward or have thoughts or questions about any of our other Global Partners please reach out to the team and coordinator through the National Office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This has been an incredible ministry to be a part of over the years, and while we will miss them dearly, we look forward to seeing where God takes the Godoy family and their missionary hearts in the years to come.
Scott C. Soden
Brethren Global Partners Coordinator
Thank you for your faithful service to the people and children in Chile. We continue to pray for you during this season in your life. Your ministry continues and Jesus will still provide in the interim. May it be a time of missional renewal, spiritual enrichment, and personal growth for your family! Blessings to you our brother and sister!
I'm not sure I can just delete your name from my daily prayers for the church's missionaries! With that said, I wish God's leading in your lives takes you to places you are needed for the glory of His Kingdom. I think I will keep your names before me but change the petitions to include your children. God bless you for all you have done for the Gospel.
Caleb and Tracy,
Thank you so much for your ministry in Chile. I know your heart in many ways is still there and it is hard to begin again back in the states. I pray that even though you are not in Chile you will know that the seeds you planted and the fruit that grew from your time there will continue to be alive and well. God has awesome ways of working even after we leave a place.
I pray that God will give you both special places of ministry and work in the States as you transition and that your boys will also find those places where they can go to school and flourish. It is always good hearing from you all!
Anne Windus Kelley