Finishing, starting, trusting and continuing -> Change of leadership at Alto Refugio <-
“Old things have passed away,
behold, all things are made new.”
–End in order to Begin–
There are times in life when the old things must be left behind in order for the new things to come. For us, David & Judy Schmidt, the time has come to step aside from Alto Refugio in order to step into new things. New things for us as well as for Alto Refugio. Knowing that we have an unlimited God that is always doing new things, we are confident that in this He will be faithful as He has always been in the past.
For us, the “new” includes a time (maybe one year) in Canada, with our parents (Judy’s), while we are regulating our retirement plan.
Our intentions are to return to Paraguay, where we have our home, the majority of our children, and to be sure, the majority of our grandchildren. The truth is that we have Paraguay and Alto Refugio in our hearts, and it will be impossible to forget all the blessings that we have received during the years of service here. So we hope to soon be back to continue with something that the Lord is already preparing for us.
Regarding Alto Refugio, we are confident that the Lord will continue perfecting what He has begun. The work is His, and we have seen how He has brought in very special people that make it possible for people living with HIV to continue to receive assistance, and that all that is done here will always point to our Creator who is crazy in love with all of us. To head up the ministry, Elsa Hein has been appointed as Director, together with her husband Beto Hein as Administrator. We wish them the Lord’s richest blessings.
– Confidence to Continue–
Now we have started to write 2014 on our correspondence. A number of things have changed from what we have planned, but even so, we move ahead with courage to overcome the difficulties. One of the biggest changes that we have faced is the departure of David & Judy Schmidt who began this work with a lot of love and sacrifice that we now know as Alto Refugio.
As a work team we are confident that God will continue to supply trustworthy workers, so that this ministry can continue. We want Alto Refugio to continue being a light that give hope to many people.
We are grateful to David and his beloved wife, for the example of love and patience they have shown to us, and to all those who have entered Alto Refugio.
We desire that wherever they are, they might be blessed with the words from Numbers 6:24-26:
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.