Author Archives: Mel

Cerebral Palsy and the Revolving Door of Grief

I know how to “properly” grieve; I took a class on it once in missionary training when we were talking about loss.  I know the steps and have been through them successfully.  I have grieved the death of a loved one, the loss of a dream, and many other things.  I have stepped through the…

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Summer Newsletter: Church Plant, Summer Camp, and Surgery

Hello from the Bjorgens!  We hope that this newsletter finds you well.  To our supporting churches, we hope and pray that your ministry is thriving and that God is blessing your congregation in amazing ways.  For those of you who are going through a trial right now: 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “But the Lord is…

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Celebrating two years in Guadalajara: Bjorgen Ministry Update

Hello from Guadalajara, Mexico! In March we celebrated 2 years of ministry here! Wooohoooo!!!! We are almost half-way through our term, wow, can’t believe it.   We’ve had a lot going on over here and we want to tell you about it. Church Plant: We are still in the process of finding our “sea legs”!…

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Need Help With Monthly Support

Recently we have experienced a significant drop in our support because a church had to stop giving due to difficult financial times. This church supported us at over $400 a month. This leaves a large hole in our budget that needs to be made up. In addition to this we have lost some individual supporters…

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Update: “Juntos En Esperanza” Winter Gala

(Mexican volunteer team for the gala) On January 14th a 2-year dream became a reality when “Juntos en Esperanza” (our support group) hosted a Winter Gala for kids with special needs and their families.  This has been a year-long project with the last 6 months being filled with most of the planning, the last 3…

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“Together in Hope”- No Parent Should Be Alone

Loneliness in our estimation, is one of the primary emotions that a parent with a special-needs child faces.  The isolation that a parent can feel is on multiple levels: Other friends not understanding their situation, being the primary care taker for a child with special needs all day, not having many people to talk to…

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Trading our Sorrow

February 28th- Malachi’s Diagnosis Day, which has made the whole month of February for the last three years a very pensive and sad month for me. In one thought I can be transported to the day of Malachi’s diagnosis and feel all the emotions of that day rush over me. The fluorescent lights in the…

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Why It’s Okay To Be Weak, And Tell Others You Are

STRENGTH. Probably one of the most desired quality of the human Race and especially Americans. In the United States we celebrate strength, and wear it as a badge of honor. When going through seemingly insurmountable problems, people tell them, “You are so strong I know you will make it through.” What pressure this puts on…

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In With The New- Newsletter

Our first year in Mexico is coming to a close; it is the end of some things and the beginning of others. Our first Christmas in our new home has come and gone and it was just lovely.  Having no idea what to expect we were timid to begin the season without family in a…

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