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I've thought of you often as I've waited to see how Casa Grace would evolve. And waited. Feeling some changes coming, but not knowing what, I feel adventure and action ahead in Tepic in August.
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Casa Grace Chrysalis 
 
The Casa Grace chrysalis is vibrating, the butterfly will soon be out! My newsletters have declared what my caterpillar vision was, having developed over 5+ years, but the actual shape of things to come is yet to be seen. The title paperwork for the property is complete (finally! after 3½ years) except for one small negotiation. The purchase price and payment schedule is agreed. Negotiation about the manner of payment is still in process. I hope to know the final form of this butterfly by the end of August when I will be in Tepic to sign purchase papers or to make other arrangements. I am praying for wisdom and God’s Presence. Join me in that? You can even join me in Tepic! (Skip past the following box if you're a homebody)
Casa Grace could emerge quite differently than planned by me if God’s plans are quite different than mine. It's one way He trains us to be flexible and sensitive to Holy Spirit. But whatever changes, my relational networks there will continue to grow in love and helps. The process to put Casa Grace into a non-profit has begun, so that the work will continue: to creatively help the friends and family of Casa de Niños through their own self-sufficient, prosperous cottage industries.
However the butterfly emerges, Casa Grace is too big for me (not the structure itself, but the vision). There is plenty of room in the dream for God to do the impossible and wonderful, sovereignly or through current and new faithful partners. May they be moved by Holy Spirit  to seed and fertilize the vision below, of cottage industries in the hands of local people:
  • Work and and other support that generates cash for the children’s workers at Casa de Niños
  • Housing and encouragement for young adult single women, some who have grown up at Casa de Niños. (Plans are in place for remodels that triple the number of rooms in stages. Casa de Niños' “Family” will be employed.) 
  • Cottage industry to include
    • A hospitality venue, hostel-style (mainly for visitors to Casa de Niños and local Body of Christ)
    • An English Conversation Club/Café Cooperative (business plan written)
    • An extensive English Language Library (waiting in Oregon) which will bring native English speakers to the English Conversation Co-op
  • Libraries (in Spanish) to expand for two congregations and more
  • Sinergia Nayarita, the Bethel Video School of Supernatural Ministry, begun 2 years ago, to be run by local leadership and become self sufficient, employing two of the many competent, local leaders.
Huichol yarn painting, estambre
It will be a joy for me to return to Tepic's main plaza there and support the indigenous Huichol artisans by purchasing their fine beadwork.
It has been such a pleasure to walk through all these times together with you and our Father. You help me so much to be who He made me, and to know how we are a family. Be encouraged by all the growth you go through with Him. No change: no growth. Life in God is so GOOD! Yours, Bernie
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