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The Penner family is headed to Bolivia for a 4-year term with RTM Bolivia on March 1st.
Henry and Anna Penner originally heard about TWR while visiting friends at the Radio Trans Mundial (RTM)-Bolivia office. Henry was born in Bolivia in the Mennonite colonies and at the age of 12 his family moved to Canada.
Henry will oversee the Low German facilities including maintenance, on-air presenting, and building relationships in the community. Anna’s focus will be getting the family settled and then helping the RTM team with hostessing duties and needs as they arise. They are greatly needed as one couple has already returned to Canada due to health concerns, and another couple is preparing leave only a few weeks after the Penners arrive.
When the Penners came to us late last fall and said they wanted to be in Bolivia in February, we didn't think it was possible. Past experience has taught us it takes about 6 months to two years to raise the necessary support to go out on the field -- especially for a family of 7. But today, we are excited to write that we lacked faith - not the Penners! The Penners have raised the needed support and we've set March 1st as a tentative departure date.
On February 1st, Henry and Anna needed an additional $20,000 in one-time donations to pay for plane tickets, purchase a car, etc. Normally we would not purchase tickets until such funding was in place, but we're stepping out in faith that God will supply these one-time needs as He has done with their monthly support. Already, $12,000 has been raised to cover the outstanding balance.
It's clear to us that God wants the Penners in Bolivia.
Pray for the Penners as they prepare to leave -- for the details moving a family of 7 internationally entails. Pray for their transition on the field, for Henry with his work and Anna and the family in a new community.