End of the Year

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year! I am so glad I was able to make it home for the holidays. Getting to spend Christmas with my family is such a blessing.


I will be here Stateside another week and half. In my time here I am selling genuine Guatemalan coffee to help with some expenses! Let me know if you would like some. It is medium roast, organic, and I have ground or whole bean available. The cost is $15/bag (1 lb).


Once again, upon reflection on these past months, I am amazed at all that has occurred. The biggest change was the bittersweet decision to step down from BuildinGUATE. As difficult as it was to let go of daily involvement with BG, I remain confident it was the Lord leading me into new waters.

While waiting for direction on my next steps, I have been able to begin taking Spanish classes again! This is a tool that is going to help me go deeper in relationships with people and begin to thrive instead of just survive in the latino culture. Learning a new language is one of the most challenging things I have encountered, but I have thoroughly enjoyed this special opportunity to focus once again on strengthening this skill.

Another big update — I finally made it to Israel! It was an amazing trip. I am still in awe and haven’t fully processed everything but I can tell you, it was an incredible experience. Here are some pictures for you to see some highlights of our travels.


I am indescribably grateful to those of you who have contributed, allowing me to serve in Guatemala over the years, go to Israel, and begin Spanish school again. I appreciate your prayers and ask that you continue to pray for me. I am anxious to move forward and step into the next role God has for me but I know I must remain patient. I have been communicating with a few ministries who have invited me to join with them and am looking into other options as well. I am trying to remain as open as possible to whatever direction the Lord leads, no matter what, no matter where.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? You can help by sending contributions for my monthly expenses and Spanish school.

Here is an estimate on what I expect my monthly costs in Guatemala will be in 2019:

Rent $485 Food/Groceries $140
Electricity $50 Savings/Retirement $100
Internet $40 Car Insurance $75
Gas Tank $15 Gas for car $50
Water $5 Tithe $125
Trash $5 Benevolence/Misc $100
Cell Phone $60 TOTAL $1250.00

Expected cost for continuing Spanish classes will be $100/week.

There are multiple ways for you to contribute:

  1. Send a check to South Tulsa Baptist Church. Place a note inside indicating that the funds are for “M/A-AT” *  10310 S Sheridan Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
  2. Pay online at South Tulsa Baptist church. When specifying gift, select Other and write in “M/A-AT” * Click Here
  3.  Pay via PayPal, Venmo (@Annie-Thurber), or CashApp ($AnnieThurber)

* If designating for Spanish school, you can add “Spanish” to the notation.


Thank you once again for all the love and support! I am looking forward to the NEW Year. Much love to each and every one of you!


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