NEW LIFE SPRINGING FORTH
Jack’s & Janine’s MARCH 2013 Chile Prayer Letter
He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.
They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth. –Psalm 104: 10-14
You in the States enter spring this month. (Yeh! J) This month’s PRAISE is for how God brings forth and nourishes new life in us, just as He does in all creation. We are coming out of a difficult time recently with some of the children under our care here and yet it’s impossible not to appreciate how God continues working in “spring forth” new life in them—the same new life that all of us Christians receive in Jesus and continue to grow in. Green is a great spring color! Five of the children had a special treat in February when Jack took them camping and traveling. It was a first such experience for all five—how cool! These photos say it all:
The children’s work
—God has brought us together with a young Christian psychologist who will plans to begin working for us part-time. Janine met her on the metro train she saw Janine with one of our girls that she recognized from working with the family in the past. God is good and we’re looking forward to her arrival.
–It looks as if we’ll be able this month to present our need for a second set of house parents to a group of pastors studying at an institute together. We also continue to place announcements on Chile’s main Christian radio station and will continue to visit churches.
–Thank you for continued prayers for the children we work with. They start school on March 4.
Swanson return needs
–We have already received roughly $500 toward the purchase of a used van (thank you so much!) to use in our work. As we wrote in our recent newsletter, we expect to spend around $20,000 for a three-year-old van. Financial help toward this need should be sent to ChileMission P.O. Box 60132 San Angelo, TX76906 (with vehicle written on the check’s memo line).
–While we are keeping an eye out for a house to rent, we will not be moving from the children’s residence until the second set of house parents is found. We know that God will provide in his good timing.
–We still seek renters for our Cedar Lake, IN house as well. Especially after the major remodeling we did on its living space last year while on furlough, it is a quite nice two-bedroom space for someone. Our U.S. phone that rings here in Chile is 626-789-7183.
Chile mission team
Jim and Kari Hurley are arriving in Chile with 17-month-old daughter Nora on March 13 to begin working with us for one year or longer. Both Jim and Kari have extensive Bible background and both arrive with a heart for children and training and experience in different aspects of such work. Kari is expecting the birth of their second child around the first of June and they will also be concentrating on Spanish language and culture learning.
Praising, praying, and fasting with you in a “New Life & Growth” Jesus,
Jack & Janine