March 2013 Prayer Letter

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:

P1000596  P1000597  P1000610

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

2 thoughts on “March 2013 Prayer Letter

  1. Hola, dear friends. Good to get your letter and to talk to you, Jack, the other day. How exciting to have this young, brave couple coming! Not sure I could do that with such young ones. : } I reread your February letter, and was wondering what you’ve heard about the land from the lumber company? Wouldn’t it be great to have the camp for the kids, though taking them on the camping trip you pictured looks pretty wonderful too! How come you never took me there? : ) maybe next time. All are fine here, though Matt just lost his dear Grandma to cancer. The funeral will be some time this weekend. She was in her early 70’s and only had the cancer since November. Too quick! Praying for all of you there. love Beth

    • Thanks for the good feedback, Beth! Sounds like Matt’s grandma was a Christian and fine woman–what a pleasure to know people like that and celebrate their eternal home, too. I talked with Maria this morning about the letter and she was able to leave it with the lumber company. She’s expecting an answer soon and I am ready and waiting to go there to meet him and talk. As God knows, if he invites me to meet with him I want to challenge them to donate the parcel of land toward the good children’s purpose we have in mind, in addition to serving as a retreat center for the region. It’s exactly where I took the kids camping–very beautiful, as you say. Maria will call me as soon as she hears anything. Thanks especially for the prayers!

      Love, blessings, and prayers back to you in a Leading the Way Jesus,

      Jack and Janine

      On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM, Chile Missi

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