NEW LIFE PAID IN FULL AND HERE NOW!!
Jack’s & Janine’s APRIL 2013 Chile Prayer Letter
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! –Romans 5: 8-10
Red for Jesus’ blood shed willingly and fully for our sin and total separation from God. Bright yellow for Christ’s new life living and working in us who believe. What great gratitude and praise that raises! As it says in Isaiah 53, the punishment that brought us was upon him and by his wounds we are healed. No wonder that we also willingly and fully give our lives back to him as his extensions in the world, so that another might recognize him and be reconciled. His good and perfect will and purposes are what now fill us and take us forward. Thank you, Jesus!
We have MUCH to give God thanks for and continue to pray for in our work this month. In the children’s work, Dafna, a Christian psychologist, started working with us early in March. One of her strengths is that she has experience working with the courts and with SENAME (Chile’s governing body over children). She will work part time. Secondly, Pablo & Cynthia are due to move in as the second set of house parents we have looked for these recent months. YEH and PTL!! They answered our advertisement on the internet and are ready to begin on April 8. In the meantime, Cynthia has been working during March full-time to get accustomed to both the work and the children, and them to her.
Please pray especially for Pablo and Cynthia this month, as going in one fell swoop from no children to four or five, even for a stable couple :), is no automatic, easy adjustment to make. For the time being, without having a house to rent, Janine and I will continue to live on our mission property to help with their arrival and needs. To say the least, their arrival is a big answer to prayer.
Our new teammates, the Hurleys, also arrived safe & sound with young daughter, Nora, in March to begin working in team. They will work toward God’s purposes for them as teammates, and in the meantime will have their hands full in adjusting to language & culture. They’re off to a super start and are already a blessing in how they relate to the children and to all others. Pray that April will be an excellent month for them in family. Please also pray for Kari’s pregnancy in it’s healthy going forward. She is due the first days of June.
Our fund to purchase a used van is up to $2,700. That’s great and thank you. Jack is still also pursuing the possibility of purchasing back the same van we sold to a Chilean church a year ago. Their intended purpose for the van didn’t work out. We will keep you posted. If this purchase doesn’t work out, we’ll 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).
A young couple is interested in renting our Cedar Lake, IN house. We are happy for them, as they have been living with parents since being married and the house represents an opportunity to have their own space. If this move is meant to be, please pray for the details of moving in.
Praising, praying, and fasting with you in a “Payment in Full, Living” Jesus,
Jack & Janine