“IT’S A PERSON AT THE TOP”
Speaking of man’s place in all of creation, God says this through David in Psalm 8: When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
These are two photos of the Grand Canyon taken on our recent trip to the U.S. for Jonathan’s and Julian’s graduations. How magnificent! Equally breath-taking is the view on an ocean floor or through a microscope, yet none of these amazing dimensions of creation can compare with our value to God. What an incredible honor to be considered so by the “Creator of the ends of the earth” (Psalm 40). It raises the huge issue of how we view him in return. We are in a perfect position to be in real relationship with him and be a part of his good purposes carrying out his will on this earth. Thus also heightened is the value of every single person of any age that we reach out to, minister to, and work with. –this month’s core praise
A new month
God has responded to our need for a qualified person to work part-time assisting Janine in a variety of ways in the children’s work—from completing important reports to making contacts to working with the children and house mothers. Lenis is studying psychology and has experience with government regulations and forms, etc. Please pray for her ability to adapt and work well “in team” with everyone. She is off to a very good start!
Pablo, our new “house dad”, lost his job and is looking for a new one. One correction to what I wrote last month is that he is working toward completing his bachelor’s degree, not his master’s. It will thus be a challenge in finding a job in these stretched economic times.
As some of you know, Janine & I found a car. It is a 2003 Honda SUV with good luggage room. The advantage is that it has belonged to a missionary leaving Chile and has received excellent care and maintenance. Its cost in dollars, with license and title transfer fees, was $11,600 and it should serve our needs well. The praise is that we have received through May a total of $5,000 from individuals and churches toward its purchase. Please pray for the balance to come in and please consider helping toward this need, if you feel led to do so. Checks should be made payable and mailed to Chile Mission, as always, with “vehicle” on the memo line. Thanks so much!
We also continue to look for a house to rent and live in, in or near our neighborhood. Please pray that we might find one this month.
Our Chile teammates Kari and Jim are almost on top of the due date for the birth of their second daughter (due the first week of June). All is well and Kari’s mom just arrived in Chile to be with them for the birth and help them afterwards in their house. PTL!!
We, as a couple and as a Chile team sent out by you churches, are well aware of the responsibility and privilege of carrying out God’s will and purposes in Chile. If you’ve taken the time to review our website, you know that this work has several dimensions to it. We very much appreciate, value, and need your on-going, consistent prayer support and financial assistance. The age-range of those we reach out to and work with goes from children to adults, and as this month’s core praise states, we can never underestimate or disregard their value to God. “They” are precisely his core focus through us all.
Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our “It’s a Person-at-the-top” Creator God,,