September 2013 Prayer Letter

Praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord, my soul.  I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.  Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.  Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,whose hope is in the Lord their God.  He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever.  He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.   Psalm 146: 1-8

“THANK YOU,LORD, FOR THE “DAY IN AND DAY OUT” NEED WE HAVE FOR YOU IN ALL KINDS OF WAYS AND CIRCUMSTANCES!!  We come to you and TO YOU ALONE looking for your touch and for answers & guidance.  We have no other God or source to go to and you are FAITHFUL.”

We are struck by the sheer number of prayer needs that surround us and that we hear about from friends and many others, whether related to serious health issues, important decisions, broken relationships, the death of a loved one, or huge obstacles against God’s good purposes, and on and on…

God IS faithful to all those in faithful relationship with him.  He is the Master Specialist in situations that seem too big or too hard and impossible.  He is worthy of all honor and praise and allegiance for all generations.  He is totally capable and willing and He does respond.  Let none of us ever hold back.  Number 1 be honest, Number 2 be humble, willing to listen & follow, and Number 3 keep approaching him in all situations with every confidence, full of faith and thanksgiving.

The idea is to draw as close to God as is possible.  In return, He promises to respond to our best good!

September Petitions

We’ve asked for prayers from time to time specifically for Cony, our biggest “challenge” amongst the children that live under our care.  She’s been doing so much better this last month, to the point that her school and others have commented about it.  Thank you for those continuing prayers for “our kids”.  The biggest issues as of late relate to bad attitudes and disrespect at school and also here, and to helping them deal with anger that they aren’t growing up in their own families.

On a positive note, cooperation between Janine and the house moms and their overall ability to see and work toward the same “higher ground” of the kids is also more evident.  Praise the Lord for that!

Please pray that our church, “Jesus is the WayChristian Church, continues to want to grow in the Lord.  There is more participation in the adult Sunday School class and leadership is more unified in Jesus.

We continue to look for a house to rent, thanking God at the same time for his perfect place and timing.

I, Jack, just returned from a trip to Penco and Concepción (earthquake zone 5 hours south of Santiago).  I had many reasons to give God thanks for the praying, sharing God’s Word, and conversations that took place with people we have built relationships with these last 3 ½ years, including in two families where the husbands are alcoholics.

Finally, please pray for Chile, as this Sept. 11th is the 40th anniversary of the military takeover by General Pinochet in 1973.  It is a day always marked by violence and this year it’s expected to be worse.  So many past wounds and losses in a country that doesn’t look to Jesus for healing, peace, and a better future.

Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our Responding, Faithful, True God

Jack & Janine

2 thoughts on “September 2013 Prayer Letter

  1. Jack and Janine–Thank you for your consistent faithfulness. I resisted opening this morning’s email –my family is in a state of major transition (new living situation, new church, illness,etc.). I felt like – “I’ll read it later – I do not have time for this right now.” Sometimes I feel helpless and also a severe lack of empathy reading updates and prayer requests from you and others. Yet, as I read this morning though, I sensed God challenging his saints in Chile, here and everywhere to pray unceasingly and to look to him alone. I will pray today that you and Janine find a great home to rent and that you and your ministry will be as a green olive tree, finding the continued nourishment and strength that you need. I will also ask some friends to pray as well. He IS faithful!

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