I (Jesus speaking) tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me WILL DO what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. –John 14: 12-13
WOW, what a strong statement of Jesus, with an equally strong promise of results! The above verses are a good reminder and encouragement that our Christianity is an active, responding, extending relationship that changes our focus and purpose of life. It’s a beautiful transformation that gives impetus to both our focus and our prayers in all their aspects. God backs it all with his full attention and power. PTL! and very cool!!
—Last month we wrote of Todd Kepschull’s visit to Chile. He intends on coming here early next year in missionary service and has now begun preparations in that direction. Please pray for his encouragement and understanding of what all his preparations will entail. He has a good home church in Vero Beach, FL.
—Speaking of Kingdom service and preparations, we want to highlight this month’s annual International Conference on Missions (ICOM) of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. You can go to the conference’s website by clicking on http://theicom.org It will be held the evening of Oct. 29 through the morning of Nov. 1 at the Convention Center in Richmond, VA. We participate each year with a CHILE! CHILE! CHILE! booth. It’s a very well-done conference with good messages & praise time, good workshops for all ages, and good booths from around the world and the U.S.—all with focus on informing, equipping and connecting. We’d LOVE to see you there. If you are a church that goes and sends, you should also go to Richmond! Please pray and give thanks for this year’s conference. It in so many ways represents God in motion. Please also pray for our safe travels in the States, as we (as always) will be covering a lot of ground in a short amount of time. We fly from Chile Oct. 21. Our time “in family” for Christmas is a great bonus that we give God thanks for and look forward to.
—This month will be important in terms of meeting with those most involved in the planning and carrying out of the first “day camps” at the new Christian camp/center this coming January & February/Chilean summer. Please pray for “like-mindedness” and good direction, along with the full commitment of the team. These are the camp/center’s first steps toward a future of effective ministry to many in that general area of the country.
—Everyone knows from our mid-Sept. update Praise & Prayer Letter that our Foundation papers (for the residence and work with abandoned children) were finished and are now signed by us. They are now in the process (hopefully by the end of Oct.) of being officially registered with the Chilean government. PTL!! A couple hopeful of becoming our first set of house parents in receiving young children anew are set to live on our mission property starting this November. With both of these steps in place, after returning to Chile from the States we will be able to seek the right Chilean person to guide the work as its director and begin receiving children. Please stay praying and giving thanks for this tremendous ministry!
—Millarai’s impending trip to Santiago for her cancer check-up has been put on hold. She is hospitalized in northern Chile where she lives, due to experiencing extreme weakness with convulsions. On the other hand, she has not been not eating as she should. It’s a very complicated situation and Gilda (the mom) doesn’t know what to do, as she must work during the day. The doctor from Santiago handling Milla’s case has temporarily suspended Milla’s chemo pills and will keep her hospitalized at least two more weeks before re-evaluating her condition. Thank you for your on-going prayers for Milla and for her desire to go forward.
—We tried to send out an E-mail from southern Chile, following September’s 8.4 earthquake that hit Chile’s coastal area near Illapel, roughly 3 hours northwest of Santiago. Santiago itself was not damaged, and we are fine. Thanks so much for your prayers and E-mails as to our safety. Although the quake was much less widespread and less severe than the one in Feb. 2010, many lost their homes and 11 people lost their lives. We are looking to respond to the need through one of the churches located near that zone and we’ll send out that information once we’ve got it, in case some of you would also want to respond through our ministry. In the meantime, please especially pray for families who have lost a loved one or lost their home.
Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our Sending Us Forward and Out Jesus,