October 2016 Praises & Prayer Requests

God’s plans & purposes are ALWAYS moving on!!

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.  Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him.  For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.  The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.  But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. –Psalm 33: 6-11

Gratitudes & Prayers

  • Santiago children’s residence for abandoned children: The board met in September, continuing the search for a Chilean Christian woman to be director of this important work.  Board member Miguel is responding to applicants for the position, and he anticipates that this search will proceed on into early 2017.  There is one person with good experience that is not interested in being the director, but who has a special heart for children and would make an excellent board member.  We hope to meet with her in January.  We are using these months in 2016 to continue preparing the houses and the site in general to receive children this next year. We will need the municipality to approve the buildings, too.   As Psalms 33 points out, all of us are certain that God’s plans & purposes through the residence WILL be realized in his exact time with the exact persons he has chosen.
  • Christian center & children’s camp: We, along with Domingo & Sandra, Todd, and Ross & Raquel, made a trip to Ñipas in September, meeting with church leaders to encourage Ñipas area youth to be our leaders, instead of bringing people from Santiago to help with our up-coming summer VBS to be held the second week of this next January.  We also went to an adjoining community Coelemu and made arrangements to hold the VBS there as well, the third week of January.  The municipality of Coelemu pledged their support and assistance for that VBS.  PTL!!   In the meantime, we continue to work toward the legalization of the camp Foundation and looking for additional land.  Thank you for your continued prayers as God takes the entire project forward.
  • Our English Club made its move to a new, well-located facility in September.  Weekly participation has gone from 9 to 15 to just over 20 in two weeks.  With us in the States and with Ross & Raquel in Australia for Raquel’s meeting Ross’ family, Todd has his “English Club hands full”, to be sure, but God is providing support help through others.  Todd recently met and invited a tattoo parlor owner to this week’s club meeting.  Many of those participating are not now Christians, so building relationships is crucial toward God’s good plans & purposes for those people and for this outreach.
  • Also in September, Jack & Todd & Ross led a morning devotional (Jack does one to two of them per month) at the Casa del Alfarero Christian live-in drug & alcohol rehab center for men, and we all together participated in another church’s Sunday evening service geared toward non-believers and those new to Christianity.  We have a close relationship with this Christian Church.  How impacting and life-changing are God’s plans & purposes for non-believers and for those wanting to be free of addictions, all through Jesus Christ by way of his church!  God, himself, makes it all possible and takes it all forward!
Please also pray for our time in the States these last three months of 2016.  We began this trip by being a part of the 50th anniversary Sunday Oct. 2nd of our home church, Living Creek Christian Church.  We then flew to LA to be at the home birth of Jordan’s & Rob’s 4th child (this time a boy J), due the first week of Oct.  We then fly back to the Midwest to visit churches before and after this year’s ICOM (Int’l Conference on Missions, where we always have a CHILE! CHILE! CHILE! booth) held in Lexington, KY, November 17-20.  Finally, after being with all of our children and their families for Christmas, we fly back to Chile on December 28th.  One other very special event scheduled is the 95th birthday celebration of Janine’s mother on November 12th in Crown Point, IN.

We give God special thanks and praise for Todd’s continuing good adjustment to Chilean culture, language, and ministry.  He is doing remarkably well and is a true servant at heart.  God is already utilizing Todd’s natural propensity for connecting to people and for making new friends to his glory in taking forward his plans & purposes.  PLEASE PRAY FOR TODD this month through December, EVEN AS YOU, TOO, GIVE GOD THANKS for his life and ministry in Chile.

LASTLY, IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR US from hotmail.com to chilemission1@gmail.com    This change has already been in effect for three months.  Thanks!

Praising, praying, and fasting in ALL-GENERATIONAL purposes and plans of the Lord,

Jack & Janine

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