“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. –John 15: 5,16
We have much to be thankful for this month, as we together with you pray everything forward. Chile Mission’s efforts and work are bearing fruit, and additionally, our son Julian will be wed this month to his fiancé, Devyn. They both know and love the Lord and look forward to bearing much fruit through their life together. Jesus truly is the vine out of which good fruit that lasts is produced in and through Christians.
Residencia Familia Cristiana
We are excited to announce that the Foundation “Residencia Familia Cristiana” directing board has voted to hire Andrea Guerman as the director of our work with abandoned children in Santiago! She will begin this month working part-time, familiarizing herself with the laws and agencies that govern the placement and eventual adoption of abandoned, legally adoptable children who are “wards of the government”. She will also, with Janine’s help, be developing our internal guidelines for the work of the residence with both the children that come to live in our houses at Chile Mission’s site and all employees hired by the Foundation to help in specific areas, i.e., house mothers whom we employ full-time, etc.
In the meantime, steady work continues to ready the property and houses to receive children. The site will need to pass inspection to be officially done with all construction. Our goal, with the Lord’s blessing, is to be ready to receive new children by mid-year, although changing Chilean governmental guidelines and laws can be overwhelming at times. Thank you for joining us in praising God and in praying for these next steps! Pictured here below are Andrea, Ellier, and fellow board member Miguel.
DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE CHRISTIAN CHILDREN’S CAMP & CENTER
Project partners, Domingo & Sandra, hope to be completely done this month with the legal sub-division of their land being given to the Christian children’s camp & center in middle Chile. There are related legal steps also in process to 1) finish legalizing the new Foundation LUZ EN EL CAMPO (Light in the Countryside) and 2) officially title the tract of land into the control of the Foundation. Please continue to pray with us for all issues and stages related to these necessary steps. In the meantime, we as a director board with Domingo & Sandra continue to meet about our steps and progress.
This year’s English Club got off to a good start March 1st. Todd coordinates the club with the help of Ross and Jack. March marks the fall beginning of school in Chile. Being a pre-evangelistic outreach, our relationships with participants continues to deepen and we also include Christian teachings in the sessions in different ways. It is a praise to have a good location to meet in and a core group of participants. Please pray for this year’s growth in the group—both numerical and spiritual.
Both Julian and Devyn are specially gifted and make a great team together. What a blessing for Jack to be able to officiate their wedding ceremony. Julian finishes his 4-year medical residency in June and then takes two board exams in the fall to be able to practice medicine on his own. Devyn’s college degree is in art. They are set to go for two years with “Samaritan’s Purse” medical mission to an area outside of Machu Picchu, Peru going into 2018, where Julian will be the doctor in a small out-lying hospital. Please pray for God’s blessing of their and all other new marriages, remembering that Jesus’ first miracle was at the wedding in Canaan.
Praising, praying, and fasting as we all serve Jesus, the One, True Vine & Source of Lasting Fruit