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. Psalms 33: 10-11
This month Christians throughout the world re-live and commemorate the completion of Jesus’ mission to liberate and reconcile the world to God through his own death on the cross–the grand purpose of God in sending his Son into the world (John 3:16-17). We humans can’t begin to fathom the full extent to which Jesus needed to empty himself and rely on prayer to his Father in order to complete his overwhelming task and mission. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit needed to be ONE in complete unity and purpose.
Your continuing prayers for us and for God’s work through us in Chile speak of the same oneness in unity and purpose. We so appreciate you all and your ongoing prayers! Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. –Phil. 2: 1-2
MARCH IN CHILE: You probably aren’t aware in the U.S. of the “grand re-awakening” that takes place annually in Chile during the first week of March. While we will technically be in the last weeks of summer here (until the 21st, when we enter fall), everyone is back in Santiago for the beginning of school year. Many Chileans, including the majority of lawyers, doctors, and small businesses go “out-of-town” in February, so March in many ways represents the return to normal life 😊 for many. Andrea, the director of the Mission Foundation’s work on our ministry site in Santiago, is also back from vacation this first weekend of the month. She and husband Ellier had the blessing of being in the U.S. during all of Feb. to see family & friends and be part of a Marriage Encounter hosted by the Spanish church in Texas where Marcelo & Cecily Landeros work. Cecily was a year-long intern in 2009. A few years later they were married and then assisted our mission in various ways until leaving to live in Texas, where they continue to serve the Lord.
MISSION FOUNDATION: For Andrea, March will mean visits to more hospitals and other institutions, as the Mission continues to offer housing to parents of hospitalized children, as well as expand its horizons with regards to other ministry possibilities. At present, she plans to continue working full-time as a teacher, so this represents a significant prayer issue for us all. Please pray for us as a board as we sort out Andreas’s time commitment with her. Likewise, her working relationship with Raquel in approaching Raquel’s & Ross’s work on the mission site needs to be personal and active. Lastly, as a separate issue, we will be voting this month on the induction of Tamara as a fifth board member. She has a big heart for children in need, as well as an outward focus as a Christian, and represents the type of young person we will need on the Foundation board if we are to complete and enlarge the vision of the Foundation well into the future. Please pray for this step forward on the part of the board.
THE CAMP & RETREAT CENTER DEVELOPMENT: We and Domingo & Sandra are hoping to purchase additional property this year to either augment Domingo’s & Sandra’s land (roughly 8 acres) or replace it with a different, larger site in that area. Domingo’s cousin just recently communicated that he is willing to sell some of his land to our team. It adjoins Domingo’s property in the hills above his. Although less accessible, it would be ideal for tent camping and for hiking and other outdoor activities. Domingo & Sandra will be gone for the month of March, but on their return the team will talk to his cousin about the purchase and about the availability of more of his property nearer the main highway as well. Please join us in prayer about these recent developments. We know that God WILL SEE his purposes accomplished.
JULIAN & DEVYN: We will be flying to Peru early this month to visit Julian & Devyn in Curahuasi, where Julian works at the hospital. Curahuasi is located roughly two hours outside of Cusco. We are packing a “seemingly short” 😊 list of items they are asking us to bring that includes a ceiling light/fan combination for their main living space. Their adjustment is going well, as God blesses their going forward inside of his good purposes for both them and for the people they serve. Thanks for continuing to pray for them. Here below are photos of the town of Curahuasi and of the Diospi Hospital where Julian works.
Praising, praying, and fasting in our THREE-PERSON GOD, COMPLETELY ONE IN UNITY AND PURPOSE,
God be with you as you travel.