“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. –Luke 11: 9-10
Jesus teaches on the importance of our persistent and bold prayers in Luke 11 (and also in Matt. 7: 7-12), with the implication being that God answers steady asking, seeking, and knocking as he carries out his purposes and plans through us, his children. Such is the importance that prayer plays.
We thank you once again for your steady prayers on our behalf and on behalf of God’s developing outreaches and ministries through us and through those we work with in Chile! As a result, we have good news this month to share particularly concerning the work of our Foundation in Santiago.
Regarding the Chile Mission’s Santiago ministry property:
We have been in communication with APEM (Apoyo para el Embarazo), a new pregnancy center in the Santiago area. They also have formed a Foundation to provide information and support to pregnant women, replacing depression, helplessness, and ignorance with solid information and good options in birthing the baby inside of them. In seeking a location to receive and guide women, they visited our ministry site toward the end of May and today, June 2nd, their full board approved our site as their new location! TYL!! This is very significant, as up until now there have been NO Christian pregnancy centers in Santiago, the capital of Chile and city of roughly six million people. Now there are two such centers coming into existence and we are blessed to know the founders of them both.
Presently, one of our houses is dedicated to receiving mothers of children in long-term treatment in Santiago children’s hospitals and another of our houses is set aside for fathers. It is not likely that many fathers will be seeking shelter with us, so we will save one bedroom (with bunkbeds) in that house for them and use the rest of that house for APEM, who will have access to the full first floor and three bedrooms upstairs. Their purpose and services fit well into our broadened vision to minister to children and families in need in various circumstances. We look forward to keeping you informed, as they move in and begin receiving women.
Meanwhile, Janine and Raquel have increased our communication with area children’s hospitals and have revised and improved the information we give them regarding our mission property. We are also thrilled that a Christian outreach has been started for placing wards of the court with Christian families. Lastly, the attorneys working on the approval of changes to the statutes of our Foundation are making progress. Thank you for your continued prayers in all of the above, as we ask, seek, and knock together and God answers.
When Asking, seeking, & knocking: ALWAYS GO TO GOD!!!
The middle-Chile camp & retreat center: Our first step in the process– that of forming the foundation— is still not complete and we are pushing! It represents a primary step for getting in-country (Chile) donations and our Chilean partners in this outreach must take more initiative. Thank you for your continued prayers!
Also, thank you for praying for the healing of Janine’s arm! The three pins and stitches were removed two weeks ago, and she now has 10 sessions of physical therapy to regain dexterity and strength in her hand, wrist, and arm. X-rays show the bones to be straight and well-set and the doctor is pleased. She no longer has pain—just discomfort—and is grateful to be healing.
Also, son Julian and wife, Devyn, continue to adjust and go forward in Curahuasi, Peru. Their blogs are interesting and informative and they, too, appreciate your prayers. Their internet site is www.swansonponatime.com Check it out—we love their blog! It is SO missionary! 😊