They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to PRAYER. Acts 2: 42
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in PRAYER. Romans 12:12
Rejoice always, 17 PRAY CONTINUALLY, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes. 5: 16-18
And PRAY in the Spirit on ALL occasions with ALL kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and ALWAYS KEEP ON PRAYING for ALL the Lord’s people. Eph. 6:18
In looking at the early church and its essential components, there is no question that “body-wide” prayer was a given. Not to be confused with Spiritual giftings, prayer was practiced as part and parcel of the church’s two-way, powerful relationship with God. It covered and included everything. As such, please know how much we appreciate and need the prayers of the body—i.e., your prayers—for our well-being and for God’s work in the country of Chile in and through us and others. It’s a mutual need and benefit that all Christians share in– as Jesus’ Church today!
PRAYER REQUESTS & PRAISES: September promises to be a month of “decisions”.
- It has been suggested by the attorney that is helping in the formation of the new Foundation for the retreat center & children’s camp in middle Chile that we (ourselves and Domingo & Sandra) consider incorporating the new work into the existing Foundation that coordinates our Santiago work rather than form a new one.
The main advantage would be time saved in not having to wait for government approval of a second Foundation. The complication would come into play in that the directing board would have to be re-formed to include both works. The current Santiago board consists of only five members and the retreat center & children’s camp represents a separate work in a different setting in a different part of the country. Thank you for prayers for wisdom and clear thinking on the part of us all.
- We are in an on-going search for a new director of the work in Santiago primarily carried out through our mission property. This person would most likely be a Chilean woman (due to the nature of the works being carried out). It would also start out as a part-time position.
Our director needs to be Chilean to eliminate any possible cultural obstacles that might arise through having a non-Chilean in that position. The Foundation’s director is our representative in dealing with public hospitals and governmental agencies corresponding to the welfare of children and families, as well as in seeking in-country financial support of Chilean businesses and organizations. Thank you for praying for God’s provision in answer to our search.
- Raquel is proving herself very capable in fulfilling her important role on our Santiago mission property. This is a big praise! She not only receives and coordinates those parents who stay in the mission property while visiting their children undergoing treatments in Santiago hospitals, but she also is the one in communication with the hospital social workers. Our mission helps financially support her and Ross, and they also occupy one of the property’s four houses. Ross helps with maintenance issues and also coordinates the pre-evangelistic English Club for Chileans interested in learning basic English or in improving their present language skills.
Ross’ aging mother in Australia is needing much more help in being able to continue living alone and he is now needing to decide what role he should take in this transition time. He already is planning to visit her (as he does annually this time of year) during November, but he also needs to consider a more extended time there in helping arrange for her long-term care. Please pray for Ross’ and Raquel’s decisions as a couple and for God’s opening of the best possibilities for his mother.
Praising, praying, and fasting as JESUS’ BODY-WIDE PRAYING CHURCH OF TODAY,