And they sang a new song, saying: “You (Jesus) are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” –Rev. 5: 9-10
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” –Rev. 7: 9-10
What a glorious ending in store for all believers and followers of Jesus! The church is called to be God’s living multitude testimony in those we work with and in all those that we seek and invite into fellowship. Multitude not only is the result of the oneness and unity of all believers that Jesus prayed for in John 17, it also adds power and depth to the many of you who faithfully pray for us and for God’s mission in Chile. Here on the mission field we especially reflect multitude and we pray the same for you as well. Thank you to all of you!!
In September we were blessed to visit Julian & Devyn in Curahuasi, Peru. The hospital staff is a great example of multitude, arriving from many places and countries to work together. The first photo is of the monthly Saturday morning Christian men’s group, which Jack was able to attend with Julian—men from European and South American countries & the U.S. praying, studying, and fellowshipping together. Jack is also pictured sharing a message during a weekday chapel at the hospital.
Children’s camp/retreat center & Foundation: We travelled with Domingo & Sandra Aguayo’s family in September to middle Chile to meet with a church that wants to host one of the children’s camps this next summer in January or February, 2019. Domingo’s and Sandra’s girls, Vicky & Renata, will be leading and coordinating the summer camps. We also visited a nearby lake in Vichuquen during the trip and were all impressed with the area’s suitability for a children’s camp & retreat center, with its forests and lake access. In mid-October we plan to make a return trip to the area to visit again with the church and hopefully also see parcels of land for sale. Here are two photos from Vichuquen and one of Janine with Vicky & Renata.
Together with the Aguayos we decided to include the new work in middle Chile as part of the Santiago Foundation, rather than forming a new Foundation at this time. This will allow for an immediate going forward under the direction of the existing board of directors, realizing that changes in the make-up of board members will most likely occur. It is the goal of us all that God is glorified and that his working in the country will go forward and broaden as well. Thank you for praying for these decisions and for the spreading and impact of our summer camps, as well as for God’s provision of the exact land for this important work!
Going forward without Ross & Raquel: After much prayer and discussion, Ross has decided to return to Australia for an indefinite amount of time to care for his mother. He and Raquel will be leaving at the end of October and they have introduced us to Cesar & Camila, a couple that very well might replace them, moving into the mission property also at the end of October. They are very active in their church and we have met with them twice about the work of our mission on our property. Ross & Raquel know them from working with them in an African Mission ministry to Kenya (http://www.misionafrica.org) and we are very impressed with them as well. They have been married over 5 ½ years, and Camila is pregnant with their first child. Camila also has many contacts for networking. Thank you for your prayers for Ross’ and Raquel’s decision and their adjustments in Australia—especially Raquel– and now for the possible transition of Cesar & Camila to the mission property. Our foundation board will need to approve both of the above changes early this month.
New director of the mission’s Santiago work: We will continue to put out feelers for the right person to be director of the mission’s Santiago work. Thank you for continuing to pray for God’s provision of this person.
Thanks for your News letter. I enjoy reading how and what is going on. Bless you for your commitment. Blessings.