“THE JESUS LIGHT OF THE WORLD”
3 Through him (Jesus) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome (understood) it. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
The above verses taken from John 1 and Matthew 5 are clear and very significant for every Christian who would put their faith into practice. Over 15 years ago Jack asked a local Chilean artist to paint the picture to the left and it remains for us an important reminder of Jesus’ and our own impact on our world. WOW what opportunities we have to be light to both the darkness and tragedies that surround us all in our own families and with others. We so value your on-going prayers for us and for God’s ongoing work in Chile, as those prayers intensify Jesus’ light here! Thank you!! The name of the new camp & retreat center in middle Chile? LUZ EN EL CAMPO (Light in the Countryside)!!
The month of April was significant in different ways:
Abraham & Catalina (see April’s Prayer Letter) confirmed their commitment to live on our middle Chile camp property and administrate its development and “light” connection to surrounding neighbors, towns, schools, and churches! This is a significant answer to your and our prayers!!! Please now pray for their adjustment to all that their up-coming move to the property this month of May will entail, including the adjustment of their 10-month-old little daughter Abril. (more about their responsibilities in our June prayer letter)
We, with Abraham and Cesar, made several trips from Santiago to the land in April to work on the house that Abraham’s family will live in, passing through gov’t covid-19 check points along the way and at times being refused the go-ahead. In all, we spent half of April there working, and the house is nearly livable! We will be making more trips to the land this month and appreciate your prayers toward completing the home. So far, only Jack has put a large cut in his finger, but with doctor appointments it is healing. 😊 Pictured here are Cesar laying floor tiles and Abraham leveling the kitchen floor, along with a photo of the beginning of another beautiful day in the “campo”.
We’re grateful for meeting two more neighbors (the nearest home is about ½ mile away) in April through unplanned circumstances (needing water to survive and losing a load of lumber off the back of the truck). Isn’t it cool how God does this over and over, purposefully extending his Light through us all! Some call these encounters divine appointments.
We also recently met with Domingo & Sandra Aguayo, and confirmed with them our unity of purpose along with better defining our individual roles having to do with taking this important project forward. EMI’s final video presentation (in both English and Spanish) should be available soon for us to use in the States and for the Aguayos to use in Chile with contacts in seeking additional support for the development of the land. Please pray for our team in Chile as it is now growing people-wise and for the response of our upcoming presentations. The prayers of the saints are always key!
Last, but not least, we join you all this month in giving God thanks and appreciation for mothers, especially in these uncertain times with children not in school and confined to their houses.
Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our LIGHT-EXTENDING Savior and Lord,