“with prayers and petitions, with Thanksgiving….”
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The above passage from Philippians 4 recognizes GOD as our Source of Help and Peace, giving us Guidance and Reassurance. We have only to come to him in faith and obedience, knowing that to be true. We truly can rejoice that he is ours and we are his, in every circumstance. In this month of Thanksgiving Day, we give thanks for God and for you who pray for us and Chile Mission as we go forward!
We also give God thanks for the month ending in mid-October that Jack spent in Chile. We are constantly in contact with both the mission in Santiago and the Bodeuca camp property work in middle Chile via Zoom and whatsapp. He met and talked with Joherlit & Valentina, the new live-in workers on our mission site in Santiago, and also traveled to the camp property with partners Domingo & Sandra and Paola (after 14 days of quarantine! 😊) Chile is much more restrictive covid-wise than is the U.S. Their per capita rate in known cases of COVID and deaths is higher than the USA. Thank you for your prayers for Jack’s trip!
Specific Chile prayer requests
Santiago: The fluctuating state of covid restrictions and requirements in Santiago make it necessary to meet new cleanliness standards in receiving and housing mothers/parents of sick children from other parts of Chile coming to Santiago for treatment. Please pray for this good ministry.
Bodeuca camp property: Juan Carlos, on behalf of his family, went with Jack to the camp property to see it and meet with Abraham & family. They are interested in possibly moving close to the camp to help in its development. He liked what he saw and they are now considering their options as this year ends. Pray for clarity in the Lord for them.
While there, Jack, with Domingo & Sandra and Abraham also spoke to Rosa about her sale to us of her remaining 2 ½ acres at the entrance to our property. We had purchased all the other 90 acres from her family for approximately $1,700 U.S. per acre. Our group in addition has offered her $2,500 per acre for her remaining property. She rejected the offer, insisting that the remaining parcel was worth $6,500 per acre. We have talked to her to no avail and unless she agrees to our offer by mid-November we will be marking the boundary of her parcel with posts and a fence, and she will need to pay for half of that cost. Once that work is commenced, we will no longer need or want her land. She is now considering this reality. We are praying for the best outcome possible. She is not answering phone calls.
Meanwhile, concerning the relocation of the electric company’s line posts (currently their posts run through the center of our intended lake area) out to the main road, Abraham has already contracted with the owner of a steam shovel to clear the necessary space the electric company requires through trees and thick brush this month. The cleared run will measure 400 yards long by 40 yards wide. WOW! Please pray for this process. He is also constructing a greenhouse to protect newly planted vegetables from the coming hot summer sun (December – March).
We all join with Abraham, Catalina, & Abril in thanking you for your prayers!
ALL of the above prayer requests recognize God’s hand and ability that always take us ALL forward!!
Stateside this fall, Janine has continued making good progress toward the readying of our furlough house in Indiana for sale. Meanwhile, thanks for praying for the young family who have rented the first floor of our house for several years. They have closed on their new home and should be moving soon.
We have also been able to visit some churches in our area, given covid restrictions.
We would like to close with the above photo of the night sky during Jack’s recent visit to Bodeuca. It portrays the peace of God that is ours when we go to him in prayer and petitions of all kinds, with thanksgiving.
A SAFE AND SPECIAL THANKSGIVING DAY TO YOU ALL!!
Praising, praying, and fasting with you in our one and only “SOURCE OF HELP AND PEACE” GOD,
Jack & Janine