“The timing is the Lord’s – stay praying!”
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9
Our job?? Stay faithful in serving God, trust him & leave his timing to him, and stay praying! May we also continue to encourage and pray for each other, as Scripture instructs. Thank you all so much for your prayers for Chile Mission! In the end, the Kingdom timing of all things is the Lord’s call and we can trust him, knowing his heart to see all people come to him through Jesus.
September CHILE MISSION prayers & praises
We were due to fly to Chile on Saturday, August 28th, but didn’t for two reasons: One, Chile requires that those entering the country spend 10 days in quarantine which we expected, but we learned that those without an issued “mobility pass” must do so in an approved hotel at their own expense (roughly $1,500 to $2,000 per person). Those with the pass can quarantine in their own home. Janine and I applied for that pass, sending in documentation of getting vaccinated in the U.S., along with photos of certain pages of our passports to prove that we are in the States. We received the answer that it would take two weeks more to receive a temporary mobility pass and wanting to be good stewards we decided to bump our flights forward two weeks to allow extra time in receiving the pass.
Secondly and incidentally, we went on Thursday morning to have the pcr test within 72 hours of our Saturday afternoon flight and did not receive the pcr results (both negative 😊) until Sunday, August 29th in the afternoon. Needless to say, we will be choosing a different pcr testing site this next time around.
Please join us in praying for no complications for our new flight, set for Saturday, September 11th. As mentioned in last month’s prayer letter, we plan on staying in Chile roughly 4 to 5 weeks, splitting time between Santiago and middle Chile. Another blessing will be that as of September 1, Chile just announced that the required length of quarantine time for people coming into the country will go from 10 days to 7.
Other September prayer points & praises:
- In Santiago we need to meet with the other two board members of our Chilean Foundation, regarding vision and structural changes to our legal bylaws and then sign more documents related to changes in process for over a year.
- We will as a board also decide on short and long-term goals and take a fresh look at individual areas of responsibility. We do expect some change in board members and are praying for the Holy Spirit’s leading.
- We are planning on spending over a week at the camp property in middle Chile to meet together with Matías the architect and Abraham. Matías will present design and placement ideas for the property.
- We will also sign final documents with Coelcha to enable them to (hopefully!!) connect our new electric lines and disconnect and remove the old ones. We pray that this will truly be the last of their documents to sign. 😊
Finally, we have been praying with others for a safe pregnancy & birthing process for Julian’s wife Devyn, due September 6. Great news one week early, Lyon (pronounced Lion) Jacobi Swanson was born in the afternoon on August 30th! Both baby and Devyn are healthy and we are grateful to God and excited for them.
Thank you to YOU ALL for your prayer support. AMEN AND PTL!!
Praising, praying, and fasting to our LORD OF KINGDOM TIMING,