“GOD’S GREAT WHOLE WORLD LOVE”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. –John 3:16-17
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. –Acts 1:8
QUESTION: How “in the world” J could God even think about reaching THE WHOLE WORLD with the good news and touch of his son Jesus Christ, that NO ONE would perish? Was he dreaming??
ANSWER: God’s very plan and design is to reach THE WHOLE WORLD Through his church!!
The focus of this month’s praises and prayer needs is the Church’s going and sending of missionaries literally into all the world that includes right where we live, to extend the touch and good news of Jesus Christ. As we write our November letter we are on our way to participate in ICOM, the annual missions conference of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. The place is the Columbus, Ohio convention center and the dates are Thursday through Saturday, November 3rd through the 5th.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: We are renting a three-bedroom Airbnb house approximately 15 minutes walk from the Convention Center, and have room for two more people to stay overnight! Call us on our cell 949-394-8282 if you are interested in making the trip to Columbus. What a super last-minute worthwhile outing this would make!!
It’s a fantastic, outward-focused conference with great speakers and many types of workshops, amid a huge variety of booths of missionaries (including our CHILE MISSION display every year J). Please consider going for an entire day, and if that’s not possible, please join us in praying for its connection and impact on all those who attend. More information can be found on the ICOM website, www.theicom.org
The key to it all is the church’s going, and sending & supporting of missionaries into all the world. PTL!!
Our recent time in Chile was fruitful from beginning to end.
On the Campo Vivo land in middle, rural Chile:
- Referring to last month’s letter, we were able to decide with Abraham on the location of several future buildings, including the work shop/storage building, the dining/meeting hall, and cabins.
- We decided to subdivide and sell roughly thirty of our ninety acres not needed for the camp on the northern end of our property. We may very well hold on to some of the land to be sold for purposes of a type of club house area, but the income will provide much-needed resources in the development of the camp & retreat center. A surveyor is in the process of dividing the land into acre plots and will contact Abraham when he’s ready to finish the process and “mark off” the divided acre lots. Our property is divided by the public road, so this residential/second home area will be separate from the camp. We are seeing a great upsurge in our area for people that live in urban areas looking for a little bit of country to install a fiberglass pool and camp area. Plus—our property is gorgeous for this!
- In identifying ravines to be filled and leveled, Abraham has contacted a neighbor who owns an excavating company to see about the cost and availability of his equipment and operator. As mentioned in past letters, this work will be costly but we will know more after he is able to personally look at these areas with Abraham.
- We were able to locate and purchase a 2020 Toyota Hilux 4×4 pickup truck! This is a praise, as Toyotas are known to be well-designed for the tough conditions in which our land is located and it came with the larger-tread tires as well. Abraham is now in the process of selling the Chevy 4×4 pickup. The only drawback is the 20” step-up to enter the cab of the new truck!!
Here in the States we again met with our friend Kevin at his Christian camp in IL to discuss his possible trip to Chile. His counsel on core infrastructure development is invaluable, gleaned from his many years of serving the Lord in that capacity at the camp he lives on! We looked together at more photos taken during our recent time in Chile and discussed everything from the advice needed to dig a lake to the order of priorities in approaching the construction of needed buildings and structures. It was decided that his time in helping us will be better served with his remaining in the States instead of making a short trip to Chile at the beginning of 2023. Cell phone communication is so handy, isn’t it?!! He also will be able to make contacts in the States with companies that have helped in the development of his own camp. We’re very grateful!
Thanks for continuing to pray and give thanks for these initial stages in the development of CAMPO VIVO!!
- We have no recent news on baby Dominíc, now 8 months old, other than he is in good health and “hospitalized” at home in Chillán roughly 5 hours south of Santiago. We did, though, receive this new photo of him. What a cutie!! Pease continue to pray with us for God’s miracle healing touch on his heart and other organs.
- Carolina is in the process of visiting Santiago hospitals to refer parents of children from other parts of Chile to us for housing. We are truly a Christian Casa de Acogida (House of Refuge) for these parents and families!
- Concerning the development of a Spanish Misión Chile (Chile Mission) website, we are first writing up our own history of Chile Mission ministries development in Spanish to provide a base of information on which to build the website. Our goal is to have this completed during November.
- Jack was able to “re”-finish J the application for the renewal of his Chile ID. That is a praise, other than the fact that the government office in charge of that process is very behind in issuing those cards and thus it won’t be ready to be picked up until the end of the first week of November. He signed a power of attorney allowing Carolina to pick up his card in our absence and we are looking forward to the good news that she has it in her hands. We are planning on being back in Chile for their summer months of January, February, and March.
- The Foundation’s legal steps in registering with Chile’s federal government are back in motion, including the official registering of our Foundation to receive all types of donations, both in funds and in other items, etc. This process can still take months to complete, but we are grateful for the help of others who have connections and experience in these matters.
- We were able to meet with all relevant parties to discuss all of the above. TYL!!
Getting back to the specific Missions Theme of this month’s praises and prayer needs, we end with the mission statement of CHILE MISSION:
Sent out by the Church…. to reach people, and especially children, with the love of Jesus, that they might know and follow him too.
Isn’t that the call and mission of us all? Praise God and thank you so much for your on-going prayers!! We’re in it together!