Thursday, December 1, 2011

Back in the States.

Here's a brief update: I have completed my first term on the field with the IMB and returned from Peru. I will now be spending a little time in the States.

I have already participated in one missions conference in Thomas Station, TN. In a couple of weeks, I will be speaking at another church in Tennessee. I will have about three more conferences until I return to the field.

Please pray that my time here will be fruitful as I speak at various churches concerning missions and as I spend time with family.

When I return to the field in May, I will be going to Mexico. Please pray that the transition will go well.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Update

I hope everything is going well for all of you. Thank you for your prayers.

I am still going to Yanama. But it has been difficult for the groups to have a time where they can all meet due to conflicting schedules. Please pray that an arrangement can be made where I can study with them and disciple them.

In June, a team from my home church, Grace Life Church of the Shoals, came to Peru for a week to help me here in Pomabamba. To my surprise, my mother was on the team as well. So I was extra excited about that. I would like to thanks to the small group classes at GLC that paid her way, and also for the care package you sent. Please continue to pray as I continue to follow up with the contacts made. Please pray that God will open up hearts to hear the Gospel and that God will call out for himself a church.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

May update

Psalm 22:27-28
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to Yahweh,
and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.
For kingship belongs to Yahweh, and he rules over the nations
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Thank you for your prayers. Here is a brief update as to what’s going on here in Peru:

I have had the opportunity to lead a small group of believers in Yanama. Yanama is a four-hour bus ride away. I have made three trips so far over the past month and plan to make more trips in which I will disciple them and seek to lead them to become a church. Church planting is a long and hard work. Without the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit it cannot be done. Please pray:
• that God would give me the wisdom I need to disciple and lead this group,
• that God would continue to do a work in the hearts of this group,
• that God would add new believers to this group, &
• that this group would become a healthy, biblical church.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Here is a brief update.

Thank you for your prayers. Here is a brief update on things:

Last month, I was able to attend a pastors conference. The primary speaker was Dr. David Sills, one of my professors at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I also wen to the same church as Dr. Sills while I was in Louisville. It was good to meet with him. He did a good job teaching the pastors there. I believe they learned a lot. There were pastors there from all over Peru and I got to meet many of them. Please pray that these pastors would lead the churches well.

Please continue to pray for the Conchucos Quechua team as we study the Quechua language. Many in the Conchucos Valley speak limited Spanish; so learning Quechua will be a tremendous benefit for ministering to the people here.

March 3-12, I will be travelling with John Grady, Brett Bredbenner, and Brian Pennington to southern Peru (Huacané on the north shore of Lake Titicaca) to participate in a time of training for some of the churches which John started while he lived there. Please pray that the churches and pastors will benefit from the training and grow to become strong healthy churches that purpose to glorify God, grow in Christlikeness, and plant other healthy churches.

There is a friend I have made (Juan) who has been out of town for the past few months. Before he left, I gave him a Bible which he said he would read. Please pray that as I continue to reach out to him when he returns, God will do a work in his life.

I have been studying with a man named Acasio. I have asked him several times if he knows people who would also be interested in studying Scripture. He says that he does and that he would like to start a group. But as of yet, he has not asked his friends if they would like study. Please pray that God would move in his heart to asks his friends and that his friends would be willing to study with him and me.

There have also been several people with whom I have been speaking and telling stories from Scripture. I have asked if they want to have a specific time to study, but they have been hesitant to say when they would like to study. Please pray that God would bless that time I do spend with them and move them to want to study the Bible more intentionally and more focused and come to understand and believe the gospel.

I have been trying to build relationships with some mototaxi drivers while they are on their down time in the afternoon. I have shared with them the gospel and and some Bible stories which they seem to enjoy. Please pray that God will open up their heart to receive the gospel.

I am also trying to help prepare for a team to come in June from my home church, Grace Life Church. Please pray for me as I prepare how to best use the team for the work here in Pomabamba and that God will prepare the hearts of those whom he puts on the team to be useful servants in the Lord's work.

Please pray that a solid work will be started in the town of Pomabamba. There have been several groups started in the outlining communities by the Fleetwoods. (And do pray for them as well, that they would become strong, healthy churches). But it has been dificult to get something started in town. But that which is impossible with men is possible with God. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is powerful to save. If we keep on proclaiming the gospel and continue beseeching the Lord to do a supernatural work in the hearts of the people here, God will call out for himself a church. So keep on praying!


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A few mission quotes:

God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him.
— J. Hudson Taylor


Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God's delight in being God.
— John Piper



A few mission Scripture passages:

Psalm 22:27-28

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.


Micah 4:1-2

It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it shall be lifted up above the hills.
And peoples shall flow to it,
and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”

Monday, January 10, 2011

January Update

Thank you for all of your prayers and joining me in my ministry by interceding before God on my behalf. In October, I went to the States for a few weeks upon my father’s death. It was a bittersweet time, remembering my father and grieving our loss of him. But as I wrote the last time, we do not grieve as those without hope for my father knew Christ and was trusting in the cross; furthermore, we have great confidence in the absolute sovereignty of an all-wise God who works all things together for his own glory and the good of his people. Christ is our God, our hope, and our joy.

After I returned to Peru, the Conchucos Quechua team had a workshop on how to learn an indigenous language. The team will be learning Quechua in order to communicate with our target people in their heart language. I believe this to be a wise decision as Spanish is a second language for the Conchucos Quechua and thus is limited in use (some do not any Spanish at all). Please, pray for the team as we learn Quechua and go through the challenging process of learning yet another language.

For Christmas, I went back to the States to spend time with my family. My mother and younger sister did not know I was coming. I was fun surprising them. It was a blessing to be able to see my family and share time with them. We even had a dusting of snow Christmas morning.

I am still studying with Acasio. Please pray that God would bless our time together and that God would do a work in his life. Juan will be away from Pomabamba for a couple of months. I have given him a copy of the Gospel of Mark in Quechua. He says he is going to read it. Please pray that he does read it and that God would give him a desire to study the Word with me when he returns to Pomabamba. Please also pray for other with whom I am speaking: Marcos, Antonio, Gustavo, Silvio, Florencio, and Victor.

Here are a few additional prayer concerns:
• That God would be glorified among the nations,
• That I would be totally dependent upon God in prayer and the Word,
• That I would be more conformed to Christ,
• That my conversations with people would be fruitful and gospel-focused,
• That my study of Quechua (and that of the team) would go well and enable me to more clearly communicate the gospel,
• That Bible study groups would be started in Pomabamba,
• That God would cause people in Pomabamba to be born again that they may respond to the gospel in genuine faith and godly repentance, and
• That God would cause these new believers to become biblical churches.


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Mission Passage:

Isaiah 12:4-5 — And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.


Mission Quotes:

If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world. — Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, but a command to be obeyed. — J. Hudson Taylor