Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Me and Stan

I am long overdue an update.  So here it is.

Stan and I drove over the mountains to Quindío in order to visit with Jorge. Jorge had been at the training conference I went to last summer. We went to visit with him to follow up with him. He had been sharing some of the Bible stories he had learned from the conference. We were able to teach him more stories and get a better feel for where he is spiritually. He was a bit further behind than we had expected, but god does seem to be working in his life. Please continue to pray for him as he grows in the Lord.

As for the work with the Chamí downtown, there have been several things that have developed. We had a small team come down from the States to help with filming Bible stories acted out by indigenous children with narration in the Chamí language. Now we have the stories of (1) Jesus calmimg the storm, (2) Jesus healing the demoniac, (3) Jesus healing the woman who touched the helm of his garment, and (4) Jesus raising Jarius's daughter (Mark 4:35-5:43). The same team came last year and filmed Zaccheus and the Good Samaritan. So now we have a dvd of six stories from Scripture narrated in their language. Right now, there is no Scripture in their language. Please pray that this dvd can be used to help sow the seed of God's word among the Chamí people.

We have also started a Sunday meeting with the Chamí. We are hoping that these meeting can develop into a church. There is a Coreguaje (another indigenous group) believer who has been helping with these meeting. His leadership has been very valuable. He is much better acquainted with the animistic mindset.  Please pray that this group will develop into a church.

There are also some other issue for which to pray.  The Chamí have moved to another shelter.  Some have returned to the interior.  Also there seems to be conflicts and strife among various Chamí families.  Please pray that the gospel will break through and change lives.

For Christmas, I was able to travel to the States.  I really enjoyed my time visiting with family and playing with my nephew and nieces who are growing up way to fast.  I hope all of you had a merry Christmas and have a wonderful 2014.

So here is a summary of things to remember as you pray

• That I will be able to engage the displaced indigenous downtown with the gospel, disciple new believers, and see a true church started among the Chamí people.

• That the Sunday meeting with the Chamí will develop into a church.

• That the Gospel will move among the Chamí people and change lives for the glory of God.

• That I will be able to do the much needed research of the indigenous groups in Colombia.

• That I will be devoted to the Word, prayer, and the tasks at hand and grow closer to the Lord each and every day.

• That the Name of Christ would be great among all peoples as the gospel is proclaimed to the ends of the earth.   

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