Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Update

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
— Colossians 1:9-14

Thank you for your prayers. I hope each of you is doing well and serving our Lord wherever you may be. Let me bring you up to date concerning what I've been doing with the Chamí and tell you about an upcoming meeting/vacation. Let us rejoice in the Lord always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for us (1 Thes 5:16-18).
Here is what we’ve been doing with the Chamí in the shelter. As I mentioned in my last update, the few weeks leading up to Resurrection Sunday, we taught (1) Jesus’ Weeping over Jerusalem, (2) His Cleansing of the Temple, (3) His Anointing in Bethany, (4) the Last Supper & His Washing the Disciples’ Feet, (5) the Triumphal Entry, and (6) the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

In the weeks following, we used stories of the post-resurrection appearances of Christ. We taught on (1) the Road to Emmaus, (2) Thomas, (3) 1 Corinthians 15, and (4) the Restoration of Peter. We have also taught from 2 Corinthians 12 about the sufficiency of God’s grace in suffering. We followed 2 Corinthians 12 up with looking a little bit at suffering from 2 Corinthians 1 and 4. Most recently, we have looked at Nicodemus and the new birth. We usually spend at least a week on each story. Please pray that God would grant us wisdom in what to teach and that the Word of God would change the lives of the Chamí people.

Another thing to be praying about is that it appears as if many of the Chamí—including those with whom most of our ministry has been—will be leaving the shelter and returning to the interior. Some will be staying in Bogotá. But we don’t know if the shelter will stay open or not. So, those who stay may be scattered around in different parts of downtown instead of located in one place as they are now. All of this will certainly affect the ministry with the Chamí.

The third week of July, I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic for meetings. These meetings, which will include all those serving in the Americas, will serve as a time of training, fellowship, and spiritual renewal. Please pray for safety in all who will be traveling, that it will be a refreshing time, and that I would be better equipped for ministry through the training.

Thank you always for partnering in prayer!

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