Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy New Year!

~Daniel 7:14~ 
And to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, 
that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; 
His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, 
and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. 

Thank you all for your prayers.

Prayer is a vital component to the missionary task of the church. We should never underestimate its importance. John Piper said, "Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief."

So thank you to all of you you have been faithful to prayer for the advance of the gospel to the ends of the earth and for the work God has for me to do here in Colombia.

I enjoyed my time in the States for Christmas and visiting with family, seeing all my little nieces and nephew, and helping my sister move into a new place in a new city. Here is a photo of all of us enjoying a meal together.

Shortly after returning from the States, I had another trip. I went to Guatemala for a Singles Retreat. It was a good time of fellowship, seeing old friends and making new ones. Here's a few photos from Guatemala:

Now, after two trips, ministry work here in Colombia must continue. Please pray for me as I continue to visit the shelter and teach Bible stories to the families there.  I would also like to see other displaced people groups begin to be engaged with the gospel. So pray that I may discover where other groups are located, make some initial contacts, and begin to build friendships that lead to lives being changed by the gospel.

I also would like to see Colombian believers become involved in the work here.  For one, I am currently doing the work alone. And second, I believe it is good to see Colombian believers mobilized to reach other Colombians. So please keep that in your prayers too.

Summary of Prayer Concerns: 

• Thanking God for the two trips he allowed me to go on. They were wonderful times of refreshment and relaxation.

• 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.

• Pray for me as I seek out other displaced groups in Bogotá with whom to share the gospel.

• Pray for me as I seek to find Colombians believers to help out with the work among the displaced in Bogotá.

 • 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.

"We sacrifice for what satisfies. The soul-satisfying riches in the presence of God propel us out of our comfort zones, calling us out of the warm confines of our beds to our knees in early-morning prayer and meditation on God’s Word. Only these soul-satisfying riches can sustain us in the rigors of God’s calling on our lives as we move out to proclaim his name to the nations, across the street, and across the globe. A heart for mission grows out of a soul that finds satisfaction in God’s presence…" 
from God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth by G. K. Beale & Mitchell Kim

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