Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Merry Christmas! 

I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas season as we celebrate the incarnation of our Lord and the reason He became flesh—that we might have peace with God through the gospel. 

Thank you for remembering me in your prayers. Here is a quick update. 

I mentioned in a previous entry that one of the Wounaan believers, Cercelino, had some death threats and was forced into hiding. Well, he has now been able to return to Bogotá and is home with his family. Praise God for His faithfulness. Please pray that he would continue to be safe and that God would continue to use him to proclaim the gospel among the Wounaan people.

My team has been visiting with a Katío family. The family we are visiting lives in a rough area of the city that's filled with drugs and prostitution. The situation in the place they are living has gotten pretty rough, and they are looking for another place to live. Please pray they will be able to do so. Also continue to pray for us as we share Bible stories with them. This work here is in the very early stages. Please pray that this will lead to many new believers and a new church.

Last week, my team went to a cross-cultural training event at the Baptist seminary in Cali, the third largest city in Colombia. It was good to be able to see another part of the country and meet many other people working to spread the gospel throughout Colombia. Part of the training included visiting the Nazca people group and observe some of the indigenous churches among them. The picture of me above is with David, one of the Nazca pasors.

My team consists of two other people, Leo and Martha. They have gotten married. Pray that God would bless their marriage, that it would be a strong testimony to the gospel. 

Here are some prayer concerns:

• That we will be able to disciple the Wounaan believers so that they may continue to grow in the faith, see the grand story of the Bible, and apply the Word to their lives.

• That the Wounaan in Bogotá will be mobilized to send out their own missionaries to reach their on people in Chocó.

• Praise God for His faithfulness regarding Cercelino, the Wounaan believer I mentioned above, and that God would bless him as he ministers the gospel to his family and other Wounaan in Bogotá. 

• That the work with the Katío would be fruitful and lead to many coming to Christ and biblical churches planted.

• That the Katío family would be able to find a better place to live.

• That Leo and Martha would have a strong Christ-glorifying marriage.
• That I will be devoted to the Word, prayer, and the task 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. 

   Isaiah 9:2, 6-7   
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom, 

to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

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