Friday, September 4, 2020

Greetings! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Thank you for your support and for praying for me and the work God is doing in Colombia and throughout the world. May we keep on remembering that our Lord remains on His throne and is faithful in all of His promises to us. We have no need to worry or doubt.

Here in Bogota, things have begun to open up a bit more. I have more freedom to go out. I was able to go to a restaurant. After 170 days of preparing nearly all my meals at home, I had a bandeja paisa, the national dish of Colombia [photo above]. There are still some restrictions,but I’m glad I’m allowed to travel more freely through the city. Please pray that it continues to get back to some sense of normalcy without reverting back to more restrictions.
lease continue to pray forthe “Corey” family and for “Ted and Amy”. I have been able to visit “Ted and Amy” early this week. They continue to havenumerous medical issue. Please pray for me as I encourage them with the hope we have in Christ.

Throughout this past week, I have been assisting “Silas,” a older Wounaan believer with several medicalappointments he had. I have also been able to encourage him with prayer and the Word. He still has other health issues to address. 

“Silas’s” family shown me much hospitality too. They prepared for me the first meal
I have had, since the lockdown started, that wasn’t prepared by me. They made mojarra with rice and plantains [photo below].

If air travel opens up to allow it, I plan to make a visit to Vaupés in eastern Colombia to see how the new work is doing.

Pray that the Word of God would spread rapidly and be glorified (2 Thess 3:1).

1 Corinthians 1:17-2:5
For Christ did not send me to baptize 
but to preach the gospel, 
and not with words of eloquent wisdom, 
lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, 
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 
For it is written, «I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, 
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.»

Where is the one who is wise? 
Where is the scribe? 
Where is the debater of this age? 
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

For since, in the wisdom of God, 
the world did not know God through wisdom, 
it pleased God through the folly of what we preach 
to save those who believe. 

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 
but we preach Christ crucified, 
a stumbling block to Jews 
and folly to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, 
both Jews and Greeks, 
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, 
and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For consider your calling, brothers: 
not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, 
not many were powerful, 
not many were of noble birth. 

But God chose what is foolish in the world 
to shame the wise; 
God chose what is weak in the world 
to shame the strong; 
God chose what is low and despised in the world, 
even things that are not,
to bring to nothing things that are, 
so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 

And by his doing you are in Christ Jesus, 
who became to us wisdom from God, 
righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 
so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 

And I, when I came to you, brothers, 
did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God 
with lofty speech or wisdom. 

For I decided to know nothing among you 
except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 

And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 
and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, 
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 
so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men 
but in the power of God.


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