Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." Neh 4:14
Each morning we hear from God's word, pray in small groups and decide on two challenges for the day. For some the challenge has been to call and encourage another brother. For others, to dedicate more time to their families. And for others to share what God has done in their life with someone who doesn’t know God. For me, two big challenges have surfaced. One is to be a champion of unity in the church. I've come to see that many times for me and others, we tend to back away from telling the difficult truth and let disunity exist in the body of Christ. I've decided to face some of my fears and fight to bring God's children together no matter how hard it may be. The second challenge is to believe again in the incredible power of God. God has worked in many ways here in Santiago, but I've seen that my faith in God has not been where it needs to be. Through excepting these challenges and praying with the brothers, God has been working to fill my heart with faith again.
We've only come a quarter of the way, but already I can tell that God is moving and Satan is counter-attacking. Please pray for us and the God's mighty hand will be made known and have great impact on the church, the lost and the entire country of Chile.
For pictures and more information including the daily devotionals (in Spanish), check out http://levantandolamuralla.blogspot.com
Thursday, September 24, 2009
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness (2 Cor 3:18)
We are just getting back from a great trip in the States visiting family and friends, enjoying great food and even participating in some very memorable events. As soon as we got in to Florida, we spent some time with John's family and it was wonderful. Rita offered to keep Maya with her as we flew quickly out to Denver for a church leadership conference for a few days. Then we drove down to South Florida to see my family and then back up to Orlando for two days of great rest at the beach. We finished off the trip with an incredible reunion in Gainesville celebrating 10 years since we went on the mission team in 1999.
- Do not let fear drive me, "perfect love drives our fear!" If my fears are driving me than the Spirit is not.
- Pray hard, step up, be determined...let the Spirit work in my to make me indignant about unrighteousness
- "NRM" - Never Resign on Monday!
- We are vulnerable when our unity is not a priority...a perfect example of unity/harmony is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (not competitive, always in sync)
- Pray always, pray in every meeting...build a prayer culture
- Jesus' best story was his last story...the stories of the past are great, but am I going to stop there or will I keep living my faith?
- Jesus has loved me faithfully, genuinely, consistently, graciously, sacrificially, deeply, patiently and unconditionally...let his love compel me (2 Cor 5:14) compel- holds me tightly together, constrains me, forces me into action
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
The month of April is part of the fall here in Santiago. It’s a great month, the leaves are changing color, the temperature is cooling off and school is in full swing. During the month of April, a number of good things were happening here.
First, I had the privilege of preaching a number of times for the church. I actually preached five times in the month including Sunday services and midweeks. I got to talk about incredible subjects such as the power of the resurrection, how the love of Christ compels us, Christ's humble plan for the church, and how Christ cares for his church. I feel amazed and humbled at the fact that God uses me and my gringo Spanish to make his word known. It is truly miraculous!
Secondly, Maya did her first ever school presentation. In her class, the subject was the family. Each student had to bring a poster with photos of his or her family and then present their family to the class. Kay, being the creative and artistic genius that she is, did a fabulous job creating the poster for Maya. Maya took it to school and according to the Tias (teachers), did a great job presenting her family to the class. We were very proud of her.
Finally, at the end of the month, a brother from Boston came to visit us. Hector Morales along with his wife Miriam, leads the Spanish region of the Boston Church. He came to visit to get to know us and to do an evaluation of our work in connection with our project with the Beam Fund. To explain, we are supported by a number of different sources including personal donors, contributions from our sister churches in Florida (Florida Missions Council) and from the Beam Missions Fund. The BMF was created in 2007 with an endowment by a wealthy brother for the purpose of supporting short-term, overseas mission projects. We made a proposal and won support from the BMF. Hector's visit was a terrific time of encouragement, exchange of ministry ideas and inspiration. He and I went to Concepción (a smaller city 6 hours south of Santiago) to visit the church there as well. And last Sunday, he preached for the church here in Santiago.
So, along with celebrating birthdays, leading Bible Talks and devotionals, playing fútbol and watching Maya grow, it was a busy month. Now we just have to see what God has in store for May!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Its been over three months since our last blog update; wow how quickly the time passes by! It would be great to give details of all that's happened, but we just don't have space nor time. Here's a quick review of the major events of January, February and March.
We had a great time visiting with family in the States. They loved up on us and gave us great food and even better company. It was a very refreshing time for us.
Giam got restored. He moved here from Panama in October and after intensely studying the scriptures and repenting in many ways, he was restored in his relationship with God and the church.
We moved across the street to a new apartment in Santiago. Its quiet and peaceful.
The campus ministry led the service in Santiago, songs and all. Kay even participated in the chorus.
February - Viña del Mar.
We spent most of the month at the coast with the small mission church of about 15 disciples. It was a great experience for us.
Our camera got doused with water and sand one day while we were at the beach :(
Campus Retreat at Laguna Verde (which we don't have pictures of, but it was a great retreat).
Kay went on an emergency trip to Oregon to visit her Grandfather whose health was failing.
He is doing better, and Kay was able to spend memorable time with her family.
Back to normal life in Santiago.