November 2012 Prayer Letter

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”     –God’s Word for his people then.

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”    –God’s Word for his people today.

Jack and Janine Swanson’s


Last month Janine and I gave thanks for encounters in the Lord, some planned and many not, but all with God’s divine, good purposes for them.  He rewards the efforts of all those who love him and respond to his call to carry out those purposes. (Rom. 8:28).

We continue to travel between churches on our way to the Mission Conference (ICOM) in Indianapolis Nov. 15-18 (Hope to see you there! J), giving God thanks and praise for his good purposes in it all.

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.  –Phil. 2:1-2


In Chile…. the children continue to go forward, Cony having the most difficulty in integrating into family life.  Thanks for your continuing prayers of behalf of our “Chile” kids.

A new second set of house parents have still not been found, despite further announcements over the main Christian radio station in Chile to seek such a couple.  We look for the right couple, not a multitude of responses, and God knows that.  We will use January and February to visit churches in our search.

Fabiola will be leaving our work with children when Janine returns in January.  She would like to pursue other avenues of psychology, and the complexity of the current work will not allow her to also do those things.  She is grateful for the almost three years of working with the home and knows that many good purposes have been accomplished.   Please join us in giving thanks for her and in asking God to bless her last months in her current work.  Also pray for our “next” personnel steps as the Lord takes us all forward.

In the U.S.  ….we give thanks that we can participate in the ICOM (hope to see many of you in Indianapolis Nov. 15- 18) and seek your prayers that God’s good purposes would be accomplished through our and others’ participation there.

We’re also grateful that we were able to complete the major renovation of our furlough house in northwest Indiana and pray that a renter can be found to rent it out.  Should any of you know of a Christian (requirement of the conference grounds we live at) seeking housing, our cell phone is 602-301-5462.

So many in the States are fighting very difficult battles against cancer and other very serious diseases and/or find themselves in other seemingly impossible situations with little hope.  The huge storm Sandy has also just hit.  Let’s all concentrate on those in need, praying for them and also responding in any way we can.  We are God’s hands and feet and He is the hope of the world through us.

Finally, please inform yourself and vote!  It’s a  right and responsibility.

Praising, praying, and fasting alongside you in our“Purposeful”  God,

Jack and Janine

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