And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. –1 Cor. 13:13
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. –1 Thess. 1: 2-3
What a blessing to accompany our son Julian and fiancé Devyn in their wedding on March 24th. Not only does the above verse from 1 Cor. 13 apply to marriages, but the “triad” of faith, hope, and love can be found in several other N.T. passage such as 1 Thess 1: 2-3 and should always undergird our relationship with God and others, not to mention the carrying out of his will and work wherever we find ourselves. May Julian and Devyn (and we all 😊) keep these three essential components of Christian life strong in their going forward together. Here are three photos we’d like to share with you from their wedding: From left to right are Julian & Devyn, Janine & Julian having a special mother-son dance, and Jack “line dancing” with 5-month-old grandson Tiago.
Faith in God is an end in and of itself, not merely the “means to an end”. He has proven himself faithful to all generations. Jesus Christ is the Key to hope and without him, hope remains unconnected. How tragic the many suicides for the lack of real hope. Lastly, the source of love is God himself—what we extend is his love for us, in us, and through us—so much deeper and unfailing than our own. We can do no better in our work in Chile than live out and model faith in God, hope through Jesus, and the love of God.
RESIDENCIA FAMILIA CRISTIANA
Our new director Andrea has begun familiarizing herself with the different agencies and government departments having authority over adoptions of children and over organizations such as ourselves involved in the care of “wards of the government” children. She in addition has begun to develop the internal regulations we will follow at every level of our work. Thank you for praying for all initial, necessary steps taken in these immediate months.
DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE CHRISTIAN CHILDREN’S CAMP & CENTER
In addition to finishing legalizing the new Foundation LUZ EN EL CAMPO (Light in the Countryside), two trips are planned for April/early May: 1. A trip to Ñipas to investigate the availability of additional land to be used in the development of the children’s camp, and to give the church where this year’s second VBS was held some special materials to use in their Easter Week presentation to area children. 2. A trip to northern Chile to meet with Carlos and wife Nena, who are interested in being a part of the project. This would mean their eventual move to the Ñipas area with their three children when the time comes. God continues to direct our steps. Thanks for praying.
Thank you for praying for this year’s growth in the group—both numerical and spiritual. Several new participants began with us in March–all of them brand new to English. Our relationship with people in the Club gives us opportunities to encourage them in their faith and this month of April also includes Holy Week and Easter, another great opportunity to present Christ.