In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. –Judges 21:25
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. –Isaiah 9:6
How very similar, Israel’s approach to life at the end of the Book of Judges and that of so many people today, as we, too, “do as we see fit” and decide our own “truths”. How amazing and wonderful, Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesus’ coming—the same “I am the way, the truth, and the life” JESUS!! This month we celebrate Jesus’ birth. He IS the REASON for the Season and the REASON we are alive everywhere in the world with hope and purpose. Let’s celebrate his birth and arrival by re-committing ourselves to him and to life!
—The ICOM was very good, as always. There were inspiring speakers, and many “how to” workshops and exhibits showing what God is doing in the world. We had the opportunity to connect in different ways with many who stopped by our booth (photo 1), see Jason (a year-long intern to Chile in 2011) and wife Kate (photo 2), and see Daniela from Chile, now studying at Mid-South Christian College in Tennessee (photo 3). With God’s blessing we will be a part of ICOM 2019 in Kansas City, next November 14-17. Please join us in continuing to pray for the work and growth of Jesus’ Church in the world.
—Cesar & Camila are off to a good start on our Santiago mission property, receiving mothers and families from different parts of Chile arriving with their children who are in long-term medical care. Thank you for continuing to pray for this significant ministry. We also pray for Camila’s pregnancy. She is due in March.
DECEMBER REQUESTS FOR PRAYER
—Upon returning to Chile on December 9th, we will be meeting with Domingo and Family about our readiness for the up-coming children’s summer camps in January. As previously mentioned, their adult daughters Viky & Renata, will be leading these camps. Please pray for all preparations, for the hearts of parents willing to send their children (8 to 12 years of age), and for good community support and involvement. The camps are creative and instructional in an outdoor setting. Children are so open—how good to influence and teach them about a God who loves them through Jesus.
We will also speak to Viky & Renata about accompanying us to the States in June to visit and be a part of children’s camps to learn more about Christian camping and see the dynamics and outdoors used to teach Jesus and respect for others. Pray for the availability of their time to join us in the trip.
—As an extra special blessing, we will join son Julian & Devyn in Peru for Christmas, and not only them, but also son, Jayme, with Malia and their two children. Malia, currently in Family Medicine residency, will spend the month of December in the hospital where Julian works, with Julian as her supervising doctor. Please join us in giving thanks and pray for a blessed Christmas.
Jesus DID come into the world to heal, touch, and connect with people, living what he taught, and then dying for us all to reconcile us back to God. He now lives in all of us who accept him, extending himself through us to reconcile all of creation. (Col. 1:19-20) Thanks to you all for prayer-partnering with us in Chile!