We’ve been digesting everything that has been happening in just over a month since we’ve returned from the states. Doors are opening and we ask that you join us in prayer to discern which ones the Lord is leading us through. When I say leading us, this means you and us. We need to make sure we are listening to His voice only. As of now we have prison ministry opportunities, discipleship opportunities in our communities, opportunity to join with a group of Peruvians praying with prostitutes in Huancayo, continued opportunities at the orphanage, a possible opportunity of working with another orphanage of mentally handicapped children, opportunities to open up areas to the gospel through short term mission teams from the states and much more. We can’t do them all, even though we want to, so we need to listen and follow.
We continue to be amazed, and probably will always be, at how God can use us. That’s when I realized, again, that together we can make a difference. We are so thankful that you’ve listened. Jesus’s command to the early church was to carry the good news to other places. In 2 Thessalonians 3 Paul says “Brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it is with you.” When Paul says pray for us, he is talking about you and I. God is not willing that any perish, as it says in 2 Peter 3:9. His plan is for you and I to share the gospel with the people around us, where ever that might be. He could have chosen any means He wanted at sharing the gospel, but He chose you and I. How AWESOME is that! We just need to listen. I, which is singular, can’t do much, but you and I are the Body of Christ, which is plural, with all our resources together can spread the gospel throughout the world. I know with all the evil and persecution going on in the world now, it’s easy to become discouraged and give up. We need to stay focused on the Lord. This is all about Him and not us. This is His story. Deuteronomy 31: 8 says “The Lord is indeed going before you, He will not fail or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” We need to put all things in His hands, then listen and trust. His ways are always the best ways and correct. He will always supply us with what we need, we’ve learned this here in Peru. Some of the last words Jesus spoke in Matthew 28: 18—20 were “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
So from the bottom of my heart, I as well as several Peruvians that we are working with, want to thank you for your obedience and listening to the Lord and being a part of God’s Great Commission. Again, please be in prayer that we choose God’s will and not ours.
And He will reign forever and ever. Amen