Sunday, March 26, 2017

Salmo 107

 ¿Que piensan de los eventos de el Niño y las lluvias torrenciales con los huaicos? ¿Es algo que nos pasa por casualidad?  O ¿Es algo que nos pasa porque Dios esta enojado con nosotros y nos quiere acabar? O ¿Es el fin del mundo y todo esta volviendo mal?  O ¿hay otra razón?
El Salmo 107 nos da la razón. E Salmo alumbra a los eventos de hoy por medio de hablar de los eventos del pasado. El mismo Dios que actuaba en el pasado es el Dios que actúa hoy. 
Este Salmo explica de la Misericordia de Dios y del poder de Dios para salvar de sus aflicciones. También habla del poder de Dios de levantar la tormenta y calmar la tormenta, el poder de convertir el desierto en ríos y convertir los ríos en desierto. El es quien da la prosperidad y provea para todos. El es quien quita y el es quien da. Nos queda con la pregunta, ¿Porque? 
El Salmo nos dice que es por su Misericordia cuando clamamos a él. Los que rebelan contra él no verán su bondad igual como el que evita la comida no se alimenta. Pero ellos que buscan a Dios y claman a él recibirán su salvación de sus aflicciones. 

1-3. Nosotros como Redimidos tenemos la responsabilidad de decirlo a todos, especialmente a los que están sufriendo ahora para dar esperanza a ellos.

Cuatro diferente situaciones el Salmista repite este refrán: Primero: *Clamamos a Jehová en nuestra angustia y el nos libra de nuestras aflicciones.  vv. 6, 13, 19, 28. Y Segundo: *Alabamos a la misericordia de Jehová Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres. vv. 8, 15, 21, 31.

4-9. Dios libra de la situación del desierto con el pueblo de Israel.
Perdidos, con hambre y sed, sin hallar donde vivir.
Clamaron a Jehová en sus angustia y los libró de sus aflicciones
Los dirigió por camino derecho a ciudad habitable y los saciaba y llenaba de bien
Alaben la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.
Porque sacia al alma menesterosa y llena de bien al alma hambrienta
¿Esta alguien perdido y hambriento? Jesús dijo en el sermon del monte bienaventurados son los que tengan hambre y sed de justicia porque ellos serán saciados.

10-16. Dios libra a los que andan en tinieblas y sombra de muerte por sus rebeliones de la palabra. 
Aprisionados en aflicción por su rebelión a la palabras de Jehová y aborrecieron el consejo del Altísimo. Terminaron quebrantados y cayeron sin ayuda.
Clamaron a Jehová en sus angustia y los libró de sus aflicciones
Los saco de las tinieblas y rompió sus prisiones
Alaben la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.
Quebranto las puertas de bronce y desmenuzó los cerrojos de hierro.
¿Esta alguien sufriendo esclavitud o prisión del pecado? El Evangelio incluye el mensaje de que Jesús vino a pregonar libertad a los cautivos, Lucas 4:18. Vino a rescatar a personas de la mano del diablo. Las puertas del hades no prevalecerán contra la iglesia, Mateo 16:18.

17-22. Dios libra a los que son afligidos y insensatos por sus rebeliones y maldades.
Abominaban todo alimento y moriendo.
Clamaron a Jehová en sus angustia y los libró de sus aflicciones
Envió su palabra, y los sanó, y los libró de su ruina.
Alaben la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.
Ofrezcan sacrificios de alabanza, y publiquen sus obras con júbilo. 

¿Esta alguien enfermo y falta alimento? Jesús vino a sanar y a alimentar por su palabra. Envió el Espíritu Santo para dar entendimiento. Juan 14:26; 16:13.

23-32. Dios libra a los que están en el mar, que desesperaron
Han visto sus maravillas en el mar. El hizo levantar el viento y fueron como ebrios.
Clamaron a Jehová en sus angustia y los libró de sus aflicciones
Él calma el mar y también Jesús. Luego se alegran, porque se apaciguaron y los guía al puerto que deseaban.
Alaben la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.
Exáltenlo en la congregación del pueblo, y en la reunión de ancianos lo alaben.
¿Esta alguien desesperado? Jesús vino y calmó el mar. Lucas 8:22-25. 

 Todo lo que pasa esta bajo la mano de Dios.
33-38. Convierte los ríos en seco o los desiertos en ríos.
los ríos en desierto y la tierra fructífera en estéril por la maldad .
Vuelve todo a bendición: 36-38. vuelve el desierto en estanques de agua y la tierra seca en manantiales. Allí establece a los hambrientos y fundan ciudad donde vivir. Siembran campos, y plantan viñas, y rinden abundante fruto. Los bendice, y se multiplican en gran manera; y no disminuye su ganado.

39-43. Dios quita y Dios da. 
39-40. No espera hasta que todo va mal para clamar a Jehová. Cuantos rebelamos contra Dios cuando todo esta bien y le decimos que no le queremos pero cuando va todo mal le clamamos y preguntamos a él ¿Donde está? Pero él nos responde: exactamente donde me quería, Lejos. 
41. Pero por su gran misericordia cuando clamamos a él, él nos responde. 
42. ¿Porque no evitamos las aflicciones y tinieblas y el hambre y las ondas del mar solo por escuchar a él ahora y publicar a todo el mundo de su misericordia para que regresan a él?
43. ¿Quien es sabio y guarda estas cosas y entienda las misericordias de Jehová?

 ¿Cual es nuestra respuesta? ¿Cual es tu respuesta? ¿Que es la situación?  ¿Porque hace pasar estas cosas Dios?  Por nuestra rebelión, a veces. Por otras razones, a veces. Por la maldad nuestra. ¿Porque nos da bendición?  Porque somos buenos, No. Porque clamamos a él y por su gran misericordia. Entonces clamamos a él y Proclamamos a todos su misericordia. Todo lo que esta pasando últimamente no sabemos exactamente las razones de Dios. Pero si sabemos que él es todopoderoso y que él es bueno. También sabemos que en el pasado como lo que leemos en Salmo 107 que el tiene buenas razones y que cuando clamamos a él en nuestra angustia, Él nos libra de nuestras aflicciones. Entonces porque no clamamos a él ahora y esperamos que él nos libra de todas aflicciones y ¡alabamos la misericordia de Jehová y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres!

1 Alabad a Jehová, porque él es bueno;
Porque para siempre es su misericordia. 
2  Díganlo los redimidos de Jehová,
Los que ha redimido del poder del enemigo, 
3  Y los ha congregado de las tierras,
Del oriente y del occidente,
Del norte y del sur. 

4 Anduvieron perdidos por el desierto, por la soledad sin camino,
Sin hallar ciudad en donde vivir. 
5 Hambrientos y sedientos,
Su alma desfallecía en ellos. 
6  Entonces clamaron a Jehová en su angustia,
Y los libró de sus aflicciones. 
7 Los dirigió por camino derecho,
Para que viniesen a ciudad habitable. 
8 Alaben la misericordia de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres. 
9 Porque sacia al alma menesterosa,
Y llena de bien al alma hambrienta. 

10 Algunos moraban en tinieblas y sombra de muerte,
Aprisionados en aflicción y en hierros, 
11 Por cuanto fueron rebeldes a las palabras de Jehová,
Y aborrecieron el consejo del Altísimo. 
12 Por eso quebrantó con el trabajo sus corazones;
Cayeron, y no hubo quien los ayudase. 
13 Luego que clamaron a Jehová en su angustia,
Los libró de sus aflicciones; 
14 Los sacó de las tinieblas y de la sombra de muerte,
Y rompió sus prisiones. 
15 Alaben la misericordia de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres. 
16 Porque quebrantó las puertas de bronce,
Y desmenuzó los cerrojos de hierro. 

17 Fueron afligidos los insensatos, a causa del camino de su rebelión
Y a causa de sus maldades; 
18 Su alma abominó todo alimento,
Y llegaron hasta las puertas de la muerte. 
19 Pero clamaron a Jehová en su angustia,
Y los libró de sus aflicciones. 
20 Envió su palabra, y los sanó,
Y los libró de su ruina. 
21 Alaben la misericordia de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres; 
22 Ofrezcan sacrificios de alabanza,
Y publiquen sus obras con júbilo. 

23Los que descienden al mar en naves,
Y hacen negocio en las muchas aguas, 
24 Ellos han visto las obras de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas en las profundidades. 
25 Porque habló, e hizo levantar un viento tempestuoso,
Que encrespa sus ondas. 
26 Suben a los cielos, descienden a los abismos;
Sus almas se derriten con el mal. 
27 Tiemblan y titubean como ebrios,
Y toda su ciencia es inútil. 
28 Entonces claman a Jehová en su angustia,
Y los libra de sus aflicciones. 
29 Cambia la tempestad en sosiego,
Y se apaciguan sus ondas. 
30 Luego se alegran, porque se apaciguaron;
Y así los guía al puerto que deseaban. 
31 Alaben la misericordia de Jehová,
Y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres. 
32 Exáltenlo en la congregación del pueblo,
Y en la reunión de ancianos lo alaben. 

33 El convierte los ríos en desierto,
Y los manantiales de las aguas en sequedales; 
34 La tierra fructífera en estéril,
Por la maldad de los que la habitan. 
35 Vuelve el desierto en estanques de aguas,
Y la tierra seca en manantiales. 
36 Allí establece a los hambrientos,
Y fundan ciudad en donde vivir. 
37 Siembran campos, y plantan viñas,
Y rinden abundante fruto. 
38 Los bendice, y se multiplican en gran manera;
Y no disminuye su ganado. 

39 Luego son menoscabados y abatidos
A causa de tiranía, de males y congojas. 
40 El esparce menosprecio sobre los príncipes,
Y les hace andar perdidos, vagabundos y sin camino. 
41 Levanta de la miseria al pobre,
Y hace multiplicar las familias como rebaños de ovejas. 
42 Véanlo los rectos, y alégrense,
Y todos los malos cierren su boca. 
43 ¿Quién es sabio y guardará estas cosas,
Y entenderá las misericordias de Jehová?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Peru Flooding March 22

Thank the Lord for almost no rain yesterday (just a little sprinkle in the evening) and more importantly no flash floods from the rain in the mountains the last two days.
This is giving people time to get their belongings out and, we pray, for the workers to repair the water supply and bridges.
Yesterday we served over 100 people and this only scratched the surface. We also helped several people pull their belongings out, including Pastor Percy with some of his books.
Today we plan to bring food again and keep helping.
Thank you for your prayers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Peru Flooding

This morning as I write this the skies look good. But the last week each afternoon it has rained and caused more flooding. Especially in this zone on the coast of Peru, this is unprecedented. Most people talk about the horrible flooding on 1998, but that was just one day. We have experienced 6 days of rain and floods.

Yesterday, we tried to bring supplies donated by members of Cristo Restaurador to one of the affected areas but received reports that another flash flood report was coming and most people were moving out of the area. So we did not leave them at the church but we did give out water and crackers to people as they were leaving.
Today we are planning to cook meals at Cristo Restaurador in Arevalo and bring food out to the affected area. We are also bringing water and canned tuna and crackers donated by Cristo Rey. We are also giving water to neighbors around the church in Arevalo. There is no more bottled water to buy but we do have a reserve of tap water (that needs to be boiled) in the clinic (next door to the church) and are distributing it in buckets as people come to the church.

Here is a link to an initial report by our team leader, Wes Baker, explaining the situation in Trujillo.

Here is a link to a video on Facebook from Ps. Percy in one of our extension churches and an update yesterday from Wes. 

What can you do?

  1. The most powerful and impactful action is to pray that God would have mercy and stop the rain. 
  2. Pray for provision for the people that are affected most. 
  3. Pray for us to be helpful in what we do to provide relief. 
  4. Pray for the affected to be able to see hope and God’s sovereignty and yet worship Him.
  5. Pray for the people to come together and help each other
  6. Pray that the wicked would not take advantage of the need to get rich by raising prices.
  7. Give. We are raising money to use to help. You can give to the Compassion Fund and mark in the "additional comments" that you want it to go toward flood relief. Initially we will buy food and water to give to people who have lost everything. We are working on a plan to do what we can to help.





Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ministry in Arévalo

A few of the things we are involved with in Arévalo are:
  • Jóvenes (Young adults ministry)
    • Weekly meetings: Plan for the year: 
      • Study through Gospel Centered Life March and April 
      • and the gospel of John from May to December.
    • Walter Hogue and Thomas Presley: spent 6 months with us working with the youth and teaching English. They made a great impact on the lives of many people in the neighborhood. We thank God for their time and presence and we also thank both Walter and Thomas for their service.
    • Fiesta de Jóvenes: We teach that it is not okay to party like the world and at the same time we teach that it is okay to party. Ps. Ricardo feels it is very important to not only tell them but to show them what that looks like by having a party for the youth that will give them an idea of what it could look like and still glorify God. March 3 we held a party for the youth.  
    • Leadership team: We formed a committee to help me plan the youth activities and ministry. This has been helpful to get them involved in the ministry and responsibility of the organizing the meetings and even inviting new youth to participate. 
  • Sunday School: I continue to work through a Harmony of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms in our adult Sunday school class. Ps. Ricardo is starting another new members class this month. Currently we are working through chapter 21 on Worship and covering the catechism questions that cover the sermon on the mount.
  • VBS February 20-24. We had an average of 55 children for the week. Bryand, one of our apprentices got to try his hand out at directing the VBS. He grew much in the process and we shared the gospel with the children.
  • Geneva School March 6 started the new school year adding first grade. Please pray for the church to successfully build bridges for evangelism with the students and their parents. Geneva School is still in much need of donations to help cover expenses and scholarships. Please consider donating to Geneva to help us offer a low cost tuition.

Restructuring Peru Mission

 Last year our team leader, Wes Baker, started a process that has greatly improved the organization of our ministries with Peru Mission. We not only have a group of missionaries but also a group of pastors and directors of each ministry that now sit together at one table each week to coordinate the activities of each ministry. We have been studying books that help us be more productive and focused on our work. This we pray will help us accomplish more and divide the labor to be able to pull together all of these ministries to achieve building the city of God in Trujillo. 
  • Administration
    • CEO (Ps. Wes Baker)
    • CFO (Alleen Mclain)
    • COO (Ps. Jaime Avellaneda)
    • CSO (Ernesto Murillo)
  • Church planting and development (Ps. Percy Padilla)
    • Child Ministry Center (Noé Advíncula)
  • Educational Ministry (Dale Ellison)
    • Geneva School
  • Economic Development (Hermes Tomás)
    • Sinergia
  • Medical Ministry (Ernesto Murillo)
    • Bethesda
  • Leadership development (Esdras Vasquez)
    • SUSA (Esdras Vasquez)
    • Areopago (Ps. Stuart Mills)



Areopago Cristiano


Last year we started an apprenticeship program with four young men in Cristo Restaurador. This has been a very good experience for our church as well as for these young men. This program was one of the steps that confirmed my calling since returning to Peru. I suppose most of you have already recognized since I was ordained and installed as a pastor, I have gradually become less and less involved with the carpenters and the Parish Woodshop ministry. I have had a hard time letting go of trying to do both ministries. I still visit with the carpenters, Javier and Norvil, once a week and they continue to push forward with their business. Actually, they need much prayer and are going through a bit of transition now. However, it is time to let them struggle and learn from their decisions as they move forward.  I also continue a bible study with a mechanic friend, Felix, who is growing more and more hungry for the word and is now bringing me to evangelize his 'atheist' friend, Daniel, who is a dentist. It has become clearer that my main calling and work with Peru Mission is clearly as a pastor and mentor. The apprenticeship leads to a new role that our team leader asked me to take on, which is the administration of our seminary study program called Areópago Cristiano. I consider a major part of the apprenticeship work is very similar to what my aim was with the carpenters, which is to disciple them to love Jesus and glorify God in their work and all their lives. This is still my main goal and calling in everything I do, but now, it is more focused on the apprenticeship training and helping facilitate the seminary training for all people in Trujillo, Peru.

We had started the apprentices with some of our own courses and in September we started using seminary courses through a partnership with Birmingham Theological Seminary (http://es.btsfreeccm.org/) and Third Millennium Ministries (http://thirdmill.org/). These are courses produced by Third Millennium and offered through Birmingham Seminary's platform to give them a free Certificate in Christian Education. There are also several other members of our churches that are taking advantage of these courses and studying with us. We pray this will be a major contribution to the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry in the church and in all the the community and marketplace.
The Areopago Cristiano, has partnered with a friend, fellow pastor (reformed baptist), and missionary Sergio La Rosa, who has a study center around the corner from where we rent our house. Ps. Sergio is hosting several open to the public classes that Wes Baker is teaching on the gospels. Many pastors and lay leaders from different denominations are excitedly taking advantage of Wes's teaching (https://www.facebook.com/areopagocristiano/) We have had an average of 35 people attending this class these last four weeks. We are currently planning together a 500 year celebration of Reformation Day and inviting some nationally recognized speakers such as Donald Smith from Scotland. Last weekend we had a precursor with Tómas Gutierrez who spoke on the historical significance of the work of Martin Luther.
Please consider donating to the Areopago ministry to help us teach and train future leaders for the Kingdom in Peru.

Schedule

How do I spend the time God has given me through the support of so many? I am involved in leading worship, preaching, teaching, counseling, session meetings, devotionals and bible studies. Here is a look at my schedule:
I do trust and pray that the Lord is producing fruit from all these labors. I feel pulled by many activities but am currently working on streamlining priorities for this year before going back to the States in 2018 for home assignment. Our session is working together in strategic planning seeking to improve our ministry efforts and cut out the ineffective tasks that prevent us from doing needed ministry.  Please pray for God's guidance and direction as we fine tune the work we are doing here. May we get to participate in seeing his name glorified!

Family news

Family news:
     Megumi is an amazing wife and mother. Having a fourth child has been a lot more difficult that we thought. She is busy keeping all four children alive, fed, clothed and educated. She is also about to start back a weekly meeting with the ladies in the church to exercise and do a bible study. She has been a great help in counseling several young ladies. As soon as baby Arabelle gets a little more settled in a sleeping schedule, Meg is anxious to get more involved in the ministries
School started back March 6 for the first three children:
     Satomi is 9 and voraciously reading through as many books as Meg can download for her on her kindle. She has an amazing memory, as we read through the Bible as a family she has a hard time not telling us what happens in the next chapter.
     Samuel is 7 and just started back from a summer break in gymnastics, is having fun building things with his legos and is getting experience learning self-control (difficulty stopping when his time is up...) while playing minecraft.
     Ezra is 4 and cracking us up with his sense of humor while also learning to defend himself from his mischievous big brother.
     Arabelle is 5 months and growing and nursing but not yet sleeping through the night. I had the grand privilege of baptizing her on Sunday February 26th!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Apprenticeship in Arevalo

It has been too long since our last update! Our delay in updating is not for a lack of our working but for a lack of being able to handle all that is going on with us. Below I give you a description of all the work we are involved with here in Trujillo. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Your support is contributing to the advancement of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ as we equip leaders through these ministries.


Arévalo Cristo Restaurador
  • Apprenticeship
    • 4 young men are studying in the apprenticeship we started March of 2016. 20 hours are spent in ministry practice and 20 hours are spent in theological study through readings, classes we teach and seminary courses through BTS and IIIM partnership. 
    • We give them a scholarship to enable them to dedicate time to study and ministry. (The full time guys receive a little over $300/month and the part time $150/month). Please consider donating to this scholarship fund to help us finish out this year 2017.
      • Jefferson is a deacon at CR and is finishing a degree in Civil Engineering. The main reason he is in the apprenticeship besides already serving the church in many ways and wanting to learn more is that he doesn't want to be an engineer. What he really wants to spend his time doing is serving the church. The goal of this apprenticeship is to help him clarify if God is calling him into full time ministry. Jefferson takes care of everything that gets left undone in the church, leads the music ministry and is on the young adult leadership team.
      • Luis recently graduated with a degree in graphic design and was also recently ordained as a deacon at CR. Luis is also drawn to serve the church and has been reading several theology books. Luis also decided to take time to participate in this apprenticeship in order to feel out his calling to the ministry as he is also pursuing God's vocation on his life. Whether he pursues the pastorate or pursues a career in graphic design this apprenticeship will help him discover the gifts God has given him and discern his calling. Luis is on the young adult leadership team and started a men's ministry called Trinity, that is focused on bridging the age gap between adolescents, youth and men in order to build relationships for discipleship in our church. 
      • Bryand has always wanted to be a pastor and is a son of a pastor. For a time he wanted to be a policeman to help pay his way through seminary but he was not able to enter the academy. Now he is participating in our apprenticeship as he prepares to take the next step that will enable him to fulfill God's calling on his life. Bryand directed this year's VBS program, is working with the Children's Sunday School ministry and helps Luis with the Trinity ministry.
      • Alexis is finishing a degree in Architecture at the top of his class. He is a part-time apprentice. He has clarity that he wants to be an architect and has also helped lay out the design for Geneva School and other projects around the church. However, he also is convinced of his calling to serve Christ's church and teach. The Lord has confirmed in Alexis a gift and calling to teach. He is eager and burning to preach whenever he gets the chance.  We asked him to fill in as leader of the adolescent group for one year. He organized a 3 year study plan for the adolescent ministry and did such an amazing job that we decided that he continue as the leader of the adolescent ministry.  In December Alexis edited and printed a collection of hymns, Psalms and other songs with theological explanation of the worship service and historical background of many hymns. 



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Newsletter with fotos

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Hello friends and family,

This time of thanksgiving we have much to be thankful for! We especially thank each one of you for supporting us financially and/or in prayer. The other day our son, Sam, was helping get the table ready for breakfast before school as we were rushing to not get another "tardanza" (tardy). He said, "Daddy when you work as a team you can get more done than if you do it alone." He said this because just the other day, I did it on my own and they were late for school. I was very glad to hear my son learning important life lessons even though they came as a result of my poor example. I am also impacted by this important life lesson that everyone of you are crucially important in the success of the work we are doing as missionaries. When you pray for us and work together with us as a team, we can get more done! God pleases to work in response to our prayers, and we give praise and thanks to Him for providing you as our supporters. 

The passage below impacted me the other day and challenged me to not be like the 9 ungrateful lepers. I want to make sure to give thanks and glorify God for all that He has done for us. Most of all we give thanks for Jesus Christ who fulfilled all righteousness as our substitute. We also thank Him for sending the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk worthy of His calling. We are reminded all too often that it would be impossible without Him. Lastly we thank Him for all of you.

Luke 17:11   While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. 15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine — where are they? 18 “Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you on our support team. Here are a some recent things we have to be thankful for.
Arabelle Emi was born!
GG came to visit!
Sam turned 7!
Ezra turned 4!
Hosting a visiting missionary from Holland, Carolien Van Mourik
Grandma came to visit!
Walter Hogue and Thomas Presley serving in Arévalo
Arévalo Jovenes
Emilio and Alejandra were married: Our first couple to lead in pre-marriage counseling!
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Thanksgiving 2016

This time of thanksgiving we have much to be thankful for! We especially thank each one of you for supporting us financially and/or in prayer. The other day our son, Sam, was helping get the table ready for breakfast before school as we were rushing to not get another "tardanza" (tardy). He said, "Daddy when you work as a team you can get more done than if you do it alone" he said this because just the other day, I did it on my own and they were late for school. I was very glad to hear my son learning important life lessons even though they came as a result of my poor example. I am also impacted by this important life lesson that everyone of you are crucially important in the success of the work we are doing as missionaries. When you pray for us and work together with us as a team, we can get more done! God pleases to work in response to our prayers and we give praise and thanks to Him for providing you as our supporters. 

The passage below impacted me the other day and challenged me to not be like the 9 ungrateful lepers. I want to make sure to give thanks and glorify God for all that He has done for us. Most of all we give thanks for Jesus Christ who fulfilled all righteousness as our substitute. We also thank Him for sending the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk worthy of His calling. We are reminded all too often that it would be impossible without Him.

Luke 17:11   While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. 15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine — where are they? 18 “Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well

We have several new things going on and a bit of transition.  We have a new baby. Arabelle Emi was born October 7. My mother came to visit for a little over 2 weeks. Meg's mother just came to visit for 2 weeks. This past year we started an apprenticeship program with four young men in our church. This has been a very good experience for our church as well as for these young men. Starting this programs was one of the steps that help to finally break through to convince me that my calling is not to be a carpenter but to be a pastor and mentor. I assume most of you already recognize that since I was ordained and installed as a pastor and have gradually become less and less involved with the carpenters. I still visit with them once a week and they continue to push forward with their business. I also continue a bible study with a mechanic friend who is growing more and more hungry for the word and has dropped a few comments about coming to church one day. But my real calling and work with Peru Mission is clearly as a pastor and mentor in this apprenticeship. This leads to the new role of our team leader asking me to take on the administration of our seminary work called, Areopago. I have to let go of the work I was doing with the carpenters and focus on the apprenticeship work. I consider a major part of the apprenticeship work is very similar to what my aim was with the carpenters, which was to disciple them to love Jesus and glorify God in their work and all their lives. This is still my main goal and calling in everything I do. But now, it will be more focus on the apprenticeship training and helping facilitate the seminary training for all people in Trujillo, Peru. The four apprentices in Arevalo are doing well and growing. There are several new apprentices that are joining in the seminary courses we are leading through BTS and IIIM. We pray this will be a major contribution to the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry in the church and in all the the community and marketplace. 


Saturday, November 05, 2016

Prayer points

Two Sundays ago,  after the worship service during Sunday school, a man from the neighborhood known for being a drug addict and thief came to the church and wanted to publicly repent and ask forgiveness from everyone. 
Please pray for him, may the Lord truly grant him repentance unto salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10).

Thursday night we had a great English conversation class with Walter Hogue and Thomas Presley. During the class one man (who found out about the class through his wife who teaches at our school) asked the question, "what is God to you?" this led into a great opportunity to share the gospel with several attendees who are not in the church yet. Please pray that seeds were planted as we are building relationships and that God will bear fruit in these souls and bring them into Christ's body.

Friday morning while walking back from taking Ezra to his kindergarten, I had a conversation with a neighbor who is a pharmacist. He asked me about my religion and then said that he thinks religion is just a belief and everyone has one and it is good. I began to explain that it is more than a belief but a relationship with the one who created us. This led to a long talk about the truth of Scripture and the catholic worship of Mary and that fact that all believers are saints. I showed him Ephesians 1 and 2 and he seemed surprised. He said, "if that is true, then my mom is wrong about Mary. She says that if we all just pray to Mary then everything will be ok." Please pray that he and she will come to know Jesus in truth and trust in Him alone. I invited him to our Areópago class next week (which will be held down the street from his house) on early church history.

Tonight for our young adults weekly meeting we will be studying through Ephesians 5:1-20. Please pray for the Spirit to work in our hearts and we think about what it means to imitate God by walking in love, light and wisdom.