Thank you so much for your prayers! We need them!
A lot has been going on. We’ve been adjusting to Chile, learning so much, serving our missionaries in Chile and throughout South America, and also engaging in local ministry. We don’t do it all at once (most of the time), and we are still in the process of learning a new culture and learning what our roles in the culture and in ministry are.
The big thing from the last few days would be the earthquake. Actually, earthquakes. There have been more than we’ve been able to keep up with over the last few days, but the big one was Monday afternoon. We are all safe, and our apartment building was up to the challenge of a 6.9 magnitude quake, so we are thankful. And it’s also scary and enlightening and sobering and more. Click here if you’d like more details of our experience with the earth moving under our feet!
Regionally, this has been a time of South American chaos (see the sidebar). I’m so grateful for our colleagues – men and women who are showing the love of Christ and serving faithfully in these countries. A few weeks ago I was able to be with several of them in Cusco, Perú. God is blessing so many people through a new church plant, an active campus ministry, a medical clinic, and a foster home. Please pray for these servants!
In a few more weeks I should be in Atlanta where we’ll be exploring with a couple to see whether or not the Lord is calling them to open a new work in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please pray for this time (May 23-24)! We currently have missionaries in six South American countries, and we believe that the Lord would have us minister in more. Argentina (along with Venezuela and Paraguay) is one of the key places we want to enter into with the gospel. Please pray for the Lord’s clear guidance.
Locally, we’ve been getting to know more church leaders. I’ve been graciously received by a group of gospel-centered, Reformed pastors in a group called “Evangelio 360” (Gospel 360 – with the idea being that the gospel should filter through everything around us – our 360 degree panoramic view of the world should all go through gospel lenses, and we should be seeking the impact of the gospel in all that we see). We are praying together and collaborating in church planting projects and in leadership development. Please pray for this group!
The Lord is also opening the doors for us to be able to minister to leaders in several different denominations. Please pray for us as we have to choose wisely where and how to engage. There is so much opportunity. And we must be good stewards of the time and resources that we’ve been given.