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Fall is my favorite season. Cooler temperatures. Football. Nature. Living just a few hundred miles north of the equator, there is no such thing as fall here. The sun comes up around 6 a.m. and sets around 6 p.m. every day. Temperatures seem to be about the same year-round. We were recently told that ‘winter’ is in August and December. We’re not sure what that means, but we’re missing fall!
Socially and politically, things have calmed down considerably. The Lord has been opening up opportunities to serve for both of us. Amy has joined up with a local Christian counseling center, where she is doing her counseling degree practicum. This is a huge answer to prayer! Amy is learning as well as contributing to the overall biblical and theological vision of the counseling center. One of the unfortunate consequences of COVID is a mental health crisis. Suicide, especially among young people, is a tragically growing trend. We’re grateful that Amy is able to be in a place of service with such a need!
We continue to make connections in the local church community. I’ve had the opportunity to preach in a couple of local churches, and the Lord has opened doors for me to be in discipleship and mentorship relationships with Colombian church leaders. Please pray for these relationships! There is such a shortage of gospel-centered churches, and we’re praying to be able to have godly influence in some of the existing churches.
There’s been a great development in Parakaleo Latin America! We’ve been asking for prayer for Amy as she equipped other women in this ministry to pastors’ wives. This semester, six new leaders have begun to lead their own ‘Gospel lens’ groups in order to serve, encourage, equip, and connect other women serving in church planting throughout Latin America. This is the sort of impact we long to make as missionaries – being able to start things and then see the ministry grow and multiply without us!
Que Dios los bendiga abundantemente.
Steve & Amy
steveamyrobertson.orgOur teammates, the Bonhams and McCalls, are planting a new church in Rionegro, a satellite city of Medellín. First Sunday worship services at ‘Iglesia El Redentor’ (Church of The Redeemer) will be held on October 31st! Please be in prayer for this team, for this church plant, and for the people who will come to know Christ through the ministry of this church.Parakaleo Latin AmericaGuatapé is about 90 minutes outside the city. A great day trip! We took this just a few days before our 25th wedding anniversary. We’re so thankful for these 25 years together and look forward to many more!Click here to support the Robertsons financially.Our main purpose as missionaries is to serve as catalysts in the formation of indigenous church planting movements. As MTW International Director for the Americas, my role is to serve our missionaries and partners as we all serve to that end. May Christ be glorified!Instead of fall leaves, a carpet of blossoms!The Bonhams (top) and the McCalls. We love these teammates!Some prayer needs:
Growth: We want to grow more into the people that Jesus wants us to be. Pray that we will submit ourselves to his will for us.
Car: We’re grateful that the Lord has provided a vehicle for us! It’s a 2013 stick shift Kia with relatively low mileage – or kilometrage. Thanks for your prayers!
Haiti: You may have seen the news of the kidnapped missionaries in Haiti. Please pray not just for them but also for the nation. The nation is suffering from political instability, poverty, the recent earthquake, the assassination of the president, and Covid.
Time: We both had lots of responsibilities and opportunities. Pray that we would have wisdom to know what opportunities to invest in – and for us to have the cultural skill to navigate the things we need to say no to.
Upcoming travel: Lord willing, This Friday we’re visiting our missionary team in Panama. Pray for safe travels and that we’ll be an encouragement to the team there. Hopefully in November we’ll get to visit Chile for a few days as well.
Housing: We are incredibly grateful for the house the Lord has provided. There have been some complications. First the rental agency defrauded us and the owner of the house – such that the owner is looking to sell rather than have the risk and hassle. We would very much prefer not to have to move, but we also want to be where the Lord wants us.Just a few photos from around town: a double rainbow and someone who came to the café on horseback.