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We hope you’ve had a blessed Easter. The hope we have in Jesus is the primary motivation for spreading the gospel around the world. It’s wonderful to be reminded that we are on the winning side.
The last few months have been full of activity, but so much has also been the same. The mission is like that many times. We want to have exciting news, but ministry growth is often more subtle. It takes time and deep investment to discern where true growth lies.
Here’s a bit of what we’ve been doing:We had the chance to reconnect with some of our supporting churches for the first time since the pandemic began. It was a great time of getting to encourage and be encouraged by what the Lord is doing. In addition to speaking at churches, I had a chance to be chapel speaker at both Westmont College in Santa Barbara and Westminster Seminary California in Escondido. We love seeing young people who are motivated by the gospel and who are looking to serve the Lord in his mission.Amy is utilizing her gifts in counseling as she serves the local community through Fundación Vínculo, a Colombian mental health clinic. Additionally, she is serving the MTW community as part of our global counseling network and as an evaluator for prospective missionaries.I continue to engage with local leaders and have had the opportunity to preach in a variety of local churches.Our housing situation is sorted, at least temporarily. We have a contract through next January but will likely need to move at that time.And here’s a little bit of what we expect over the next few months:Lord willing, today I fly to El Salvador. We’ve been praying for some years to see a church planting team to be established there, and we’re so excited and grateful to have our first team members arriving Thursday!At the end of the month, we plan to join the Bogotá RUF campus ministry on their first retreat since the pandemic began. I will be giving 4 or 5 talks over a 3 day period. Prayers appreciated!Amy is supporting a group of Colombian women who are planning a Parakaleo training for church planters’ wives in May. This will be the first training that is fully directed by our Colombian partners.I’m planning to be at the PCA General Assembly in June. It will be a time of celebration for the 50th anniversary of our denomination and our missions agency, and I hope to see many of you there.Later in June, I plan to be part of team hosting a conference in Bogotá focused on creating a broader sense of unity and collaboration in gospel-centered church planting.
One other emphasis we are making right now is recruiting. Many of our missionaries are approaching retirement age, and fewer new missionaries seem to be joining us. We are connecting with as many potential partners as possible. Has your church sent out a new missionary in the last few years? Is it time to pray that he would send more? Do you know someone who would be interested in serving? Do you believe that maybe the Lord is calling you to serve? Please let us know, and we’ll be glad to talk and pray with you about what the Lord might be doing.
We are so thankful for you and for the opportunity to serve. Please continue to pray for us.
Que Dios los bendiga abundantemente.
Steve & Amy
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As International Director for the Americas, my role is to lead, develop, and care for our missionaries as we follow Jesus on his mission of making disciples among all the nations of the Americas. We are working together to see Christ’s Church established and strengthened so that the gospel of his kingdom will advance through all the world. Please pray for me in this mission!Some practical prayer needs:More missionaries: Jesus told us to pray to the Lord of the harvest that he would raise up more workers. We look around us and see so many opportunities for fruitful ministry – but the workers are few. Please pray that the Lord would add to our number.Counseling licensure: Amy is navigating the challenges of obtaining her counseling licensure. It’s a complex process, further complicated by practicing outside the USA. Pray for open doors for her to proceed. Visas: Pray for missionaries seeking visas in Colombia. We have teammates who have been working on theirs for months with no success. Ours are due to be renewed in the fall. We are concerned that soon it won’t be feasible to be here as religious workers. Long-distance wedding planning: Pray for us as we support Mary Beth and Andrew as they make wedding plans. There are so many decisions and intricacies. Being so far away adds layers to the challenges.
A few beautiful creatures – the scorpion is from the north – we don’t see them here!