August 2017 – Blessings

This month has been filled with so many gifts from God as he develops practical ministries for me to engage in this semester. Ministry is all done for His glory and it is all possible because of His grace and patience with us. 🙂 There is not anything or anyone like our God.

Last Thursday evening I had the opportunity to present some ministry opportunities to the Elders Committee at the Cornerstone Christian Church. Everything presented went well, and their wise counsel for this semester’s plan of action is very appreciated. We were also able to touch on some things for the distant future.

Capitán Thompson Church Youth Ministry: The first and most local ministry for the semester, continuing to be developed is leadership of the youth ministry at the local Capitan Thompson Iglesia de Cristo (Christian Church or Church of Christ). Monday night I implemented one of the ideas from a book I’ve been reading on youth ministry which advises to include youth in your existing schedule instead of carving out more time. So we all went to an English learning activity on the north side of town. We had a good amount of time to get to know each other. Below is a picture of the young men being goofy.

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Oasis English Events: Every Monday evening a ministry for university aged students has a community outreach for teaching English. I will continue to attend these events and participate in their ministry. The longterm benefit is to get a fresh perspective on teaching English and new ideas for making the activity fun. 🙂 We really enjoyed our time at Oasis last week and I believe we all learned something.

There is also an evangelism project being developed separate from the Capitán Thompson Youth Ministry. Five of us are meeting this afternoon to continue our discussion of the structure and vision of the project. Hopefully there will be more to come on that in the future. Please keep it in your prayers.

Family Ministries: This past month God has provided lots of contacts and friends here in my immediate community. It seems that living so close to all of these new acquaintances will provide a greater opportunity for relationship building than others who live in different parts of the city. For example, the Pierre family invited us over for lunch on Sunday and we’re hoping for more opportunities to know them better. I may have time to attend a gathering with the husband of that family, Renaud, after the evangelism project meeting this evening. You may remember Renaud from past letters as we have been practicing English together for sometime now. The Fernandez family seems to be hanging in there as usual. It’s always an adventure with them as they have so many obstacles to overcome. Juan was recently in the hospital with Pneumonia and the medication really aggravates his Parkinson’s Disease. But, he is back at home now and doing better.

Johnson University: It’s so exciting that term starts this weekend. If you have been praying that the textbooks would all be accessible for me, please take time to thank God with me that he did provide everything I need to study. 🙂

Familia Kepschull Vera: I am falling more and more in love with my beautiful wife-to-be every day. We are both looking forward to a life of serving the Lord together. The wedding date has been set for January 20, 2017.

Prayer Requests: 

  • Wisdom for the best way to develop the two youth ministries.
  • Wisdom with how to interact with the youth in the most helpful way.
  • Praise God that he has provided everything I need to study. Thank You Lord.
  • Pray that God would continue to bless all of the relationships recently beginning to be formed and that he would provide wisdom for the best direction to go.
  • Pray that the Lord would eliminate cultural and linguistic communication barriers with the Chileans and myself.

Thank you all for your support in whatever way you give it;  🙂

Todd

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