Esfuérzense sin Esforzarse.

2 Pedro 3:14-18

Por eso, queridos hermanos, mientras esperan estas cosas, hagan todo lo posible para que Dios los encuentre en paz, sin mancha ni culpa. Tengan en cuenta que la paciencia con que nuestro Señor nos trata es para nuestra salvación. Acerca de esto también les ha escrito a ustedes nuestro querido hermano Pablo, según la sabiduría que Dios le ha dado. En cada una de sus cartas él les ha hablado de esto, aunque hay en ellas puntos difíciles de entender que los ignorantes y los débiles en la fe tuercen, como tuercen las demás Escrituras, para su propia condenación. Por eso, queridos hermanos, ya que ustedes saben de antemano estas cosas, cuídense, para que no sean arrastrados por los engaños de los malvados ni caigan de su firme posición. Pero conozcan mejor a nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo y crezcan en su amor. ¡Gloria a él ahora y para siempre! Amén.

El llamado de Pedro, para “hacer todo lo posible” (v. 14), es más fácil que distorsionar la realidad para estar cómodos viviendo en el pecado.

¿Por qué queremos cambiar las Escrituras y crear enseñanzas falsas?

Para distorsionar la realidad para que la esclavitud al pecado sea cómoda.

¿Quiénes tuercen la verdad?

Vv. 16 y 17 nos informa que esos son los ignorantes, inestables, y libertinos.

Todos nosotros queremos la paz de que refiere v. 14 y el consuelo que esta paz nos trae.

Y también ¿piensan ustedes que Jesús quiere que nosotros estamos en paz?

Obvio que sí. Jesús siempre quiere lo mejor para nosotros.

Entonces, ¿de qué forma nos instruye Jesús para encontrar esta paz?

Por esforzarnos con “todo lo posible para que Dios [nos] encuentra … sin mancha ni culpa”.

Otras maneras que La Biblia habla del tema de “hacer todo lo posible” en buscar la perfección, que nos ofrece Cristo, son encontrados en:

  • Deuteronomio 6:5 “Y amarás a Jehová tu Dios de todo tu corazón, y de toda tu alma, y con todas tus fuerzas.”

  • Mateo 12:30 “El que no es conmigo, contra mí es; y el que conmigo no recoge, desparrama.”

  • Apocolipsis 3:16 “Pero por cuanto eres tibio, y no frío ni caliente, te vomitaré de mi boca.”

En resumen, esa “diligencia” es la actitud de arrepentimiento.

Por lo tanto, Las Escrituras nos dirigen para tener una actitud de arrepentimiento de corazón entero, mientras el opuesto pecaminoso es distorsionar nuestras percepciones de la realidad para que la esclavitud al pecado parece cómoda.

Puede ser que esto concepto parece difícil y se de miedo. Tal vez pensemos, “¿Cómo nosotros debemos superar estos vicios que han tenido tanta autoridad en nuestras vidas por tanto tiempo?”


Por eso, vamos a prender con una mejor definición del “arrepentimiento”.

Hay que notar que hay dos partes del “arrepentimiento”, confesión y el esforzarnos con “todo lo posible” del v. 14.

Igualmente, hay dos partes de la confesión también.

Muchos fijan en el obvio de recontar los pecados pasados y pierden el punto que, tal vez, sea aún más importante de la confesión.

Esto punto que es demasiado pasado por alto es la adición de confesar que, sí, hemos pecado en el pasado, pero aún más admitimos que nuestros corazones son tan egoisticos que aceptamos que vamos a volver a pecar otra y otra vez, Y que la única forma que vamos a pecar menos es por crecer en nuestro entendimiento de la gracia (del amor) por experimentar arrepentimiento por nosotros mismos de nuevo y de nuevo.

Por eso, cuando estamos desanimados en ver la senda de la paz que tela adelante, es importante recordar que la esencia misma de “ser diligentes” o “hacer todo lo posible” en v. 14 no es que camináramos el camino solos, sino que vendríamos humildemente a los pies de Jesús y que le permitimos a Él levantarnos y aún llevarnos por el camino de paz (v. 14).

No hacemos “todo lo posible” para caminar ninguna distancia solos. Hacemos “todo lo posible” para postrarnos donde mismo que estamos, porque El Maestro ya ha venido a dónde estamos y ha estado esperándonos.

A eso refiere Pedro cuando habla de “tener en cuenta que la paciencia con que nuestro Señor nos trata es para nuestra salvación” (v. 15).

Pedro nos amonesta para confiar en la gracia de Dios, para nosotros, como el primer, y último, paso que jamás necesitamos tomar por el “camino de la paz”.


Entonces, ¿como se ve cuando volvemos al pecado?

Sería como si Jesús nos llevara por la senda de la paz interna y nosotros empujándonos violentamente de sus brazos para ver que hay por el otro camino, cual es pecado.

Lo más maduros que somos en la gracia, lo más rápido entendemos que solo porque fuimos a ver que había por la senda del pecado, no significa que somos obligados a doblar por esto camino. Digamos, aún si tomamos pasos por la senda, puede ser que la rapidez de que nos postramos, es un espectro para medir crecimiento en la gracia.

Si, era malo que rebelamos violentamente contra nuestro salvador. Pero, como maduramos en gracia, nos da cuenta, cada vez más rápidamente, cuando doblamos la cabeza y miramos atrás que Él ya está rodillado en una posición para recibirnos en sus brazos de nuevo, y para llevarnos aún más allá por la senda de paz.

Sabemos que Dios no crea la maldad, pero que Él puede utilizar la maldad, como nuestro pecado, aun para nuestro bien. Así, cada vez que arrepentimos de nuevo y experimentamos Su gracia de nuevo, nuestro entendimiento y fe en Su gracia es fortalecido y eso es como “crecemos en la gracia y el conocimiento de nuestro salvador Jesucristo” (v. 18).


Ahora que tenemos la idea de cómo se ve “caminar por el camino de paz interna” pero, ¿como se ve caminar por la senda proverbial del pecado y deformar nuestras percepciones de la realidad para que una vida engañada en el pecado nos parece cómodo?

Primero, notamos que él que miente a Dios es Él que distorsiona verdades escriturales que son descritos como “difíciles de entender” (v. 16). Eso es para crear incertidumbre, lo cual, sucesivamente, crea la confusión. De esto vienen muchas enseñanzas falsas que alistan una fundación inestable para que otros construyan un entendimiento torcido de la realidad encima.

Un ejemplo de cómo las realidades falsas llegan a ser enseñanzas falsas es:

  • Juanito tiene 18 años y él manipula el versículo en el principio del Evangelio de Juan, que habla de cómo Jesús cambió el agua a vino, para justificar su adicción al alcohol y su amor para emborracharse.
  • Eso es una realidad falsa.
  • Unos años después, alguien, tal vez menor de edad, que está explorando la gracia del evangelio, pregunta al mismo Juan (ahora está más viejo el Juan). Pregunta el joven, “Juan, ¿cómo es que dices que sigues a Cristo, pero te emborrachas?”
  • Juan responde, “porque Jesús cambió el agua a vino, por eso se puede emborracharse.”
  • Ahora la realidad falsa ha llegado ser una enseñanza falsa.

En otras palabras, eso es mentir a Dios en nuestros corazones. Después de todo, ¿el opuesto de la verdad es la mentira, ¿No?

Entonces, ¿dónde termina esto camino?

También en v. 16 nos confirma Pedro que la senda de pecado termina en “la condenación”.

Entonces, ¿cómo podemos saber cuándo nosotros o alguno de nuestros queridos está viviendo en el pecado?

¿Recuerdan que el acto de arrepentirse consiste de dos partes? La confesión y esforzarnos “con todo lo posible”.

Una pista para nosotros que vivimos en pecado es que nuestro arrepentimiento no es completo. Digamos, tal vez solo hayamos confesados nuestros pecados pasados, pero no hayamos madurados en la gracia para confesar que nuestros corazones mismos son egoisticos y rebeldes.

O, tal vez hayamos cumplido con las dos primeras partes, pero no nos esforzamos con todo lo posible para que Dios [nos] encuentra en paz, sin mancha ni culpa”.

Recuérdense que esta expresión de hacer “todo lo posible” es blanco y negro. No hay área gris. Somos completamente dedicados o completamente, al contrario.

Por lo tanto, esta devoción no está completa en el corazón de los que no están quitando todos los tropiezos potenciales de sus vidas.

Por ejemplo:

  • Si confesamos adicción al alcohol, pero no botamos nuestro alcohol, nuestro arrepentimiento no es completo.
  • Si confesamos nuestra lucha con el chisme, pero vemos fotonovelas todo el día, probablemente no estamos esforzándonos con “todo lo posible” como Pedro nos está llamando.
  • Si confesamos que tenemos sexo con nuestros novias o novios, pero seguimos viviendo con ellos, nuestro arrepentimiento probablemente no está completo.
  • Si confesamos una adicción a la pornografía, pero guardamos materiales pornográficos en casa y no buscamos a la contabilidad con nuestra actividad en el internet, no estamos esforzándonos con “todo lo posible” que Pedro está llamándonos.

Así, si no atacamos a todos los tropiezos conocidos en nuestras vidas con “todo lo posible” y todavía proclamamos que seguimos al Maestro, estamos mintiendo y somos los mismos de que refiere Pedro, en este pasaje, que son “los ignorantes”, “débiles”, y “malvados” que “tuercen” las escrituras que nos enseñan de la realidad, porque son la palabra verdadera, sin error, de Dios.


Esto nos presente a unos de nosotros con un ultimátum que nos deja mirando por la senda de paz con miedo y aprehensión.

Tal vez entendamos el proceso general del arrepentimiento, pero no podemos pensar claro para tomar el paso primero.

El paso primero siempre es postrarnos a los pies de Cristo en humildad. No solamente confesando nuestros pecados pasados, pero también que ni tenemos esperanza en nosotros mismos para tomar el próximo paso sin Él enseñarnos como, y aun llevándonos.

No le permites al enemigo (el diablo) fijarte los ojos en el camino, sino quédate en el presente y manténganse los ojos en Él que te lleva y recuerda que Él (Jesucristo) es el salvador del mundo.

Así el llamado de Pedro para esforzarnos con “todo lo posible” (v. 14) es más fácil que distorsionar la realidad para estar cómodos viviendo en el pecado, porque no es nuestra esfuerza que ocupamos para caminar por el camino de paz.

Recuérdense el primero y último paso que tenemos que tomar por esto camino de paz es postrarnos dónde mismo que estamos, y allí mismo ya nos encontraremos a los pies del Señor. No porque hemos caminado ninguna distancia, pero porque Jesucristo sacrifico y venció todo para nosotros.

Él camino toda la distancia. ¡ya!


Aplicaciones practicables para esforzarse “con todo lo posible” sin esforzarnos:

  • Biblia
    • Los evangelios nos enseñamos a nosotros quien es el Salvador en quién podemos confiar.
    • Los salmos nos ayudan que no somos los primeros ni los últimos para experimentar sufrimiento y tentaciones en este mundo y nos enseñan como orar a Dios.
  • Formar amistades con otros que también desean crecer en el entendimiento de la gracia de Dios. Típicamente se hacen por participar en una iglesia. En seleccionar una iglesia, hay dos cosas que son esenciales.
    • La iglesia cree que La Biblia es inspirada por Dios, y que no hay error en este libro como fue escrito originalmente.
    • El segundo es que la familia de creedores cree que Jesús es parte de la Trinidad, y que solo podemos ser salvos por Él. Cuál es el contenido de esto mensaje entero.
    • ¿Se puede creer en Dios sin congregarse? Obvio que sí, pero Jesús nota que aun los demonios creen en Dios.
    • La pregunta mejor sería, “¿Puedo esforzarme ‘con todo lo posible’ para seguir a Cristo y aprender de la gracia que dios tiene para mí, y no participar en una familia de iglesia?”
    • La respuesta, de nuevo, es obvio. “No”. Eso tampoco significa que debemos medir nuestra madurez espiritual por cuantas reuniones de iglesia que asistimos por semana. Esto significa simplemente que Dios quiere que buscamos relaciones y actividades que nos desafían madurar en nuestros entendimientos de Su gracia.
  • Últimamente, hable con Dios. La oración no debe ser fijado en las palabras bonitas que adornan la oración, aunque imagino que eso puede ser bonito a Dios también, sino fijado en compartir los profundos de nuestros corazones con Dios. Eso típicamente toma tiempo y reflexión silente entre frases y oraciones.
    • Aun puedes buscar oraciones escritos de otros para ayudarse con cómo hablar con Dios.

Give Your Best Effort Effortlessly.

2 Peter 3:14–18 (NRSV)

14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also, our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

 

Peter’s call to “strive” is easier than distorting reality to make sin comfortable.

Why do we want to change the scriptures and create false teachings?

To distort reality so that living in sin is comfortable.

Who twists the truth?

The ignorant, lawless, and unstable. (vv. 16 and 17)

We all want to be at peace as described in v 14, and to enjoy the comfort peace brings.

Does Jesus want us to be at peace as well?

Of course. Jesus always wants the best for us.

What way does Jesus instruct us to find peace?

By “striving to be found blameless”.

Other Scriptures that refer to this striving, with everything we have, are:

  • Deuteronomy 6:5 (NRSV)  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”

  • Matthew 12:30 (NRSV) “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

  • Revelation 3:16 (NRSV) “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

In summary, this is the attitude of repentance.

Therefore, the scripture instructs us that the best way for us to “be at peace” is to have a wholehearted attitude of repentance, and not to do the sinful opposite which is twisting our perception of reality so that slavery to sin seems comfortable.

This may sound hard and be scary. We might be thinking, “How are we supposed to overcome these vices that have had such authority in our lives for so long?


That’s why it seems good to start with a better definition of “repentance”.

Firstly, there are two parts of “repentance”.

Confession and “striving to be found without spot of blemish” (v. 14).

Likewise, there are two parts to “confession”.

A lot of people focus on the obvious part of recounting one’s past sins to God, and miss what may be the more important point of confession.

This aspect is the confession that not only have we sinned in the past, but we also accept that our hearts are so selfish that we will return to sin time and time again, and that the only way that we are going to sin less is by growing in grace through personal experience of repentance again and again.

Therefore, when we are discouraged at the sight of the proverbial “road to peace” that looms ahead, it is important to remember that the very essence of this “striving” is not that we would walk the road alone, or even holding the hand of Jesus, but rather that we would humbly come to His feet and let Him pick us up and carry us down the road.

We are not “striving” (with our whole heart) to walk any distance at all. We are “striving” to prostrate ourselves right where we are. Jesus has already come to meet us and has been waiting.

This is what Peter means when admonishing us to “regard the patience of our Lord as salvation” in v. 15.

Peter is admonishing us to trust in God’s grace for us as the first, and last, step we ever need take down this “road of peace”.


So then, what does it look like when we return to sin?

That would be like Jesus carrying us down the “road of internal peace” and us violently pushing ourselves out of his arms to explore a different road that is sin.

The more mature we are in grace, the more quickly we understand that just because we looked down this road, that doesn’t mean we are obligated to take it. Even if we take steps down the road, the speed at which we humbly prostrate ourselves may be a spectrum to measure growth in grace.

Yes, it was wrong of us to violently rebel against our master, but as we grow in grace, we more quickly realize that when we turn back to Him, we will see that He is already kneeling down in a position to receive us into his arms to carry us even further down the road of peace.

We know that God does not create evil, but that he can use evil, like our sinful rebellion, for good. Thus, every time we repent and experience grace anew, our understanding and faith in His grace is strengthened and that is how we “grow in the grace and knowledge of our savior” (v. 18).


Now that we have an idea of what it looks like to walk down the road to internal peace, let’s see what does it look like to walk down the road of sin, or to twist our perception of reality to make living in sin seem comfortable to us?

First, we note that he who lies to God takes scriptural truths “that are hard to understand” (v. 16) and uses uncertainty to create confusion. Many false teachings come from this confusion that prepare an “unstable” (v. 16) foundation ready for others to choose to build their own warped realities.

An example of how these false realities create false teachings:

  • Johnny is 18 years old and uses the passage of Jesus turning water into wine, recording in the beginning of The Gospel of John, to justify his addiction to alcohol and his love for being drunk.
  • This is someone warping their own reality.
  • A few years later a younger person, exploring the grace offered by the gospel, asks now-older-Johnny, “Why are you getting drunk all the time and still saying that you follow Jesus?”
  • Johnny responds, “Well you see, Jesus turned water into wine. Therefore, it’s ok get drunk.”
  • Now the false reality has become a false teaching.

Another way to describe this twisting of truth might be, “lying to God”. After all, lying is the opposite of truth.

So, where does this sinful lying to God lead us to?

“[T]heir own destruction” (v. 16).

So, how can we tell when we (or someone we love) are walking (living) in sin?

Do you remember that the act of repentance consists of two parts? Confession and “striving” with everything we have (v. 14).

A hint for us that we are living in sin is that our repentance is uncomplete. We may have only confessed our past sins, but haven’t matured in grace to understand that we must also confess that our very hearts are selfish and rebellious.

Or, maybe we have completed the first two pieces of the puzzle that make up confession, but we aren’t “striving to be found by Him at peace, without spot or blemish”.

Remember that the “striving” Peter references is “black and white”. Its either all in or all out. There is no “gray area”.

Therefore, this complete devotion to be blameless before God is not present in the heart of anyone who is not removing all known temptations in their lives.

For example:

  • If we confess getting drunk, but don’t dump our alcohol, repentance is not complete.
  • If we confess our struggle with gossip, but watch soap operas all day, we’re probably not “striving” in the sense that Peter encourages us.
  • If we confess that we have sex with our girlfriend/boyfriend and will not live separately until we are married, our repentance probably is not complete.
  • If we confess a porn addiction, but still keep pornography in the house or won’t seek accountability with our internet access, we’re not “striving” in the sense that Peter encourages us.

Therefore, when we are not “striving” with everything we have to attack known stumbling blocks in our lives, we are the very ones that peter is referring to who are ignoring, unstable, and lawless (who distort reality to make slavery to sin feel peaceful).


That presents some of us with a very severe ultimatum that leaves us looking down the “road of peace” with apprehension and fear.

Maybe we understand the general process now, but can’t think straight to take the first step.

The first step is always prostrating ourselves at the feet of Jesus in humility. Not just confessing our sin, but also that we don’t even have any hope in ourselves to take the next step without him showing us how and, even carrying us, down the “road of peace”.

Don’t let the devil scare you by focusing your eyes on the difficulty of the road. Stay in the present and keep your eyes on the one who is carrying you and remember that He is the savior of the world.

So, Peter’s call to “strive” (wholeheartedly) is easier than distorting reality to make sin comfortable, because the effort given is not our own, but Christ’s.

Please remember, Peter is admonishing us to trust in God’s grace for us as the first, and last, step we ever need take down this “road of peace”.


Practical applications for learning how to “Give Your Best Effort, Effortlessly”:

  • Learn about the character and strength of God by reading the gospels of the New Testament.
  • Learn how to pray by reading The Psalms, located in the middle of the bible. The Psalms are also helpful because they show us how others, biblical characters that we know God loved, go through trials and sufferings. We benefit from reading how they cried out to God.
  • Make friends with others who also seek to grow in their understanding of Grace. This is typically done by participating in church. When selecting a church, two traits stick out among the rest as essential.
    • The church believes that The Bible is inspired by God, and that there are no mistakes in this book as it was originally written.
    • The second is that the family of believers believes that Jesus Christ is part of the tri-un (trinity) God-head, and that we can only be saved through him. Which is what this entire message is about! J
    • Can you believe in God without attending church? Obviously, but as Jesus notes, “even the demons” believe in God.
    • The better question would be, “Can I give my all (do my very best) to follow Christ and learn about God’s grace for me and not participate in church?
    • The answer is, again, obvious. “No”. This also does not mean that we should measure our spiritual maturity by how many services they attend per week. It simply means that God wants us to be looking for relationships and activities that challenge us in our growth in His grace.
  • Lastly, talk to God. Prayer shouldn’t be focused on the pretty words that adorn the heart of our prayer, even though I imagine God appreciates them as well, but focusing on sharing the depths of our hearts with God. This usually takes time and silent reflection in between phrases and sentences.

Undiscouraged – October 2017

Good afternoon everyone, I’ll try to be as to the point as possible as there is a log to cover this month.

First off, the herniated disc in my back is feeling much better as we’re in the second week of therapy and medical treatment. The physical therapist has been showing me ways to help avoid a reoccurrence of the problem.

Iglesia de Cristo Capitán Thompson: Youth meetings continue to take place every Saturday evening with a peak in attendance two Saturdays ago. The attendance thus far has been something like 3, 2, 3, 8, 3. Members of the church are determined to get attendance up in an effort to reach out to the immediate community. One person promised to send their children and vowed that they had convinced to new youth to “promise” to come as well. That family ended up being in another part of Santiago, but what is interesting and even bothersome is that some members seem to be forcing their seventeen and eighteen-year-old children to attend. We suspect that there is at the least significant social pressure guiding the youth’s decision to attend… and to attend the Sunday worship services as well. Another participant has decided not to return as she feels too old for the group. While it is good that parents are trying to take responsibility for their children, forcing or manipulating anyone into seeking Christ is not the right way to go.

However, every week I get better at working with Daniela and Mike on developing important topics well for the youth meetings. And even though numbers are small, trust is growing with us that do attend. Miguel (the pastor) joined us for the second half of last week’s meeting and people seemed more trusting as they saw they’re pastor approve of the material being discussed. I will ask him to “pop in” spontaneously in the future to help with the trust building. The youth and I set up a time to play basketball, as I am trying to add dynamic to our relationships, but only one showed up. I’ll continue to reach out to the known youth of the community (those that have affiliation to the church through family) in this same way in the future until I am successful in reaching out to other youth in the community. A creative way to evangelize to the immediate community, especially youth, is also being brainstormed and developed.

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This is a picture of the youth meeting that had the highest attendance, thus far. 🙂 

Every Thursday evening members of the congregation gather together to pray for the youth of the community. It strikes me as odd that the members gather together to pray to God for the youth while not actually praying in unity or even listening to each other. Everyone prays at the same time, out-loud, and the person with the loudest voice is heard most. It doesn’t make sense to come together to share a time of prayer before God if we aren’t going to share the actual prayer we’re praying before God. With that in mind, I have asked for, and received permission from, Miguel to share a short update on what has and will be going on with the youth meetings in hopes of unifying us in prayer before God. The end goal is that we would all share a prayer, together, before God (taking turns speaking and listening to one another’s prayers), but those kinds of changes have to do with deeper doctrine and it will probably take time and trust before someone to be open to something that contradicts a religious belief they have held their entire lives. The good news is that with every week that passes, every youth meeting or worship service we attend, every extra activity we reach out with, we build trust. We ARE realistic, but we are NOT discouraged!

Inner-church Evangelistic Project: We moved forward with our first pre-scheduled meeting for studying evangelism, which consist of a series of classes, concerning or related to evangelism, taught by Luis Vejar (the Chilean pastor heading the group) or by Mike Boyce (president of the newly-formed Bible institute in Santiago). Over the next few months we may be part of this Chilean-developed and Chilean-focused evangelism project that reaches out to young people in Santiago and the broader country. The plan is to be merely supportive in this ministry. It is not part of my life goal and that has been communicated to those involved. The plan is to stay focused on doing a few things with excellence instead of doing a lot of things halfway.

People in need: Yesterday I had the opportunity to swing by my Haitian friend’s house, the one you’ve been reading about for the past half a year or so… He was under the weather, so I got so share some left-over meds with him and some healthy veggies I picked up for him and his family at the street market on my walk over. We always have such a good time talking and he and his family are even invited to Daniela and I’s wedding in January. Hopefully I’ll be able to get him a job interview at a factory where a friend is veteran employee in accounting. It’s usually best not to just hand out great opportunities like this to the first person you meet going through a hard time, but since our relationship has been developing for some time now and it is easy to see that my friend takes advantage of what he has, I hope this possible job opportunity will help him, his family and their relationship with our family as well. The friend who works at this company is also a minister and would be a great friend to my Haitian friend and his family. I don’t mean to single him out as Haitian, it’s just the best way to identify him without giving his name. LOL. J

Studying: I did have the opportunity to do some studying last week, although there is still much ground to cover to get caught back up. The stand-up desk I jimmy-rigged has been disassembled and now we’re hoping that I’ll be able to sit and study for decent periods of time by using the stretches and exercises taught by the physical therapist.

That’s a bit of a black and white informational update. Click the link below of the “Prayer Partnership” tab for more on how you can pray better for Cornerstone Chile Mission.

https://cornerstonechilemission.org/prayer-partnership/