Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to lift Cornerstone Chile Mission up in prayer. Our long-term goal is to pass information gained from seminary onto Chilean non-believers, church-members, and friends-in-ministry. Please always have this goal in your prayers before God that he would bless us with wisdom, direction, and providence.
New prayer requests and prayer updates are in bold.
Things for which to join in celebrating with us are in GREEN.
EVERYTHING IS NEW RIGHT NOW! 🙂
Back on the Mend: Well some of you know that last weekend the supposed herniated disc in my back became inflamed again. I was on a church outing with the local Capitan Thompson church and they had to help me into the van early to lay down, because of the pain. And Daniela has been bringing me food in bed because I have been unable to sit and eat, just to give you an idea of the debilitating effect it has had. I have been in bed all week, and can tell that things are healing now.
Irregardless, my mother-in-law (Pati) went with me to the neurosurgeon yesterday, because I prefer not to have this keep happening as it brings almost everything in life to an unwanted screeching halt. Anyhow, Pati acted as a buffer (of understanding) between the neurosurgeon and I, as it is important for me to understand EVERYTHING well when considering surgery. We’ll know more in a couple of weeks. My goal is to finish the semester before doing surgery.
The upside is that the congregation of Capitán Thompson was able to help me in a time of real need and pain. I relied on them to help me in a situation I could not have gotten out of on my own and this trust and relationship building we’ve been talking about took another step. Please pray that God would lead Dani and I in the way we should go in ministry.
Another upside is that God has opened my heart up to be more understanding of and compassionate towards disabled people (cripples or anyone DEPENDENT on another to live). It’s a little scary wondering if you’re going to get better or not and thinking what life would be like if you didn’t. BUT, thank God that I should be just fine. 🙂
This Sunday, February 25: I’ve been able to get to know one youth more and am noticing that he seems to be sincerely interested in studying theology. I believe he is still too young to participate in the Christian Restoration Bible Institute founded by Mike Boyce and Cornerstone ChileAN Mission, but would like to re-introduce the family to the Boyce’s and try to strengthen the contact so that as the young man grows he and his family may be more comfortable with his participation in the seminary, if he indeed decides to pursue such a path.
Mike will be preaching in the close by community of El Bosque at the church that friendly Salomon pastors. This is a great opportunity for the young man and his family to get to know Mike better. It is a great opportunity all the way around to establish a stronger Christian community on the South side of Santiago.
The Boyce’s and Daniela and I are planning on having lunch together after the service on Sunday if my back is ok. We will wait until sunday to decide if we are able to spend the extra time out of the house for lunch, and if so, we will then invite Salomon and the aforementioned young man’s family to eat with us. This would be ideal as these are the times when conversation can be more meaningful and stronger bonds can be formed. Please pray that God provides for a great day of relationship building and a healthy back for Sunday. WE’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY! 🙂
Johnson University: I’m beginning the last project (an exegetical research paper) of one course, and apart from finding a lot of personal application from the passage 1 Corinthians 4:1-13, I’m also invigorated at a great idea for applying exactly what I’m learning, in ministry. Over the next few months, I’ll be exploring, and possibly developing a method for, turning research papers into real-life Bible studies that can help people to study the Bible better on their own and take sound applications from Scripture for the continued transformation of their lives. I have already began reaching out to some pastors in the area to see if they’d permit me to share my research paper in a 4-6 week Bible study with their congregations. Praise God for the idea (guidance).
Praise God that he has taken this ministry so far, already, from where it started, in connecting with the Churches in Chile, and developing a way to share healthy methods of Bible study with them. I’m also still looking forward to a visit to the south this Fall, around April or May, to get to know the Iglesias de Cristo in the south better. I suppose we better plan that before the surgery as well, if that is indeed what the doc. decides to do. 🙂
There is so much to be thankful for right now. We’re also thankful for your support as well, in whatever way you partner with us here in Santiago.
Speaking of support, Chris informed me that the receipts for “charitable giving” for 2017 were recently sent out. They may already be in your mailbox. Thank you all for being steady in your giving. 🙂
IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT, BEGINNING THIS YEAR, SOME OF YOUR FINANCIAL GIVING WILL BE USED FOR THE TUITION AND FEES OF THE MASTER OF ARTS IN NEW TESTAMENT PROGRAM AT JOHNSON UNIVERSITY. A note will be added to the financial partnership page as well. Thank you!
All this seems to be finally coming together and taking shape! It’s all possible because of God’s blessing in our lives! 🙂 There, undoubtedly, will still be hard times and struggle mixed with the blessing, but by his grace we’ll still be praising his name! 🙂