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Good morning, Church Family. MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE AND PRAYER. While the majority of our world leaves out the last element, His people (that’s US) know it is a blessing for us to be part of God’s plan to take the Good News of our Lord throughout the whole world in order to fulfill His Word. Most of these efforts are through our missionaries. So much is happening worldwide effecting missionaries, now coupled with the Corona Virus, that God has placed a desire in our hearts to pray for them as we receive communication from them. We ask that you join us. First, pray for the universal needs of virtually all missionaries and then briefly hear individual requests.
PLEASE KNOW THAT IT HAS BEEN BOTH A TOUGH AND A BLESSED MONTH FOR OUR MISSIONARIES AND THEIR FAMILIES. CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR:
o OPEN DOORS
o THAT GOD’S WORD WILL SPREAD
o FOR PROTECTION
o FOR TRAVEL
o FOR REFRESHMENT
Karla and Jim Gutel– National Field Representative for Specialized Intercultural Missionaries; SoCal Missionary Care Specialist
We asked for prayers for this family a few months ago. Isn’t it terrific that the Lord does not grow weary of hearing from us.!! At that time Jim was coming through multiple serious issues with his heart. Also, during this time Karla made a transition in ministry to serve as the SoCal Missionary Care Specialist to provide support for our Southern California Assemblies of God World and US missionaries to maintain health and growth in their personal lives and ministries. In addition to this, the National Office of the Assemblies of God Intercultural Missions asked her to serve as a National Field Representative to Specialized Intercultural Missionaries where she provides leadership for missionaries who serve throughout the United States. She supports, coaches and develops missionaries from recruitment through retirement. Jim continue as he is able in his role to assist their son, Joe, in Riverstone Chapel of Chatsworth.
Since our last prayer requests, their daughter Tracie had surgery on October 16; Jim continues to be quite ill; Karla’s brother died suddenly on October 20 and she was not able to go to Kansas for the funeral because of the health of Tracie and Jim. Karla’s request to us is, “my heart is heavy with grief right now so I would appreciate your prayers.” Let our Lord hear from us for this family!
Osmar and Linda Silva – Missionaries to Portugal
This family served as pastors for our San Ysidro Church for 9.5 years before the Lord called them to Portugal to help develop the severe shortage of pastors and pastoral support in the country. Linda’s parents, sister and niece/nephew live in Portugal. For the last month both Osmar and Linda have been recovering from Covid while still helping support the families who attend the numerous small churches they serve. In late October Linda’s precious dad went home to be with the Lord. Her mom (and the entire family) has been struggling through this loss. Osmar and Linda are also being supportive of Linda’s sister (who has suffered the mental deterioration from a benign brain tumor ),and her niece/nephew as well as continuing on with the work for which the Lord sent them. Pray for our hometown family!
Juan Carlos & Colette Gonzalez – Missionaries to Japan
This family has been working diligently to acquire property for the building of their church during these last years as they continue to hold services at a school and provide the activities needed for the families to continue to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Word. Now they have been told that they can no longer meet in the school. And this couple, who still has the most hopeful smile on their faces in their last video despite the fact that they also learned the land they were attempting to purchase for their church was sold out from their reach. The owner said with covid type delays, he could no longer wait for them to get the remainder of the money. The property was sold to someone else! They now ask us to “DREAM WITH US” for their Momochi Symphony Church! Meanwhile, they are working out having ‘church’ in their home. Encourage them, Lord.
Steve & Elizabeth Skipper – Missionaries/Supervisors of the LAC Strategic Network in Latin America
Just less than a month ago the latest newsletter from these long term and amazing missionaries said that they had received their 3rd and final extension to complete their itineration by December if they were going to be able to continue. They needed $392.42 of monthly support. A great number of our itinerating missionaries are up against the closure/shut down of churches and struggling to gain access to Christians who will continue to support their work. “WOW” was one of the words we responded back. A few weeks later we received an email in which Steve said that, “WOW in the Skipper dictionary describes two missionaries dancing and shouting around the house as they had received $325 in pledges that week!” And he got his doctorate.! Keep us looking up, Lord!
Please be praying for all of our South Coast Church Missionaries
and remember to continue your monthly giving to support
their work for the Lord around the world.
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