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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 who are now nearly a year into dealing with the Corona Virus, trying to implement His plan no matter the tribulations they have faced. We ask that you join us in our desire to pray for them as we receive communication from them. First, pray for the universal needs of virtually all missionaries and then briefly hear individual requests.
Universally, virtually all missionaries ask that we pray for:
- OPEN DOORS
- THAT GOD’S WORD WILL SPREAD
- FOR PROTECTION
- FOR TRAVEL
- FOR REFRESHMENT
Steve and Evi Bartel– Colombia
“We have continued working with children and adolescents at high risk, but now we're putting a greater emphasis on evangelizing and discipling their families of origin as well. Since the government requirements put us into a straight-jacket where we couldn't bring the children into our homes and families (as we did for 33 years), we changed gears. The biological families are quite a challenge when, for generations, their culture is one of so much physical, verbal, emotional, and spiritual abuse. The environment is tense, full of violence, anger, and fear. Over the years, many street children we've worked with have told us that they escaped to the streets because they felt the streets were actually safer than their families!
To add to all this, due to Covid-19, the Colombian and Bogota authorities have very strongly restricted any kind of gatherings other than families in their own homes. So, all of our Bible clubs and drop-in -center have not been able to function in group settings since March 2020.
Our response has been to keep in close contact with the children while they live with their families of origin. Video chats, discipling by Zoom, praying over the phone, have all been used in both urgent crisis situations as well as day-in-and-day-out relationships. Many of our children's families lost their jobs and incomes, so we've been helping them out with taking a week or two of groceries, subsidizing a rent for the month or two, helping them move from rental housing to practically empty lots where they can kind-of camp out and not have to pay rent, assisting them with hospital stays and surgeries. We built a protective front wall for a great-grandma caring for her orphaned great-grandchildren, who were living in an empty lot with just tin roof walls and roof, many rats and roaches, dirt floors and rainy season keeping them halfway soaked for days at a time (we hope to give her a floor next). The wall was necessary because the great-granddaughter, who is only 7 years old, was at risk of being raped by passers-by.
Evi is an anointed counselor, and has spent many, many hours on the phone, encouraging, scolding, giving hope, sharing the Word, praying, and bringing people into a greater depth of relationship with the Lord. Some of the people she's counselled are suicidal, some are elderly or quite young, several have even been psychologists that are at the end of their abilities and strength, some have lost loved ones very suddenly to Covid.
One of our prayers is that, being confronted almost daily by such great needs, we wouldn't harden our hearts to the real people behind every need.”
Sherri and Doug Dreesen – Arabian Peninsula and
Kirk and Yvonne Jones - Panama
Both families have been able to return to their missionary country and both are looking for a place to call home. Many in our church family are not aware that often missionaries who are on itineration for
what is normally a year, do not have the funds to pay rent to keep their living space while they are trying to reconnect and, therefore, must search for both a place to keep their belongings/furniture while they are itinerating and must start over to find a place to live when they return to their missionary country. Let’s prayer for a safe home for both families.
Juan Carlos and Colette Gonzalez - Japan
“As some of you know, we were in negotiations for a three-story building for MSC. However, last August 2020 we had to let it go for lack of funds. We can’t take a loan here in Japan and our goal is to be able to buy it with cash. Some of you have been waiting to help us as soon as we get an actual building. We have seen many buildings and houses, but the Lord keeps impressing on us and through our leaders not to settle for less, rather find a place where our church can grow, ministries can flow, and future outreach can happen.
We need to know how much we can count on, so we can make a bid on a location. A step of faith again, but it is God’s timing that we are trusting. Less than 1% of the Japanese know Christ as their Saviour!
Would you please consider sending your best offering to our church plant account? Thank you.”
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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