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24 Sep / A quick update

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Author: Matthew
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I know it has not been long since our last newsletter, but lots of things are going on in our lives and ministry that we would like to share with you. We are grateful to have you standing behind us, celebrating the victories that God brings about, and also shouldering the weight of spiritual challenges with us.

Please take the time to read about some specific things that you can be praying about.

Changes with Latin America Mission

Jennifer and I have been associated with Latin America Mission (LAM) in some capacity for over six years, during our time in Costa Rica and again since departing for Honduras. We appreciate their model for partnering with the Latin Church, as North Americans, supporting the work of spreading the Gospel. With a rich heritage of over 80 years in Gospel work, LAM is closing a chapter in its history, and is merging with United World Mission (UWM). While this agency is new to us, we have heard good things from friends at New Covenant Bible Church, and others with experience in missions. For those of you who have not received communication from United World Mission regarding your generous support of our family, please take a moment to visit this Web page: http://www.uwm.org/WelcomeLAM

The official merger will take place as of January 1st, 2014, and until that time, we ask that you continue your giving as usual to LAM. You should receive information in the coming weeks about how to update your giving through UWM for 2014.

We appreciate your continued support and want to thank you for your investment in Kingdom business through the work of United World Mission.

Upcoming Ministry Initiatives

Training of Christian Workers

In Casitas, we will be baptizing several church members, and so the coming weeks with be focused on teaching basic doctrines. Pray for Melvin and I as we alternate Thursdays, and preach on the Biblical basis for our faith in Christ. Next week, I will be preaching on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, and you can imagine that there are just a few passages I will need to be studying in the coming days!

During the Thursday discipleship time at Casitas, Melvin and I are team-teaching on Biblical Eldership. We have a group of 5 who are diligently undertaking this challenging study and who are excelling in the Scripture memorization assignments.  Our prayer is that a couple of the students who show an understanding of and calling to the important work of caring for Christ’s flock. (Acts 20:28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God,which he obtained with his own blood.)

Also, during the month of October, we will be having our third annual Ladies’ Day event, with the partnership of Madision Christian Church. A team of 11 will be here to host three separate 1-day events for the women of Iglesia Cristiana El Camino de La Vida. Please be praying for the teaching and testimonies that will be shared. The theme of the event is taken from the book of Colossians; each woman who attends will be given a Colossians study book and will be challenged to invest time digging into the rich truths that Paul shared with the church at Colossae.

Travels

Pastor Melvin and I will be making a five hour road trip to Chichigalpa, Nicaragua (Isn’t that fun to say? Chi-chi-gal-pa) where we have been invited to spend the weekend with a new pastor friend and his family. We both anticipate opportunities to preach God’s Word in the church there, and also likely on the air as we visit a Nicarguan radio station that has requested El Camino de La Vida programming.

In November, I will also be visiting Carpinteria Redeemer Church in Carpinteria, California. I am very excited to reconnect with Pastor Ryan Reed, and hopefully encourage the fledging church to consider the Scriptural mandate of sending evangelists into Judea, Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.

Getting Involved

Scholarship Funds Needed

In the coming months, we plan to conduct multiple training conferences in El Renuevo, Casitas, Tegucigalpa, and also in La Paz, near Nixon’s home. In order to undertake these training conferences, there are invariably a number of costs such as fuel, books, study materials, and lunch for those who attend. Last year, we had two friends send in special “scholarships” to Spanish World Ministries that allowed us to offer ten conferences topics such as how to study the Bible, the Gospel of Luke, the book of John, and other texts. On average, we invested between $50 and $100 for each seminar. Would you consider making a special gift to help provide a fund for these conferences for 2014? We are asking that if you feel led, that you make your gift through the radio ministry, by sending a check to:

Spanish World Ministries
P.O. Box 542 Winona Lake, IN 46590

Just specify that your gift is for pastoral training in Honduras.

The Prayers of the Saints

This past week has been exceptionally difficult as we learned that my Mom´s cancer has spread to her bones and is evident in four vertebrae. At this point, the pressure on the spinal cord and sciatic nerve make it very painful for Mom and challenging for her to walk. She has begun radiation already, as well as a myriad of other medications. Please lift my Mom and Dad (Ron & Donna) up during this challenging season for them. In our absence, we are very grateful for the tangible expressions of Christ´s love that you show to my parents.

We would also ask for your wisdom in considering a leave of absence to permit us to spend Christmas with our families.

Thanks for your unconditional love, support, and fervent prayers that we might faithfully serve our Savior and proclaim His coming Kingdom in all that we do!

Lovingly,

Matthew & Jennifer