"And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles." Acts 14:27 God has been working with us. HE has done great things! Please read the update below and find out what HE has done with us!
The above picture is an after service fellowship meal we had at Casa de la Biblia on September 11, 2016. We had a wonderful time of food, fellowship, and volleyball!
Greetings To Declare Christ Blog Reader, We want to start by thanking you so much for your prayers for us. They have not gone unnoticed nor been ineffective! In fact, we have seen them working right before our eyes in the lives and hearts of the Hispanics/Latinos who we minister to here in Parachute and the surrounding area.
The past few months we have blessed to have God work with us in being able to start a bi-weekly youth group again! We had youth group in the past but it phased out and now we have it again with a completely different group of youth. Right now we have 5 young men (ages 12-15) attending youth group every other Saturday. Jonathan does a wonderful job, by God's grace, of loving these boys with Christ's love and teaching them about the truths of God's Word. They come from varying backgrounds and so we ask that you pray for them to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some come with doubts, some with confusion, and others with disinterest. Please pray for Daniel, Austin, Victor, Cristian, and Jacob!
God has also allowed us to continue women's Bible study every other Wednesday morning! We are blessed to have anywhere from 1 to 7 women attend. Bethany enjoys teaching and befriending these ladies! Please pray for these women! Several of them have been growing spiritually by leaps and bounds! We praise GOD for the changes HE has made. One woman, who stated at the beginning of our relationship with her that she wasn't going to call herself a Christian, has told us that she has decided to trust in Jesus as her Savior!! Praise HIM!! Please pray for Anabel, Dalinda, Liz, Karina, Luz, Angelica, Maria, Nohemi, and Juana.
God has also been doing something amazing on Sunday mornings that we have been blessed to witness! Several of the husbands and fathers who had not been attending are now attending!! WOW!!! What an amazing answer to prayer!! Thank you sooooo much for praying! Please keep praying for Rolando, Nicolas, Pedro, David, Beto, Trindad, and Ricardo! We long to see these families come together under Christ!
There are still several precious children attending children's service which begins at the same time as Jonathan's sermon on Sundays. Please pray for these special young ones! We know that a couple of them have trusted in Christ as their Savior but we continue to pray for the others! Will you pray too? Please?! Pray for Estrella, Rosalinda, Victor, Dylan, Daniel, Kimberly, Cristian, and Emelina!
God has been working and moving in our hearts at missionaries and growing our desire to reach out to the surrounding communities of Hispanics/Latinos. Will you pray with us for God's wisdom? We would love to start a Bible study in Rifle which is about 20 minutes from us. Please pray for an open door there! We also have a growing desire to travel to Mexico for a short-term trip and meet the family members for the folks who attend Casa de la Biblia. Please pray with us for this desire to be in accordance with God's will!
Lastly, here are a few more names for you to pray over. The people that attend Casa de la Biblia are so precious to us and God has also given us friends outside of Casa de la Biblia who we have been witnessing to and loving. Please pray for Juan & Lisa, Ashley, Nathan, Briana, Daisy, Ana, Pascuala, Ismael, Juan, Esmeralda, Diego, Ursula, Ignacio, Aicela, Enir, Silvia, Marcela, Isabel, and Fredy.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your prayers are invaluable!
Personal Family Update
We have had a wonderful summer and fall as a family. Earlier in the summer we spent a week+ at Twin Peaks Bible camp! Jonathan was the chapel speaker and we both taught the missionary hour as well. Our children thoroughly enjoyed making new friends and going on adventures in God's great creation!
Enoch, our youngest, turned 1 on August 4th! It's hard to believe our children are growing so quickly! Hadassah is now 4 years old. Ezekiel is 3 years old. Elisha is 2 years old. And Enoch, of course, is 1 year old. They keep us very busy and we are so blessed by their love for life, curiosity, and desire to know about Jesus. Both of us are teaching them preschool which is a blessing and challenge all wrapped up in one.
We also enjoyed a little family vacation for a few days this fall up in the mountains of Colorado about 2 hours from our home. The above picture is from that time together. It was so quiet and calm there and we were refreshed and renewed by time with the Lord, time as husband and wife, and time with our children.
We are both picking up little "tentmaking" jobs this month, Lord willing, and would ask that you pray for us as we shift our schedule. It is our desire that these small, additional (to ministry) jobs would not interfere greatly with our family life and ministry. Please pray for us! Please continue to pray for our family! Pray for our marriage! Pray for our children! Thank you.
Lastly, we wanted to ask you to pray with us as we prayerfully consider the adoption of a child. We have done some research and as excited as we are about this possibility we realize it is a challenging process! Please pray!
We are so grateful to each of you who pray for us and to those who support us financially! What a blessing you all are! We are soon to begin the process of making and printing updated prayer cards. If you would like to receive one (or more than one), respond to this email with your name and mailing address and the number of prayer cards you would like.
Also, if you are a member of Facebook, we have started a closed group called "To Declare Christ". We will be posting frequent photos and small ministry and family updates there. If you would like us to add you as a member, please respond to this email and let us know or contact us through Facebook and let us know. We have already added some of you to the group and if you would not like to be a part of the group at this time just let us know and we will take you off of it.
Lastly, if you are not currently supporting us via prayers and/or finances, we strongly encourage to seek God's will about what He would have you do! We are always looking for more prayers supporters. And at this time we are trying to raise our financial support as well! We thanksgiving goes up to God for each of you! Come and visit us anytime! Keep us in your prayers! We love you all in Christ!
Our Support Team: Sending Church: Richfield Bible Church in Richfield, UT Our Support Team: Believers throughout the World Mission Board: Tentmakers Bible Mission http://www.tentmakersbiblemission.org/ Partnering with Grace Bible Church of Parachute, Colorado to plant the Church "Casa de la Biblia" Partnering with Grace Bible Church of Collbran, Colorado in a Spanish Bible Study.