You will find below our newsletter, but to see it with pictures please open the attached .pdf file.
In Christ's Love,
Jonathan & Bethany
“I will instruct you and
teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
~ Psalm 32:8 ~
Since we first landed here in Peru it has been a wonderful place of growing and changing and learning to be more like Jesus. Jonathan first came here in summer of '08 and Bethany in summer of '09. Then, we arrived, in God's direction, as a married couple on July 2, 2010. We planned on staying as long as God directed us. We never knew how long He would keep us here but just like Proverbs 16:9 says “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”God has used the believers here to encourage us, challenge us and love us. Each person He has brought into our life here has taught us something! We are so encouraged by how God has been strengthening us as a married couple here too! All in all, the time God has given us in Peru has been tremendous and we won't take any of it back.
Since December, we have been praying for the Lord's direction about our next step as missionaries. After much prayer and seeking godly counsel, God has shown us that His next step for us is to move to the USA. God has shown us this is His next step for us through several means. We would like to share a few with you now. We have seen that there will soon be a huge transition time in our life. We began to see that when our fellow missionaries, the Fowlers, arrive here we will need to find a new house and also a new ministry as we have been filling in for them while they've been gone. We saw that God was pushing us on to something else. We also began to pray and think about building stronger relationships with our closest supporters, our families, in the States. After our marriage, we were not able to spent the needed amount of time with them in order to the build strong, lasting relationships that we desire with them. We saw God instructing us to move to the USA in order to build stronger relationships with them. We have a great desire to be heavily involved in a church-centered ministry serving as missionary pastor and wife. We love one-on-one discipling and the close relationships that are developed between a pastor and wife and a local church. We know there is need for pastors/church-planters in the States and so God taught us that He wants us to minister in the USA. Do we still see a need in Peru? Of course!! There is always a need everywhere. Lord willing, we hope to come to Peru, in the future, on some short-term training trips. However, we see that the combination of what God has instructed us and taught us is leading us to the USA to minister, as long as He directs.
We are so thankful for our team here, Delwin & Techy Fowler, who are presently in the states working on Techy's citizenship, and Daniel & Mattie Melendez, who are working alongside us here in Peru. We've enjoyed getting to know Daniel & Mattie over the last 8 months or so. They are a godly couple seeking to serve the Lord. Delwin and Techy have been such a blessing to our life and have become dear friends. We know God will continue to use Delwin & Techy and Daniel & Mattie in the ministry here. Please continue to pray for them in the work here as God uses them. 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” They have a very valuable ministry.
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Some things you should know:
We love the ministry!! We desire to stay in long-term ministry where ever God leads us. We will be staying in ministry, will be staying with Tentmakers Bible Mission, and will be staying in the service of the LORD!!! We will also still be missionaries and are so thankful for your continued support in this next step of God's will.
Still planning. . . We are, of course, still in the planning, packing, planning, packing stage so, we not every detail is ironed out. We are praying about and looking into ministry in the Utah/Idaho mission field area.
Going forward!! We know that this is not a step back for us. Oh, NO, this is a step forward for us in God's will for our life. Thank you so much for being with us in your prayers and your financial support!
When? Lord willing we will be arriving in the states on June 1st.
~ Please continue to pray for us as we seek the Lord's direction about the specific place He wants us to minister.
~ Thank you all for your prayers as we continue the Lord's work here in Tarapoto. Please keep praying for Jonathan as he preaches and teaches here in the church. Pray that our Spanish would only get better and better.
~ A team from the States will be arriving on February 26th and staying through March 7th !! We are anticipating there arrival and wrapping up details for their stay so, we covet your prayers about this.
~ Please continue to pray for the field here in Peru as there is still a great need for training the local believers here.
~ Please pray for the people to whom we will minister next and whom will minister next to us. Pray for God to direct us to them and them to us and all our hearts to be open to His will.
~ Please feel free to email and ask us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing back from you.
We love you all and are thankful for you love for us!! ¡Muchas gracias por tus oraciones! Thank you all so much for you prayers!!
In Christ's Love,
Jonathan & Bethany
-- Jonathan & Bethany Koehn serving in the San Martín Project in Peru. Serving God with http://www.tentmakersbiblemission.org If God has directed you to support please go to https://tentmakers.webconnex.com/giving/southamerica Skype: jonathan.g.koehn Facebook: JonathanandBethany Koehn Email: JBKoehn@customgraphicwork.com Website: http://todeclarechrist.customgraphicwork.com ----If you would like to be removed ----from my emailing please let me know, ----thank-you.