Wednesday, May 18, 2011

To Declare Christ - May 2011

To Declare Christ”
May 2011

“At that time Jesus declared, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding
and revealed them to little children;'” Matthew 11:25
It is important to remember, along with Paul (I Cor. 2:1-5), that our salvation is not based in our own wisdom but in the power of God. Praise to God that it is through His power, and not our wisdom and understanding, that we have salvation. Dear believers, please learn, along with us, that as believers we need to stay rooted in God's power and we need to be careful not to rely on our wisdom and understanding (not that we don't study but, we recognize it is GOD's Word and not our word) in the life God has given us.
Celebrating Hugo's Birthday (who is in the middle) (To see this picture ask for a PDF copy of this newsletter)

Brotherly Fellowship – We have been enjoying lots of fellowship time with our Brothers and Sisters in the Community Bible Church here. One day after church we all headed to the river in a small rented bus. We had a great time eating, swimming, enjoying the sun, playing soccer and volleyball, and just sitting around talking together. We have also been celebrating quite a few birthdays (including our own) amongst all the Brothers and Sisters here lately and that has been a fun way to get together and enjoy celebrating the lives God has given to us.
The team came from all over the USA (To see this picture ask for a PDF copy of this newsletter)

Short-term Team – A team arrived from the USA in late February and was here for about 10 days. They ministered through a Pastor's Bible Conference which was held for 3 days. They all shared in the plaza (town square) and we enjoyed their sermons and testimonies here in the local church. We are thankful for God bringing them here for a time. We'd like to thank each one of them who encouraged us in the Lord during their short time here. We were very encouraged by you!!
Jonathan praying at a dedication service in the church (To see this picture ask for a PDF copy of this newsletter)

Keeping Busy – Jonathan is now preaching through the book of Ephesians and we have enjoyed all the deep truths found there and grown through studying this book in the church. Please pray for Jonathan as he preaches. Satan's attacks come unexpected at times and they can cause very interesting situations. But God has been teaching us, recently, that through Satan's attacks we learn to hold up the shield of faith “. . .with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:15)
We have also begun selling things and packing. Please pray for everything to sell that needs to sell. Also, we appreciate your prayers for us to have wisdom as we pack because when moving from one country to another the packing can get tricky :)

Praise & Prayer:
~ Praise for all the rain and cooler weather God has been giving us lately.
~ Prayer for God to direct us exactly where He wants us to minister for Him in the States.
~ Praise for the growth we have seen in our lives and the lives of the Brothers and Sisters here!
~ Prayer for God's provision for our upcoming needs as we move to the States – car, house, appliances, etc.
~ Praise to God for all the friendships and experiences He has given us here in Peru!!!

Thank you all for your prayers and support for us in so many ways!!
In Christ's Love,
Jonathan and Bethany Koehn
--  Jonathan & Bethany Koehn serving in the San Martín Project in Peru.   Serving God with If God has directed you to support please go to Skype: jonathan.g.koehn Facebook: JonathanandBethany Koehn Email: Website: ----If you would like to be removed ----from our emailing please let me know, ----thank-you.