Who wudda thunk...One year ago we left Venezuela due to political pressures there. We diligently sought the Lord's direction for future ministry. After praying over several invitations to various fields, we learned of the great need for a Hispanic ministry in Utah--the seat of Mormonism.
We have now been in Utah for 2 months, working hard to get a home set up and a ministry started. We are helping for a few months with a new church plant, Santaquin Baptist Church (English-speaking), and launching a Hispanic ministry in the Utah Valley area. We already do have a Spanish Sunday-school going (attendance 5-6) every Sunday at loaned facilities in Spanish Fork, UT.
We are planning a blitz-style outreach soon into known Hispanic communities. We are preparing special invitations and tracts now. Please pray with us for the Lord's working in hearts and for His direction in this "foreign" field right in our backyard.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
For some time the political and economic shifts in Venezuela were causing us to re-think our stay there. After much prayer and counsel, we have decided not to return to Venezuela after our return to the States to attend family business in December. Please pray for wisdom and direction for our family as the Lord changes our ministry direction.
So much has happened since my last posting on September 21st. On october 23rd our son-in-law Sam was hit by a truck while walking on the side of the road near his home in Maine. He was airlifted directly to a trauma center. We arrived in Maine on October 27th to be with our daughter Tabby and her girls. At this point, Sam's life in not in immediate danger, although he has blood clots in both legs, but his memory is still quite questionableand he cannot use his legs at all. He is hospitalized 2 hours from home which involves us staying in Bangor a couple of nights a week. Please pray for Tabby, Sam, and the girls as they work through this near-fatal accident. Also, our daughter Dannah was told on November 11 that she will probably deliver her babies in 2-3 weeks which is about 2-3 weeks ahead of what we expected. The earliest we could get tickets for Utah was December 2nd, and we are praying that she will wait until then to go. She has to have a Caesarean since one baby is breech and the other is transverse. Why is it that our kids have to be on opposite sides of the country?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Update: There were about 430 people that attended at the Medical Outreach on Saturday. About 10-12 made decisions for the Lord. What a blessing! Please pray that these new brothers and sisters will be easily placed in a church so that they can start growing. We praise the Lord for the power of His Word to heal men's souls.
Pete and I have both been teaching at the Baptist Bible Institute of Venezuela for some time now. This semester Pete is teaching Pentateuch (a first-year Bible class) and Administration (a fourth-year Christian Ed class). I am teaching Bible and Science, a study of how real truth and true science do not conflict. I really like teaching this class since I have a bio-chem major. So many Christians are sucked into the idea that science is bad when a study of nature actually reveals so much about God. Here in Venezuela few students are exposed to creation from a science point of view. We have a lot of fun in our class as well as good studies about what science really is.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Just so you know...I am married to a wonderful man, Pete, who has been my husband for 35 years. We have three great married children whose spouses we dearly love: Tabitha (and Sam) and our 2 granddaughters, Mallory and Maya, who live in South Thomaston, ME; Aaron (and Jenna) who live in Fredericksburg, VA; and Dannah (and Justin), expecting twin girls in December, who live in Spanish Fork Utah. We have been missionaries in Venezuela since 1996 (with Baptist Mid-Missions since 1999), sent by our home church, Faith Baptist Church in Spanish Fork, UT.
We just returned from our "Jornada Médica" or a Medical Outreach held today in Puerto Ordaz. The purpose of the outreach is to evangelize through helping people with their physical needs. All patients that enter have the opportunity to hear the Gospel through live preaching and the distribution of tracts. Today several people asked Christ to be their Savior. We are soooo thankful that God is working in the hearts of men here in Venezuela to bring them to Himself. Thanks for your prayers for us!