We want to thank you all for your continued prayers and support for our ministry here in Chile. Here is a brief update on what we are doing. We appreciate your prayers in each of these areas.
I (Mike) am continuing to teach classes in churches in Santiago. Right now I offer basic doctrine, hermeneutics (Bible study), introduction to preaching, and history of the Restoration Movement. I continue to preach, teach Sunday School, and serve as an elder in the local church. I do some guest preaching in other churches and retreats and attend a monthly ministers meeting. I also now have a weekly radio program, and am working toward starting a more formal study program for training ministers and elders. This combination of ministries keeps me busy and happy. I love studying the Word and presenting it to people – whether in evangelism, for the edification of Christians in general, or for equipping future ministers. I love seeing the power of God’s Word working in people’s lives!
Tabi continues to work on translating articles from English to Spanish and posting them to her blog. She has now taken on a large translation project which we’ll tell you more about in the near future. It is an exciting project in itself, but will also be of benefit for my future classes here in Chile. She is working with a friend from our local church to start a Christian themed coffee house. They meet together regularly for planning. It should move forward quicker now that we have our permanent residency in Chile. Tabi has also taken on a weekly radio program. We do one hour each – back to back, to save trips since the radio station is two hours away on public transportation (it will be a much more reasonable 30 minutes once we have our car).
We are also participating in/leading a new home group Bible study. This Bible study consists of two Christian couples (us and one other) and the rest are non-Christians. They come from Catholic backgrounds but do not actively participate. We have decided to study the Gospel of John and simply invite them to get to know Jesus through His own Word. As I said before, I love seeing God’s Word working in people. When we were planning the study, the other couple had asked which study book we should use that would make it clear that we follow the Bible alone. I smiled and responded, “how about the Bible?” I truly believe that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”(Heb 4:12-13). If we believe that, we should put it into practice more often! Each time we meet I have seen two positive things. One has been people expressing that they have never actually learned about Jesus in church and that now that they are learning about Him from Him, they like it. The other has been that each time new people have been there and the non-Christian participants are the ones advertising the study and recommending it! Please pray that their hearts will be open not only to study, but also to receiving Christ as Lord and Savior. Although the focus of our ministry is edification and training of Christians, every Christian has the task of sharing the Good News with the lost.
In all, as you can see, things are going well. As we move into fall and winter here we are looking forward to visiting the US in September and staying through Christmas. We will be scheduling visits to our supporting churches. If your church would like a visit, let us know! We will be going to ICOM (formerly NMC) in Columbus, Ohio in November and hope to see many of you there as well.
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Heb 13:18-21
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