The first few days of this journey have been an absolute answer to our prayers! We have seen that God truly has gone before and set up divine appointments. There are four teams in three different areas. Each team has had multiple conversations with people whose hearts were clearly ready to receive the gospel because of God’s grace. As normally happens, almost all of the plans we had prior to arrival have changed. But it is all for God’s glory and He has shown us that He is absolutely in control!
“Many are the plans of a man’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails”
For the first time for me, I am able to “float” between the teams and spend time with each of them. What a blessing this is from the Lord to be able to shepherd people from both our North American and South American team! I’ve already had many opportunities to speak encouragement and truth into disciples. The most beneficial conversation I had yesterday was with a translator struggling with the apathy she finds in many people of her church. We talked about our role as ambassadors for Jesus and disciple-makers and how she can overcome apathy through leading by example and leaning heavily on Jesus. The Lord has really been pushing me to push our team to “not miss knowing Jesus in the midst of making Him known.” I have been greatly encouraged to see many of our team spending their down time in God’s Word and seeking to really KNOW Jesus. How good God is to be enabling our team “to both desire and to work out His good purpose.” (Phil. 2:13) I’m so excited to hear what God has already done and to see what He has in the next few days.
Here are some things you can be praying for me:
- Vision from the Lord (to see the needs of our team and address them according to His Word)
- Grace and Mercy
- Dependence on God’s Word and Spirit
- Good internet at the house to be able to speak with my wife and daughter (I greatly miss them!)
- Stamina to give myself fully to encourage, equip and empower our team as well as engage in the harvest as my heart so desires to do
You may be wondering why the title of this update is “F Is For Fuego.” We have a younger team this week (9 out of 12 are 25 or younger) so we have had our share of laughter. There are a number of jokes circulating but F is for fuego came up this morning at breakfast. In Bolivia, hot water is on the left and cold on the right. Hot is marked with a “C” for caliente (which means hot) and cold is marked with an “F” for frio (which means cold). One of our teammates was confused as to why the shower was cold because she thought F was for “fuego” (which means fire). We had a pretty good laugh together. I am truly grateful that this team can laugh together as we share the journey of following Jesus.
Abigail and I are truly truly grateful for your prayers. I genuinely thank the Lord daily for you. We could not be doing this without each of you.