Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Bill and Lena's Ministry Update - May 2024

Patience Produces Fruit

A year ago, I (Bill) bought Lena an orchid. It looked great for a few months then went completely bald. It was nothing but a stick. Then, buds sprouted. Now it is bigger and more beautiful than before. God spoke to us about the ministry. Our labors are bearing fruit and it is beautiful. Thanks to everyone who has partnered with us! May you see the fruit of your investment in the kingdom!

In Mark 4:26-29, Jesus said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (NIV)

Church Revitalization

Our church revitalization project has turned into a church "revitalized" project. We're blessed to have a team that is willing to share the good news. Recently, we celebrated the church's 40th anniversary. When we took over the church, just before Covid hit, we dreamed of this day. We've now started a second service on Sunday nights, please keep us in prayer for that to grow.

Answered Prayers

Lena is a woman of vision and prayer. She asked the Lord for three things: that our church would be strong enough to survive without us, that we would spawn a daughter church and that university ministry would be established in Peru. The Lord has been gracious to answer these prayers. Our church is healthy and growing, and we have taken on an adopted revitalization project. Rock of Faith church is located two hours outside of Lima in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Our church team has taken it on and are transforming an economically challenged community in the desert. I'm proud of our associate pastors, Cesar and Ruth, for taking on this challenge, along with our worship team and youth group. As for the university ministry, Lena is the new national coordinator for the Assembly of God in Peru. Please pray for her to develop a strong team.

Christmas may seem like a distant memory for most, but for us it's still ongoing. Each year we give all of the children in our ChildHope program a Christmas gift. That means traveling all over the country to present the story of the incarnation, and processing hundreds of thank you letters -- which Lena translates and our faithful assistant, Janet, tracks! It's a great opportunity to fulfill our mission of preaching the gospel and giving hope to children in poverty. Thank you to everyone who helps us bless these beautiful ones who are made in the image of God.

Prayer Requests

* Dengue (sometimes known as "breakbone fever") is a mosquito born virus that causes fever, upset stomach, extreme joint pain, and bleeding from your gums or other orifices. It is horrible and can be deadly. Peru is currently in an epidemic and Piura (where we have three ChildHope projects) is the epicenter. All of my friends there have had it (including many members of our last team there). Each time one gets it, it is worse. Please pray for a miraculous eradication of this illness.

* Teams - Over the next two months we have five teams coming to do ministry in the Amazon jungle, the Andes mountains (next week!), Lima and Piura (where the dengue outbreak is). Please pray for salvations, safety and divine appointments.

* Elisabeth Dreaden is the newest member of our team. She's a Missionary Associate from Mobile, Alabama. Please pray that the Lord uses her and that she adapts well to these new challenges.

* University Ministry -- Lena is the new point person to lead this ministry nationally. Please pray for a strong team, ministry fruit and the ability to apply our decades of experience in this cultural context.

* Grandchildren -- We are happy to announce that we have two new additions to the family on the way. Our daughter-in-law, Tara, and our daughter, Hannah, are both pregnant. We're delighted. Please pray for healthy pregnancies and easy deliveries.


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