Colombia Update: February
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
The more we learn about God, I think the more we realize how little we know of Him. He is so marvelous, wonderful, good, sovereign, and the list goes on. As John says at the end of his Gospel in chapter 21 verse 25, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” In this past month and a half, and even the months prior to knowing about our daughter’s sickness, we can certainly say that Jesus has done so much for us and continues to do so in our lives and within those of others. Amidst the grief, we are amazed. In the drowning sea of sorrow, Christ has been our anchor, and many of you have reached out to us in all kinds of ways and are praying. We cannot say thank you enough. We specifically ask for prayer for two things at this point: that as Anaya’s due date approaches this week, March 2, that we would know God’s peace all the more and have an even greater joy for heaven (even if there are tears as well) as we know we will see her again. Two friends from the States will be coming down for only a few days just to be with us on that date. Secondly, on Monday we had some genetic testing done to see if we are carriers of the 22 chromosome deletion, the root issue that then caused the other complications Anaya had. We pray we are not, but if we are, that we would accept “God’s will-His good, pleasing and perfect will” for us in our lives and for wisdom then on how to proceed with things.
On a ministry level, we have seen the church grow all the more even in these last two months! Glory to God! About 3 Sundays now out of the month we are at around 60. We have a few new families joining us, and our fearless preacher, Peter, continues to guide us through Romans and the questions from people continue to surge as we deal with tough topics.
At young adults, we have several new people as well, and we are doing an evangelistic theme plus studying Galatians. There is also plenty of UNO involved Sunday evenings and it can get crazy! (First picture)
Kids Club and Youth Group are going well, and we continue to pray that God would reach their hearts. We celebrated little Sabrina’s birthday on Feb. 8 (2nd picture). Last Sunday, Feb. 19, I had the opportunity to lead Fabrizzio in prayer, and he accepted Christ as His Savior! (Our neighbor, Gladis, also accepted Christ!) Please pray for them and that they would be an example to others. With the youth, we celebrated Angie’s 16th birthday, and Sebas and Pipe also attended. Please pray for Pipe’s salvation and for Angie’s and Sebas’ spiritual growth and that they would not be swayed by the world’s temptations! (3rd & 4th pictures).
Additional Prayer Requests:
Marissa was officially denied for her visa again. She is allowed 180 days in the country, and then we are not sure what will happen. Please pray something can be resolved!
Pray for teammate, Heidi, and her health issues
For people to step up and serve while Peter and I take vacation in May to heal outside of Colombia and enjoy time together
We love you all. Thank you so much!
To Him be the glory forever and ever!
For His Kingdom,
Jamie, Peter, Anaya, & Max