The following is a nice link to some work our friends are doing in Thailand. God is working in so many good ways.
Language school in Costa Rica, August 2012
Move to Curahuasi, Peru, Summer 2013
Initial Commitment for 5 years
But our hope is to stay for our lifetime
Which do you want first? The good news or the bad news? This question always presented a conundrum. Bad news first so that the good news can cheer you up afterward? Good news first so that you’re ready for some bad news? We had some “bad” news yesterday concerning our preparation for Peru. It wasn’t that bad– one disappointing piece of news, one thing that was just an unexpected change. After going through a bit of wrestling with defensiveness, I was doing the dishes in the evening and it seemed like God reminded me that He had given us the good news first. We have had several amazing answers to prayer in these last few weeks. We were able to reserve a convenient and lovely home in San Jose, in a good public school district, right next to the language school, with the same bed sizes that we have now (these details matter!). This house is currently being rented by our new friends at the language school, friends who are actually moving to Cusco, so we’ll be able to see them in Peru. (See May newsletter for more details.) We found out that we have some time to prepare the kids for Spanish immersion school since it doesn’t begin until February. The Father has given me a fresh peace about “getting everything done.” God has been faithful. After the kids were in bed, Will and I were going over our mailing list and supporters list. It is a humbling realization that these wonderful people want to help you do the Lord’s work. Again, more good news.
I was reflecting this morning that the Bible often mixes the good news with the bad news. In Genesis 15, God tells Abraham that he will have descendants (good), that they will be oppressed and enslaved for 400 years (bad), and that God Himself will vindicate and rescue them (good). John 15 and 16 are full of these contrasts: they will kick you out of the synagogue and think that they are doing God a favor by killing you, but the Holy Spirit will be with you and teach you what to say; I am going away, but the Counselor will come to be in you forever; “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world!” John 16:33.
We train nurses and a few national residents. We help 400 children every week to come closer to Christ. And in fact the existence of the mission hospital is to thousands of Peruvians proof that God loves them. Over the past 4 ½ years we have celebrated 1,200 church services. Every day at least a 100 new people enter the hospital for the first time. That means that so far 120,000 different people have been exposed to the gospel at our hospital during the first 4 ½ years only.
In June we will be starting the school project. The school could touch thousands of lives with the good news of Christ as well.
Allison, Will, and Dr. Klaus John
The Pinsons are old friends of ours from Corpus Christi. They are great people and are a great encouragement to us. Grover was the pastor of our church, Windsor Park Baptist Church for the three years we lived in Corpus Christi, TX. Grover and Jana Pinson arrived at Windsor Park around 2005, and Grover has been a faithful pastor to this body of Christ from a small beginning to a not so small current status. When we joined the church in early 2006, there were no other young families at the church besides the Pinsons, and at first glance from my perspective, there was hardly anyone less than 60 years of age, with most seeming older than 70. The total population was about 20. Grover and Jana served this older remnant with enthusiasm and love. Every week, Jana faithfully cooked Sunday lunch for the entire congregation. This tradition of service and fellowship continues to this day. Grover worked jobs outside the church to financially provide for his own family’s needs. They have been a wonderful example of sacrificial servant leadership to us. Because of Grover’s connections to the South Texas School of Christian Studies where he taught Masters levels classes he had many connections to young seminary students. These students followed him to Windsor Park, serving the church with their training and enthusiasm. Several ex-pastors have made their home in the church, finding it a place to rest from their life’s labors for Christ. Over time many of the older members have died receiving their eternal reward, being replaced by younger families. It is a special place, and we are glad to have been a part. When we began raising support to do missions, this church is the first place we called. They welcomed us with open arms, and we are glad to be back in a more active relationship with them.