January – February 2016
Posted in Prayer Letters
Dear Friends and Family,
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
What a busy summer it has been for us here at Efata. It has been full of new opportunities and various frustrations. However, as the verse above teaches, God is in control! We plan and devise but the Lord implements and guides
Summer is over and we are beginning the school year for the Deaf School, the Bible college, and Bible Institute. Children from the provinces are returning and we have many NEW students!
Because we had extra dorm space while school was out for our summer, we have been able to provide a short-term home to four babies, and quite a few children and teenagers. Sometimes their parents were hospitalized, others taken in to jail, and sometimes the children had been abused or found abandoned. We have been blessed to have the opportunity to provide shelter, food, clothing, and love, and to share the gospel of our Savior with these hearing children until the government finds them a more permanent home. We have been able to lead many of them to Christ. Please pray that He will continue to work in their lives. Many of them face terrible situations.
During this time, we have also kept busy with repairs and maintenance. We were able to build two new much needed bathrooms. We thank God for His special provision for this!
For several weeks I have been helping another church here in Lima that is trying to start a mission church. We have seen people saved through this ministry. Pray for wisdom as we continue to help. The members of this group have decided to attend Efata on Sundays as they have no appropriate location to meet and their mother church is two hours away.
We just finished our Fires of Evangelism Conference. This was by far one of the best conferences that we have hosted. Five people were saved and 37 surrendered to serve the Lord. Two teenage girls were baptized the next Sunday. Pastor Luis Ramos from San Luis, Potosi, Mexico and missionary Byron Willis and his wife from Panama were our special speakers. God spoke to our hearts! Almost 50 pastors came from across Peru and one missionary pastor from Colombia. We thank God for the 500 in attendance. We look forward with great anticipation to next year’s conference. I am grateful to God for the privilege of working with such a wonderful staff.
We also had a youth retreat two weeks before the conference. Several young people shared how the Lord has been working in their lives.
We are still struggling with the container of donations. We knew it would be difficult, but the half has not been told! Please keep praying for this. We need a miracle! Because this has gone on since November, storage costs are going be outrageous. We are praying that Fargo Line, the company storing the container, will write it off as a donation. We look forward to seeing God work and cause them to release the container in a miraculous way! It will be such a blessing to our school and church. We don’t understand the delay but we know that He does, and we are learning to trust Him. We covet your prayers.
Joseph and Zulema are a blessing to work with here, and we are enjoying baby JJ, their son. We enjoyed a visit from Frank and Julianne and our grandson David, in January. They are expecting their second child in July! James is in his final semester at Bible college and is praying about getting his Master’s degree. Pray that God gives him and us wisdom. Jared continues to serve in his local church in Fargo as he prepares for college. He is still planning to become a pilot. He has several options and we are praying with him for the Lord’s leading.
The kids at home are enjoying the last of their summer break. School will start soon for them as well. Pray for Judson as he has a year of school left. Please pray that God will help him to be motivated as he does his school work. He sure would rather be working in the construction needs here than doing homework, but he does need to finish these so he can move on to the next stages in his life.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Bro. Joe & Lisa
James, Jared, Judson, Joy, John, Joel, Jessica, Jennifer