September – Autumn
Each time he said, My grace is all you need, My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insult, in hardship, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
This month has been a lot of reflecting on the past year; a lot of embracing this new life. I gave two messages, in Spanish. I was so far out of my confort zone that I couldn’t even see it anymore. But I was blessed to be able to share all about the Covenant and what we are a part of. To share about our BLESS initiative. I had the opportunity to share my testimony as well. I am looking forward to talking about the Covenant Affirmations and the history of the Covenant. There is a new ‘Missionary group’ within the church. It is a pleasure to watch people of all ages, reach out to the hospital and communities; to be the hands and feet of Christ. Our God is alive and at work. We drove out to Rio Chico for a weekend of outreach and sharing the gospel. One flat tire on the way out; this isn’t uncommon on this road. There was a day of sharing about Christ at the public hospital. The youth have hot dog fundraisers after church.
The weeks are full with full time school and homework. The language is coming along and we are having some great conversations. I am thankful for the language and being able to share deeply with close friends here. The deep friendships that are developing could not have happened if we didn’t have something so painful to process and embrace together.
The weekends are busy with church services, lively music, passionate sermons (that I am able to follow) and always chatting with others. I don’t think it’d be possible to sneak in and out of a service here.
Shotgun, or Osito as Norma has named him, has become part of life here as well. He gets included in photos and sharing. But still doesn’t understand why he couldn’t drive…
Together we shared memories of Max in Valle Agostura, We shared tears and laughter. In Rio Chico we embraced our memories together. I don’t think we can ever look at the bano without seeing Max ‘folding’ himself in and out of it. The roof only came to his shoulders. I was allowed to walk alone, anywhere I wanted at Rio Chico, and they had to drive out to get me when it was time to go visiting. I am truly loved on and cared for here. Even though I’m older then Norma, she reserves the right to lecture me about walking alone or about the quantity of food she feels I should be eating. I am family.
The urge to hop on the KLR and ride these roads… Sigh…..
October brings more spring weather, more school, more embracing. We have an Asemblea to go to in Jacobacci Oct 13-15, I will take some time away and the ministry will continue to grow. And in spite of my weakness, the limitations I put on myself, I am strong in Him, and I continue to say ‘Si Señor, tu voluntad, no mio – tuyo’. With school there’s even a bit of a routine; although it changes weekly, it’s still a new routine. And for the first time in a very long time; there have been days when things feel…… normal.
Watch for more blog posts and Instagram posts this month.
For those of you who WhatsApp with me, I will be switching over to my Argentine number at the end of October – so please contact me if I haven’t given you my new number.
I will forever be thankful and grateful for each and everyone of you. For your prayers, your support, your friendship and your presence in my life.
Praise and gratefulness for the ECCC and the ECC – it is exciting, wonderful and I am humbled to be a part of this family – to be a Canadian Covenant Missionary! I am proud to be an ambassador for Christ with the Covenant!
Prayer requests include: the residency process, finding a home, continued learning and studies
Prayer for the continued ministry here and a clearer view of my role in it.
Prayers for the time at the Asemblea, for travels for all and for the leadership of the IPEA
Prayers for Argentina as they face economic issues, and for the churches as they respond
Prayers for IPEA – they are focused on vitality and missions
Praise for the language I am learning
Praise for the family and friends that I have here
Praise and prayers for the funding that has come in and for the fulfillment of pledges to begin. For the commitments that have been made, prayer support and financial support
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