Saturday, November 01, 2008

September/October 2008

“The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:3

“There is so little of happiness abroad that if we possess a full share of it we ought not to hide our light under a bushel, but let it shine on all that are in the house... the Lord himself has blessed us, blessed us greatly, blessed us individually, blessed assuredly; and because of this we sing unto his name.” C.H. Spurgeon

OANSA started up again the first Saturday in September. In the Tepic club, each leader is randomly assigned to a specific group for the year, and, I’m glad that again I was assigned to adolescent boys! I think they’re my favorites. As the past 30 years has proven, they certainly have enormous potential if at this age they hide the truth in their hearts. Please pray with me that God will continue to do great things with Fredy, Alexis, Luis, Cesar, Eduardo, and Waldo.

Anders Kirt got a new little sister; Elianna, a new little cousin; and Debbie and Kirt, a new grandbaby. Mara Kate arrived on September 12 at 5:15 AM. She’s a healthy blessing from heaven, a great thing the Lord has done for us, and we are glad and thank God for her safe arrival. May all three of them follow Jesus’ example and “grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”

Caleb could hardly contain his excitement as he opened the case that contained his new saxophone. He gently lifted it from the velvet liner as if it were still a dream. He snapped the strap in place, wrapped it around his neck and began reciting by memory the “do, re, mi’s” that correspond to each of the keys. It was pretty obvious he gone over their position hundreds of times in his dreams. He could hardly wait for class time at the school of music.

Thank you all who had a part in praying, networking, donating, transporting, servicing and even covering the expense of his classes at the school of music. Once again, the Divine Director has “done great things for us, whereof we are glad,” and we are anxious for the day Caleb is able to join the praise orchestra in the Tepic church.

See the whole Caleb/Sax story here and here.

The Huichol believers from La Bendición who relocated from the village of Guásima del Caimán celebrated their 3rd anniversary on October 5 as part of God’s family. They gave thanks for the great things they are glad God has done for them as they continue to grow and reach out to their unbelieving Huichol brothers in other mountain villages.

The 17th anniversary celebration of the Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Tepic is yet another great thing for which we are glad. The theme of this year’s activities is: A Church Conformed to the Heart of God. Pastor Phil McKeown from North Village Baptist Church spoke on Saturday night from Ecc. 9:4, “A living dog is better than a dead lion,” encouraging the body that it is better to be the least in the kingdom of heaven than the greatest out of it. Steve Evers, director of In Touch Mission International, reminded us in his message on Sunday morning that though we are immeasurably glad for the great things God has done during these past 17 years, our prayer for the next 17 years must be that we see this life from God’s perspective and plead expectantly; “God Make Me Bigger.”

Quick Reference – November-December Prayer Requests:
• Huichol OT translation project
• Huichol NT - MegaVoice Mp3 player distribution to Huichol villages
• Iglesia Bíblica Bautista de Tepic – increased vision and faithfulness
• Annual Tepic church community Christmas Celebration outreach

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