“You’re Not A Priest”
“You can’t read it on your own, you’re not a priest.” That was his family’s response when he expressed his desire to read the Bible while growing up. We met Argentine-born Victor, a member at a supporting church in Delaware. He shared with us the same story most Argentine Catholics could share. If they had access to a Bible, their religion does not allow them to read it. Only the priests supposedly can understand the scriptures. Victor was fortunate enough to come face to face with the Gospel message later in life here in the United States, and has led his family in following the Lord. But there are millions of Argentines who are being deceived by these false religions, blinding them from the truth of God’s Word. Would you take a moment to pray for the Gospel to spread in Argentina, that God would work in the hearts of lost souls before we even get there? Please pray with us we can get there as soon as possible!
Finding Opportunities in Nemo
This past February, we found ourselves just north of Boston, in Burlington, MA. Blizzard Nemo also found itself there at the same time. Needless to say, we stayed inside for a couple of days. The church we were scheduled at Sunday morning had to cancel services, as many churches in the area did, so our time there seemed like a waste. However, while shoveling our van out of the snow, Ben had the opportunity to briefly witness to the hotel clerk on duty that day. He left him with a tract and pointed him to the church down the street (where we had been scheduled that Sunday morning). Please pray for Victor, that God’s Word would pierce his heart and change his life and eternity. We do not know God’s specific purposes in where He leads us, but we do know He uses us to share the Gospel with unbelievers and challenge believers wherever we go. Let us be faithful!
Sometimes, as parents, we feel that nothing is getting through to our children. All the time we invest into them reading Bible stories, taking them to church (multiple times a week if we are in a mission conference!), having discussions about God, and even praying with them can sometimes seem to roll in one ear and out the other. That’s when we pray SOMETHING will stick; that some little Godly nugget of “wisdom” will point them to Christ. If you feel like we do sometimes, don’t lose heart.
Remember, as we have to, that God is using you, as a Christian parent, to impact your precious children’s lives, whether you see it yet or not.
And when you despair (as we sometimes do) look at the little signs that show you some of it is “sticking”. These signs such as when our six year-old says, “Read just one more chapter please!” when we are reading a book about heaven; we look back in the van while on a trip and our two oldest children are doing their devotions; our four year-old sings along with the words of Christian songs we listen to in the van; or our eight year-old prays, “Thank you for the privilege of going to Argentina to tell them about Jesus.” These little things make our days brighter. We know SOME things are sinking in, and God’s Word, whether in song or in written form, does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). It will change their lives, and we can’t wait to see that happen!
Download this prayer letter: Prayer Letter- Jan Feb 2013