Posted on September 19, 2020 Summer 2020 Update
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Dear friends and faithful ministry partners,

Summer is almost over!  There is beauty in every season and I can’t wait for fall.  At the same time, I don’t want summer to be over with yet.  I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and enjoying the summer although this season is totally different due to covid19.  I believe that with covid19 still going on, we need to be cautious with our surroundings to stay healthy. At the same time, we need to find that “new normal” in our own way to fit in our daily lives so we can live comfortably.

After four months of lock down and travel restrictions, last July I felt that I needed some fresh air and solitude. I went camping at Glacier National Park. I camped for a week. I always feel blessed when I’m outdoors, especially when I’m camping alone. I see God’s beautiful creations and I am compelled to worship Him. Driving up the Going-to-the-Sun road, I would pull over, just to watch and soak in the beauty of Glacier National Park, God’s creation. Being up in the mountain reminds me of how powerful and majestic the God that I serve is. When I’m camping alone, I can hear him clearly, He refreshes my soul, and He rejuvenates me. Being alone with Him brings joy and peace to my whole being. Camping reminds me of Exodus 33:7-11. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and they camped in various locations. Each time they set up a camp, Moses would take a tent far off from the camp; he called it the “tent of meeting.” The “tent of meeting” is where everyone went to seek the Lord. That “tent of meeting” is just like getting away from the distracting gadgets, TV, Cell phones, over all hustle and bustle of this crazy life.

“Moses used to take the tent and set it up outside the camp at a distance from the camp, and he called it the Tent of Meeting. When anyone sought the Lord, he would go out to the Tent of Meeting which was outside the camp. 8 When Moses would go out to the tent, all the people would get up, and each would stand in the doorway of his tent, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stand at the doorway of the tent while God spoke with Moses. 10 When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the doorway of the tent, all of them would get up and prostrate themselves in worship, each one at the doorway of his tent. 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face just as a man speaks with his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, Nun’s son Joshua, his young servant, would not leave the tent. – Exodus 33:7-11

Where is Your “Tent of Meeting”?

Maybe your “tent of meeting” is some place in your home that is quiet.  It would be nice if I could camp all the time, but that’s not possible.  Usually, my “tent of meeting” is out in my backyard porch.  I’ll sit out there and have a talk with the Lord.  Or I’ll take my doggy Dori out for a walk.  If I have time, I’ll go for a short drive and even go to the lake.  When we meet with God, we can talk to Him and unload the heaviness of this world unto Him.  Remember, it’s His battle, not ours.  With all the hustle and bustle of life during covid times and with an explosive politics scene, people can get wrapped up with the junk around us.  I would encourage you to get alone with God.  Pick a place that is quiet.  Start with 5 to 10 minutes of silence, just you and the Lord, everyday.  Invite the Lord to join you…  Practice inhale and exhale breathing, then just be still and listen to His voice.  If you fall asleep… that’s fine.  God was singing to you a lullaby and it’s one of His ways to refresh you.  If that happens, notice, that’s the best 10 minutes nap!  Spend time with our Lord.  He longs for you!  

Mission Update

Two months ago, July of this year, we started another cohort of the MTS (Master in Theological Studies) Online Program in Ecuador.  This group in Ecuador is one of our diverse cohorts.  We have 18 students participating from Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, and Ecuador.   We are excited to see what God has in store for this amazing group.

Deputation and Funding Update

God is good!!!  As of right now, I’m at 94% of my PSG (Personalized Support Goal).  THANK YOU!!!  Another 6% to reach 100% of my funding goal.   I still need to attend two trainings.  On October 4th, I will start my Intercultural and Language Acquisition Training for six weeks.  Then I need to do Security Training, which is not yet schedule due to Covid-19 restrictions. Praise God!!!  I’m getting closer to the mission field!

Prayer Points

Your prayers bring God’s goodness on this wonderful adventure.  Thank you!  Please continue praying.

•    Please pray for the MTS Program students and our professors.

•    Please pray for all my faithful supporters for provisions in their household, physical healing, restore relationships, protections and safety for those closed to the wildfire.

•    Please pray for God’s provision for my funding that I may reach my 100% goal that I may be sent to the mission field.

•    Please pray for our mission partners in Mexico and all over Ibero America and the Caribbean.

•    Please pray for my MPT (Mission Partnership Team) members.

•    Please pray for my physical healing, protection and safety: as well as joy, peace, and God’s favor that He will meet all my needs when I travel.

•    Please pray for my upcoming training.  That I will be able to focus and my heart be at peace while I’m away from my parents.

•    Please pray for my parents and grandmother for physical healing, protection, and safety while I’m away.

Thank you for your continued partnership in the ministry.  I praise God so much for those of you that are not giving up on your financial support.  Please know how grateful I am with your sacrificial giving during these unprecedented times.  Thank you for sending me to the mission field!