HELLO FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

SORRY THERE HAS BEEN NO PHOTOS FOR THIS YEAR END NEWSLETTER....OUR CAM CORDER AND CAMERA DON'T FUNCTION AS WELL ANYMORE, THEY HAVE BEEN FIXED AND FIXED....I THINK, THEY ARE OLD AND PAST THEIR TIME.
WHEN I SIT DOWN TO WRITE THESE NEWSLETTERS I NEVER KNOW WHAT TO WRITE AND SOMETIMES ITS WORSE THAN OTHERS. THIS HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THOSE, "WORSE".
I LIKE MY SPIRITUAL MOM, HOW SHE WRITES SEEMS TO JUST FLOW AS IF SHE IS TALKING TO YOU...I HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT -THAT IS A GIFT AND AS OF TODAY IS STILL NOT ONE OF MINE.
LIVING HERE DAY TO DAY, SOMETIMES I WONDER HOW MUCH I REALLY DO THAT COULD POSSIBLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SOME PEOPLE THINK A MISSIONARY WAKES UP IN THE MORNING AND HITS THE STREET TO START PREACHING FOR THE DAY AND HEAD TO BED WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN - REPEATING THE SAME THING OVER EVERY DAY, BUT THATS NOT REALISTIC. THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING THE BIBLE SAYS AND SO THAT PLAYS OUT IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES, EVEN MISSIONARIES.
THIS HAS BEEN THE HOTTEST SUMMER SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE IN SEVEN YEARS, OR WINTER FOR MOST OF YOU WHO ARE FROM THE STATES READING THIS AND I KNOW IT HAS BEEN A HARD WINTER FOR SOME OF YOU, LOTS OF SNOW AND ICE......GOD'S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR US ALL.....HIS POWER IS WHAT SUSTAINS US WHEN WE FEEL WE CANT GO ON. WHAT WE NEED TO REALIZE IS ITS HIS GRACE ALWAYS AND NOT OF OUR OWN STRENGTH TO DO ALL.....ITS THE TOUGH TIMES THAT MAKES YOU WAKE UP TO SEE THAT.
THERE WAS A CONFERENCE SCHEDULED HERE FOR ALL THE PASTORS LAST OCTOBER THAT WAS SURPRISINGLY CANCELLED......I HAVE JUST BEEN INFORMED THAT THIS WILL TAKE PLACE IN FEBRUARY. ALL THE PASTORS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO COME TO A TIME OF REFRESHMENT. SO I WILL BE HANDING OUT THE COPIES OF THE BOOK PUT TOGETHER OF THE NOTES OF BARBARA AND GEORGE RAGLAND FROM "WINGS OF VICTORY INTERNATIONAL". I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO HAND OUT A COPY TO ALL THE PASTORS, THIS DEPENDING ON HOW MANY WILL COME AND HOW MANY COPIES CAN BE MADE. SOME ALREADY HAVE THE BOOK IN TIMES WHEN THEY CAME INTO TOWN AND WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE TO SEE SOME OF THEM WHO I KNOW WELL.. ELISA AND I WORKED HARD TO GET THIS TRANSLATED...WE FEEL IT IS NEEDED MATERIAL FOR THE PASTORS TO GROW SPIRITUALLY. THIS WAS ONE YEAR OF WORK.
ELISA AND I ARE WORKING ON TRANSLATING ANOTHER BOOK, THIS ONE ABOUT THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT. THIS INFORMATION, I FEEL THE PASTORS WOULD REALLY BENEFIT AND HAVE FELT IT IS GODS TIMING FOR THIS WORK AND HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TO BOTH OF US. IT TAKES MANY MONTHS TO TRANSLATE A BOOK. WE ARE MEETING THREE TIMES A WEEK JUST FOR THIS WORK.
ALL THE TRANSLATING THAT I AM DOING- I REALLY AM IMPROVING MY SPANISH, SO MANY NEW WORDS AND REALIZING HOW MANY TIMES AMERICANS SPEAK WITH SLANG WORDS OR EXPRESSIONS...ITS NO WONDER OTHER ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES DON'T UNDERSTAND THE PEOPLE FROM THE UNITED STATES SOMETIMES LET ALONE THOSE POOR TRANSLATORS WHO AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH ALL OF THIS STUFF. WE WORK HARD TO COME UP WITH THE RIGHT TRANSLATIONS FOR ALL THOSE SLANGS AND EXPRESSIONS THAT WE COME A CROSS. GOOD PRACTICE FOR ELISA WHEN SHE IS TRANSLATING FOR SOMEONE WHO COMES HERE TO PREACH.
THE HEAD PASTORS WIFE, TELMA, HAS BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL IN LIMA FOR 2 SURGERIES OF THE BRAIN. SHE IS RECOVERING IN LIMA ALONG WITH PASTOR JAIME BY HER SIDE. THEY WERE MISSED HERE FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH THEIR NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL FAMILY. TELMA IS AN EVANGELIST. SHE HAS WON MANY PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL TO THE LORD IN HER TIME THERE. SHE IS SO ADDICTED TO THAT GREAT FEELING-- WHEN YOU ARE THE PERSON TO LEAD ANOTHER TO CHRIST - I LOVE THAT FEELING MYSELF BUT WITH HER ITS A GIFT, SHE ALWAYS WINS A GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO JESUS WHERE EVER SHE IS. IT IS POSSIBLE PASTORS TELMA AND JAIME WILL BE BACK IN TARAPOTO IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.
REFLECTING BACK ON THE TIME SPENT HERE, I HAVE SEEN SO MANY CHANGES....SOME FOR THE GOOD AND SOME NOT SO GOOD. SO I WILL FOCUS ON THE GOOD THINGS...ONE, FOR EXAMPLE...THERE ARE SO MANY DANCERS IN THE CHURCH NOW AND IT IS EFFECTING THE OTHERS CHURCHES THAT ARE NOT OFFILIATED WITH THE SMYRNA CHURCH. DRAMA IS FLOWING FREE-ER AS WELL. IT IS GOOD TO SEE THE MINISTRIES OF THE THE ARTS RESTORED INTO THE CHURCH. LAST MONTH I FINISHED TEACHING ANOTHER GROUP OF YOUNG LADIES AND CHILDREN THEIR DANCE CLASS FROM A DIFFERENT CHURCH. . EVEN ELISA WHO TRANSLATES WITH ME IS INVOLVED IN AN EVANGELISTIC DRAMA TEAM NOW WHO AT TIMES DANCES TOO.
THIS YEAR ALONE I HAVE SEEN SO MANY NEW DANCERS RELEASED INTO MINISTRY FOR THE LORD. IT HAS BEEN MY JOY!!!!!
ONE OF MY DISCIPLES IN PARTICULAR HAS GONE OFF TO THE CAPITAL NOW TEACHING PROPHETIC DANCE TO CHURCHES THERE.
THIS WAS A YEAR OF MUCH TEACHINGS FOR OTHERS AND AS I TAUGHT I LEARNED MORE PROFOUNDLY THOSE SAME LESSONS.
MY HUSBAND IS WORKING IN THE MORNINGS AT THE FAMILY BUSINESS IN TOWN AND ATTENDING A TECHNICAL SCHOOL IN THE EVENINGS. ONE OF HIS CLASSES IS DRAWING AND THAT IS ALL NEW TO HIM. BUT HE HAS FOUND THAT HE REALLY LIKES THAT PARTICULAR CLASS EVEN THOUGH IT IS HIS GREATEST CHALLENGE.
FUNDS FOR MINISTRY HAVE BEEN DOWN IN THE CHURCH AND OTHER MINISTRIES CONNECTED TO THE CHURCH, EVEN MINE AS WELL. EVERYONE IS FEELING THE CRUNCH FROM THE WORLD ECONOMY. BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THE LORDS WORK ENTIRELY, I HAVE SEEN GOD DO GREATER THINGS IN TIMES LIKE THESE ONLY BECAUSE GOD IS GOD AND NOTHING STOPS HIS ADVANCEMENT IN SPITE OF OUR FEEBLE SELVES. HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT!
THIS YEARS HELP WITH THE RESIDENTIAL VISA CHANGE WAS INCREDIBLE HOW I HAD SO MUCH FAVOR TO SEE A NEW AND DIFFERENT RESIDENTIAL VISA CARD COMPLETED AND THE FUNDS SENT BY WONDERFUL SUPPORTERS TO MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN. THANK YOU AGAIN TO THOSE WHO HELPED ME FINANCIALLY AND PRAYERFULLY. THERE STILL ARE MANY MISSIONARIES THAT CAN NOT GET A RENEWAL OF THEIR VISA FOR ANOTHER YEAR.....ONLY THOSE THAT RETURNED AFTER LEAVING HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES USING A 3 MONTH TOURIST STAMP IN THEIR PASSPORTS, THEN LEAVE AND REENTER THE COUNTRY FOR ANOTHER 3 MONTHS, AND SO ON.....THAT COULD GET EXPENSIVE BUT SOME ARE DOING IT ON A REGULAR BASES.
 
THANKS ALWAYS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERFUL AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT...
I WISH ALL OF YOU THE BEST FOR THIS NEW YEAR
MAY YOU BE FRUITFUL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD IN ALL YOU DO
LAUREE
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