Laredo TX, 78041
August 2nd, 2013
Yesterday’s high: 96˚
Lastnight’s low: 76˚
Humidity: feels like 150%
Dear E-mail Friends,
“I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
In the three weeks since returning home, life has been very busy. My house and yard are a mess, due to the construction of Debbie & Rolando’s apartment. Soon they should be able to move into their bedroom and hopefully in a month the living room/school room and the guest bedroom should be finished. We share the laundry room and I do most of the cooking. I am so grateful to have them so close. They celebrated their 1st anniversary on July 27th marveling how God, seeing the future, brought her back home to Mexico to be here.
My trip to the U.S. was unforgettable. I have pictures of almost everyone I saw and often look at them praising and thanking the Lord for His goodness in my life, allowing me to have so many wonderful friends scattered across the U.S. That is a “plus” for those who serve the Lord. I was strengthened, enriched and encouraged by sharing in the lives of so many of you. I had not really wanted to make this trip, but was encouraged by Nancy Ackles, who drove me all over the southern U.S. July 7-17th. She knew what I needed! After five weeks I ended my trip in St. Louis with Daniel’s family, celebrating the 6th birthday of their youngest son, Owen. When I came home, I did so with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work we were involved in for 46 years. The Lord supplied my needs and I know He will continue to do so. The churches I visited while in the U.S. recommitted their support of my ministry.
During my trip, I enjoyed hearing many of your testimonies about how you are extending the Kingdom in the places where God has put you to serve Him. Upon returning home I was invited to participate in a service in the town of Tepakan. The service was organized by the young people’s Christian Endeavor Union of the Sac-Be Presbytery, to which we belong. I received a plaque in recognition of my years of service but as I told them, “To God be the glory, not to me.” I have only done what He has enabled me to do.
Thanks to the help of many of you, the Porvenir camps have just concluded with nearly 420 children and young people being reached with the message of salvation. Mark and Altia ran a family camp of about 150 people as well. Please pray for each of these as they are now home and will be faced with the challenge of living out the decisions for Christ they made while at camp. On July 27, the governing board held a ceremony to unveil a plaque commemorating our 46 years of camp service. Debbie, Mark and his family were able to be there and share in that moment. The plaque is now displayed in the main dining hall corridor of the camp property.
On August 6 I will have cataract surgery on my right eye, done by a a fine Christian specialist here. Later in the month I hope to do the other eye. My vision has deteriorated this year due to the combination of cataracts and macular degeneration. We hope I will be able to read a little better after this surgery.
Seminary classes resume August 19. Debbie’s homeschool group, called Merida Christian School, will begin September 2nd, hopefully in the new apartment next door. I will be visiting the villages of Temax, Chemax, Yalcoba and Maxcanu later this month. On September 8 we have been invited to a special joint service in the town of Carrillo Puerto which is about 3-4 hours away. The service will be attended by various churches in an effort to promote unity amongst the Christians in the area.
Life is very different now, as I look for a new “normalcy”. Each day brings different challenges and blessings. We have been without a computer since I returned home, relying on my iPad for e-mail communications. Dave’s computer is being repaired and we hope to have it back, along with the magic jack internet phone, in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for your prayers, friendship and gifts. Although separated by a great distance, each of you has a special place in my heart, and I feel honored to call you friends.
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Jean (for the family)
P.S. Please share this e-mail update with those who don’t receive e-mails. I hope to be able to send some personal e-mails and notes after my cataract surgery.
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