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Greetings in Jesus!
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We are more than halfway through the spring semester serving as Missionary in Residence at Evangel University before returning to Panamá this summer. Last month we viewed the Dying Out Loud DVD in class with Stan S. who graciously and courageously answered questions afterwards. I highly recommend both the book and DVD, if you've not seen them yet. It tells the missionary story of his family and their dedication to follow God no matter what the cost. I believe their example will motivate a new wave of missionaries to reach the lost, especially among the Muslim world.
Students commented afterward that it was hard to watch the story unfold on the screen with Stan present knowing that he had lived through the grief and loss portrayed. That made us all admire him even more. Also, several commented it made them think deeply about counting the cost to become a missionary. Pray with us that many will choose to become lifelong goers and senders.
Last month the World Changers Mission Fellowship club (WCMF) held an alternate chapel called “African Church: Joy Amidst Suffering.” It was a continuation along the same lines of the Secret Church chapel held last semester that had a Middle-East-underground-church flavor. Student worshippers experienced rhythmic music style, demonstrative prayer, communion, preaching with stories of God's protection, and even a sample "donut" called beignet made by an EU student from Congo.
Attention focused on the Unreached People Groups (UPGs) that still exist in Africa with a call to reach them. It was a powerful time of prayer both at the altar and in the seats. Many students lingered long on their knees. Several came and told our WCMF leaders that God reaffirmed His call to Africa that night! You can see more photos on the WCMF facebook page.
Switching continents back to Latin America, I want to thank you for praying with us for Eladio in Chepo last month. He posted that God did great miracles at the open air evangelistic crusade. After three days of satisfying but hard work at the crusade, in order to relax he went to the park with his hijos espirituales -- children in the faith. Now that’s my kind of kids pastor!
Panamá is in the news. Please pray for the recently declared dengue epidemic in Panamá: first, that no new cases of the fatal hemorrhagic dengue occur; and second, that cases of the classic dengue diminish as they control the mosquito population.
Breaking news today (4/2/14): Two earthquakes registering 6.3 and 5.8 on the Richter scale were felt in the middle and western regions of the isthmus. Gratefully there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. It’s newsworthy because Panamá is known for not trembling. In fact, that is one primary reason Panamá was chosen to build the canal over other Central American neighbors.
Even if it rocks and rolls a little bit, we are still really looking forward to returning to the beautiful Republic of Panamá aiming for July. Thank you for the many who have been praying and supporting us to make that a reality. If you’d like to join our support team, let us know! Here is our financial status to date:
Cash budget: $ 13,142 out of $28,194 = $15,052 needed.
Monthly budget: $9100 out of $9966 = $866 needed.
Our hope and trust is in God! We declare it with David:
He only is my Rock and my salvation; he is my high tower; I will not be greatly moved.
In God is my salvation, and my glory; the Rock of my strength, and my safe place.
(Psa 62:6-7 BBE)
Yours for Them,
Kirk for all
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