“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
As we pray for the Lord to be at work in our world this verse is a precious reminder of what that work involves. We see God at work as people find their deepest joy and peace in the Lord Jesus and their greatest hope in the future held out by him. We wanted to share a few stories of that work of God amongst some of our friends here in Chile so that you can join us in giving thanks and praying for them.
We have already shared a little bit about Alex in previous prayer updates. He is a student in his first year at CEP but needed to put his studies on hold in the middle of this year when he was diagnosed with a cancer of the lymph nodes. At the moment he is in the midst of various cycles of chemotherapy and we ask that you join us in praying for him, his wife Karina and his daughter Emily. In the midst of the uncertainty of the situation and the difficulty of the treatment, they have together spoken of how precious it is to know the peace and hope that is found in the Lord Jesus. Please pray that God would bring healing to Alex and continue to fill the family with joy and peace as they trust in him.
Earlier in the year we also mentioned Alejandro (a part-time student at CEP) whose wife and new-born baby were in a critical condition after birth. It has been a painful and difficult few months but this week we had news that his wife had been officially given the all clear by doctors. We give thanks for her full recovery and pray on for their son, Josué, who is needing to put on more weight before doctors can properly treat a condition of his heart.
Please also pray for a friend of ours and member of our church called James. He was a former student at CEP but has been ill with various conditions over the past couple of years. Just a few months ago he was diagnosed with cancer and it now appears to be reaching a critical stage. It has been a physically and emotionally painful time for him over the past few weeks and while we long to see the power of God work to heal, it has been extraordinary to see God work in power to give him a deep trust in the love of him and a firm hope in the resurrection to come.
We would also like to introduce you to Camilo, a pastor who graduated from CEP a few years ago. We had the chance to spend some days with him and his church family (pictured at top of page) when Luke spoke at their church weekend-away in the middle of October. When we first arrived in Chile, Camilo had just been appointed as the pastor after a painful split. In the years since, there has been deep healing within the community and the church is now flourishing. Please give thanks with us for the way that the Lord is using Camilo and pray for him to continue to find his joy and peace and hope in Jesus as he seeks to care for the church family.
Just as I finished writing a draft of this prayer letter Santiago was rocked by a series of protests and riots. These were triggered by rises in the cost of public transport but express something of the anger and division that has been boiling under the surface of Chilean society. Please pray for resolution to the conflict – and that Christians would know how best to share the good news of Jesus who alone can bring true unity, reconciliation and hope.
Thank you for praying for us as we prepare for our time back in England over the next couple of months. We land in England in the last week of November and then return to Chile in the first week of March. We are so thankful for the provision of places to stay while we are back and are really looking forward to time with family, friends and churches. Please pray for the preparations of sermons and presentations for our visit. Please also pray for Luke as he tries to finalise marking and admin for the end of term – and prepare for arriving back to CEP in the second week of the new academic year in March.
Most of all we pray that as a whole family we would be finding our joy and peace in the Lord and that the Holy Spirit would work powerfully in our hearts so that we would continue to hope in him.
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