September 2020 Vol. 30, No.3
Dear Family and Friends:
Greetings! What challenging and chaotic days are facing us: from the ongoing Covid 19 issues, the rhetoric related to the upcoming elections, wild fires in the West and the divisions and challenges that continues to sweep across our cities and nation. We continue to pray for a great moving of the Holy Spirit to powerfully wash over this land and cause great repentance to fall -first on the Church, and from there to spread out to all people, from every theological or political mindset/viewpoint, skin color, and ethnicity…
Only in Jesus …..will we find peace needed to quell this raging storm.
Only Jesus …..is big enough to handle this mountain of pain and sorrow.
However, as Jesus himself has said, ‘peace I give to you, My peace I give to you….. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither be afraid.’ (John 14:27)
Both Tim and I cling to and anchor ourselves in this verse through the uncertainty of these current and future days.
Ministry and Health Update:
Despite Covid restrictions, God has provided new ways for us to reach out to our new friends. We have joined in partnership with another agency to renovate a building so we can work together and reach out to immigrants and refugees in the nearby metro area. We hope to resume teaching ‘in-person’ ESL classes in Oct. We have also been teaching online and then also making personal visits to various families each week. Trying to make in-person visits has proven challenging in this new environment, but we have been able to do more visiting than most folks since we have antibodies from having had the Covid virus back in March. During each visit, we try to grow our friendships with our friends by coming alongside them in regards to social service connections, helping navigate/advocate/translate for them with the health care, schooling, and financial systems, help with employment connections, hours of phone calls, and nearly always spending time with them in prayer. Tim continues to have an online English class with a lovely couple where they are using the Old Testament as their learning text. As you can imagine, they are having some really great conversations. Apart from this, there are other small group picnics and barbecues which foster friendships, laughter, and the sharing of hearts. Through it all we continue to pray that God will raise up a people for himself among our refugee friends.
Family News: Though we are happy to report that all our children (by birth and marriage) and grandchildren are doing well; we have had some sad news about Tim’s dad (Jim) this week. After several weeks of weight loss and increasing weakness and pain, diagnostic testing has revealed that Tim’s dad has pancreatic cancer with metastasis to liver and lungs.
This has been a shock to all the generations of our family and we are now gathering to support and help Tim’s dad and mom during these next few weeks and months. Please pray for us all, that we will sense the comfort of our Savior during these days; as we weep, laugh, pray together. As both Tim’s mom and dad have said, they ‘want this time to be a praise and glory to Jesus and to the furtherance of His kingdom whether or not he (Tim’s dad) is healed here in this earthly body or in eternity in the Lord’s presence’. . .
And along with the news of Tim’s dad, Karen’s brother, Philip, had a heart attack this past week. Thankfully, it is less serious than initially thought. However, please do pray for him that he would have increasing physical healing which would lead him into a walk with the Lord.
We continue to be very grateful to each of you for your friendship, care, and prayer support during this challenging time of our lives. We sense the grace that your prayer support brings. Thank you again.
With much love, Tim and Karen
_______________________________________________________________________________Ongoing Prayer Requests:
- Grace for all of us as we try to come alongside Tim’s parents during these difficult days.
- Wisdom in reaching out to the refugees in our area through friendship and sharing heart faith issues, various social events, English classes, job seeking assistance, translation and advocacy for them with local organizations, etc.
- For a move of the Holy Spirit among our refugee friends to bring them into His Kingdom and make them into a growing vibrant believing congregation.
- Peter and Rebecca as they wait for Peter’s new naval assignment.
- That we and all our kids (by birth & marriage), and all our beloved grandchildren, will continue to grow and walk in His grace and truth.