Friday, September 07, 2007

Routing the Enemy

As I said in my last post, we are in the process of upsetting the opposition. The workers are finding such an openness to the good news of Jesus Christ. We have a number of areas where our workers are sharing the gospel, where we have been asked specifically by the people to start some kind of work. God is truly at work.

We are feeding over 18 thousand people, more than 4 thousand families. Each person our teams encounter have a moving story to share. Some of those stories are miraculous. Some are heart-wrenching.

I have been here in Lima for most of that. My presence here enables others to minister there. I want badly to be there; but things just are not working out to be there.

Still, I have a story to share. One of our newest works is Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) Baptist Church. It's been in existence since April. Now listen: there are 30 - 40 adults attending each week. Most of them have made a profession of faith in Christ, but have not yet been baptized. Yet, they are there.

Strong Tower is in the community where we helped to build a retaining wall. That project earned its money the day of the earthquake. The residents there earn just about $100 a month. That's $1,200 a year.

They asked me last Sunday if they could participate in our disaster relief in Ica. This church of very poor people have collected food, clothing, and other goods. Next weekend six of them will travel to Ica to deliver these goods to our team; they will help distribute the food and minister in those ravaged communities.

It is going to be an exciting moment in the life of a brand new church. They are starting out right. They are thinking upward and outward, not inward and downward.

The enemy is being routed. What happened in Peru has resulted in spiritual and numerical growth in the Family of God.

To God be all the glory....


Grannie Rains said...

Thank you for the example of Christ Church. Our church is looking at how we can serve more and involve the whole body. You hit the nail on the head!. "they are thinking upward and outward, not inward and downward.

Thank you for the insight. This I will share with the committee.

Love in HIS Service
Carolyn (Grannie Rains)

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

Hello, Carolyn,

Don't you know Michael's head is spinning over this whole thing! He wants to be in two places at once. We are happy to know that God has his people responding to the call to minister.

I just came from a meeting with another church who finally realized the same thing as you mentioned; look up and look out!


Frank (or Chip) said...

Kevin, I just want you to know that we continue to pray for ustedes from the IMB and for the Peruvian nationals involved in the relief efforts. I am working with two Peruvians here in Quito. They have been very impressed by what they are hearing and seeing in the relief efforts. Keep at the work and those who read your blog will keep on praying.