It’s a new year, and I pray that you all enjoyed the holidays as much as we did. We had a loaded time with Nanna’s birthday, Christmas, Jade’s birthday, and then New Years. Jamen is starting to think that there is a party every day. It’s great to enjoy these times with family while we are still in Virginia with Jon’s parents.
As the New Year dawns we remember the fact that we will not be here with family much longer. In fact, we want to be in Paraguay very soon. April to be exact, and still waiting on God to perform a miracle in funding. So in the meantime we are trying to use the time wisely and prepare where we can by packing (yes I said packing) and reading up and refreshing ourselves on what is about to hit us, practicing Spanish. And also going to church with my parents for right now, and I want to share a story from yesterdays experience.
Due to kid’s being sick, car not working, and 12 inches of snow on the ground we actually haven’t made it out to church on a Sunday morning in a couple weeks. But we went yesterday for our first time to Sunday School at my parents church. It’s a big church of several thousand people, but the classes are still pretty average size, about 20 people. Well, even though we travel around and meet new people all the time going into a Sunday school class is always a little awkward, but we did our best and sat down for the lesson. What was the lesson you ask? What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
Needless to say we sent up a prayer to God thanking Him for putting us in that particular class on that particular Sunday. (I asked the teacher after class and they were the only class in the church doing that lesson yesterday). The lesson began and the teacher was right on about the issues involved with those who have never heard the Gospel. The scriptures are very clear that heaven is not in the future for those who have never heard. That’s a motivating factor to why Jen and I are going to Paraguay. It is absolutely devastating to think that for thousands of years people have lived and died without access to the truth. People go through life as slaves to sin without knowing that a way has been made through Christ’s death and resurrection. And the fact of the matter is people never will come to know the Lord unless someone goes and tells them.
The lesson went on for a long while, too long actually as people had to start leaving to pick up their kids from childcare. I thanked the teacher for his faithfulness to the truth. After explaining why this topic is so near and dear to our hearts he asked if I would share a little next Sunday with the class as we continue the discussion. Thanking God for this.
So pray for us as we share in a Sunday school class next week. Pray that people would understand a good picture of the 2500 unreached people groups that are in the world and what they can do for that cause. Pray we would meet new partners to help us get to Paraguay.
Till All Are Reached
Jon and Jen Quast