The Power of Prayer
Our team has been reminded in the last few months of the importance of prayer. We need guidance. We need to be grateful. We need to remember our dependence on the Father. And we need to be in ceaseless communication in all of these things. John Piper once said that many Christians treat prayer like a shopping list, checking off items they want: health, a new car, or success on a test. While God cares about those things, Piper pointed out that we are at war and prayer is a radio, our connection to the Commander—the tool we use to call down power from on high.
Our team extends beyond the tribe to all the homes where this email is sent. We wanted to ask you to join us in taking these concerns before the Lord. We greatly appreciate the prayers of our brothers and sisters on our behalf, so thank you, in advance.
My Knee: You might recall that several years ago I was having knee problems. My left knee continues to give me problems, and I am scheduled for surgery on March 2 with an American doctor here in Mexico.
My Grandmother: My dad’s mother recently suffered a stroke and is in recovery. She is experiencing a lot of pain, difficulties communicating, and loss of movement in her right arm. It is hard to be so far away at this time and I thank you for your prayers on her behalf.
The Well: We continue on a steady course of wait-and-see with the drilling of a well in our village. We’ve had several false starts, but are hopeful that in March we will have clean, running water. Please pray for all the details involved in planning this venture, for safety on the road, and that the village will greatly benefit from clean water.
Milo: Since last spring, Pete has been going through the Bible with Milo, a young man in our village whose first language is Spanish. Milo has been in the armed forces and traveled, but has many shared ideas with the Nahuatl as far as culture and worldview go. He is tracking well with the lessons and we are asking that God would show him his need for salvation. We know that his insights and witness could be a powerful part of the birth of the church in Las Moras.
The Nahuatl: Needless to say, these people are constantly in our thoughts. We see the illness, the hunger, and the cold that affects them. We witness the fear that enslaves them. Since we moved into the tribe, we’ve even seen death claim some of them. We feel the urgency to reach them and work daily to show them God’s love as we strive to be able to communicate with them in their own language.
Language Check: In early April our team is scheduled for a language test. One of our consultants will come out to the village and see how we’re progressing. Since we’re out of the tribe for paperwork, we’re working hard not to get rusty and forget what we’ve learned. Pray for diligence and that we would be calm and test well. Mostly pray that we would move forward in the language to be able to clearly communicate God’s word to the people.