There are plenty of discouraging times on the mission field--times of loneliness, times when you question is it really worth it--leaving family and friends behind when no one seems to appreciate what you are doing, times when those you are trying to minister to reject you, or when new believers fall into sin, etc. Then there are times when the Lord sends showers of blessings--just when you need it. I am thankful for the encouragement He sends along the way.
We are so excited about the work that God has allowed us to be a part of on the south side of the island, in the city of San Isidro. It is a bustling, growing community, with lots of immigrants moving in. We have seen some fruit in our weekly Bible studies, and now the Lord is allowing us to rent a very nice building to hold a church service. It will have to be on Saturday evenings at first, because Doug and Rudy (the German missionary that is working with Doug) both have Sunday morning and evening services, so that is the only time we have available right now. We are going to start next Saturday, and we are anticipating great and mighty things.
It is also great to have our oldest daughter Amy and our 10 month old grandson Joseph with us for the month of March. We haven't seen her for three years, and what a blessing to see her sweet spirit and love for the Lord hasn't changed; she is growing in the Lord and is a dedicated mother. I am thankful for the Lord's provision in allowing her to come.