Thursday, March 9, 2017

Jonathan and Kristy's update 11/8/16

Oops... I guess it's been a little while since I posted our prayer letters!  I will be catching up with them over the next few days.  Stay tuned!

„But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” I Corinthians 1:27
It is so encouraging to remember that through the blessings and trials of the work here, there are people all over the world praying for us. When we don’t see God working in our Gypsies (but we know He is), it is refreshing to think that people are praying for them. Thank you for your prayers!
It was encouraging to see Lusi come to church a few times. Adi also came the other week! Praise the Lord! Thank you for praying for them.
I was able to preach to the adults a couple weeks ago, and also at a fellow missionary’s church in the city. The message was on Christ’s suffering and crucifixion. It is humbling to be reminded of the great sacrifice He made for us. May we always be ready to follow Him, even if it means suffering!
There have been a pretty good number of children coming to the children’s classes. Many continue to leave after a short while, and although that is a disruption, it is encouraging to see those that stay and want to learn. Sometimes it surprises me when they know so many answers to questions at the end of a lesson, even hard questions! How exciting to see them learning from God’s Word!
One of the teen boys that was coming to the school classes, Angelo, started coming to our teen classes. We praise the Lord for this! Sara continues to come as well, although she has been hanging out with some teen girls in the neighborhood that are not a good influence for her. Please pray that Sara would “walk with the wise” and stay away from those that draw her away from the Lord. The teens seem to enjoy talking and goofing around after the church service (what else is new?!). :o) Romica (Rome-eeka), an older teen boy, came for the first time in a while towards the end of one of our teen classes. It was good to be able to talk to him, and I hope he will keep coming. Rebeca came to church a couple weeks ago, and was friendly with us, which was nice. She asked for prayer that she would get back to God. This was an answer to prayer! Unfortunately, she has not been to church since. Please pray that Rebeca will obey the Lord and stay close to Him.
The children at our English classes at Casa Rafa have been doing very well. It’s encouraging to see them learning and remembering the things they’ve learned! Please pray that we would have wisdom as we teach, and as we minister to the children and teens.
We had our last school class for a few months, and it was good to see the faithful ones come and put their brains to work. We decided to stop the school classes during these cold months, as we use all three rooms in the church building for school, and we are short on time and fire wood to start fires every week for that. We are grateful for all that they have learned!
It was a blessing to have my sister and brother-in-law, Joanna and Bruce White, and their family come from Germany for a visit for a few days. It is always wonderful to spend time with family!
There have been quite a number of thefts in our area recently. We are grateful that the Lord has protected us. We have a small, temporary chainlink fence around just part of our property, and we would ask you to please pray with us that the Lord would allow us to have a proper fence built for our property.Everyone here has a fence around their property, and we believe  it is a good safety measure.
We appreciate all your prayers for us and the Lord’s work here. May God bless you as you serve Him and take part in this ministry to the Gypsies!
In His service,
Jonathan, Kristy, and Cory

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