NAF partner Jim Cossairt has un update for us. " I'm in progress with treatment #6. My CT Scan is scheduled for next Thursday. Please join me in praying for good results We're hoping for the tumors in my lungs to be drastically reduced in size and number and for my lymph nodes to be back to normal size. There's a chance there could be no change at all and I'll have to continue treatments until June for a total of 12. I continue to be humbled at the support my family and I receive as we journey through this. Thank You just doesn't seem to say enough. Again Prayers are what we need the most. I'm doing better with most of the side effects. Neuropathy and nausea still a battle, but warmer temps help a great deal. " Jim and his wife have four daughters and they are caring for his two nephews. Jim needs a miracle and we believe that the hand of God can heal him so please join us in lifting up Jim and his family in prayer.
Regional Director Rev. Christian Sarmiento has a goal of holding assemblies and services in areas where a General Superintendent had never been.
Rev. Christian Sarmiento is presiding over the ordination service in Venezuela. Seven pastors were ordained this year. Praise the Lord!
The pastors of the Coast District are being recognized and prayed for during the their district assembly. Rev. Eduardo Meza is the District Superintendent of the district. The assembly was held in Guayaquil in the new building. They recently put in a new ceiling.
General Superintendent Dr. Jerry Porter, Regional Director Dr. Christian Sarmiento and Field Strategy Coordinator Dwight Rich, and the ordained elders are praying for the licensed ministers. Rev. César Avellaneda, the DS is leading the prayer. Two new ministers were ordained in Bogotá.
Rev. Rodrigo Olmedo from Quito was one of four pastors ordained in Riobamba, Ecuador. Dr. Jerry Porter presided over the service.
Dr. Jerry Porter challenging the Austro District churches for each person to win another person this coming year.
f you had to summarize your life in six words, what would they be?
Several years ago an online magazine asked that question. It was inspired by a possibly legendary challenge posed to Ernest Hemingway to write a six-word story that resulted in the classic “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
These are some of the responses given:
“One tooth, one cavity; life’s cruel.”
“Savior complex makes for many disappointments.”
“Cursed with cancer. Blessed with friends.” (This one was written not by a wise old grandmother but by a nine-year-old boy with thyroid cancer.)
The challenge of the six-word limitation is its demand to focus on what matters most, to capture briefly something of significance.
I don't normally think to much of these but with the stories of the ones that have been bravely standing up for Christ and the evaluation of my life, and how thankful I am for everything and I mean e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g , for some reason I decided to take the challenge. So these are the words that I came up with. I am sure with more pondering I would come up with another six but right off I thought of this.
farm girl.accidental missionary. South America. pure joy
These are some thoughts of people from the Bible.
Adam: “Eyes opened, but can’t find home.”
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: “King was hot. Furnace was not.”
Noah: “Hated the rain, loved the rainbow.”
Esau: “At least the stew was good.”
Esther: “Eye candy. Mordecai handy. Israel dandy.”
Mary: “Manger. Pain. Joy. Cross. Pain. Joy.”
Prodigal Son: “Bad. Sad. Dad glad. Brother mad.”
Rich Young Ruler: “Jesus called. Left sad. Still rich.”
Zacchaeus: “Climbed sycamore tree. Short, poorer, happier.”
Woman caught in adultery: “Picked up man, put down stones.”
Good Samaritan: “I came, I saw, I stopped.”
Paul: “Damascus. Blind. Suffer. Write. Change world.”
So take the challenge and let's see how many words we can get. Leave your six words in the comments below.
We have been praying for Sofi from Bogotá, Colombia who has Leukemia. She had many friends to help her celebrate her 13th birthday. Sofi has one more week in the hospital while receiving treatments. Please remember to pray for her and her family.
Rev. Luis Meza district superintendent is praying over the newly elected leaders in the Eje Cafetero District in Colombia.
Presiding District Superintendent Rafael Trejo is praying over the congregation and leaders of the Lago District in Machiques, Venezuela. Carlos Cordero is the District Superintendent.
We are Jon and Shirley Fischer and we are missionaries serving with the church of the Nazarene in Quito Ecuador.