Recap, Prayer & Praise Report from the trip leader, Adam Pursel
Two weeks ago, a team of 4 from Lifepoint arrived back in the US after a week of prayer and ministry alongside our partner church – La Fuenta de Vida – in Chile. God is doing amazing things among our brothers and sisters in Chile!
During our week in Chile, we had the privilege of working alongside the believers in Hurtado for three days. Hurtado is one of the three campuses of our partner church, but is very isolated. It is just over 2.5 hours by car from the other two campuses of La Fuenta de Vida. Consequently, the believers there can feel isolated and unsupported, but God is doing incredible things in Hurtado!!!
When our vision team first went to Chile in October, 2013, they had the opportunity to visit Hurtado. At that point, there was only one believer in the entire community (of maybe 500-1,000 people). Her name is Jimena (pronounced “He – mane – uh”). Jimena is the real deal. Since the Fall of 2013, Jimena has been able to lead about 12 other people to Christ!!!
Our team was able to serve alongside of Jimena and the other believers in Hurtado. We spent time going to door to door to pray for the community and spent our evenings in discipleship and evangelism training for the believers. On Sunday, we had the privilege of worshiping with them. The highlight was being able to serve them communion, which they had not received for over a year. It was an extraordinarily humbling reminder of the beauty of the body of Christ gathered for worship…which is something we can easily take for granted because of our easy access to it.
The other highlight of the trip happened on Monday morning. We were invited by a local school principal, Teresa, to come and share with the students at her K-8 public school. After sharing briefly out of Philippians 4:13 to the entire school at an assembly, Teresa asked us if we would be willing to share the Gospel specifically with the 8th grade class. Obviously, we said yes! It was clear that God was moving in some of the students’ hearts as we shared the Gospel. Afterwards, they spoke with us for over an hour; they even missed a recess! It was a beautiful time of connection across cultures.
As you pause to pray during TEN:TWO today, please pray for these things:
- Pray for Jimena and the believers in Hurtado. Pray that God would fill them with joy, even as they experience some persecution for their beliefs. Pray that God would make them even more faithful and effective in sharing the Gospel with their community. Pray that God would open hearts to receive the Gospel message. Pray that God would comfort them with His presence, even as they continue to live in a remote village.
- Pray for Teresa and her school. Pray that Teresa would experience the joy of Christ in her work, and that she would continue to be bold in sharing the Gospel with her students and co-workers. Pray for the students who heard the Gospel. Pray that they would know, experience and share the love of Jesus.
- Pray for the leadership of La Fuenta de Vida. Pray that God would continue to bless their church. Pray that God would grant them wisdom and grace as they lead. Pray for health for their new Lifegroups and that they would be able to see even more people come to know and love Jesus.
Here is the passage that emerged as the theme for our week in Chile:
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Please pray that each of us would be reminded that Jesus is with us, always. He has commanded us to share the most important news in the world, and we have the great privilege of obeying Him in this, even when it seems difficult or risky. Pray that God would grant us boldness to share the Gospel.