21 January 2011 (Pasto, Colombia)
Dear Friends and Partners,
It is with great joy for the salvation that we all possess that I write this letter to you. (Sherry is at home in the States so I am writing this alone.) This morning, the very presence of God filled the room here in Pasto as I awoke in my normal way: a song of praise coursing through my mind and a verse of precious scripture filling my heart. The song today was in Spanish, “Vive En Mi” (Live In Me) and the scripture was “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV). I simply want to encourage you in your walk with God to allow the refreshing of the Lord to renew you day by day.
January has turned out to be an exciting month for us. We have witnessed again the move of God in the nation of Colombia. Jesus said when he called Simon Peter and Andrew to Himself, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19 NKJV). We have learned that if we obey God and “throw out the net,” people will respond, lives will be changed and they will be saved. In most every service, regardless of the type of message preached, we gave and invitation for salvation and hundreds of people responded.
We are planning a lighter schedule for February as you can see from the calendar. We will begin our ministry in Indiana with an informal gathering of friends in the Salem area and then our annual R&R (Rest & Relaxation) in Nashville with our friends and fellow ministers sponsored by Apostolic Resource Ministries. We will then go to the Allelujah Sanctuary Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Living in Florida, our winter has been a little cool this year, but we understand that Indiana and Minnesota have experienced extreme cold. We would like to have milder weather on these trips, but we will take it as it comes and enjoy the ministry of the Lord.
It is truly a blessing to know that you all are standing with us as we travel in the world. Sometimes, the circumstances that we find ourselves in are less that what might be desired, but we know that we have an army of intercessors as well as friends and fellow workers in the Kingdom of God standing with us. There have several occasions in the past few months in which God has spoken to us to stop and not go to the places we had planned. On each occasion, intercessors called or e-mailed their concerns because had warned them on our behalf. Our encouragement to you is to “KEEP IT UP.” There is nothing like hearing from the Lord, even through people like you, and knowing His protection. THANK YOU!
As I bring this letter to a close, I believe that I am writing from the hearts of both of us. You are loved and appreciated. Your support in both prayer and finances are great encouragements to us. Our prayer for you is that you be “…kept…as the apple of His eye” (Deuteronomy 32:10 KJV).
Eugene & Sherry