18 April 2012
Dear Friends and Partners,
We greet you, in the mighty name of Jesus. It is a very beautiful day here in Cali, Colombia as we write this letter. This morning the Spirit of the Lord reminded us of the apostle Paul’s encouragement to the Philippian church when he wrote these words: “…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever thing are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NKJV). We are certainly able to give a good report.
We have been in Colombia for the past two weeks and have a few days remaining on our schedule. This trip has been especially refreshing even though we have been extremely busy. The refreshing has come mainly from the good reports that we have received from past ministry. This week, we were speaking at a church here in the city and a man came up at the close of the service and shared the following testimony. Sixteen years ago he happened to walk into a church in which we were preaching. He really didn’t want to be there, but somehow was seated on the first row. He told us that he didn’t want to have anything to do with God, but while Eugene was preaching, three times he pointed to him (one man out of over 3000 people) and said “God loves you.” Each time these words were spoken, he became hotter and hotter with the presence of the Lord. He received Jesus as his Savior and is now a pastor in Spain. He was in Cali for a meeting and heard we would be speaking that night and came just to tell us his story.
It seems that just at the proper time God shows us the value of what has been accomplished in the lives of so many people. While we were speaking at the Pasque (Passover) Celebration just before Resurrection Sunday, another pastor, whom we had met a few years ago, also came especially to see us and spend some time with us. At the same time that the pastor from Spain received, he and a friend were walking down the street and heard Eugene playing and singing a song in Spanish. They opened a side door and entered the building, stood and listened. When Eugene saw them, God spoke to him to stop the song and speak to the two of the call of God on their lives. Eugene went back to the song and finished the meeting, not knowing that the two of them stayed and were born again that night. The strange thing was that they were men who killed people for the Colombian mafia. They are both pastors and are serving God with their whole hearts.
Friends, we could go on and on sharing stories like these two. It seems that God has chosen this particular time in our lives to encourage us by allowing us to hear and see the results of the forty-sever years that we have been in ministry together.
As we look to the future, we plan to be in Canada during the month of May. We will be speaking at the Canadian convention for the Gospel Crusade Churches and Ministries in Picton, Ontario. We will also be speaking in some churches in both Ontario and Quebec. God is doing some marvelous things in Canada and we are blessed to participate.
We also want to announce that we will be conducting a three-day conference at Camp de l’Arche, 41 route Fermanagh, St-Elzéar, Bce G0S 2J0 Quebec, the 15th through 17th of June. The meetings will begin on Friday evening and conclude with a worship service Sunday morning in which the local churches will join with us. Registration may be made by phoning the camp at 418-596-3041 or 418-221-1900. You may also register by e-mail by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $110.00 (Canadian), which includes two nights and five meals. All meetings will be conducted in English and French with interpretation provided.
As we bring this letter to a close, we want to thank each of you for you love and for being blessings in our lives. You will never know, this side of heaven, the true value that each of you possess as parts of our lives. We love and appreciate you. Thanks again for your support as we continue to go into the nations and preach the gospel.
Eugene & Sherry