This is our new rental in La Paz.One of the keys to being a successful missionary (or a successful Christian for that matter) is getting to know your neighbors. We moved into our new rental house three days ago and are having the wonderful privilege of meeting our neighbors. We met one neighbor, Raul, when our small dachshund took on his St. Bernard and English sheep dog simultaneously in what was looking like a fight to the finish. After rescuing our dog from the jaws of death, we met and talked with our new neighbor and hopefully friend. We met our neighbor Pilar when she and we were out walking our dogs. Luis Enrique and his wife Jasmine just came by our house to invite us to a neighborhood Christmas party. We have already been made to feel welcome in our new community. Now you can begin praying that we will develop honest friendships with our neighbors which will lead to many opportunities to talk about Jesus. WHAT HAS KEPT US BUSY?
TEAM’s senior directors meeting in South Africa.
I took a work-related trip to South Africa with TEAM’s global ministry leaders.
Lois has started teaching both English and Spanish in a local language school.
We moved into our new rental house – shopped for appliances, contracted with an internet provider, installed curtain rods, did lots of prior house hunting.
I go out to the ranch once a week to make sure things are going well during the 6-month home assignment of the ranch directors.
We are getting reacquainted with old friends in La Paz – what a treat that is!
I am attempting to get back to my normal senior director activities.
HOW CAN YOU PRAY FOR US? Pray:
That we be useful servants in our neighbors becoming Jesus followers
That we quickly get an internet connection at our house (we have the contract for service but things are not moving quickly).
That we would discover which local fellowship to join
That the Americas Team, made up of the four regional leaders with whom I work, would be used by the Lord to open up many new ministries in many new countries and that many new missionaries would join us.
That the regional leader for North America would be given exceptional wisdom as he develops TEAM’s work in the US and Canada. This is a major shift in missiology as we now view the US and Canada as “receiving nations.” Not all North American Christians understand this shift yet.
For our support to come up a bit since it is a tad low.
Claire graduates from college on Dec. 19 and will continue the job hunting process.
That Joel finds ways to serve in the church he is attending in St. Louis.
Steve and his wife Lois live in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. They are the founders and directors of RECONCILIAMAR, -- http://www.reconciliamar.org/ ---a Mexican NGO that "uses adventures at sea to transform lives." Because of the generous contribution of people like you who follow MACROCHRISTIAN, SCUBA diving and sea kayaking trips are offered free of charge to local people. The goal is to increase people's love for the ocean thus giving them a personal reason to want to care for and protect it. Steve and Lois also use adventures at sea to create large blocks of uninterrupted time in which to talk about King Jesus. Look for them at www.reconciliamar.org.
Steve is a SCUBA diver, sea kayaker and an avid cyclist. Meeting with followers of Jesus every week in a house church setting is a number one priority for him. Making the world a better place by obeying Jesus is what energizes him.