Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

From the Editor

Written by George Bok
"Brethren, pray for us"

John Newton, in one of his addresses to ministers, speaks on the topic He that winneth souls is wise (Prov.11:30). At the end of his address, he also has a word for those who are not in the official ministry. Here are some quotes: "But you, if you have tasted that the Lord is gracious, have a desire, in common with us, to win souls. Even you who are in the most confined situations, may be greatly instrumental in winning souls:

1. By your example. If you walk agreeable to your profession, blameless and harmless as the children of God, shining as lights in the world, you cannot be without an influence within your own circle.

2. By your prayers. You are not called to preach the Gospel, but in this way you may greatly assist those who are. Brethren pray for us. Our work is great, the difficulties, snares, temptations and our infirmities are many. Even the apostle Paul with the grace given to him, sets a high value upon the prayers of GodÕs people. I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus ChristÕs sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together in your prayers to God for me (Rom.15:30), and pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified (1 Thess.3:1). The Lord has promised to do great things for his people, but He has said, that he will be intreated by them, to do it for them.

3. By assistance. According to the ability the Lord has given you, to promote well directed schemes for the effectual spreading of that knowledge which is necessary in order to win souls from the dominion of sin to the service of God. The work done, the books purchased with your money may be blessed to the saving of souls, and consequently you may be the instrument."

The reports that follow give an update of the ongoing work in Cubulco, Guatemala. Pastor Herfst gives a report on the "CLADE 4" conference which he attended with Alejandro. Under "Local Challenges," he asks us to remember the lay pastors in the villages in prayer, especially those in Chivaquite. The translation work also needs your prayers.

John and Conny Otten present us with some of their experiences working in the hospital. And finally, brother Peter Luth, our treasurer, gives us some " Mission Facts and Figures."

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