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by Ps. Bill on December 5th, 2015

We serve a faithful God.  We arrI've in Paraguay just in time to miss a big storm.  We were safe and in bed when it dumped over 4 inches of rain.  We are thankful.  Our first full day here was a blessing as we connected with many of our fellow servants in Christ.  Today, Saturday,12/5 we are headed out to spend some time in a tribal work of Mark and Odie Goddard.  T will be interesting.

The city of Ascension is a beautiful city, but not as beautiful as the people.  But there is a great need for the Gospel here. Please be praying for the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit to fill this country so that the eyes of their heart would be opened to see their need and seek out Christ.

I will continue to fill you in the adventure as I find time and Internet access.

by Ps. Bill on December 2nd, 2015

Well the day has finally come, and it comes with much thanksgiving and gratitude to all those who generously gave to get the team to Paraguay.  We now covet your prayers as we travel from Milwaukee to Chicago, chauffeured by Jason Wood.  Thanks Jason.

From O’Hare we will travel to Panama City, Panama, where we will meet up with our other team mates, David and Lynn Wingerd.  And from there to Ascension, Paraguay.  We will miss all the cold December weather as it is summer in Paraguay.  

We will spend some time acclimating ourselves to the weather, culture, and one another.    From there we will be spending some time with Mark and Odie Goddard in the work that they have been involved in, learning language, translating and teaching.  We will get to see first hand the work of God in the lives of these tribal people.  It is really the fulfillment of the promise to Abram in Genesis 12:3b “...And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”  Truly a gift from God.

From Mark and Odie’s we will travel to see the Iguazu Falls and the Ippatsu Dam.  The falls are some of the largest falls in the world.  And the dam is a marvel in itself.  Google them, you will get to see the pictures, we will see it in person.  More of God’s handiwork.

Then we get to work, we travel to the camp where we will be spending time with the missionary families.  Spending most of our time with the children.  We will have the awesome task of sharing from the Word of God and encouraging them in their faith.  We definitely need your prayers for this vital part of the trip.  

Then we prepare to come back to the U.S. just in time for Christmas.  We will have an eight hour lay over in Panama and we will take a quick tour of the Panama Canal before we take the final leg of the trip back to Chicago.  We look forward to sharing what God is doing, not only in Paraguay, but in our own lives.  We return home late December 20th.

We are planning on having a time of celebration and thanksgiving on Dec 31, from 6:00-7:30PM at Beloit Road to share our experiences with you all.  Please set those times aside so that we can attempt to show our appreciation to you all.

Thanks
Ps. Bill

by Ps. Bill on July 2nd, 2015

163 Days to Go, and God is Good

The day is approaching quickly,  163 days to go seems like a long time, but time has a tendency to fly.  The Lord is so gracious and kind.  Why would we ever doubt Him?  I still remember at our first meeting as a team.  We talked about what it will take to get us to Paraguay, prayer, commitment, humility, and $23,000.00 dollars.  All these things are a challenge to accomplish, but the thing that stuck out in my mind was the financial how in the world would we ever come up with it.  That is a lot of car washes, grass cutting ... and yet here we are with 163 days to go and we are at the 91% mark. 

My problem comes because I look at people and their resources, instead of focusing on God and His resources.  Ever since I have trusted Christ for my salvation He has never let me down.  He has taught me how to give, and when I do it doubting, He continues to surprise me with His gracious provision.  So it is disturbing that I would doubt Him to be anything but generous as we entered into this adventure of following His will.  I am still waiting the day when I can be like Moses and tell the people to stop bring donations because we already have more than we can use (Exodus 36:6).  But go ahead, make my day.

Of course these funds did not just mysteriously appear.  God used His people to provide.  We want to thank all who have faithfully heard His voice and gave generously for this mission.  I know the twelve who actually get to do the front line ministry will be blessed.  But I am also confident that all who were able to contribute financially and helped at our fund raisers will also find Christ's blessings through it all.

It is not too late to be part of the team.  We still need another 9% to get there, and we also covet your prayers.  Don't forget that on Sunday, July 12th we have another fund raiser.  We are having a cook out and silent auction after our morning service.  All are welcome to attend.  Just call or email us for more info.

Thanks and God bless,
Ps. Bill

by Ps. Bill on November 18th, 2014

“The Nations are in an uproar”

The beginning of Psalm 2 is as true today as it was when it was written thousands of years ago. 
    1 ¶  Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?
    2  The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
    3  "Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!"

Why are the nations in an uproar?  Because they think that God is restricting their freedom, how can they do what is good and expedient for the people if they are restricted by a moral code.  So they want to tear off the fetters and cast away the cords of this code so that they may do what they need to do.  After all they have been educated in our universities and are well read.  They can make good decisions that will benefit the people apart from God and His Word.  We see from recent history, as well as further back, how well they have done.  All we have to do is look at Russia, China, Germany... we do not even know how many people have been killed in the name of man’s goodness and the good of the masses.  The number is staggering, in the tens of millions if not more.  All in the name of doing good and keeping control of the masses.  That is a far cry from the restrictive nature of the Word, Love God and Love others.

I am aware the there have been foolish and misguided ventures in the name of Christ, but they will never match the atrocites caused by Atheism and its systems.  Even the pro-choice movement has destroyed tens of millions of little one as well as the psyches  of the women who have been violated by the lie that it is just tissue.  It grieves me to hear of people that I know spew the hate towards God, and not just any god, but the God of the Bible and think that those who have come to grips with their fallen humanity are ignorant fools.  I pray for them.  But we need to do more than pray.  We need to extend mercy and compassion towards them, we need to love them.  It may be the only true mercy and compassion that they will ever know. 

They may scoff at the notion of a God who is in heaven and those who trust in Him, but the Psalmist tells us that God is not threatened by their disbelief or their foolishness. Verse 4,  “He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.”  He has already installed the King on the throne.  We have no reason to fear when our trust is in Him.  Let us get on with loving business at hand.

by Ps. Bill on October 29th, 2014

If you know the story of Esther you are confronted with the conversation between her uncle Mordecai and Esther concerning the edict put forth by the king in which all the Jews could have been annihilated.  Esther was the current queen and Mordecai was pleading with her to go before the king and to speak on behalf of her people.  She was reluctant, as it could cost her life.  Mordecai responds with these words, 4:14  "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?"    

I was thinking about this as I was pondering the sorry state of marriages in our churches.  Gary Thomas wrote a great book that every couple should read, Sacred Marriage, What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy?  When I think of his premise and then think of Esther (and even Abigail, 1 Sam. 25) I am saddened by the way our current Esther and Lester’s abandon relationship because of the difficulties with their spouse instead of seeing them as an opportunity to come together to help each other grow in Christ.  Perhaps God allowed you to enter into this relationship for such a time as this.

Some may say, but you have not had to live with my spouse.  Look at Abigail in 1 Sam 25, she is married to a man named Nabal.  Nabal is described as a harsh and evil man in his dealings.  I can’t imagine that he was much different in regards to Abigail.  In the account, Nabal refused to give David and his men any of his surplus food or water so that David’s men could be nourished.  David gathers up men to kill Nabal and his house.  A servant tells Abigail, in fact the words of the servant concerning his master are “he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”  In today’s world Abigail would have packed up and left, seeing an opportunity to escape this oppressive and wicked man.  But look at Abigail’s response, she packs bread, wine and mutton to send to David to ward off the coming disaster and death of her husband.  

When Abigail comes to David she pleads for Nabal’s life while calling him a worthless man who is steeped in folly, yet calls him her lord.  She knows her husbands weaknesses yet she asks that his life be spared.  She, like Esther, is a woman of courage who is willing to stand up for her husband.  We know how the stories end, Esther spares her country men by getting her husband the king to see his folly, and Abigail winds up as one of David’s wives after the Lord strikes down Nabal because of his arrogant pride.  Both women acted to protect their spouse from their foolish decisions, both women wind up in the annuls of God’s Word.  In one case the husbands heart is turned to the wife, in the other case the husbands heart becomes cold and callous.  But both women were committed to the relationship, even though the way they entered into that relationship is a lot different than we do today.

How we need men and women who will follow the example of these two women who were in difficult relationships.  When we think we have it so bad, we need to remember that God does not make mistakes.  He allows us into relationships with others not to be hurt but to call each other to holiness, to be helpmates.  Of course this is a lot easier when the two are working at it together, but we always need to remember that we may be in that other persons life for such a time as this.  







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