Hello dear readers,
It’s been a bit of a roller coaster here for the past few weeks (but that’s not news at this point, right?) Let me start with the big event first:
We have decided to begin weekly meetings in our home Thursday nights, starting August 2nd. It will be good to have an actual time and place to which invite people because until now it’s been sort of up in the air. We already have two people we have been praying for since February who promised to come at least once to check it out, and we are inviting neighbors we have met and others we have been building friendships with for the past several months.
We also have friends coming for our first night who are believers who we’ve met at various churches, just to celebrate together, and we will be serving tacos, quite a novelty food in Argentina.
Now for the miracle I mentioned above. You remember we have been meeting on Tuesday nights at the home of a woman called Roxana. Two weeks ago, the day after our last meeting, her 3 year old boy Lorenzo woke up crying with a headache that wouldn’t go away. She took him to the hospital and they said he had swelling in his brain. The following day he couldn’t even walk, but would stumble and fall because he couldn’t control his balance!
We went to the hospital to spend some time with them and of course pray for Lorenzo. When we were finished he said he wanted to walk, and so we took a walk up and down the hallway and he was perfectly fine! But still they were waiting for an official diagnosis. The doctors had done a spinal tap on him and the next day they told the mom he might have leukemia! We went back to the hospital and prayed with them again. We were not alone because there have been many people we know praying for this family as well as people in Chile where they have believing friends. Here is what happened: the following day the doctors came back and said they had done another analysis and now he was 100% fine and released him to go home!
It makes you wonder – why is it that if we really believe God is the same yesterday, today and forever, that we are surprised when he shows a little bit of his love and his power? Shouldn’t it be “normal”? Needless to say that was very encouraging.
So we are doing well, and looking forward to this new beginning. In the meantime, amidst the victories, there have been plenty of disappointments: our car is still stuck in Customs – every time we get over one hurdle, another one appears out of nowhere! It’s been three months of delays now. Then this week our hot water tank developed a leak and we had to get it repaired, then our washing machine also broke, but then miraculously when the repairman showed up it started working again.
But in other news, I start teaching my class this coming Saturday. It’s only one class a week, but it’s something, and Karina is still pursuing job opportunities. And we may have a book to translate as well.
If you think of us, please pray for us for all those things, but especially for our meetings beginning August 2.
Bless you all, and thank you for your prayers!
Mark & Karina