We at Everlasting Love Ministries (ELM) have now finished the first 3 months of 2016 -- working according to God’s plan. We just finished our first ever “Spring Break Bible School” with a group of 35 children ranging in ages from 7 to 15 years old. It was truly a wonderful group to work with. In addition to teaching Bible lessons we had the opportunity to minister to these young people by helping them to understand their weaknesses, while also reinforcing their strengths in character -- all based upon Biblical principles. We were able to give the plan of salvation so they could understand it, as well as the true meaning of the resurrection of Jesus. Many seeds were planted, and there was a great joy in our hearts when several of the children gave their hearts to the Lord.
Over the last year ELM has been working as partners with youth leaders of the Wayuu Baptist churches in Colombia, along with “Redeska” (their local Baptist Association). Their project (John 14:6, Mission Elder”) is intended to begin local and regional missions within the Wayuu tribes.
Regarding the local missions, members of the youth group will go to Rancherias (a small Indian settlement) to teach VBS for children. At the end of each VBS they will show the “Jesus” movie to all in attendance (children, youth, and adults). The first of these VBS trips will consist of 10 young adults, and will take place the last weekend of April. The second VBS trip will consist of 9 young adults in May, to be followed by a trip with 9 young adults in June.
ELM has felt God’s call to sponsor the “John 14:6, (Mission Elder)” project. It will be a double blessing in that (1) the gospel will reach children in remote areas, and (2) it will be a witness for other young people to consider becoming involved. God has opened this door for us to step out in faith by sponsoring these missionaries with travel expenses. Each trip will cost $150.00, which covers transportation, meals, snacks and some supplies.
We have been praying that God will allow us to go back into Colombia again, and we thank Him for answering our prayer. To be able to accomplish this mission trip we are collaborating with Jersey Village Baptist Church. God has opened this door because He has a plan for reaching more of the Wayuu people at this time. Not only is ELM to be involved in this mission's activity, but Nestor has responded to the call to be the leader of this mission trip to La Guajira, Colombia in ministering to the Wayuu people.
Paul wrote to the church in Philippi “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). We know that God will give Nestor both the knowledge and wisdom necessary to diligently work with JVBC in bringing about this mission trip to the Wayuu people in Colombia. God’s will is perfect and lacks nothing!
God’s divine guidance and empowering will both guide us and manifest the work of the His Gospel message through us. We know He will provide the people and finances to accomplish this trip. And we know that the victories we will experience will be His victories and as we give Him all the glory both we and the Wayuu people will be blessed greatly!
We ask that you keep ELM and others who will go on this mission trip in your prayers to God. There are many things for which to pray:
Dear friends and partners, God has been faithful to ELM, and He has taught us that we must obey His call to the mission work He has for us. He has reminded us of what Jesus taught His disciples in John 15:16 -- “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”
In obedience to our call, we developed a campaign to raise funds for scholarships for nurses, doctors and volunteers to participate in our upcoming trip. The medical campaign will work primarily with children, so we will need medicines, vitamins, remedies for parasites and diarrhea. These are products that can not be taken out of the country and will have to purchased in Colombia.
We also need to purchase materials for the construction of tables and benches for the first dining room for children in extreme need of food. This dining room will provide a daily meal for these children -- we pray that it will be three meals a day in the near future, also we have some more projects for the construction team.
If you feel in your heart that God is calling you to be part of this mission, whether praying for us, or providing funds, please contact us. If the Lord calls you to travel with us to Colombia please call Nestor at 832-279-1102.
Because we are trusting in our Lord, ELM continues with both the local and international missions.
We thank God for giving us health and wellness that we might be available to Him as He accomplishes His work and involves is in that miraculous work. God is always glorified because of who He is -- and He is also glorified through His work on the mission fields He has given to ELM!
It is our prayer that our God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give you a continual flow of His grace, favor and peace throughout this year.
Blessings to you from ELM,
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