Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Washington D.C. and Virginia

We had favorable circumstances while presenting in churches out East by being shown around the Washington D.C. and Virginia area. Although we have been in the area before, we have never taken the time to see the sights. Thanks to our host and friends who gave us a tour of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, Korean Memorial Wall, National Museum of Natural History, National Archives, Ford Theatre, the White House, and Mt. Vernon. It was a lot to pack into three days while in between meetings but I believe it will be remembered for a long time. One of the blessings on deputation are the memories of people and places you visited.

We are thankful to have Fairfax Baptist Temple, Tabernacle Baptist, and Flat Run Baptist as part of our supporting churches in taking the Gospel to Peru as a result of our time in the area of Virginia.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 2009 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends,

I Samuel 12:6 “…It is the Lord that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.” We believe the Lord advanced and led His people in those days and does so today.

We have announced in churches that when we reach the 60% mark of our support that we would be looking to set a target day of departure. As that time approached God allowed Jon to take a short term mission trip into Peru (thanks to a designated donation) to assist a fellow missionary starting his first church in Andahuaylas, Peru. This trip also allowed Jon to gather information from other missionaries serving in Peru. Please pray with us as we meet with our Pastor to select a target date and make more detailed plans. We are getting even more excited as we see the light of hope at the end of the tunnel to the deputation trail. Jon ate guinea pig (cuy), dressed in Peruvian clothes, and preached while in Peru.

We are thankful for the opportunity to present in churches together as a family throughout Florida this Summer. God has revealed Himself by providing safety on the road, lodging, food, and health; which we do not take for granted. We have been encouraged with the opportunities to serve and of hearing of decisions that have been made. A Peruvian Lady in Hollywood, FL trusted Christ as her Saviour during our time with them and we have had many children share with us their surrender to serve God in full time ministry this summer. We have been blessed to see former friends in other ministries serving God faithfully and to make new friends along the way.

Vacation Bible School during the summer time is a tremendous tool to preach the Word of God to the younger generation. Jon preached during the Jungle themed week of Vacation Bible School at Berea Baptist in Palm Harbor, Florida. We were able to be involved over the phone with another VBS and have heard that a Church sponsored us as their VBS missionary for their week.

School is back in session. Jon preached in the church and school at Fairfax Baptist Temple and we were delighted to hear that they added us to their mission family by supporting our ministry. We took a few days as a family to take in some of the sights near the Washington DC area. We are thankful to Bill, an assistant Pastor, and our host family (the Snyder’s) for showing us around. It was breathtaking to see our heritage through the eyes of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and the soldiers of the Vietnam and Korean War but discouraging to see where we are today by visiting the Museum of Natural History filled with evolution and beliefs without God. May we all pray for God to work in our own country as well as the mission field abroad. We ask for prayer as we will be in meetings throughout Ohio and starting up homeschooling with our four children.

May the Lord find us Faithful,
The Harris Family