We want to give you a brief update which we will follow up on after we return from our current mission trip. We are on our way to Puerto Penasco where we will restart the Leadership Training Institute (LTI) we established several years ago. It had been very successful with some very blessed graduates, however, with some of the issues that developed when the founding pastors transitioned the church into new leadership, it was necessary to stop it for a time. The church is doing very well now with new members, a new leadership team in training and great pastors. This is the ideal time to start utilizing the LTI curriculum first with the leaders and then with the congregation. We are blessed to see this happening and to be able to facilitate it.
Our summer is about over and, like us, many of you are looking forward to fall and cooler weather. For those in the areas that have been affected by severe weather you have consistently been in our thoughts and prayers. And of course, we are all praying for our leaders and our country. It is imperative we keep our focus on our great Savior and mighty King! He will strengthen our faith if we will keep our eyes on Him!
God has been gracious to us in strengthening us despite the health issues and with the joy of having our family so close. Our grandchildren are a great delight (Prov 17:6). We thank the Lord that He has controlled the spread of Leon’s cancer and he has felt much better recently despite going though chemotherapy.
We also thank God for his loving care and for each one of you who pray for us, support us and encourage us. And we are so grateful for the richness of the gift of friendship we share with you.
As a final note, please pray for our dear missionary friend, Alicia Heinz, who has recently had to return from her ministry in Dumaguete City, Philippines, because she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She will be treated in California and then expects to return to the Philippines.