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"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established." Proverbs 24:3
Shortly after we told you about our new intern Keysi (picture), God provided (though many of you— thank you!) and Keysi was able to start work on campus. Then, on Nov. 16, Keysi’s hometown (on a Columbian island) was devastated by a Category 5 hurricane. Her family lost everything except the foundations of their homes and a refrigerator. It continued to rain for days, and they had no dry place to sleep. The man in the desolate photo is Keysi’s dad. That place used to be their home with walls and a roof. But this family rejoices because God spared their lives! It’s been eye-opening to hear Keysi’s perspective about something we view as un-imaginable. She shared with our team, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” from 1 Thessalonians 5:18. She emphasized that it doesn’t say we should give thanks FOR all things, but to give thanks in all circumstances. That is just what they are doing. Please pray for Keysi and her family as they are trying to stay healthy, cling to God, and begin rebuilding once the materials and funds are reached. If you'd like to learn more, check out her GoFundMe page.
We have a colleague and good friend named David. In December, David's father, Jeannot, was stabbed in the lung, thigh, and face by a neighbor who had gone crazy. Fortunately, he survived and is now recovering. The whole family is recovering and bonding in new and beautiful ways. David is asking God to use this terrible act to draw his family toward Jesus, and he invites us all to pray, too.
Mauricette has been very ill for a few weeks with something mysterious. She was just told that it is an inflammation of the pancreas, but more tests need to be done before treatment. With her other medical conditions and allergies, the doctors are very careful. We check in with her daily since she’s alone. She refuses all help and does not want to see people. That’s understandable. There’s no easy way to describe her emotional state, but to use her words, “I am at the very bottom. I have no morale. Photos of your kids are the only things that make me smile.” Please keep praying for her! She says she no longer has the energy to pursue God.
Baby #4 is doing great! Tara is starting to feel kicks. Her all-day sickness is gone— praise God! She’s 18 weeks along, and the heartburn, fatigue, and body pains are still there, but that’s normal. Hopefully the Lord will give her a boost in energy soon, but if not, we just praise God that all six of us are healthy. This little one is giving us great joy and hope for what is to come!
Lastly, please keep praying for the new believers we mentioned last month. Pray connectedness in our neighborhood and family rather than loneliness. Pray health and wisdom over Lydia and Rachel’s two schools as five children have tested positive for Covid. The protocols are even more strict now. Please pray for Trent’s team as they prepare to host the French national Agapé conference over Zoom.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel, Tessa and baby