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Dear Praying Friends, March, 2020
Roses: During our recent trip to Ecuador, Carol had the opportunity to go with a couple who are serving the Lord here as tentmakers. These missionaries produce roses on a 135 acre farm. Ecuador roses are ranked number #1 in the world. She was able to see how the roses are grown and graded before they are shipped to international markets. Our missionary friends in the rose industry prepare Bible studies and Scriptural materials for some of the Ecuadorian local languages. Along with visiting the farm, Carol was able to accompany the missionaries to a village where they distributed spiritual materials. When she, along with two other wives in our delegation, returned to the hotel, they had at least 10 dozen roses. The picture above shows a bouquet of some of Carol’s roses.
Ecuador: In Quito, the capital, we were able to meet with a number of government and Christian leaders. On the government side, the Lord opened doors for us to meet with officials in the Ministries of the Interior, Foreign Affairs and Education. At the Ministry of Education, the Minister graciously gave us one hour of her time as one of our ministry friends introduced her to a values curriculum based on the film ‘Jesus’. This curriculum is being used in numerous public schools in Latin America. One of the churches we visited intentionally targets the upper middle class of society. They had seen 500 people make commitments to Christ in the past year. Also, our team was given a tour of the headquarters of the famous radio station HCJB ‘Voice of the Andes’. They have faithfully broadcast the Gospel for almost 90 years.
Bogota, Colombia: This is a city of eight million people. This modern city is experiencing change as more than two million Venezuelan refugees have recently come into the country. Here again, our team was able to meet with government and Christian leaders. At the Ministry of Education our friends were able to introduce the values curriculum which is currently being used in some of the Colombian schools. At the High Commission of Peace, we met with the High Commissioner of Peace. He reports directly to the President of the country. He is a Brother in Christ and needs our prayers. His job is to promote and establish peace in the unsettled regions of the nation where the drug lords and guerilla groups still wreak havoc.
Ottawa: Returning home from South America we were able to minister for 3 days at the Parliament before it recessed. We had finalized hosting a couple of Round Table Outreach Lunches for Ambassadors at the Parliament. However, the virus crisis has changed all of that and postponed our meetings in Washington, DC as well. Now we minister to the Members of Parliament, foreign ambassadors and ministry partners by phone and the internet.
Prayer Requests: 1. *Some of our Member of Parliament friends are organizing a National Day of Prayer, Saturday, March 28th from 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. It is calling our Nation together to pray for the minimizing effects of the coronavirus and to pray for revival and harvest in Canada. To register go to www.nationaldayofprayer.ca . 2. For leaders around the world who need wisdom during this difficult time. 3. For the families here in Canada and abroad who have lost loved ones. 4. For our medical care givers.
“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (II Timothy 1:7).
Jerry and Carol