Just a quick note to update you on events here. I can't believe how
fast the weeks are going by (maybe because we are so busy). Well, first
I would like you to know that my grandmother went home to be with the
Lord this past Saturday. She was 86.
Secondly, I delivered the message to about 40 young people at the
Chinese Church here on Sunday morning. It was interesting---everything was
in Dutch, so Patricia and I were obviously lost during the worship
songs--he he he--but I gave the sermon in English. Seemed to go rather
Thirdly, Sunday evening was just incredible. We held our first ever
Sunday evening service at the school. We had several new parents attend
and about 12 new students were there. That brought the numbers up to
over 40 in attendance for this service. God really answered this
prayer. I had the opportunity to preach the message. We've heard a lot of
good responses from everyone in regards to this type of service. So,
the glory goes to God for allowing others to see the need for this type
Fourthly, one of our students departed this week to go back to Japan.
has lived in Suriname all her life,
so it is hard on her and all of the friends that she leaves behind.
Kanako is a dynamic Christian and her impact here will be missed. We just
want to ask prayer for her adjustment and ask prayer that she will be
able to find a bible teaching, Christ-centered church/youth group in
And lastly, as you know, Isabel went through and wreaked some havoc.
We found out that our belongings in the New Bern storage unit are safe
and unharmed, but we have some friends that felt the brunt of Isabel's
wrath. We ask prayer for the Luper's as they replace the damaged
flooded portions of their home. We thank God that they were safe during the
storm. There are some other friends out there that we have not heard
from, so we pray that everyone weathered the hurricane safely.
Please continue to pray for us as we plant seeds for God's Kingdom,
In His Name,
John and Patricia