An email on 16th July updated us with the following about Beryl's new vehicle.
It seems the purchase of this “new” vehicle was going ahead with paperwork expected to be finalised last Tuesday 8thJuly ’14. Beryl will also add other features to it so that it will not be able to be stolen like it’s predecessor! It seems to have only very few thousands kilometres on the clock and looks brand new! It is fully enclosed and therefore has air conditioning throughout, a great comfort for the passengers she carries when the vehicle doubles as an ambulance. As the seats fold down sick passengers will be able to lay down full length in relative comfort.
She hoped to return to the Chaco during last week, learning as she goes how to drive this Toyota Surf, which has an automatic gearbox! She has driven automatics previously!
Pray for Paraguay as it recovers from floods.or people living in the Chaco where it has rained for months now (extremely unusual). The flooding of the River Paraguay due to heavy rain in recent months has left thousands displaced, with many indigenous Paraguayans in critical situations due to lack of food, access to clean water or health care. Please pray that hey will soon be able to return home.
Dear Praying Friends,
Since losing the truck way back in March many activities have come to a halt and normal work patterns have slowed down. Going everywhere on buses is very time and energy consuming both in town and getting to and from the Chaco.
The flooding in Paraguay is the worst on record and many families all over the country have lost their homes and belongings. In the Chaco the indian communities at La Patria have been isolated because the roads are impassable or have been washed away completely. Food drops by helicopters have helped but the day to day problems are unresolved.
Work in rural areas has come to a standstill and survival is the main task.
In Asuncion the River Paraguay is at an all time high and people are camping wherever they can find high ground and a roof. Days on end without any sunshine means that nowhere can dry out and everywhere is so damp and rain showers are still frequent.
I feel so privileged and blessed to have a secure and dry, if but damp place to sleep in the Chaco and in town. At the ranch no one had their house flooded although all the roads are un-useable.
A week away from Paraguay was a surprise and a tremendous blessing. Attending Rhett and Mari's wedding celebration and staying with them in Houston gave me my first ever experience of Texas and I hope it won't be the last! The time was shadowed by the death of Rhett and Mari's best friend - a man who I have met several times. His funeral was a great testimony to his Christian faith and his life in general.
Now back to reality. Any help I can give the people seems insignificant but the long term impact for God's kingdom is the most important.
As in the States, people are being woken up spiritually by two films on general release, "God is not dead" and "Heaven is for real". May many respond to the Lord's message and receive all He longs to give them.
The search for a four wheel drive continues but hopefully I can soon write to say that I am mobile again.
Big people problems at the ranch are just about resolved. Please pray especially for Harvey, a young agricultural graduate of Rhodesian background. He will be in charge of coordinating all the work at the ranch. His grandfather Hagar Wright used to work at Sombrero Piri and his father Jamie used to live there, too. As yet Harvey is not a committed Christian and I know he will only be able to carry out his difficult task with God's help. I pray that he will quickly realise that and receive what the Lord wants to give him.
Please pray for Manuela, my new helper at the ranch. She is a Christian and I pray that she will continue to grow in her faith along with her husband Dionicio.
Project Paraguay will commence later this month and the planned work has had to be changed because of the flooding. The volunteers will not be able to work in La Patria, instead they will construct new homes for some of the Rio Verde church members who have lost everything and a new house for retired health promoter Liberato Cabanas at Palo Blaco Sombrero Piri.
Points for praise and prayer:-
The wonderful paid for trip to Texas and all Rhett's wonderful Christian friends and all my loyal friends in the U.K. and elsewhere.
For Rhett and Mari and Harvey who has the difficult task of coordinating the ranch. , that they would learn to rely more on the Lord for everything (who raises the dead) and know his peace which passes all understanding
For Harvey, that he will soon let Jesus control his life
For the right vehicle
Protection for everyone as crime is rife and the young Arlan Fick is still captive after being kidnapped three months ago.
For the flood victims
For the Project Paraguay volunteers and the Rio Verde church members.
For Tim Curtis and Asuncion Rojas as they continue working on the revision of the New Testament in Enxet.
That we would all take St. Paul's words to heart and put them into practice
2 Corinthians 1: 8-9 "We think you ought to know dear brothers and sisters about the trouble we went through in Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed
beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live
through it. In fact we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped
relying on ourselves abd learned to rely on God, who raise the dead."
love and prayers, Beryl
Her latest message on 11th May 2014 Beryl shared.
I ask for prayer for the people at Rio Verde, Sombrero Piri and La Patria as after last week's downpour they are all flooded out. Norma the health promoter is living with the Primavera community on the opposite side of the road under tarpaulins that the Emergency services have provided. Ramon from Jerusalem is here in town and he put his mother's bed on a table so that she could sleep somewhere dry as the water is hip deep in their house. La Patria is completely cut off but helicopters from the Emergency Services have done something.
Many of you will also know that Beryl has been trying to replace a stolen vehicle. Beryl wrote: “ The money to buy a replacement vehicle should be available next Friday, D.V. It’s been quite a battle getting the insurance company to comply with their affairs. If the money is not forthcoming Rhett will get his lawyers to get on to them. Please pray that won't be necessary and that I'll have wisdom about a new vehicle also wisdom about how the flood victims can best be helped”.
In our own Parishes we have had some Coffee Morning Fundraisers
The coffee morning at the new Morton’s house raised €321 with a few donations still to come. A huge thank you to the Morton family for your hospitality for a very worthy cause!
Many thanks also to all who have given so generously to help support the work of nurse Beryl Baker in the Chaco. The Chaco has been suffering serious flooding.A big thank you to Beatrice for opening her home to host a coffee morning to raise funds for Beryl Bakers work. We are delighted that over £600 and €100 was donated. Many thanks to all who came, those who have given and to those who helped make it happen.