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