08.30.08 From the commended work in Tacna

Hello brother Duane,

Greetings after a long interval. Our God gave us a beautiful vacation in Bolivia. We visited different places, most of all we spent five days together as a family having time just for us — it had been eight years since we had a vacation of this kind. It was very good. Thanks be the Lord.

I have very good news. We had been praying, many of us, and we had asked you to pray for it also — Daniel’s consecration because he shares the leadership in the congregation with me. He had been dedicating himself to the “artistic life” (singing as a musical group with his brothers in restaurants and bars) with his unbelieving brothers and Carlos, who is getting further away from the Lord. Well, the good news is that last Sunday Daniel declared to the congregation that he felt embarrassment of being in this artistic life and he announced he is quitting this, above all because he was feeling unhappy because it wasn’t glorifying to Christ. He wasn’t leaving the artistic life sad, but rather happy in Christ, happy to renounce all this. It made us very happy to hear this — of course, for his brothers it will seem extreme but that is the way the world is, they do not understand our motivations, “it seems strange to them that you do not run in the same things”, says the apostle Peter.

Let’s thank God for bringing Daniel to this understanding and decision. Pray for Daniel and for me, we need the spiritual intelligence that only God can give to serve Him effectively, to plan His work. Pray for Gloria, Albert, and Edward, with whom we are studying every Friday — now we are studying “Buried with Christ” (Emmaus course on baptism). We are in lessons 5 — 7. We have been studying for three months, they are attending the meetings, and I hope that they take the decision to be baptized. We are also studying with Luis Inquilla and his wife every Saturday, the course “God’s Plan for Your Marriage. We are almost finished with it, pray for them because we do not just want to help them in their marriage, the most important thing is that they come to know Christ. Perhaps we will study “Men who Met the Master”, or some other course.

Well, now we have been in contact. Many blessings.

Grace and peace from the God of Israel and from Jesus Christ the Messiah

Herman

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