October 2012 Update
Paul & Elaine Kintner (1965)
Dear Prayer Partners,
There is joy in serving Jesus, as we journey on our way…,” line from an old hymn expresses our joy and satisfaction over the years. His mercies are new every morning, and we never know what a day may bring forth, but He never fails.
Our journeys will be taking us north for a few weeks to visit three supporting churches in New York State, with other visits “on our way” including a few days with our daughter and family in Vermont. We are looking forward to getting away and sharing with churches and folks the blessings of the Lord through their prayers and support of our ministry. We will be away from October 26 until November 15th, except for a quick trip home during election week.
Please pray for the church in our absence. Our pastor is doing well with the church, however this will be the first time for us to be away for three consecutive Sundays. There will be no pianist (Elaine), so they are learning to use a CD program of accompaniment for hymns and choruses. This is part of the “weaning” process of transitioning from missionary pastor to permanent pastor. We will not be there to fill in necessary gaps at service times, etc. We are very grateful for the faithful ones who are taking more responsibility.
Speaking of journeys, when Paul was in Peru in September, he received an invitation from a church in Trujillo, Peru, where we ministered in 1969-1971, to preach at their 50th anniversary in January 2013. He agreed to pray about it, but questioned the advisability of accepting in light of the proximity to the current visit to Peru. Since returning to the States, we have prayed and shared the idea with other colleagues and mission personnel, and have been encouraged to accept the invitation. The invitation included the offer to help with the cost of the trip, and with God’s provision to cover the last trip, we are confident in the Lord’s provision, and Paul has accepted to return to Peru January 10-21, 2013 for this conference. While there he will also visit Emanuel Baptist church in Trujillo which will be celebrating 40 years since we began that work.
We would like to request prayer for a major decision in our ministry here in Winston-Salem. The last four years we have had a Hispanic Christian Bookstore in conjunction with the church. The bookstore has also served as an office for Paul as it is located across the street from the church. The store has been a ministry of the church and provides Bibles, Sunday School literature and Christian reading for the Hispanic community. However, it is not economically profitable, and unable to pay employees to work in the store. A family from the church has provided the building, rent-free, and we conclude that it is time to close the store. Spanish Bibles can be bought elsewhere in the city. Pray with us that we can find a distributor for the Spanish Sunday School literature where churches will be able to acquire it in the future.
In His service,
Paul & Elaine
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