ALUMNI PRAISE AND PRAYER

February 2013 Update

Pedro & Stephanie Garcia  (2002)

Dear Praying Friends,

On the heels of our prayer letter, we have one quick prayer update/request. For the past several weeks we have been obtaining all the required documentation for Ian and Alec's one-year visas (the first step toward their permanent residency paperwork.) After repeated unsuccessful attempts to call during the two-hour window allotted for appointments, we finally were able to communicate via e-mail with the head of immigration in Iquique who informed us that we must present the documents in person on a Tuesday or Thursday morning at 8:30 AM. Pedro arrived this morning at 7 AM, only find that the line of people already extended around the block! By 9 AM, the office closed its doors to further applicants and he was not able to proceed. Others in line told him that only by coming at 3 AM is it possible to be seen. As you can imagine, this is extremely frustrating and time-consuming.

Please pray that God will remove obstacles in order for this paperwork to be completed soon, and for our own attitudes and responses as we deal with this. Thank you so much!

In Christ,
Pedro & Stephanie



February 18 Update

Dear Praying Friends,

If you happen to read this tonight or early tomorrow morning, please pray for Pedro, Nicolas and Mario who plan to begin standing in line around 1 AM at the office for foreigners in town. This is in order to present Ian and Alec's documents for visas, and the two young men from church are graciously giving up their night's sleep to keep Pedro company (and for safety, as the office is not in the best part of town.) In so doing, we also hope to bless a young lady from Bolivia who recently began attending church. She and her sister stood in line from 5 AM on the same day Pedro last tried to get in, but they too were unable to be seen. We didn't have a number to contact her but knew that she worked in a Chinese restaurant off a certain street, so at the third try we found her tonight and let her know the guys would have a place saved for her in the morning! She was so thankful.

Thanks for praying for this process, which albeit frustrating and tedious is very necessary to our family's legal residency here in Chile. Please continue to pray also for the paperwork process for our children to re-enter Chilean schools. We have literally been working on this for months (since before leaving the States) and it has involved much paperwork and many hours (about 8 hours today alone.) We are finally seeing a glimmer at the end of the tunnel, but one of our last hurdles is finding a specialized language school in town for Ian. He has been diagnosed with some receptive language challenges and we are praying that God opens the door to an excellent fit for his needs. Many of these schools exist in Iquique but it is difficult to find one with availability for a new student. Thank you for praying!

Trusting Him,
Pedro and Stephanie



February 19 Update

Dear Praying Friends,

It was so encouraging to hear from many of you that were praying for Pedro through the night hours and into this morning. He, Nicolas and Mario arrived at Extranjeria around 1 AM and spent the next 7 1/2 hours keeping each other awake, sitting on our kitchen stools outside the office. Pedro said they were about 25th in line at that hour, but when the doors opened at 8:30 AM, people jumped in line and he entered at around number 60 of 80 people who would be seen that day. Once inside there were several more hours of waiting. Praise the Lord, our Bolivian acquaintance was able to gain entry as well - this was her 3rd or 4th attempt to deliver her paperwork! This "gift" of holding her a place in line seemed to really minister to her, so we are truly thankful for that. And we are extremely grateful for Nicolas and Mario, for their servants' hearts as they accompanied Pedro and even saved the day when a last minute item was required at the door (an envelope for the papers.)

Ian and Alec were given 4 months' allowance in-country, at which time their one-year visas "should" be ready and Pedro will need to return to Extranjeria. He "should" be able to get an appointment this time, but there are many things that "should" be happening at that office which aren't - so again, thank you for your prayers and encouragement! We know GOD is bigger than all of this and trust Him for the outcome.

Trusting Him,
Pedro & Stephanie



February 24 Update


This morning was an emotional time of hearing words of testimony and farewell from our colleagues, Hugo and Debora Armijo, as they will depart for the USA later this week. Please continue in prayer for their family as they seek to heal and to discern God's direction for their family and future ministry.

As for our family, we sense the burden and privilege of leading the Iglesia Bautista Misionera in their absence and covet your prayers for strength and wisdom for Pedro and our three deacons in the coming months. We will begin the month of March with baptism classes and on March 17th we will celebrate believers' baptism for a number of men and women who desire to take this step of obedience. In April, several church ministries that have been on hold for the summer will resume - including monthly men's breakfast, ladies' tea, and married couples' ministry. As a result of the growing age gap among our young people, a new ministry to our college-aged youth will also begin that month under our leadership (until if/when God provides someone else to fill this need.) Our desire is to provide spiritual accountability and tools for ministry so these young people can actively serve in our church and in outreach to their peers and our community.

This week, our three oldest children will re-enter Chilean schools. Please pray specifically for peace; understanding of Spanish; and positive friendship as they begin classes this Wednesday, February 27. That same day we will take Ian for an evaluation with a speech and language pathologist at a nearby "language school." Please pray that this school would accept him as a student if that is God's will, and for both Ian and Alec as they enter Chilean schools for the first time and learn to speak Spanish by thorough "immersion!"

We will probably mention this many times this year, but most importantly please continue to pray that God will guide our priorities as we seek to invest our time and abilities where they are most useful for His work in Iquique. Each of us (Pedro and Stephanie) has received multiple requests by individuals at church for one-one-one Bible studies and discipleship, while we also are in charge of multiple church ministries and of course, we are parenting multiple precious children. We also desire to see multiple unsaved contacts and acquaintances come to salvation in Christ. We desire to do all things well, but this is only possible in His strength and through your prayers. Thank you for partnering with us in the beautiful ministry of the Gospel!

In Christ,
Pedro & Stephanie

Posted: 2/12/2013  Expires: 3/14/2013

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