We returned to Costa Rica three weeks ago after completing a trip to the States to take care of several important needs. What a blessing to see how the churches continue to move forward with the ministry of the gospel! As a result of the Sunday School seminar (mentioned in our last letter), we have seen the formation of a new believer’s class. This has raised interest and excitement in the lives of new believers who want to be grounded in the Word of God and live a life of faith and commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Recently we participated in a pastors’ conference and received encouragement and teaching from the Word through the messages of several invited pastors. It was a great blessing to see many national pastors with whom we have partnered in the ministry. We are now seeing “spiritual grandchildren” in their ministries—those who have answered the call of God through the preaching of men that we have helped to train. This confirms that never-ending cycle which Paul mentions in II Timothy 2:2 –“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
As I look over our financial statement at the end of the month and see your name listed and the mission support that you send, I pray for you and God’s blessing upon your life. It also reminds me of pleasant times that we have spent together in fellowship at some point in the past thirty-two years of mission service. Thank you for being an important part of the gospel outreach in Costa Rica and other countries where we have an influence.
The devil doesn’t give up easily as we snatch souls from his grasp through the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. Carlos, a 17 year-old boy, recently received Christ and wanted to be baptized. As he mounted the bus to come to church, his religious mother ran out to the bus screaming at him not to “convert to another religion.” Needless to say this created an embarrassing scene for the young man and we had to give some needed counsel about how to respect our parents and at the same time follow God’s commands. There are no easy answers to many of life’s problems, but God’s grace is sufficient and His power is exceedingly abundant to help us in a time of need.
May God bless you as we near the year’s end of 2009!
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner