After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.
From our window we can see an garden. People in Papua New Guinea eat what they produce from them. Except for a few who live in the cities, they all have at least one. One day I saw a family working the land through the window, some children pulled weeds, but a lady worked hard with the shovel, made holes, grooves and removed the earth. I do not know much about crops but evidently she knew very well what she was doing.
We know from the time we have spent learning from them that each of the fruits has its own particular way of planting, growing and harvesting. The question then is: how do they know? Who taught them ?. I guess the obvious answer is that they learned it from their parents, plus a little experience of their own.
Even though my dad was born and raised on a ranch and knows a lot about crops, harvests, seasons and everything related, I am totally ignorant of the subject. I did not grow in the ranch, I know that apples are given in the trees and that everything I need I find in the store. Maybe because it was not a necessity, I never learned about that.
Something similar happens among believers. On repeated occasions God commanded his people to pass on their knowledge about him to the next generations, to tell them about the miracles they had seen him do, and to teach them to obey him and to fear him. Deuteronomy 4: 9 says: “But be careful! Pay attention and do not forget the things your eyes have seen, or remove them from your heart while they live. Tell your children and grandchildren. “
The people of God were instructed to teach the next generations. The above Judges verse reveals that they failed, and there were severe consequences. We are commanded to go and make disciples, and we humbly pray that the Lord will help us as a family and his entire church to accomplish this task.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…”
As we have grown in our walk with God and in our understanding of who He is; As we have seen their faithfulness in each stage of our lives and we have grown in our faith and dependence on Him, we have also grown in our desire to share with others who He is and what His wonderful plan of redemption is for those who trust in Him. So we do that, we testify to our children and tell the people that the Lord has placed around us the wonders He has done. And in Him we wait for the time in which we can share the Gospel of salvation with an ethnic group that has not yet heard it.
As for our plans, we hope to start the talks with potential teammates in March. We are praying that the Lord will allow us to be agile in the process to have a good progress before our departure in May. Regarding Emma’s passport, we have decided to go to Mexico to process it, and thus be able to resolve other complications with our bank accounts. We hope that the Lord will allow us to see most of you and encourage you to continue persevering in the service of our good God.
Witnesses of a living God
Isaac, Claudia, Jacob y Emma
For our trip to Mexico in May, may the Lord allow us to be a blessing and encouragement to you.
May the Lord continue to conform to the image of his Son so that we can reflect it to others (spouse, children, neighbors and people around us).
May the Lord provide the necessary funds for the construction of a house in the indigenous community where we will serve.
We thank you for all of you who participate in praying or offering for this ministry!