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We're heading into our final months before moving to Chile!
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Our family at the entranceway to the church plant.
Partners in Ministry - Pastor Tómas and Maria Ester
Dear friends,

We hope that you are doing well, enjoying the beginnings of fall weather and enjoying the blessings and provision of our God. He has been good to us.

We continue to prepare for our time in Chile, both with regard to missions needs and also with family needs. Recently we have had a great time sharing about our calling with the congregations of Riverwood Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, AL and also with Zion Presbyterian Church in Columbia, TN. It was a treat to get to preach at Riverwood - the church where I grew up! We have been so well-received and well-loved. It is wonderful to have people praying for us and partnering with us in the gospel.

We're in the middle of all sorts of preparations for Chile (as detailed below), and at the same time, I'm also kept busy as I seek to serve our missionaries throughout South America. Pray for me in the role as my focus is often divided - trying to take care of responsibilities and logistics here, while also leading, listening, advising, encouraging, pastoring, planning, and strategizing from afar. 
Leaving family is going to be especially painful. Here's Mary Beth with our sweet niece!
We plan to leave for Chile during the first days of January. Until then...
  • We are working to get our Chilean residency visas. There are many requirements and (as is usual in Latin America) not a lot of clarity about the process. Please pray that everything will go through smoothly.
  • We are making moving arrangements - shipping of a few household goods and flights for us as well as for our dog. Please pray that these details can be worked out.
  • We are doing our best to connect with family and friends. In the midst of hectic and stressful schedules, we are also looking to maximize the time we can spend with loved ones. Please pray for that time to be fruitful.
  • Next week, I'm scheduled to preach at a chapel service at Covenant Theological Seminary and then to give a recruiting presentation. Please pray that the Lord would be glorified in all that I say and do.
  • I will be going, Lord willing, to Bogota the week of November 13th for a team leaders' retreat. We will be praying and planning together as we seek to serve the Lord as effectively as possible in South America.
  • We continue to look for additional financial support. We have seen some progress (thank you, new supporters!), but we have also had a significant setback. One of our major supporters is no longer in position to continue at the current levels. The net effect is that we need around $1,200 per month instead of the $800 previously reported. Please pray for provision so that we can get to Chile on time.
 
  1. MONTHLY SUPPORT - $1,200 - This is due to the higher cost of living in Chile, an increased travel budget for my role as regional coordinator, and some lost support as some of our givers have had to make adjustments to their own budgets. Would you prayerfully consider whether you or your church could take on a portion of this need? 
  2. ONE-TIME SUPPORT - $21,000 - This is due to costs related to getting us to the field: travel and shipping, visas, initial setup of an apartment, hefty rent deposits, and so forth.

Additional Prayer Requests


Thanks so much for your prayers! God truly works through them. If you've read this far, you may already have many things you wish to pray for. Here are a few more specifics.

Our hearts: Our greatest need always is to be growing in our relationship with Jesus. Pray for this - and that this growth would manifest itself in many ways: peace and tranquility in the midst of stressful times, acceptance of sometimes undesirable circumstances, and love for one another in the midst of all the ups and downs.

Wisdom: I need so much wisdom, understanding, and discernment in my role of regional coordinator, plus empathy, compassion, and humility. Please pray for me as a leader!

 
Thank you so much for partnering with us! You are such a blessing to us from the Lord.
Que Dios los bendiga abundantemente.

With love,

The Robertsons
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Our Roles in Ministry:

Our vision at Mission to the World is the gospel of the kingdom advancing throughout the world. We want the gospel to spread throughout the world, the Church to grow, Satan's kingdom destroyed, and Christ's reign extended to the ends of the earth.

 

We are being called, in Chile and in South America, to follow this vision. We expect to live this vision out in three primary ways:

1) as a family, we will be sharing life and Christ with others:;

2) as part of a local church plant, we will serve in various capacities; and

3) as a regional coordinator for MTW, Steve will be serving throughout South America - working for the strong vision, health, peace, and partnership of Christ's church. 

In each of these ways, we'll be seeking the exaltation of Jesus' name and the further establishment of his church. Jesus brings life, and we long to see this life extend more and more throughout South America.
How might the Lord provide $1,200 per month? The Lord has many ways, and we want his people to respond to him not as we plan but as he does. Humanly speaking, we've seen this work out sometimes like this:

$200 - 2 supporters
$150 - 1 supporter
$100 - 4 supporters
$50 - 4 supporters
$25 - 2 supporters


Would you please pray about taking one of these giving roles? Or to give in another way as the Lord leads you? Reply to us or use the button to the left can be used to register your commitment. Thank you so much!
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to spend some time in Washington, D.C. during the kids' fall break.
If you wish to contribute by check, please note the following address:

Mission to the World
PO Box 2589
Suwanee, GA
                30024-0928

Please put 'Robertson 16521' in the memo field.


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                  Steve & Amy Robertson
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                  Columbia, TN  38401

                  Steve (615) 916-7519
                  Amy (615) 916-7520

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