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We're in the USA for a season - seeking the extension of Christ's kingdom throughout the Americas. Pictured below: In Guadalajara, Mexico with team members Matt & Esta Jesch & Toño & Yirah Barrera.
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Antonio (Toño) Barrera being ordained as pastor of the Iglesia Cristo Rey Eterno.
Dear friends,

Here's just a quick note to catch you up on some of the details of our transitions.

Updates and Answered Prayers
The past few months have been a whirlwind of goodbyes, hellos, celebrations, challenges, and readjustments. Meanwhile in the midst of the move from Chile to Columbia, TN, Steve’s travel and MTW ministry workload have been steadily increasing. We have been up and down, overwhelmed and encouraged, happy and sad and everything in between. The constants have been our desperate need for Jesus in everything we are and do as well as His sufficiency and faithful, extravagant provision without fail in every single situation. You all as ministry partners are a significant instrument in His provision, and we are so grateful for your specific prayers and your generous support.

In preparing to leave Chile we had many meaningful encounters with ministry partners and believing friends as well as final evangelistic opportunities with moms from Johnny’s old school. Regarding travel details, our required government papers arrived just in time, our separate departures (first Steve with luggage to Nashville and then Amy with dog to Miami) both worked out to be times of social interaction and prayer right up to the airport security gate, and our sweet Maya traveled safely and economically.  Regarding the details of life in Columbia, TN, Johnny has re-integrated smoothly into junior year of US high school, driver's license issues resolved quickly (some have said miraculously), the empty rental house has been comfortably accommodated by furniture given and lent by our church family at Zion Presbyterian in Columbia, TN, and we already have been able to reconnect during several weekends with our college kids Joseph and Mary Beth. As far as ministry, Steve continues to work steadily as MTW’s International Director for the Americas, and I have enjoyed both helping to organize virtual panels for MTW women and participating in virtual training and support for Mexican and Chilean partners through the ministry of Parakaleo. Even though I shouldn’t be surprised by now at God’s provisions, I feel much wonder and gratitude for where we are and how God brought us here as well as expectancy for what he will do during this season of extended transitions. 

We also have exciting news both from Guadalajara, Mexico, where we served locally for many years, and from Concón, Chile, our most recent home! On Palm Sunday weekend, Steve preached the ordination and installation service of our Mexican pastor Toño Barrera at Iglesia Cristo Rey Eterno in Guadalajara. Toño has served faithfully there as pastor alongside a leadership team since our departure in 2015, and his completion of all the assignments and written and oral exams required for presbytery ordination is a huge answer to prayer. And last Sunday in Concón, Chile, the church plant where we served locally, Iglesia Trinidad de Reñaca, officially launched public worship services in its daughter congregation Iglesia Trinidad de Concón.

 
What Mission looks like here and now

As a reminder, last fall Steve began to serve as MTW’s International Director for the Americas (South America, Central America, Caribbean, Mexico, Indigenous Peoples ministry in Canada and US) providing both pastoral and logistical leadership and oversight for our 120+ missionaries serving in these regions. This involves a lot of prayer and study, planning and development meetings with various leadership teams, interface and coordination with other missions organizations in order to work together in kingdom advancement, pastoral counseling with many individual missionaries as needs arise, and the facilitation of meaningful interaction between various MTW home office teams and the foreign field, among other responsibilities which he is still learning. Aside from prayer and study of Scripture and current cultural issues, the job requires many hours of video conferencing, counseling/problem-solving, and regular travel to local ministry sites across the Americas. We hope that Tennessee will be both a practical and strategic home base for our family for the next 18 months as Johnny finishes high school and as Joseph and Mary Beth navigate the transitions of college and young adulthood at UAH in nearby Huntsville, AL. Then the plan will be for me and Steve to return to a centrally located ministry site in Latin America to continue serving in regional MTW leadership from the context of a local church planting team. We will try to visit supporting churches and participate in missions conferences as much as we are able in these months, but the focus will be more on international ministry than it would be during a typical home missions assignment (HMA).
The inauguration of the Iglesia Trinidad de Concón!
Please keep in touch with us as you are able. Our new address is: 

604 Mitchell Ave.
Columbia, TN 38401

...and our phone numbers are: Steve (615) 916-7519 and Amy (615) 916-7520.

Love in Christ, 

Amy


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Prayer Requests

For steadfastness and grace in transition. Transition is disruptive and painful even when all goes well. Please pray for our hearts to abide and rest in Christ as our true home and firm foundation. Pray that in our daily lives our desire for and communion with the One who has it all figured out will surpass our striving to “have it all figured out” in any given situation. Pray for good connection as husband and wife as well as for each of us to have healthy communication with our nearly adult children as we are often struggling in these areas.

For wisdom and courage in complicated situations. Steve has the opportunity and responsibility to speak into many situations which surpass his knowledge and wisdom. Please pray that the Spirit would give him the ability to assess clearly and to speak adequately for God’s glory and the good of the kingdom.

For the conversion of unbelieving friends in Chile who are beginning to visit Bible studies and the new church plant.

For traveling mercies and physical/mental endurance. Upcoming trips April-June include an MTW recruiting conference in Sacramento, a City to City church planters’ event in Brazil, missions visits in Lima and Arequipa, Peru, and the PCA’s general assembly in Dallas. Please pray for protection, for help with physical limitations like back pain, and for mental clarity and presence of mind in each place and time.

For the missionaries we serve, that we all would be growing in grace, love, and service, that we would be used to advance God’s mission in the Americas, and for help and comfort in situations of emotional and physical distress.

For wisdom and direction for me as my role develops in serving alongside Steve and with Parakaleo.

For our car to sell in Chile so that we might purchase a comparable vehicle to use in the US.
Dear friends in Chile - Pray that they would know Christ!
Cultural Tidbit

We are currently living in the self-proclaimed “Mule Capital of the World,” and on April 6 Steve and I experienced our very first Mule Day celebration (the kids have enjoyed this event several times before with cousins). Many participate in the 5K Mule Kick Run, there are tractor pulls and various other contests, and at midday the townspeople line the main street to watch the Mule Day Parade, an hour and a half long procession of mules, mule-drawn wagons, and mule-themed decorated cars and trucks. It is quite the cultural experience. We loved the social aspect, with many families spend hours mingling on the lawns beside the parade path, eating, playing and talking together—it felt a little like Latin America. Our friends from Chile loved the pictures.
The Muletown Parade!
Parakaleo group calls feel a lot like an episode of "The Brady Bunch".
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                  604 Mitchell Avenue
                  Columbia, TN 38401

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

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