Astrid, at the age of 10, started coming to our church through our Bus Ministry. She came faithfully until her family moved to an area called El Durazno about 20 minutes away, where we don’t have a bus route. We lost track of her until she contacted me two months ago, telling me that she wanted to get back into church. A member of our church had a car available, and I found a driver willing to pick her up. So, Astrid, at the age of 15, started coming to church again. In the last month, I have been able to visit her four times. The first time, her sister got saved; the second time, Astrid got saved, along with her brother. The third time, her uncle got saved, and the fourth time, her uncle’s wife got saved. We have also been able to see many more people saved in El Durazno, and it’s all because one young teenage girl had a desire to get back into church. Please pray for the Lord to provide a van so that we can start a permanent route in this needy area.
We just finished up our annual Missions Conference. Our theme this year was from I Corinthians 9:16, “. . . woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” We are very grateful that Pastor Darrell Hurst and his wife Grace took time out of their schedule to come and be a special blessing to us and our people. It looks like we will be able to take on two new missionaries for support. This year we have a goal of raising Q100,000.00 or $13,250.00 for missions. Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38, “. . . The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” Let’s not forget to pray that the Lord would send forth laborers into His harvest.
Let me update you a little on our family. I can’t believe that our oldest daughter Lydia will be going to Hyles-Anderson College this fall. She was just one year old when we moved to Guatemala as missionaries. Now she is eighteen and excited about preparing herself to serve the Lord. Even though Charity finished high school this year, she is going to wait until next year to go to Bible college. She wanted to dedicate this year to teaching in our Sunday school and Christian school. She is also a big help to me in the office. Emily, Hannah, and Serenity are all growing up too fast. They love playing the piano just like their big sisters, while learning a different instrument at the same time. Benjamin has not had any more febrile seizures since that scare he gave us almost a year ago. He has added a lot of joy to the family in his just 2½ years of life. He loves to pray with the family and play with his toy cars and animals. Misty and I truly have been blessed. May the Lord guide each of our children to find His perfect will for their lives.
His for souls,
Daniel and Misty Wilder, Lydia, Charity, Emily, Hannah, Serenity, and Benjamin