“Nothing can touch the Word of God. Not all the powers of earth and hell, men and devils combined, can ever move the Word of God. There it stands, in its own moral glory, spite of all the assaults of the enemy, from age to age. ‘Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.’” – Charles Henry Mackintosh
Appointees to Argentina Dathan and Allison Marshall write this month:
Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you all for your faithful prayers and support! It is a true blessing to have so many people who are praying on our behalf and who have given us so much encouragement and support. Since our last newsletter, God has successfully carried us through a year of Spanish language training from Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, TX. We praise Him for the many lessons He taught us, the people we met, the language we learned, and the ministries we served in. During the past few months in the Spanish church plant in Mission, TX, God enabled us to preach twice in Spanish and to share the Gospel with fifteen children on ‘Día de los Niños’ (Children’s Day in Mexico). Serving alongside Pastor Abbott and his family was a true blessing to us, as they challenged us to communicate in Spanish and more importantly, they challenged us spiritually to follow after Jesus Christ. God knew how much we needed this humble, Godly family to encourage us, to teach us, and to serve in ministry with, and we praise Him for the many opportunities He laid before us to serve and be a witness of Him!
On May 10, 2016, our second and final semester of Spanish language school came to a close as we graduated with eleven other missionary language students. Although it has been difficult to say goodbye to the many wonderful friends we made during our time at language school, we thank God for the excellent training we have received and the memories that were made. Speaking of good memories, we had the blessing of having both sets of parents visit from PA during this past semester, which gave us a great boost of encouragement and support! As the semester came to an end, God continued to give us multiple opportunities to serve Him, such as preaching during chapel, leading small group devotions, organizing tutor and professor appreciation events, and eating MANY tacos (it’s a difficult ministry!). As a reflection of our language school experience, we are so thankful for the patience and training of the professors, the love and testimony of the students and their families, the leadership and humility of the president and staff, and the grace and power of God in enabling us to learn a new language and grow closer to Him! We also want to say thank you to each of you who prayed for us and gave us encouragement through a challenging, exciting step of our journey.
As we have now returned home to PA, our goal and focus is to continue our deputation ministry of visiting churches and seeking more prayer and financial support, in hopes to reach full support and leave for Argentina in January 2017 to start the next chapter of our missionary life. We again praise God for His on-going provision (which never fails), as we have reached 75% of our total support level! We trust and know that God is completely able to meet our needs and He works through His people to do so. Thank you all for your commitment to prayer, which is often times the most difficult, yet also the most essential, work in our lives for Christ! We thank God for each one of you, and count it a privilege to serve with you for the glory and exaltation of our Lord Jesus Christ! God bless.
Dathan and Allison Marshall