November 2, 2017
Fil 1:6 estando persuadido de esto, que el que comenzó en vosotros la buena obra, la perfeccionará hasta el día de Jesucristo;(RV 1960)
Phil 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;(NKJV)
Paul wrote to the Philippians and spoke of his gratitude for the work that the Lord was doing in them. For Paul it meant encouragement that the Philippians were a good work in progress. For the Philippians it was assurance that what God was doing would continue and that it would come to a delightful end. The Lord was doing something wonderful in them and it would continue until it was completed; in this case the work would continue until the return of Christ.
As well, everything in life has a beginning, some duration and, eventually, an end. Every day, every week, every month, every task, every project, every phase in life has a beginning, a process and an end.
Right now we are in the process of learning Spanish. It is a good work, but it is a WORK. In December, Lord willing, we will receive our certificate of completion and bring to a close our time here at RGBI. (The process of learning Spanish, however, will continue until the end of our days I am afraid!) As we hit the midpoint of the semester we are amazed that we have made it this far. Learning a language is a challenging and often humbling process. But it is a process that will have an end (a qualified end), and we have the assurance that the Lord will see us through. This is true for the homework we do today, graduation in December and the establishment of a Bible College in Argentina in years to come.
We are so thankful for those of you who pray for us regularly. Many of you not only keep us before the Lord in prayer, but you also invest in us materially through financial support. Without you all, we would never have made it to this point, and going on would be pointless. What a blessing you are. Patti and I continue to work hard to learn our lessons and complete our tasks. Our son Mike keeps himself busy with work at the Koinonia coffee shop here on campus, and with frequent walks around campus. The next three or four weeks will be particularly challenging as we face deadlines for some important projects. The second semester language school students will also be doing the chapel service in Spanish next week on November 9 (very scary!).
We praise the Lord for His sustaining us through this arduous task of language learning. We praise Him for the grace that encourages us to keep plowing. He has taken care of all our material needs of food and raiment, and then some.
Please continue to pray for us as we come to the most challenging part of the semester. We are also praying that God will bring some more churches to partners with us. In light of this, we could use wisdom to know exactly what to do when we leave RGBI.
Thank you for your ministry of prayer on our behalf,
Dave and Patti West
2 Timothy 2:2
“Trabajando, Orando, Mejorando”
(Working, Praying, Improving)
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