Saturday, October 2, 2010

Out of shape

This past week has kicked my butt. My American friend David and I decided that we would start exercising and since our day is already jammed full of lessons and work we decided we´d wake up earlier in morning. It was a terrible idea. But, we´ve been learning a lot this week. We had the opportunity to discuss the Fear of the Lord, which I always found a little ridiculous, but now I have a better understanding of it. We also talked about tithe and the importance of giving what we have back to God, so it´s been really good. The best is that my job for the week was cleaning dishes after dinner with two of the leaders. It was great because one of the leaders, Dawelky loves to sing worship songs in English, so everyone got to hear our not so beautiful singing every evening. I doubt they´ll let us do dishes together again.

This week we received our final three students for the course. Genesis from Ecuador,  Philip a pastor from Ghana and his wife Selina. For Philip and Selina it´s going to be a tough transition since English is their second language and they don´t know a word of Spanish, but I´ve talked with Philip and his English is very good. This is the first time that this base has had missionaries from Africa. So it´s pretty cool.

It´s been awesome to see God working here. We had a service last night and we needed to raise $1400 pesos for a cement mixer to help build blocks for the new base. And with the forty people there, twelve of which were students, eight of which are missionaries with no salary, we were able to raise $1650 pesos. And on top of that we have a team in Ecuador that was caught up in the middle of the chaos that happened there. One of the students had gone to the bank right before it started and the missionaries lost contact, but fortunately after a lot of prayer he found his way back unharmed and the chaos subsided.

There is so much work to be done here. After going door to door and talking to people in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the city you can see a desperate need for Christ. The missionaries here do an amazing job with what they have. But there´s still a lot of things to be done. I´m asking for my brothers and sisters at home to please pray for the children in Puerta Madryn. There is a serious problem with trafficking young girls in the sex trade. My heart breaks every time I hear another story about it. And of course as in most situations like this the police are bought off and there is little hope for justice. We´re praying for God´s hand to move in this and we ask for you to do so as well. One thing I´ve learned is that Satan hates nothing more than when Christians selflessly lay down their pride and pray for others. So intercede with us for their sake.

God bless every one who´s fighting for the kingdom and I can´t wait to be back with you guys in adoration.

                                                                                           James 4:7
                                                                                     Matthew R. Hursh


  1. It sickens me to think of what those children have suffered. I will be lifting them up in prayers - absolutely.

    I'm so glad to hear that things are going well. Working out AND doing dishes? Will wonders never cease?? :)

    We miss you very much - but we're so proud of what you are doing. Love you!

  2. Keeping you and your mission in prayer.

  3. I will definitely have the children in my prayers, as well as you, the students and missionaries. It's so good to hear that you're learning and experiencing so much! :)

  4. Thanks for the update and for making us aware of those in need. We are praying that God will intercede and hold up all those that are doing His will. Love you and miss you.