We have the privilege to partner with special people for the spread of the gospel , advancement of the glory Christ and the building of his church around the world. In short we get to do missions. When that partner is one of your own; missions becomes even more exciting!
Kari Shirk serves as an extension of our ministry in Lima, Peru. Below is her monthly update. I urge you to read it and then pray.
Before we get to the letter, I’ve posted some pictures that represent a follow-up to the Peru Crew’s ministry in Lima back in July. Our team visited (via Compassion International) two homes in an extremely poor neighborhood. In one home, five children were sharing one bed. Our team donated the funds for Kari to purchase bunk beds for the kids. Our team also personally donated 1,000 Soles to the Word of Life camp south of Lima to help scholarship needy children to go to camp. A drop in the ocean, compared to the need, but you never know what any act of generosity might do for the gospel’s sake.
Here is Kari’s August update:
Dear Friends and Family, August 2012
P- Personal Update:
Never a dull moment, even on vacation! There is nothing like passing out in a Cathedral church the first day in Cusco due to altitude sickness…what an experience hopefully never to be repeated. Eventually I returned to feeling normal the following day and seeing Machu Picchu was awesome! Needless to say my vacation was not exactly what I was expecting, but at least it turned into a good story to tell. Hannah and Nick Adolphsen, friends from college visited the first week of August. What a great time of reconnecting, ministering together and encouraging conversation.
E- Exciting Ministries:
Missions Month at MCS: During August there was a school wide emphasis on missions. My class ministered to the Oasis Day Care in Manchay. It was neat to see 6-year-old kids seeking to be a blessing to others and share God’s love. I also did a missionary monologue on Amy Carmichael for an assembly. I would not really classify myself as much of an actress by any means, but I did learn a lot from researching her life!
Girl Talk: Ten girls from 7th & 9th grade heard Hannah shared her testimony about the freedom in Christ from struggles that we experience. Specifically Hannah talked about her experience with anorexia when she was in high school. Three of the girls the following week shared that they struggle with it. One of the girls said, “A lot of people have talked to us about anorexia, but Hannah was the first person who actually experienced it first hand. I don’t know how to exactly explain it, but when she was talking it impacted me a lot and made me think.”
Running: I am running three times a week with Melinda, one of the girls from youth group for the upcoming Nike 10K race in November. In trying to use the time wisely we are reviewing our Bible verses that we are in process of learning. We know about 10 and have about 17 more to go!
Discipleship: I am starting to work through Word of Life material with Stephanie this week. She is in her first year of college and in need of some spiritual encouragement and accountability with it being her first time in a secular educational environment.
R- Reality- Prayer Requests:
Secondary Bible Study: I am starting to make more real connections with these girls and I am looking forward to having them over this Friday night. Please continue to pray for their spiritual growth.
Youth Group: I am still very much in process with leading activities, but it is getting a little better each week. The truth is… I write out my directions on how to play games in Spanish, memorize, and then practice saying it! Being a leader in a foreign country is a little bit more labor intensive! Pray for ongoing humility as I learn Spanish. Last week I told everyone to sing instead of count in a game! The boys were like, “You want us to do WHAT? SING?”
Guitar: Pray that I would be able to put time into practicing.
Future: Please pray that I will have clear direction in how God wants to use me after my time in Peru. I am looking into several different options.
U- Ultimately God – How God is working in my life:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23 is a verse that I am focusing on in the classroom with my students and also in my personal life. Life can be a whirl- wind at different points. But regardless of what may be happening, I am ultimately responsible for living my life for God not man. Staying focused on this truth is a challenge for me. I am praying that God would enable me to continue to serve with a joyful heart even when I may not “feel” like it.
Willing for Christ,