April 2020 – Prayer Letter
Dear Beloved Brethren,
Greetings and peace and love in the name of our eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As always, we thank and we will keep on thanking our Eternal God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sending us on this glorious mission, His mission that He has initiated when He came on this earth and now it is our mission to continue; speaking to our hearts, answering the call that He has called us for and accepted the mission that is ahead of us to do His work according to His ways and will. We pray that His Holy Spirit will keep on guiding us in the right path of righteousness and to be obedient and faithful until the end. Praise the Lord, we are where the Lord wants us to be; as there are still obstacles to go over and where the real journey is yet to begin.
As we keep on pressing on this glorious journey, the month of April has been an experience dealing with the COVID – 19 crisis and as we continue to settle in; we are slowly but surely trying to adjust.
As we press on, please pray and continue to pray for the following prayer request:
- We are still waiting for the application to be approved by Immigration, it is still in the process; things can be very slow here and especially, now, with the CoronaVirusD – 19 (COVID – 19) crisis.
2. Our health in order to work in His vineyard. The Lord has been good with us in keeping us in good health.
- Place for the ministry, we have a location in mind; we are going to send a video and pictures of the place via Face Book as soon as possible. Continue praying that it will still be available after we receive word from Immigration, hopefully soon; as of now the place is still available. Immigration can be very hard if we don’t have our residency, but with the Lord “Nothing is impossible”, He already answered our prayers by staying here.
4. We need a miracle for our support to be at 100% or more; we fervently pray for this to happen. God is able to make miracles and we pray that He will; He is able, with Him nothing is impossible. We need this miracle as we are preparing to start the ministry. We pray and humbly plead for your help, for the Lord’s provision and what He will have you to do according to His will. Regarding the extra funds needed per our Mid-September 2019 Prayer Letter, for our passage, which is $18,280.00, we have received up to date $9,234.00. All donations and funds should be sent to Macedonia World Baptist Missions (MWBM) under SHIPPING – TRAVEL ACCOUNT.
5. Pray about the CoronaVirusD – 19 (COVID – 19) situation here, some areas have been infected with 5 deaths; but the commerce have been taking advantage of the situation. Most of the government offices are closed, Immigration has changed the date to May 18th, but it could be later; with that being said, we can’t follow up with Immigration.
Our support is still at 90% now.
Safety with Travels
Pray that our Lord, God will keep on protecting us on the road in Costa Rica.
Schedule of Meetings
It will be a blessing if we can have meetings via the internet while we are in Costa Rica.
Softness of Attitude
Pray that our hearts would stay soft, to have a humble attitude, to stay close to God and focus on Him.
- Praise the Lord for the progress we are making with the documents regarding Immigration in giving us grace and wisdom.Our visa expired on April 8, 2020; now we just have to wait and pray that everything will be fine and for their answer regarding the visa for the next two years.
- Praise the Lord for all the contacts we have been making since we our move to Costa Rica; we have been spreading the Word and people are very receptive;many people are eager to come to the church when we start; also the Church with whom we are working with, they are willing to help us in every way, that is a blessing. Praise the Lord! We have led our first soul to the Lord, continue praying for him, his name is Jason; he is eager to come to our bible study and as well to the church when we start. Pray for him!
- Praise the Lord that I have another invitation to preach at another church, Iglesia Biblica Bautista in Alajuelita, Conception in San Jose, Pastor Carlos Leiton; it has been postponed, for now, due to the COVID – 19 crisis.
- Praise the Lord for the place where we are living, the administration will allow us to use the community center for our bible study. We will start, Lord willing, as soon as the Immigration gives us permission. What a blessing!
Beloved Brethren, God has great plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11); we can see His powerful hands of protection and provision over us as we continue to trust in Him with all our hearts and to focus on the mission that is set before us. The Lord God brought us thus far, He will not forsake us (Phil. 1:6). We call on Him as Ja’ bez did in 1 Chronicles 4:10 to bless us and to enlarge our territory for His glory!
Thank you, as always, for your kindness, compassion and love, but most of all for your sensibility to the Holy Spirit of God who dwells in you. We are deeply grateful for your continued prayers, financial support and being behind our vision to further the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We infinitely thank all who are helping us.
Beloved Brethren, may the love of the Almighty God, the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you All. Amen!
Brother Jean-Claude & Sister Matilde Guilbaud
Reaching Costa Rica for Christ / Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!
In Christ alone