March 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 March has been very stressful dealing with Customs, the Insurance Company, the CoronavirusD – 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 are very slow here and especially, now, with the CoronaVirusD – 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.
3. Place for the ministry, we have a location in mind. Pray that it will be still available after April as doors are being opened; as of now, it still is. Pray that we can start the ministry once we receive word from Immigration, they 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. That the insurance company will be just and fair, we have not heard from them and it has been almost a month now; we have about $10,000.00 worth of damages.
5. 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 $8,270.00.
6. Pray about the CoronaVirusD – 19 (CORVID – 19) situation here, some areas have been infected but the commerce have been taking advantage of the situation; everything has been going up, sometimes doubled and tripled which makes it very difficult to make ends meet. If that keeps on, the support that we are receiving will not be sufficient especially in buying food/supplies and for the ministry as well; it will come down to 80% from 90%. Most of the government offices are closed until the 18th of April, with that being said, we can’t follow up with Immigration.
Beloved Brethren, we are living by faith and trying to make ends meet; after we have paid for many things.
All donations and funds should be sent to Macedonia World Baptist Missions (MWBM) under SHIPPING – TRAVEL ACCOUNT.
Our support is still at 90% but it could down to 80% per our comment above in paragraph 6. We continue praying for all the churches that we have presented to in the past to pray about partnering with us. Please, please!! Those who are supporting us to be a bit conscious and consistent as we are depending on you. We cannot leave the country at the moment to go on furlough, it is not possible!
Safety with Travels
Pray that our Lord, God will keep on protecting us on the road in Costa Rica, traffic can be a nightmare.
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, not on men, neither our circumstances, nor our thinking. Beloved Brethren, we are excited to see on
how the Lord will be working here as we focus on the work that is set before
us, even in the midst of this global crisis. He is already doing great things and we know that He will be doing
greater things as we focus on Him.
- Praise the Lord for the progress we are making with the documents regarding Immigration in giving us grace and wisdom. We have submitted our application to Immigration as we have mentioned in our previous prayer letter. We were supposed to see them on March 17, 2020 to check and confirm that we can stay here without leaving the country every three months but with the CORONAVIRUSD – 19 issue, the Immigration office has been closed since March 16, until April 18, 2020. Our visa expires April 8, 2020. We just have to wait and pray that everything will be fine and for their answer regarding the visa for two years, that will take time as things tends to be very slow down here.
- 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, I have been in contact with him for a few weeks now, 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 CORVID – 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 in the meantime that our documents are being reviewed by Immigration. We will start, Lord willing, as soon as the Immigration gives us permission. What a blessing!
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 4 Christ/ Under His Wings Reaching the World for His Glory!
In Christ alone