Dear praying friends, can you believe that 2019 is already gone.
God has been good and along with all the challenges throughout the course of the past year, he has truly blessed us and we are grateful.
We were able to send some boxes to our brothers in Christ in Venezuela. These boxes got there just before Christmas, and were a blessing to those who received them.
The picture on the airplane is that of Darwin, who accompanied me to Orlando to ship the boxes to Venezuela. He has been anxious to find a way to serve and was excited to take his first plane ride in service of his Lord and savior.
Please pray for his continued growth and that he would be completely dedicated to the Lord’s work.
In an earlier newsletter, we informed you that we were able to complete an office at our headquarters in Panama for our children’s ministry. We are sad to inform you that this office was burglarized on Christmas Eve.
The intruders stole a tablet, a laptop computer, both printers, and a television. They also stole from our shed a power washer, our new weed whacker, our lawnmower, and the power tools that were kept there.
We are saddened by the loss and are praying that the Lord will provide for us to be able to replace these items and make some upgrades so that the property will be more secure.
In our October newsletter, we had mentioned a need for $500 monthly to provide one meal each day for the 50 kids that attend our kids’ club in Venezuela.
We are currently providing one meal each Saturday, but are still praying that someone will accept the challenge of helping us to feed these kids on a daily basis.
My sister Eileen recently returned from a visit to Venezuela where she held training sessions for Sunday School teachers from twenty churches.
There were 125 in attendance. Her report of conditions on the ground in Venezuela is a cause of concern.
Please do not forget to pray for our brothers and sisters there as their economic reality is even worse than you can imagine.
Meet José Rios, the newest member of our international team. He has recently planted a church in Puerto Ordaz Venezuela.
We are looking forward to working with this family for the advancement of the Lord’s kingdom.
With the help of a few of our supporting churches, we were able to complete Expressions of Joy for the fourth year.
My wife, my sister, and Mary from Faith Baptist were able to have six activities, four in Panama and two in Costa Rica.
It was such a blessing to be able to give gifts to so many kids this year, knowing that they would not otherwise be getting anything for Christmas.
It also lifted our spirits to see the many parents who came to the activities and also heard the gospel message that pointed to the greatest gift ever given to mankind.
We are looking forward to our continued partnership and eagerly anticipating what the Lord has in store for 2020.
The Edwards Family
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