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Dec 12

Christmas Newsletter from Robert and Joy Varga

Dear loved ones and friends, 


Greetings from a very hot and humid Paraguay…
We are still dreaming of having a 
white Christmas someday!
In the meantime the Lord is supplying the grace to press forward towards a new direction for us.
In our November Newsletter we let you know that reassignments were coming up for the pastors…

 Challenged!!!
 As of January 10th we are reassigned to our National Camp ground church, a country church,
 located 1 and ½ to 2 hours from where we are now!
The name of the church is 
“Peniel” which means “face to face with God”!  (Genesis 32:30)
It is a beautiful surrounding with a view towards the hills, a spectacular sight…
It reminds us of 
Psalm 121:1.  “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth”…
We will need His help and your prayers…
The church members are about 15 persons and all are neighbors  around the campsite.
Very precious and hardworking
  small-farm people…
We were asked be their pastors and build up the church membership, which will be a challenge as there are not many people around…yet!
Robert discovered a small university in a nearby village and will look into it to see if we can start an outreach there… as a backup for this little church…All things are possible with the Lord!

The people of the church have not much money.  They live from day to day and usually pay their pastor with what is available, so Robert is exploring new ideas on how to help them raise funds personally and locally for the needs of the church…
Again, there is no parsonage available for us but we can stay overnight at the campground when we need to…
We won’t be moving house this year because;
*l will still 
work at the school one full day a week with discipeling and counseling the moms of the students and possible new teachers. (On Sunday the 3rd we gave out certificates for all the moms that have been discipled. What a blessing and victory this year!!!!)
*l was reassigned as the chaplain for the National Women Federation.
*l will 
 also work one more  year with the medical clinic, unless the Lord directs me differently …

So we will be commuting and that will be time consuming and costly.  We will appreciate your prayers for traveling grace and protection on the road…
We count on the Lord to give us grace, strength, wisdom and guidance…
We are excited about the change and this little church!
Little is much when 
God is in it.  It doesn’t depend on how much or many but in how much you believe God can and will do!!! And then letting Him do it through us…

 Health and prayer requests:
We are asking for specific prayer right now.  l had another mishap with my back…
I went to the hospital and studies showed that a disk moved and is pinching a nerve, it’s very painful!
I had four days of injections. I have been wearing a back brace and applying daily deep heat and resting. Right when we are in the middle of graduations, Christmas programs, leadership meetings and changes!!!
I was doing better…Last Saturday when getting ready to go to the graduation of the seminary students, while taking a shower, reaching out for the shampoo, one slow movement, messed up everything.
Back to square one…
Robert had to go alone to the graduation and the next day we were supposed to go to the new church to be introduced by the District supervisor… Again, Robert had to go alone.
Sue
, another missionary and my prayer partner came to help me and keep me company…God bless her!

*Keep two families of our students in your prayers please… 
The mother of a 3th grader she is diagnosed with far advanced cancer of the cervix…
The father of a 7
th grade student diagnosed with meningitis…
Both families came to trust in the Lord…

Prayer changes things!!! 
Today, l am sitting behind my computer to write you this newsletter!
After the desperate prayer time yesterday with Sue and rest, l can move again…taking breaks, slow walks and stretching…l have no pain at this moment and l am so very thankful for His Grace and blessings…
Robert
 is out running errands and keeping up with the work…and giving out Christmas tracts with invitations for Bible studies.
*I
 just got news from one of the students that her father who was diagnosed with meningitis is responding well to the treatment!
Thank you Lord!
* Answered prayers aren’t merely highly unlikely coincidences…
They are the fingerprints of a living, loving God Who invites all of us to draw close to Him, the One who made us and is not far from each one of us; for in Him we 
LIVE and MOVE and have ourBEING
Acts 17:27-28…So very TRUE!!!
We want to wish you…
A very blessed Christmas and a fruitful New Year trusting Him IN all and THROUGH it all!
We are in His Hands and we can rejoice that ministry depends on His Grace and not our abilities and keeping on seeking Him for the necessary Grace to serve Him in any way He desires…
That is our wish for 2018 and for all of you…We love you!


A big hug wrapped up in prayers,


Your missionaries
Robert and Joy Varga.

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