Dear friends and supporters:
Warmest greetings from Ocean Part, Maine! We pray and trust that you are all well.
Starr and I completed our trip to Bolivia last month and then took several weeks to get up here to Maine where we now live. We stopped and visited family and friends while driving up from Miami, Florida where we had landed on April 11. It took us until last week to get here–hence the delay in getting this update out to you.
To start the trip, we left Miami to fly to Bolivia on the night of January 21-22 and landed there in the city of Santa Cruz, the largest city in the country. We stayed there several days and visited with friends. On Friday of that week we flew over to the city of Cochabamba where we were to stay with a Bolivian couple I had met near the end of 2015. Nabucodonosor and his wife Frida are both pastors and had moved from La Paz, where I originally met them. The following Sunday I ministered in a small fellowship within walking distance of our friends’ home.
On Saturday, February 4 Pastor Nabuco and I went overnight by bus to the mining city of Oruro, which is located on the high plateau of the Andean mountains. I was asked to minister the word in a new Christian congregation that had recently been started in that city. In the afternoon I traveled by bus down to the city of La Paz, the seat of government, which is just a few hours away. Starr joined me the next day, and we stayed there for nearly two weeks. La Paz is the city where she and I had begun our ministry in Bolivia in 2004, so we still have many friends and people there whom we have ministered to over a lot of years.
Pastors Oscar and Sonia Trujillo, whom we have known for a long time, have a small congregation in La Paz. They look to us as their covering. We spent some precious times with them over the nearly two weeks we were there. I ministered in their Sunday service on February 12. The day before I had attended a meeting of pastors who belong to the association of evangelical churches in La Paz.
Our time in that city was quite taken up with visiting people and inviting them to come and see us where we were staying. On Saturday, February 18, Starr and I left La Paz to go to the city of Sucre, where we arrived later in the afternoon. This, of course, is the place where we have lived and were ministering most recently. We have raised up a group of pastors, leaders and intercessors who continue to meet one morning a week to deepen their foundations in the Word of God. From Wednesday, February 22 until Wednesday, March 22 Starr and I met for several hours each week with our group to prepare them to minister at the first conference we were going to put on together during the nights of Thursday, March 23, Friday the 24th, and in the morning and evening of Saturday the 25th.
I had written to all of you in March that at this conference we would be ministering about the Second Coming of Christ. We also spoke about some of the meaning of Malachi 4:5-6: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
The conference went very well overall. I ministered from 1 Kings chapters 17 and 18 about the time of famine that Elijah prophesied would occur, about his time at Zarephath, and about his repairing the altar of the Lord on Mount Carmel and what that speaks of for us today. One of the other pastors ministered on the meaning of each of the twelve stones that Elijah used to build that altar.
We also spoke of how Christ is to come forth fully in His body before He literally comes back for us in His Second Coming.
In one of the meetings there was time in the presence of the Lord that was set aside for Him to minister inner healing in people’s lives.
Two of the pastors shared with me that there needs to be a follow-up conference as soon as possible. We certainly plan to do that but are still not sure when.
The rest of Starr’s and my time in Bolivia was used in various ways. We finished up some of our teaching to our group in Sucre. I also left quite a bit of material I had prepared and printed out for them to study and develop further. In addition we visited people we had not seen yet but with whom we had developed a relationship over the years.
My wife and I owe special thanks to Pastor Roberto and Sister Maury Krisztal who opened up their home for us to stay in during the whole seven weeks that we were in Sucre. Roberto is an Argentinian raised in the U.S. who then went to Bolivia as a missionary some twenty-five plus years ago. His wife Maury is a Bolivian. They had allowed us to leave all our possessions stored in their house when we had come back to the U.S. in late 2015 to have a sabbatical here. They and their three children have been such a great blessing to Starr and me!
We left Bolivia to fly back to the U.S. on Tuesday, April 11. This was a trip we will long remember!
Prayer Request: Right now it appears that we need to relocate physically to another address, and we need clear guidance from the Lord where He would have us live. (With my father now in his mid-nineties, Starr and I do not feel we can live outside of the U.S. as missionaries at this time. We only feel free to make missions trips, like this one we just took back to Bolivia.)
Even though we are not living in another country at present, we are dependent on the Lord for His provision for our lives. We want to thank those who still are giving to our ministry. Fairly recently a door has opened in Kenya, Africa, and I believe I am to go there later this year. We anticipate that there may be other doors opening in other nations, as well.
For any of you who have not previously but who would like to make a one-time donation or help us on a monthly basis, we would be greatly blessed (and you will be too!). You may make checks out to: The Key of David Ministries and send them to our treasurer, Michael Webb. His address, where you may send your donations, is the following:
3232 Summercroft Lane
Charlotte, NC 28269–2226
Please also include on the envelope: ATTENTION: KEY OF DAVID MINISTRIES.
By making out checks in this way (to The Key of David Ministries) rather than to us personally, Starr and I will be able to send you a Year-End report on your giving that you can use for your own filing of income taxes, because our ministry has a non-profit status.
We look forward to updating you on any new developments with our ministry and missions plans as they progress over the coming weeks and through the summer.
Thank you very much for your prayers and interest in what we are doing.
In His service,
John & Starr