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A Call to Prayer this Sunday…

Posted by David and Rebecca Ortiz
David and Rebecca Ortiz
David and Rebecca Ortiz have moved from San Antonio, Texas to Paraguay to join the Lord in what He is already ...
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on Saturday, 01 December 2012 in New and Updates

WHAT WE’RE ASKING: Come pray with us during the prayer time in the first service at CrossBridge this Sunday (December 2). We’ll be at the front left corner of the worship area praying over some very urgent needs for our ministry to Paraguay.  In the event that the sermon runs long and they don’t call for a time of prayer please meet us just after they start the last worship song.

WHAT’S THE BACKGROUND: God has filled us with a passion to see the Holy Spirit draw the hearts of the Paraguayan people into relationship with Him.  We’ve been called to minister to the great spiritual and physical needs through teaching and medical ministry. In order to practice medicine, David’s U.S. medical license has to be revalidated so that he can receive a Paraguayan medical license.  The most crucial step in this process is approval by the National University in Asunción.

We have shared with many of you that we recently received the discouraging news that another American physician there who submitted his medical license for validation at the National University was denied.

Just this week, we learned that the receiving office at the National University is setting up significant obstacles to accepting David’s papers for review. We are attempting to meet their demands and overcome those obstacles, but if we cannot, our application will also be denied.  We believed there might be other recourses for validating David’s degree, but learned this week that the National University is the only pathway for revalidation, and if unsuccessful, there is no way to appeal. 

OUR PRAYER: That God will soften hearts and that the National University will receive, review & approve David’s medical degree. Right now every earthly thing says this is impossible, the odds are stacked against it. But here’s the thing: nothing has changed spiritually—we still know with certainty God is calling us to move to Paraguay and we serve a God who is not bound by our ways and our thoughts…in fact he tells us his ways and his thoughts are higher then ours (Isaiah 55:9)

Even with this certainty, I’ve wrestled with God asking, “why does it have to be so hard?” And in His faithfulness he reminded me of how the Promised Land, filled with a great army of giants to fight, must have looked to the Israelites and how Joshua must have felt as he marched against Jericho with a plan that in human eyes was absurd.  My prayer has become, “Lord give me faith like you gave to Caleb & Joshua.” “Help me focus on the greatness of the God I serve and not on the seemingly insurmountable circumstances in front of me.”

In response to my prayer the Lord lovingly led me to these verses and I’ve included His sweet encouragement in parenthesis.

In Matthew 28:18 Jesus comes and tells the disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. (Rebecca, remember I have all authority—even over your circumstances). Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (My call to you to go and make disciples in Paraguay has not changed & your going is not dependent on your circumstances). And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Sweet daughter, I don’t ask you to go alone. I promise, I’ll be right there with you).

Then in Acts 1:8  He reminds me…But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. (Not only will I go with you, but I’ll give you my power so that…) you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…to the ends of the earth. “

(And if all that is not enough daughter, look at what I have planned for the future, here is what I’m going to reveal by my power & for my glory. It’s why I’ve put this desire in your heart for Paraguay…)

Romans 15:19-23 They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit…My ambition has always been to preach the Good Newswhere the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.” 

By His Power and In His Grace,

Rebecca

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