Peter and Laura Marshall

Peter and Laura Marshall Update: Celebrate: A New Pastoral Couple and New Property!

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Marshall Prayer Update
October 15, 2020

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:21

Over the past several years, we as a couple and as a mission team have made plans, talked about ideas, set goals, prayed for results and then have waited. Waiting is hard and often discouraging and at times we have lost hope of seeing the “Lord’s purpose” prevail.

And then it happens….in the past several months, we have seen the Lord open the doors and show His purpose and His timing for the plans that we had made and waited for. We are grateful to be able to share with you how the Lord has provided a New Pastoral Couple and a New Building for our Team Ministry in Montevideo.

Finally, the pastoral transition that we have been anticipating for over two years here at our church in Salto has been put into motion. The present pastor and his family will be moving to begin another ministry in Montevideo in either November or December. We have been asked to be the interim pastoral couple until the new family arrives. The plan is that we will stay on at the church here in Salto for a few months after their arrival to help them with assume the pastoral role.

We are so pleased and excited to see how the Lord has already provided a couple to be the possible pastoral candidate. This couple, Robert and Yiovana are a young couple in their last year of preparation at the Bible Institute and very involved in the ministry of their church. We have already seen some ministry gifts that we think would be very good our church. They have been visiting our church twice a month for the last couple of months. He has been preaching and sharing in different ministries.

Tuesday Night Teaching. Every Tuesday night since COVID came to the country in March we have been teaching our leadership class based on the Life of Christ from the Book of Matthew. We spent several months giving the class via Zoom from our kitchen table, then we progressed to classes outside in the church patio and then to classes inside the sanctuary with masks and social distancing. Due to the quarantine and no interruptions due to travel we have progressed through 2 books and this week we have started Book 5 with 6 faithful students. There is a total of six books. Each one takes about 12 weeks to complete. The exciting thing is that the students are discovering new truths about the life of Christ that they had never known before!

A New Building!! For several years our missionary team in MVD have been praying, planning and looking for a building to be their permanent place of ministry. It has been exciting to see the Lord provid funds in these past several months for this to become a reality. The Mission is in the process of purchasing a single dwelling house on a main avenue in Montevideo. This building will be a facility where the church can set down permanent roots. There has been a deposit made but we are still waiting on the paperwork to be completed.

A New Responsibility. This past July, our present FD returned to the states for their HMA. Peter is now the interim field director and Laura continues to do the field bookkeeping.

Thank you for Praying!!

Prayer requests:
1. Pray for the pastoral transition in Salto. Please pray for Robert and his family as they consider the “cost” of following the Lord into full time ministry.

2. Please pray that the proposed job transfer to MVD for our current Pastor’s wife would come through.

3. Please pray for Peter for wisdom as he provides leadership both to the Field team as well as the Salto church.
4. We would like to ask you to pray for our family: Several months ago our daughter Rachel called to let us know that Alonso had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. He is presently going through a series of chemotherapy treatments. Please pray for them as these go through these days and for us as we try to encourage from afar.
5. We are hoping that our daughter Sara will be able to visit us in December. Please pray that the Uruguayan consulate will grant her permission to enter the country.

We want to thank you for your faithful prayer support during this long season of waiting. Your prayer support was often what helped us to continue to have the patience to wait for God’s purpose and timing.
Thank you also for your generous giving to each of us missionaries and to the GCF. Having the funds available to purchase a church property in Montevideo is a huge blessing and will help this church be a light to a very unreached part of Uruguay!

Blessings,
Peter and Laura

Uruguay

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Updated: October 21, 2020

Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Uruguay
Address
Michelini 187
Salto, 50000
URUGUAY

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