WELCOME TO OUR MINISTRY UPDATE
The Thurston Report December 15, 2000
Merry Christmas from the Thurston’s
Missionaries to Chile for 34 years
Jim & Lina in their national Chilean clothes
During this past year, the work in Chile has been very successful.
Our video equipment has been functioning very well. We have produced
Christian teaching videos and Christian TV programs. We have over
sixty hours of our videos now showing over our web site, and we continue
to add more. God has greatly blessed our Internet outreach. (www.intervizion.net)
In November 1999, we reported that we had over 1,850,000 hits with people
from 72 countries. This year we are reaching 4 million hits a month
and have people from over 130 countries around the world. We
have received correspondence from many who say their lives have been changed
and they say they are very thankful for the site. I have been experimenting
with putting our videos on CD and it is working out great. This will
open up new doors especially in the Christian educational field.
|Jesus’ twelve disciples
Who framed Leroy Chase?
The Brothers Keepers, a Bellingham non profit organization, put together
a team of 9 from Bellingham, and 3 from Sequim, to come down and work on
our home for close to two weeks in October. They tore out our old termite
infested windows & frames and replaced them in seven rooms. They
also renewed the old kitchen cabinets, and re-wallpapered. Due to the abundance
of studio video tapes, they built more shelves in my (Jim's) office, making
it more organized. They were truly a blessing, and a joy to have
in our home. In March 2001, they are planning another trip to Chile.
Maybe you would like to join them? During this same time we received
another blessing as two of Lina’s Congress speakers (shown below) bought
us a new kitchen range to go with the new kitchen fixtures.
speakers and translators
For many years, Lina has worked at evangelizing women who usually would
never enter a door of a church. She uses five star hotels to hold
evangelistic meetings about every three months. As another outreach
of her ministry, she held a three day international congress at the end
of September with women from five countries motivating the women to evangelize
and pray more. About 400 women attended in the day, and 800 in the
evenings. God's presence filled the place, and many women received
a blessing from the Lord. The speakers were from Chile and the USA.
Many said, “the messages and the worship time were dynamic and moving.”
My son Steve, his wife Leyna and our grandchildren Jordan and Joshua,
who live in the Philadelphia area are doing very well and are active
in their local church. Steve is the back bone of our Internet ministry
and he is in the process of giving the site a new design and expanding
|Mary Jane’s evangelistic
team in Australia
In September, Mary Jane went on a mission trip to Australia with a group
of four from YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and Kings Kids in Chile. She joined
a larger team of 27 members to do evangelistic work in the Olympics. They
choreographed 3 songs and ministered through them in hospitals, nursing
homes, retirement houses, parks and churches. When they preformed in the
hospitals, Mary Jane said “the children's faces brightened to see that
someone cared.” She was very grateful of those who gave and made
The YWAM leaders informed that the combined groups saw 930 people receive
salvation with over 4700 people personally spoken to about the gospel.
More than 7800 pieces of literature were given out plus 600,000 copies
of 'The Alternative' were distributed. A total of 84 teams attended the
outreach, well over half of which were from Australia and over 70 churches
were worked with. The outreach was saturated in millions of hours of prayer
including 2,000-3,000 intercessors from South Korea praying every morning.
|L-R Jim, Johnnie and
Paul taping an event
At this time, Paul continues to work with the Christian TV show, Puertas
Abiertas which is transmitted worldwide through DirecTV. They recently
commissioned him to design a complex digital broadcast production center.
He has spent hundreds of hours on the internet researching technologies,
and was sent to Argentina to explore new Sony technologies. Additionally,
Paul is helping me out in the selection of TV projects which have been
presented for possible production by us. The one with the most prospect
is a 13 episode Space show for children ages 12-14. This show clearly explains
how dependent we are on God to solve difficult situations. The working
title is, Space Brigade. It is best described as John Bunyon´s
Pilgrim's Progress meets Star Trek. Once produced we want to distribute
it, though out Latin America and the Spanish areas in the United States.
(We are praying for the money to start the production.) The program
clearly shows how dependent we are on God to solve difficult situations.
The working title is, Space Brigade. It is best described as John
Bunyon´s Pilgrim's Progress meets Star Trek. Once produced
we want to distribute it, though out Latin America and the Spanish areas
in the United States. (We are praying for the money to start the
Another blessing we received in October, Teresa Spicer from Auburn and
from one of our supporting churches came to Chile to help us for two months
in the office. Teresa says, “Being here I have been able to see first hand
how our church giving to Jim and Lina’s ministry is important, and to see
how they are making an impact in Chile and the world for Christ.
It has been great to see how God is moving in the church and to see
the Christians excited about Him. The testimonies in the intervizion
guest book shows the many lives who have been touched by the Internet ministry.”
There are many times we need to use some of our equipment out side the
studio to record Christian conferences or seminars. Some of our new
digital equipment is so expensive and sensitive that we can’t take it out
of the studio as it could be easily damaged. We have come to the
realization that in order for us to help the many groups put their conferences
on tape we need to get an extra piece of portable equipment.
A couple of years ago we had a fund raising campaign to get new video
equipment and bring us into the new century. We are able to produce
top notch Bible classes and Christian TV programs using our professional
digital equipment. Many of you helped make our Christian TV ministry
studio one of the leading ones in all Latin America.
Will you help us once again to get this needed piece? Help us to pray
that the Lord will supply the money to get it. If you can help us,
please contact our office or send your checks directly to our Bremerton
Thank you for being our partners and standing behind us in reaching
the world for Christ.
Jim and Lina Thurston