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The Thurston Report    Dec. 2001

  To Seek and Save the Lost

Casilla 207-11 Santiago, Chile E-mail: jamest@terra.cl
Phone 011-562-274-2485

[Picture of Jim's family]

Lina, Paul, Jim, & Mary Jane

Family News         

Christmas time is right around the corner. It is a joy to be able to be here for Christmas and the New Year. Lina flew into Dallas on September 16, and she had great difficulties in the Immigration, but the Lord was with her and she got through just in time to attend the large women’s conference, Global Celebration, held in Houston, Texas. Christian women from around the world attended. Some of the outstanding speakers were Ann Graham, Jane Hansen and Elizabeth Dole. It was a congress where the participants used their faith in God’s  promises. Thousands attended in spite of the great impact that occurred on September 11. The congress was a challenge to their faith and hope. The speakers emphasized how women need Christ.

Mary Jane and I arrived September 25, and the trip was relaxing as most of the planes were empty giving us lots of room to stretch out. After arriving in Miami, Mary Jane spent a week visiting some pastor friends from Chile, who are now ministering in Ft. Walton, Florida. Our friends shared with Mary Jane how difficult it is to evangelize in that area especially with the Latins.

Internet Ministry

Our Internet site is still reaching out with over two million page views each month. Just tonight, I received an urgent message from my son Steve, our web master, who said we need much prayer as the server that holds all our material is over loaded by the materials being down loaded by so many people and it could crash at any minute. We have just added a new structure and much new content to it. It has taken hundreds of hours to do the upgrade. Each Saturday at 4:30 P.M. Pacific Time we have an international prayer meeting. Spanish speaking people come into our chat room from different countries to pray on line and they are guided by our volunteer prayer staff. We have another section on the site where people can leave their prayer requests and the Lord has raised various volunteer groups in local churches to pray for these requests. Soon we plan to start a live Bible study over our site.

Last month, I was there praying with the group and a young man from Mexico came in. His purpose was not to pray but to learn more about how to have a relationship with the Lord. We stopped the prayer meeting for a few minutes so I could share the plan of salvation to him. When we got down to the point for him to pray and invite Christ into his life, my computer crashed and by the time I got back on line he had gone. But the important thing was done, he now knows how to pray and invite Christ into his life. 

Thank you

Lina and I would like to say a special “Thank you” to the following people. First to all the staff of Son of Man’s Mission and especially to Russ and Ardis Swank, who are the President and the accountant of the mission. We would also like to thank the Craig Mikkelsen family who have loaned us their 99 Suburban to use while on furlough. And a big thanks goes to the Barnes family for allowing us to stay in one of their guest homes at their Kings Dome conference grounds in Sequim. Also our sons, Paul who helps us in the studio and Steve who heads the Internet site. 

While we are on our mini furlough, (we are planning to return Jan. 9) we can be reached at (360) 535-5409 or if it is busy or no answer, please call the Barnes residence at (360) 683-5564. 

If we are not able to see or talk to you personally while we are here, we have made up a video which the office has and would like to loan to you. It is new and shows the wonderful things the Lord is doing in Chile and around the world through our ministry.

Prayer Requests - Investment in God’s Kingdom

Lina will have an operation on both of her hands as soon as we get back to Chile. She has an inflamation in her hand nerves and she is in constant pain. We are praying for the finances to cover the part of the deductible.

There is a budget to fulfill before we return to Chile. We need plane tickets for me and Mary Jane. (Lina already has her ticket). We urgently need three new pieces of equipment to do a better job with the videos which costs a total of $20,000. The ministry has grown so much in Chile that we need to have a part-time worker who can help us out. The worker and a studio budget come to $1500 per month.

There is such a great need and the time is short. We are praying that God will do great and mighty things. Would you please pray with us and help us by sharing the needs with others about a special one time gift of a $100, $500, $1000, or more? We are trusting God to have 50 of our partners who will invest an extra one time investment of $1000.

A verse found in Psalms has spoken to my heart and I want to share it with you. I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. Psalm 22:22-24

This is part of the 12 leaders from my discipleship group and there are about 60 participating under these leaders.

Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy 
New Year! 

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Love in Christ,

Jim and Lina


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