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Neuendorf_Latin America_Sep2020.pdf

    A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel   One of the struggles here in Ponce is our constant moving. We have shared many times about how often we have moved worship locations due to the earthquake, and then all the changes in form and function with COVID (as I know all of you have done as…

September News from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel One of the struggles here in Ponce is our constant moving. We have shared many times about how often we have moved worship locations due to the earthquake, and then all the changes in form and function with COVID (as I know all of you have done as well). We seem…

Neuendorf_Latin America_Aug2020.pdf

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel   August came and went in what seemed like the blink of an eye. We finished up our final hurricane prep as well as a few of our on-going summer projects. We received a new executive order that forced us in Ponce to go back to online services (we couldn’t meet the capacity…

August News from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel August came and went in what seemed like the blink of an eye. We finished up our final hurricane prep as well as a few of our on-going summer projects. We received a new executive order that forced us in Ponce to go back to online services (we couldn’t meet the capacity requirements)….

Neuendorf_Latin America_Jul2020

  A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel     And who is my neighbor? The question which motivated Jesus to tell the story of the Good Samaritan is an interesting one. You can find the account in Luke 10:29, but I’m sure you are quite familiar with it. A lawyer is having a discussion with Jesus about…

August 2020 Update

God’s protection through the first tropical storm of hurricane season AUGUST UPDATE Join our virtual FORO over Zoom on October 10th and October 24th. More Details to Come. Support the Puerto Rico Mission First Tropical Storm of the Hurricane Season Tropical Storm Isaías was the biggest storm the team has experienced this year. Neighborhoods that never experienced flooding were flooded during the…

July News from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel And who is my neighbor? The question which motivated Jesus to tell the story of the Good Samaritan is an interesting one. You can find the account in Luke 10:29, but I’m sure you are quite familiar with it. A lawyer is having a discussion with Jesus about the law, to…

Neuendorf_Latin America_Jun2020

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel         A Miraculous Catch I bet that you recently had to learn a new way of doing something you have always done. Last Sunday our text was the calling of Simon the fisherman, to be a fisher of men. I love this story. Peter starts and ends as…

June News from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel A Miraculous Catch I bet that you recently had to learn a new way of doing something you have always done. Last Sunday our text was the calling of Simon the fisherman, to be a fisher of men. I love this story. Peter starts and ends as a fisherman. The Lord…

Puerto Rico FORO: June 2020

An update on the ongoing work of our missionaries in Puerto Rico View this email in your browser June 2020 Update Support the FORO Puerto Rico Ministry Update As the island begins to reopen, we rejoice that we were able to have our first in-person worship service on Pentecost Sunday. At Iglesia Luterana Fuente de Vida in Ponce, the service…

Neuendorf_Latin America_May2020

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel         In His Perfect Timing We had our first in-person worship service in the reopening on Pentecost Sunday. We met in the outdoor patio of our earthquake damaged buildings rather than the much smaller rented location where we could barely seat 10 people under the strict social distancing…

May News from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel In His Perfect Timing We had our first in-person worship service in the reopening on Pentecost Sunday. We met in the outdoor patio of our earthquake damaged buildings rather than the much smaller rented location where we could barely seat 10 people under the strict social distancing requirements.  Because of our…

Neuendorf_Latin America_Apr2020

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel         Empty Rooms Lately I’ve been doing a lot of speaking into empty rooms. On social media, a running joke among pastors has been to print out cardboard cutouts of their church members and put them in the pews. It’s been a strange time. After a while the…

April News from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel Empty Rooms Lately I’ve been doing a lot of speaking into empty rooms. On social media, a running joke among pastors has been to print out cardboard cutouts of their church members and put them in the pews. It’s been a strange time. After a while the empty rooms start to…

Neuendorf_Latin America_Mar2020

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel         Closed Doors I suppose I don’t need to tell you what it is like to be in quarantine. I doubt I need to talk about the anxiety that people are feeling, the fear or the panic that has overtaken the city. I don’t need to tell you…

Neuendorf_Latin America_Feb2020

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel         Run and Not Be Weary When we first started our missionary service over a decade ago in the country of Panama, my dad gave me some advice which I often think of; “remember that you are in a marathon, not a sprint.” At the beginning of this…

Neuendorf_Latin America_Jan2020_2

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel           A Kingdom Not Shaken 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that…

January News from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel A Kingdom Not Shaken 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that…

Puerto Rico FORO: January 2020

"We will not fear though the earth gives way" View this email in your browser January 2020 Update Donate to the FORO Ponce Update People often ask whether the situation in Puerto Rico is being accurately reflected in the media. The answer is both yes and no. On the one hand, the destruction is not nearly as widespread as photos…

Neuendorf_Latin America_Jan2020

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel         Many of you have heard by now of the powerful earthquakes which have been shaking the island of Puerto Rico in the past few days. We have had over 400 quakes in the same relative area since just after Christmas, seemingly growing in size and intensity every…

Neuendorf_Latin America_Dec2019_2

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel We pray this letter finds you well and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May the Lord be with you and keep you in His loving arms this new year!       Merry Christmas from Fuente de Vida!       Our last Salmos y Cafe of 2019. We finished with…

Puerto Rico FORO: Earthquake Update

A quick update on our response to the earthquakes View this email in your browser Earthquake Update Donate to the FORO From Ponce James Neuendorf sent the following series of WhatsApp messages yesterday, which Charles St-Onge is transcribing excerpts of below: “Connected with emergency personnel / first responders, prayed with them, sent to refugee camp they were setting up. Christel…

Earthquake in Puerto Rico Update from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel Many of you have heard by now of the powerful earthquakes which have been shaking the island of Puerto Rico in the past few days. We have had over 400 quakes in the same relative area since just after Christmas, seemingly growing in size and intensity every day. Yesterday morning at…

Puerto Rico FORO: December 2019 Update

A new facility in Ponce, and a shift to personal disaster response View this email in your browser December 2019 Update Donate to the FORO Lettering Workshop This month Lizz Warren, one of our missionaries in the Dominican Republic, came to Puerto Rico to lead a lettering workshop (see picture above). Lizz used her talents to teach others how to…

Feliz Navidad from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel We pray this letter finds you well and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May the Lord be with you and keep you in His loving arms this new year! Merry Christmas from Fuente de Vida! Our last Salmos y Cafe of 2019. We finished with 1 John 3 from our Advent…

October News from James & Christel

A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel Jesus tells a parable in Mark chapter 4 that is often overshadowed by the more famous parable of the mustard seed in the same chapter. Despite being only 4 verses however, this parable is one of my favorites, particularly as an evangelist and worker of the Word. Because it is so…

James & Christel Neuendorf – Central America – August 2019 Update

  A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel Christ on Every Page “Every page points to Christ” said one of the participants in a recent Bible study, “why aren’t more people coming here to listen to this? Why are we the only people in Ponce who are learning all of this!?” This month I want to focus on…

James & Christel Neuendorf – July 2019 Update

  A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel On the mission-field the Lord often opens doors that you never expected. This month, a visitor came to our Wednesday Bible Study on Exodus this month whom no one had ever seen before. He showed up towards the end of the study and sat patiently for an opportunity to speak…

May 2019 Puerto Rico update from Christel and James

  A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel This month we had the opportunity of being a part of some of the first steps of an infant congregation into maturity. We had our first annual domino tournament, a chance for congregation members to share fellowship and laughter and spend time together. Every week we gather around God’s Word…

James and Christel Neuendorf – Dominican Republic March 2019 Update

  A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel This mural was painted in the community of Bélgica, one of the oldest and most historic communities in Ponce. We as a missionary team along with LCMS Disaster Response have been able to help several families affected the hurricane Maria including one of the women in this mural. Lent has been…

James and Christel Neuendorf – Puerto Rico February 2019 Update

  In Puerto Rico!   A few notes from LCMS Missionaries, James & Christel The Ponce Carnaval is world famous for its colorful masks, strange traditions, and week-long festivities. Our very first weekend in Ponce happened to fall on the same date as this major tradition, and the location being rented for our worship facility happens to be right in…