“For thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees.” Isaiah 66:12, ESV

It’s wet and overcast here in Tegucigalpa – the time of year when rain falls almost every afternoon, turning streets into overflowing rivers. What an interesting image of peace Isaiah gives us! If we could choose, many of us would prefer sunny days over storms like these.

Sometimes we think that peace is the absence of trials, that if Jesus is with us we shouldn’t have to weather storms. When rain gets in our eyes we take it as a sign that we are going in the wrong direction, or that God has left us alone.

The promise of Jesus, though, isn’t a life without storms, but peace through them: the knowledge that, however drenched we might be, we will not be alone. Working for peace can be weary work. The overflowing streams sometimes catch us up to the ankles, but when we continue to love fearlessly, we see both the peace and the glory that God promises us.

  • Praise God with us for his faithfulness through the storms of the past year, from threats against our staff’s lives to political attacks. Thank God for the vision, hope, and change we have seen.
  • Praise God with us for the signing of a new agreement with the Public Health sector in Honduras, in which they promised to abide by transparency measures in all of their medicine purchasing processes, and to require all providers to abide by these high standards as well. This new agreement is another step forward in efforts to ensure that high-quality medicine for a good value is available to all Hondurans.
  • Our Rescue program helped arrest a 36-year-old man for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl, who is pregnant with his child. While the legal case progresses, we ask for your prayers over this young girl as she begins counseling. Pray that she would recognize the abuse that occurred so that she can begin to heal, and that she be prepared emotionally for the challenges of young motherhood.
  • Months of constant travel, late nights, and big decisions take a toll on AJS leaders. Pray with us for rest and renewal in their lives, that they have peace through their storms.

Gracias y que Dios le bendiga,

AJS Staff

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