"Thank you for your continued faithful..."
(July 6 12 [? maybe 1982--editor])
Dear Christian Friend,
Thank you for your continued faithful prayers for the work here, for me, and also for Guatemala. Thanks also, for the letter and continued interest in me and my health.
It was a strange malady that bothered me some time back. It was somewhat like the flu, and I expected it to pass in a few days. It seemed to do so, then returned again. It lessened, then worsened again, on and on, till I was worried that it was perpetual. Then I wrote to several for united prayer. As usual, God worked.
The work goes on, preaching in the open air, publishing and distributing tracts, and feeding the children. The hard economic situation means that more come for milk and things than in better times. We also have more extended daily meetings with them. Poor parents come too, requesting prayer when someone in the family, usually a baby, is sick.
Someone came for tracts the other day, and we gave them a batch. They said they had a whole campaign planned and needed not a hundred or a thousand tracts, but ten thousand or more. I said that for some very large quantity they ought to give an offering that would cover half or so of the printing costs, to which they agreed. They also said that our tract center seemed to get out about as much as all the other places put together. I mentioned that we were giving out about one hundred thousand tracts a month, over a million a year. One exclaimed, "No wonder Guatemala has had such a gospel explosion!"
You have heard on your news reports that Guatemala has had another Coup d' Etat, with a new man in control. Folks here reported those special bulletins, and I answered, "God put Rios Mont in through much prayer and with many miracles. He won't be put out by ordinary power plays until God says so." Later it turned out to be a premature and false report.
Your news probably changed the report later, but you have not heard some of these interesting details. Those against Rios Mont were uniting against him until the young officers had a session with him, and said that they had better make a change. The old former government ministers, who made a rake off in their posts by corrupt dealing, were uniting with the Catholic bishops, who hated the rise of the gospel, and their political power lessened. Rios Mont answered that they had put him in, asking him to clean up the corruption, and they could ask him to step aside. However, as long as he stayed in, he was not going to bend to expediency and allow the corrupt ones to continue, be they Catholic or atheist. If he was in control, he was going to run things along real Christian principles.
The young officers decided he would have to go, but before they could make the official announcement, the principal archbishop fighting against Rios Mont suddenly died. The enemy forces and plans were in confusion, with many seeing the hand of God. The officers changed their decision. The old officer, heading the opposition, had already made his taped broadcasts, which were put on the air, but later had to be retracted. It was like the Egyptians pursuing Israel up to the Red Sea. Then God came on the scene and answered prayer.
Keep on praying for Guatemala, El Salvador, and the work of the gospel everywhere.
Yours in the Lord,