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    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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We received several emails recently asking about where to send help.  First, we do prefer that it be through your church and Pastor.  Please send funds marked for VEHICLE PROJECT to:

Barry Secrest, Account 178
C/O Baptist World Mission
PO BOX 2149
Decatur, AL 35602

Julia, Jonathan and Paul all need home care. Paul and Julia still have at least several weeks in the hospitals.  The other needs we mentioned total about $20,000.00 including the car, the computer, video projector, the Bibles, Cell phones, clothing, shoes, personal items, new identification cards and government procedures, hospice care at home, bus trips to and from the capital where the hospitals are, for all family member, and a bunch of stuff I just can´t remember right now, sorry.

Apparently they were able to control the bacteria in Julia´s lungs and she slept better Friday night.  Her daughter Ana saw her Saturday.  She was impacted by her mother´s appearance as you might well imagine, but she was glad to be able to communicate with her as Julia was able to move her lips some today.  Because she is better, they will operate and scrape her in the pool on Monday.  The doctor says this is nothing to get excited about.  He said she is in intensive care because she has to be there still.  Paul is being operated on as I write.  They felt they could progress with him because his fever was controlled.  Both are still critical, but progress is being made, although very, very slow.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PRAYER.  We still do not have a report from today.  Two weeks have passed.  Julia is still in critical condition, but they may operate today, from what was said on Saturday.

Barry Secrest, Uruguay South America

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