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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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Church in Uruguay Struggling

We want you to know that both Pablo and Julia are making strides in healing.  Gratefully, the families have stayed close to us through this experience.  I am so happy that they maintain a joyful disposition with us.  It would be so much more difficult if they were demonstrating some kind of anger through all of this.  Please continue to pray for Pablo and Julia.  They are both still very prone to infections. 

            Please continue to pray for the church during this time.  Several have lost jobs, some of the children have had limbs broken, and more than one auto accident have been a part of our lives recently.  Leonardo, one of my dear friends and a strong member, nearly had his motorbike come apart under him while he was driving to work.  With all of this, yesterday morning, one of our young heads of households was going to work on his motor bike and had a head on collision with another motor bike.  He is in intensive care.  They may have to operate on his brain for blood clots.

            It is amazing to me that in our End Times series on Wednesday nights we started to study the church in Smyrna.  It was such a blessing to see how they were under such tribulation, but through this they became stronger and responded to the trials with a proper attitude.  I see Cornerstone behaving similarly and it is a great joy to our hearts.  May the Lord protect in the days ahead, from so many hardships, but if not, may His precious name be praised just the same.

            Our last printing, we copied 200 bulletins for the needs of the people.  This coming printing, it was my joy to tell the secretary that we would be needing 250.

In Christ,

Barry Secrest, for Barb, Thomas, David and Anthony

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