Monday, September 2, 2013

News from The Burgins


Ron and Jeanie Burgin
Campus Crusade for Christ
Latin America and the Caribbean

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Fall in Costa Ric​a

Dear Friends,

Greetings from San Jose! Andrew, our fourth child, came along seven years after our third, so we have had a lot of time living together as a family of three. Andrew is now a junior at the University of Florida, and our times together are becoming shorter and less frequent. This summer he worked on a mission team in Bolivia dedicated to digging water wells for indigenous people in the campo (far removed countryside). He came back stronger physically and spiritually after his summer.
We had nearly three weeks together in Costa Rica. He spent many days coming to work with us in our Campus Crusade office. We worked while he scouted the Internet for motorcycles and jobs in Gainesville. Now that he is back in Florida, he has made progress on both fronts. He has his new (to him) motorcycle, one definite job and a couple of better looking prospective positions. We are thankful for God’s provision for him!
While he was here in Costa Rica, we spent a few days together at the Arenal Observatory Hotel, snuggled up against the side of an active volcano. The views were spectacular and Andrew and I did some hiking. The trails were steep and it is the rainy season, so we were pretty muddy.
The toughest part of serving overseas is saying goodbye to the children.

Dirk and Carrol, Campus Crusade directors in Jamaica


As part of our role on the Leadership Team for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jeanie and I are working closely with Dirk and Carrol, our country leaders in Jamaica. We are travelling to Jamaica this week to help with Operations and Finance, as well as women’s ministries. Jeanie has a special relationship of mutual encouragement with Carrol, so she is really looking forward to our time there. We just got a great report of ministry there with athletes. Our ministry is involved with several key teams, and is reaching many young people who otherwise may not hear the Good News of Jesus.

Please pray for Dirk and Carrol as they lead the charge among university students in Jamaica
Fall Ministry
Jeanie is gearing up to lead a Bible Study this fall called The Significant Woman: Pursuing God and His Unique Design for your Life. The initial course will be in English with many missionary ladies. We are praying that they will be able to multiply the course into Spanish speaking churches in which they have influence. She also has a brand new small group of 18-year-old young women that she will be mentoring. Together we are looking forward to helping with some ESL classes that we are continuing as an outreach of the church we are helping to help plant.
We are really hitting it hard in September!! As I mentioned, we are travelling together to Jamaica. The following week I will be in Puebla, Mexico helping to plan a Call2All missions event in November. Call2All brings Christians together to focus on unreached people groups around the world. Then I will be in Orlando for several days, followed by team training in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
What a blessing to serve!

Andrew in front of the Arenal Volcano

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12: 1-2

Prayer Requests

  • Safe and fruitful travel to Jamaica, Mexico, Orlando, Argentina
  • Ongoing healing and restoration for Jeanie
  • Jeanie’s girls small group bible study
  • The Significant Woman study beginning in late September
  • Continued growth of Guadalupe Gathering Place, our new church plant. We have grown from 20 to 130 in 15 months.
  • Continued improvement in the area of Operations in all of our 26 national ministries
  • In October our younger daughter, Patty, and her husband, Luke, are planning a trip to Costa Rica with their two daughters. Please pray for a safe trip and great family time together.

Thank you!!

The past several months have been a challenge with Jeanie’s surgery and our months away from Costa Rica. We praise God that Jeanie is walking pain free. She still suffers from back pain, but we are praying that as she adjusts her posture and gait to the new hip, the back pain will also resolve itself. We can’t begin to thank you for your continued prayer and financial support!

THANK YOU for your part in our ministry!

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