Because the religious leaders have determined to put an end to Jesus yet fear to do so directly, their public strategy is to continue putting him to the test. Two stories sum up the attacks from various camps, a third marks a turning of the tables, and a fourth story shows Jesus on the offensive. The section ends with a strong critique of the religious system, represented by the “scribes” who have attacked him.
Sunday was Easter, and you might have had a special dress to wear to Bible class, or your mom might have made you dress in a tie and dress shirt, even though you would rather be in jeans.
I’ve written recently about the changes taking place in our loan program. A number of those changes have been implemented since the writing of that article. I now have a growing stack of applications from potential borrowers waiting for approval, the new website is entering the planning phase and our first borrowers’ group meeting took place last Friday. One new development that I forgot to include in the list was our decision to begin pre-funding loans.
My plan this month was to write a short summary of several newsy things going on. If you were here (or I was there), I would suggest we go have coffee and catch up. Little did I know that I would end up writing this article from my hospital room! So I will begin with me...
As will soon be taking place in the US, Peru is in the process of holding their presidential elections. We have learned quite a bit about how this is a different beast than the stateside system, and yet haven’t figured it all out. Nonetheless, welcome to the maze.
We pray that this newsletter would be a cause for reflection on Stateside church practice among our partners in mission as much as an update on activities here. There is a blessing to be found in the exchange between two contexts.