At Home With the Lord
We were saddened to hear that Peter Thiessen went home to be with the Lord in early December of 2016. Please pray for the family as they adjust to his absence.
Peter Thiessen lived in the Austin neighborhood and worked at CUM and attended Rock Church in the 1980’s to help prepare him for cross culture ministry. He then moved to the Philippines to plant a church. He began by starting small group home Bible Studies. While there he met and married Grace. They have 3 children.
They later moved to Honduras to both be involved in cross culture ministry. During their time there, Pete began having hearing problems that made both speaking and listening to a foreign language very difficult. So they returned to the Philippines and more recently to the United States where Pete now ministers as an online missionary with Camino Global.
We are celebrating the season of Thanksgiving which our ancestors started centuries ago, thanking God for the good harvest. He had given them. Soon we will celebrate the season of our Savior’s birth, a much more important one than the first.
One word ties these two wonderful seasons together and that is “seed.” There would be no Christmas to celebrate without the Seed of Abraham.
In our 20 years plus as missionaries, we have sown seeds and watered them. Sometimes, we were just the planters and the Apolloses came to water. Sometimes, we get to see the harvest firsthand or were told about it, but sometimes we never see the mature plant. Either way, our hearts rejoice and are grateful, for God is the god of the harvest and we have been part of the process.
Just recently, we were informed that God’s Lighthouse (the church we helped plant in the Philippines) bought a lot. Some of you raised funds for that 10 years ago as seed money for that project. It has been watered over the years and now, has reached a harvest.
While in the Philippines for the last two years, Grace helped Keith Williams Bible College get their Guidance Program started. She became their very first counselor which helped both teachers and students. She also worked with her seminary director (Dr. Julie Bustamante) to bring modular classes to the teachers as she saw the need for leveling up. Two weeks ago, she was informed that a Greek 1 class was just finished, attended by 14 teachers from that school.
These two are just a couple of examples of how the seed you and I planted grew into a harvest, causing us to be grateful and joyful. This reminds us of the following passage:
[box type=”shadow”]Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11[/box]
Praise the Lord for His provision for us and guiding us into Obrerofiel (the online ministry of Camino Global) where Pete can still continue to be a missionary without the use of his hearing. We thank the Lord for our three children whom he blessed with wisdom and good spirits. They are all A students and good examples in school. Please pray for Ivan as he plans to be a chaplain assistant for the army after his graduation in June.
Thank you for being a seed supplier in the Lord’s farmland. Happy Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas!
Pete and Grace Thiessen