Bob And Wanda McRae
1 Corinthians 15:58 - "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your work is not in vain in the Lord."
We are often asked if we are now retired & the answer is, “not retired, but retreaded.”
We live in NJ at Cedar Lane Missionary Furlough Homes where our daily ministry is serving the missionaries who are temporary residents on home leave.
At the same time, we are able to continue our ministry with Bible courses in Guatemala.
On October 4 we were able to visit Guatemala for two weeks and experience first-hand the impact of the Bible courses in the lives of so many students. The Christian Light office is staffed by two full time workers: Jonatan, a pastor and Wilson, a pastor’s son & Lucy who works two days, but soon will add another day. Originally the students mailed in their courses, but now Guatemala has no mail service except private couriers, so the courses are collected & delivered in person by volunteers and scheduled for certain days each week.
God has recently opened the doors to use the courses in some of the detention centers where men are held until their case is heard, which can be several years. (In Guatemala one is guilty until proven innocent.) One center was built for 1500 inmates & now has 5000, so the conditions are deplorable. Already 835 from there are enrolled in our Bible school and it is growing every week. After the prisoners study the courses, they fill out the tests under supervision because pencils are considered a weapon. The number of residents who study the courses in various drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers has grown this year from just a few up to 245. Also every Sunday evening our workers are part of a service at the police academy with about 800 police cadets attending & 300 are enrolled in the courses. Those three groups total 1380 students and another 2000 students are scattered all over the country.
We are so grateful for the dedication of our workers who have graded 60,000 lessons already this year compared to last year’s total of 37,000. Although they feel great pressure because the new courses must be ready by the time the volunteer for each particular group comes, they are praising God that His Word is reaching so many more students. Along with our workers, we are greatly blessed by the testimonies sent in. Many times the students’ friends and family are so impressed with their changed lives, that they also enroll in the Bible school.
When we are home at Cedar Lane, we oversee the donation of food from two local food stores three times each week. One resident rides along to help with the loading and this allows one-on-one time to share together. Then back at Cedar Lane we have other residents who help to sort and stock the donations. Every Tuesday morning, we have a very special time of prayer and bearing one another’s burdens, sometimes referred to as our War Room.
Bob is responsible for the internet at Cedar Lane and has now upgraded the system so that he can correct problems remotely from his computer. Many of the residents use the internet for home schooling their kids, as well as communicating with their field while away, so it has become a necessity. Wanda helps in the office when the secretary is away and answers the office phone in the evenings. We feel blessed to share in the lives of missionaries from all around the world with so many different ministries and consider it a privilege to serve them.
Bob and Wanda McRae
Bob And Wanda McRae