Karen Sykes – Work in Paraguay

Carsonville, Michigan – Tuesday Night Meeting, 2007


Carsonville is special to me because it was here that I settled it in my heart to offer my life to God for a foreign field, and learned to say, “Not my will but Thine.” I talked to the overseer and he said, “I wish you had told me two weeks ago.” John Tuft had been there and there was a need in Argentina. I went to Marion, Wisconsin and had a chance to talk with John Tuft. That is when I offered to go to Argentina. Then there was a need in Bolivia. I went there for 7 years, then Paraguay. It was said that they needed someone with ganas and canas, enthusiasm, and gray hair. So, I went. 


The work has gone very slowly in Paraguay. There is a one-day convention. There are 5 million people in the country. There are 15 to 20 friends in the whole country. Two couples professed during the past 5 years. I was in the area where one of the couples lived for 3 years. It’s a 6 or 7 hour bus ride to convention. There is not much money, and sometimes people have to go a couple days and then stay home to let others in the family come. Good to see their roots have gone down, and it’s wonderful to see that they are having a relationship with their Father.


Thankful for the privilege we have of praying for others. Thankful that everyone can have a part in this ministry of prayer…avenue of prayer. Sometimes we feel ours is very narrow, good if we could widen out our prayer-life and reach out to others. 


In James, we read that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. We can go in our prayer life where it is not possible for us to go personally. Pray for laborers so they can reach out to those who are still searching. Thankful we can intercede and remember others in the place of prayer.