The last month of 2009, has shown some of the greatest fruits of our 5 years here in Argentina. We are very grateful for how many blessings we have seen and we want to share a few of them with you.
On Friday, December 11th, we held the first graduation of the Macedonia Baptist Institute, a full-time bible institute to prepare servants for God’s work. There were 5 men who graduated and we are praising the Lord for the wonderful ceremony and testimonies given by the men who graduated. The men are already working in the Lord’s work, which is a great encouragement to us on the mission field. Each one of these men are already working in the ministry as either pastor, assistant pastor, youth director, and evangelism director. We praise the Lord for their lives as well as those that will continue studying next year.
The next biggest event was our evangelism Saturday before our 5th Anniversary. There were over 50 people to go passing out invitations for our big day and it was an exciting moment for us to see church people doing God’s work – getting out of the church and into the streets.
Both Grace Baptist Church as well as Lighthouse Baptist Church celebrated their 5th Anniversary in the month of December and it was a blessing to see how God worked. Pastor Matias Aguilera (a now graduate of the Institute) of the Grace Baptist Church did a great job of organizing and bringing people.
The Lighthouse Baptist Church had passed out around 11,000 invitations, prayed before every service for over a month, and placed a goal of seeing 300 people for the special service. The anniversary service was called “Community Day” and the goal was to open the church doors to the community. God blessed greater than we could have imagined and over 420 people showed up for the service!!! The city representative was present and we honored him and a policeman with a certificate for their service in our community. Our church building had recently been enlarged and every possible area was filled. The Gospel was sang, testified and preached and God was given the glory.
Our family is doing well and we are excited about our new addition that will be born in April. We are expecting our 4th child and praising the Lord that Mindy and the baby are doing fine.
Of course we always want to close thanking you for your prayers and give each pastor, individual, church and youth group an open door to visit us here in Argentina. Not only do we think you will be encouraged and excited about missions, but we believe that you will thank the Lord for every dollar you have given towards missions. To God be the glory!!
Here to Serve,