Dear mission partners, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Lord continues to be very gracious and as always faithful. We have several things we have been praying for and little by little we can see the Lord confirming things and answering prayers. Specific prayers. We are very blessed by the core group that the Lord has brought together since we started this church plant in Hato Mayor. We have been working very hard doing many things like evangelism, discipling those that the Lord sends our way, and very intentionally teaching and preaching Christ as the center of everything. On Sunday mornings we have been working our way through books of the Bible. We started with Galatians and we are now going through the gospel of Mark. This has had an excellent result as we are seeing growth and a better understanding among the brethren about what it means to be the church, and what the gospel is and is not. This is also helping some understand how to read the Bible and study the Scriptures on their own always considering the context. It has been a privilege and a blessing to see the growth in some as their love and passion for the Lord grows and as we can see their level of committment increase. I often say that your committment to your local church reveals more than you think about your committment to Christ.
Your committment to your local church reveals more than you think about your committment to Christ.
But the best results have come from investing time with families and individuals on a regular basis. We are not simply having meetings or dry regular academic teachings, but we are getting involved in the personal lives of the people. We genuinley love eachother.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35
We spend time with them in their homes, we have weekly men and ladies meetings centered on the Word in different homes each week. We are constantly in communication with one another and regularly helping meet needs as well. The church has become very much like a family and there is trust and love between one another. Praise the Lord for this!
On Wednesday nights we have been going through fundamental doctrines about what we believe. This has been a blessing as this was the next step in our working towards organizing ourselves and moving towards membership. This past Sunday we presented the first six official members of Iglesia Bautista De Hato Mayor (Christen and I and four others). We take membership seriously around here. We make it clear that to be a member of the church is a privilege and is for those committed and of good testimony. In many churches here, just going to a church makes you a member regardless of how you live. This has brought much dishonor to Christ and has tarnished the image of churches who are hasty in making members of anyone for the sake of numbers. We take the church seriously because Christ takes His church seriously.
We also just celebrated Yeison’s second birthday this past Sunday. He is growing so fast and learning new words every day. He has also had many doctor appointments recently and we will soon finally have the corrective boots for his feet he has been needing. Praise the Lord! Over all we had much to celebrate and to give thanks for this weekend. The Lord is so good and gracious!
We are now praying for the Lord to provide in a big way. We have been getting estimates on the expansion and additions to the church building. We hope to be able to expand the sanctuary and also be able to build upstairs. The Lord has put on the hearts of many in the church to minister and help abused, underprivileged, and/or orphaned children. There is definitely no shortage of those around here.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction… – James 1:27
We are praying for the Lord to provide for phase one of the project so that we may then have the space prepared which is necessary for growth as a church, and begin to be able to build the addition needed to begin to work with these kinds of children. It is a very big need but we simply do not have the room right now. Even our sanctuary is so small it is full with 40 people.. The piece of land we have is big enough, we are now praying for the resources to begin phase one of a what may be a three or four phase project. Please pray for the Lord to provide for this need. With only $10,000 we can get much accomplished and even complete phase one. Using local labor we can make the money stretch as well as give work to people in the church and/or their family members. This may seem like a lot but the Lord can do much more than we can even think or even imagine! Please help us pray that the Lord would provide for this endeavor and that above all, we may continue to glorify Him in all that we do in Hato Mayor. Pray.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
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