The men of the church met last week to discuss the feasibility of finishing the building by our April inauguration date. We believe it is possible, but we need your prayers for God’s provision of labor and funds. We need block masons to help raise the walls on the second floor and those who have experience with drywall to install the partitions for the classrooms. Would you pray about these needs?
We have the windows, doors, stairs and the sub-floor already paid for! Praise God! By mid-December, we need to purchase all the materials for the metal roof on the second floor. That will cost about $10,000 to complete.
- November – 2nd floor block walls & columns
- December – pour slabs on 1st & 2nd floors
- January – install metal roof
- February – drywall installation
- March – tile & paint
- April 2016 – inaugurate new building!
Our church had the privilege of holding its third missions conference this past weekend. Of course, it was a special time for us personally as missions is obviously near and dear to our hearts! Even more special, our speaker was Adriano Silva, Brazilian missionary on deputation to Argentina. At the end of the conference, the church voted to take on 5% of their support. How exciting to think that this young church plant, even in the middle of a building project, is taking on their first missionary!
Conferencia Misionera 2015 @ibi_pilar
The Lord has blessed Adriano and his wife Josi with 64% of their support in the past nine months. Lord willing, this sweet couple will come and work with us their first term. We are all praying they would have 100% of their support in order to arrive next March.
September 11, 2005 – We said “see you later” to our precious friends and family in the States! Two days later we began a beautiful new chapter in our lives labeled, “Argentina”!
On September 13, 2005 we arrived in our new home, Buenos Aires, Argentina! There have been many ups and downs during the past 10 years, but I would not trade them for any other life! God is so good to us, more than we deserve. God is faithful to stretch us and give us His grace in the trials. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
As we have gone through trials, moments of uncertainty and seen many other missionaries come and go, only by God’s grace are we still here! This is not just a story of God’s faithfulness in our lives; it is the story of God’s hand at work in many lives, during many years prior to arriving on the field – our sending pastor, Travis Smith, who was (and still is) our #1 cheerleader, our supporting churches who help us financially and in prayer, as well as our family and friends who respect and even admire God’s calling on our lives to serve Him in a far-away place. Thank you to each one who has had a a part in not just our getting to the field, but also to remain faithful to our calling.
We thank the Lord for how He continues to provide for the building project so we can move forward. Below are the next projects we hope to complete as God provides:
|| $ 500
|Stairs to second floor
|First floor subfloor
|Ceiling Materials for 1st Floor
|1st Floor Lighting
|Stairs to second floor
|Exterior front doors
“It’s Bible Time!” shouted all the kids in response to the Neighborhood Bible Time evangelist’s question.
For five days, between 33 and 46 children, along with many of their parents, heard a clear presentation of the Gospel at our Bible Time rallies. Seven of those children responded by making a salvation decision. While in the evening, between 15 and 25 teens heard solid preaching, and four of them trusted Christ as Savior.
Since the church is under construction, we held the rallies at an events center in a shopping complex nearby and saw many visitors. Please pray as we follow-up with these new contacts.
Who would have ever thought that in only one week a work team composed of four men and six ladies would be able to:
- fill four 15″ x 15″ columns in only three hours?
- raise one-and-a-half exterior block walls?
- demolish 15″ thick brick walls?
- eat 100 pounds of steak?
This wonderful group of folks that God obviously brought together from Faith Baptist Church did all that and more! They made a positive impact on our church people as they interacted throughout the week on the job site, at church and in their homes. We are very thankful for their hard work and sweet spirits.
Faith Baptist Church Building Together team
Now that three exterior walls are raised, the next step is to pour the five remaining columns, and then begin the huge task of pouring 23 cubic yards of concrete for the support beam on top of the three walls. Lord willing, all that will be done by the first of August so we’ll be ready to raise the roof! The quote for the roof is $31,000. Pray we could get a tax exemption to reduce the total by $6,000. (Yes, sales tax is 21% here!)
Beyond that, we will need $3,500 for the windows. Pray God will continue to supply the funds and labor necessary to complete these tasks. Also, pray for wisdom in balancing pastoral ministry and construction.
In the midst of the busyness of construction chaos, the Lord blessed our special anniversary weekend with several visitors in each of the three services and one salvation decision. Here are some pictures from the weekend:
Here’s a throwback video from our inauguration in 2010. It’s amazing to reflect on all God has done these past 5 years in this church plant!