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.
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!
On December 17, 2014 we submitted the church building plans to the municipality for approval. On March 13, 2015, they were returned—approved!
We immediately commenced construction, digging ten six-foot holes for the pillars. As always, the church people have enthusiastically joined in on Saturdays, holidays and in the evenings after work.
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!
With great joy, Independent Baptist Church of Pilar celebrated its third anniversary in March! To God be the glory!
Pastor T. J. Klapperich from Calvary Baptist Church in Winter Garden, Florida, came down for the week to preach the special services. Praise the Lord for many visitors and for two ladies who put their trust in Christ!
We were greatly encouraged personally by Pastor Klapperich’s visit. The Christian fellowship was sweet, his godly counsel timely and, as always, the steaks and ice cream we all feasted on were delicious! Thank you to Calvary Baptist for loaning us your pastor for the week and for your grace giving that made the trip possible!