A time to break down, and a time to build up
Sixteen teens and six sponsors from Faith Baptist (Taylors, SC) left a remarkable and lasting impression during their ten days in Buenos Aires. They stayed busy tirelessly helping with our teen leadership retreat, passing out over 7,000 tracts and VBS flyers, working our winter VBS and demolishing most of what was left of the old building. While they did some tearing down, they also built up our community, church body and us personally. We thank the Lord for their very encouraging visit. Please come back anytime!
Despite the rain and cold at the beginning of the week, the Lord brought more and more kids each day of VBS. One of our ladies brought up to 30 kids all by herself on the city bus! (Praise the Lord, the bus driver only charged her for two fares each time!) Six children made professions of faith during the week. The ladies also had a craft table to encourage the mothers to stay. One of those ladies trusted Christ on Sunday morning!
Going out with a splash
On the last Sunday of this term, we had the incredible blessing of baptizing 11 new believers and adding 11 new members to the church body! It was a glimpse of what our heavenly reward will be like as we heard each one’s testimony, how they were saved and discipled through the faithfulness of our church folks.
But continue thou…
We thank the Lord for the capable leadership God has blessed us with three deacons, as well as missionary intern, Adriano dos Santos Silva, to preach and serve in our absence. Please pray for the spiritual protection of the leadership team and the flock in their charge during our time away.
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.
We are confident that God will help our body to heal and carry on after some difficult situations. The Lord has already brought much unity and a renewed spirit of evangelism. Spontaneously, the men are getting together to play soccer, bringing unsaved contacts with them. God continues to bring visitors and attendance is at an all-time high in the various discipleship classes.
Be our Guest!
Right now we have the joy of hosting Paul and Karen Smallridge from a supporting church, Fellowship Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina. They are a blessing in their fellowship as well as their help with many projects. They are retired and use their time to serve the Lord by being an encouragement to missionaries around the world. We appreciate all they are doing during the 10 days they are with us! If you would like to take a trip to Argentina, our door is always open!
An enormous THANK YOU to Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina for their generous gift toward the property fund this month. Our supporters have given over $21,400 so far! The church folks here have given $14,700. (Since some of that amount is in Argentine pesos, it is decreasing as the peso devalues.) Please pray with us specifically that God would provide $100,000 more, and that we would be able to make this purchase in October.
Another big praise is that a church in North Carolina decided to take us on for support. The Lord provides in unexpected ways!