One of our Acts 1:8 church-planting goals is to encourage and equip other missionaries and national pastors in disciple-making in South America. In June we will offer another pastors’ disciple-making seminar, with a focus on personal evangelism. Pastor Jeff Musgrave will be here to teach the Exchange Bible study and we will have times of disciple-making testimonies as well as prayer in small groups.
Praise the Lord, there are currently 73 people registered for the disciple-making conference in June! Twenty-eight are from our church and forty-five are from Buenos Aires, other provinces in Argentina, as well as Uruguay.
Our goal in the conference is two-fold: 1.) to teach a God-centered method of personal evangelism and 2.) to continue to create an interdependent network of like-minded churches in South America who agree to pray for one another, strengthen one another, and work together to plant churches for the glory of God.
This is no small task! Please pray for wisdom for us and for a teachable spirit in the mind of each one present.
Thank you for your support for this important step of personal growth for so many. We have surpassed our goal for funding this year’s conference and will use any additional funds for the 2020 conference when we hope to have representatives from every country in South America present!
A few supporters have asked why we need to purchase property now, at this young stage of the church plant. Here are the major reasons why, taken from https://ibamissions.wordpress.com/ministry/…
The Current Need – With a church established and growing, our next major goal is to purchase property and build a building. The strategy in this is in order to:
- Give room for growth – We have outgrown our current facility and are going to two Sunday services. Having an adequate building that gives plenty of room for growth will free up that time for other disciple-making opportunities.
- Establish a permanent presence in the community – In Argentina, many “evangelical” (the name given to any non-Catholic church) churches rent a facility and come and go quickly. However, owning property gives a sense of permanence in the community and security to its members.
- Be wise stewards of our resources – Loans are not only difficult to obtain in Argentina, but their rates fluctuate and can run 30% or more. Rent is increased 10% per year and is renegotiated after 3 years. This makes it unaffordable and unfeasible to stay in a rented facility for more than 3 years.
- Prepare the groundwork to hand over the work to a national pastor – Once the church is alleviated of the burden of a rental contract, it frees up funds to pay a national pastor’s salary. We want the church to be prepared as soon as possible.