It all started in 2012 in an awkward storefront, with a vision and a goal of saving for an ample piece of property in a central location. Two years later, the land was purchased and two years after that, the church has a new building with room for growth. God does indeed pay for what He orders! We thank God for His provision and protection, as well as His strength to sustain us during the past four years of this process.
Building Inauguration Sunday
See photos of the event here.
See a six-minute video here.
Many of you played an important part in this process, whether it was praying, giving and/or coming down with a work team. Thank you for being an instrument for His glory. Just a few weeks before the inauguration, one more work team came down to help install the dry wall. Six adults from Calvary Baptist Church (Winter Garden, Florida), as well as James’ brother from South Carolina, gave the project that final push toward completion so we could be ready for the big day.
God worked in a marvelous way during our Vacation Bible School last week. Fifteen church members sacrificed their time, energy and resources in the midst of a blistering heat wave in order to evangelize in a way we never have before. One couple chartered a school van for the week in order to bring in kids and moms from their neighborhood. Sandra and her family, who were saved at our missions conference last November, brought a dozen kids every day. God brought these needy folks to our own front door!
We had between 35 and 57 kids every day, plus at least 10 moms. Two ladies and three girls made salvation decisions! All the families received a CD with Bible stories and the plan of salvation. Please pray for us as we follow up with these new contacts.
Here is a little video summary of the week:
Happy 2nd anniversary to Iglesia Bautista Independiente del Pilar!
Our hearts are overwhelmed as we reflect on God’s goodness in the life of this church body. Every face you see here represents a life that has been changed in some way by God’s amazing grace. Watch a video summary here.
The Lord blessed our special anniversary services with about 25 visitors among the three days. Our people invited friends, family, and co-workers. They made phone calls, passed out invitations to strangers, and certainly did their part. Though we saw no immediate fruit in the way of salvation decisions, we did see God work through the preaching of His Word.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the two new believers James baptized. Delia was saved in our church just over a year ago, while Jaime was saved a few years ago while still living in Peru. They were both discipled and then married in our church as well. They finished the new members’ class last week and then followed the Lord in believer’s baptism.