Monday, December 2, 2013

November 2013 Newsletter

Dear Saints,

Psalms 133:1 (NKJV)
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"

Unity is not something that is achieved by human effort or wisdom. Unity is part of the finished work of Jesus Christ. The flesh creates divisions, but "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17)

We rejoiced greatly this month for the opened doors of fellowship. There were many opportunities that the Lord has set before us for fellowship with over sixteen different assemblies in Paraguay and Argentina this month. Not fellowship with just anyone (there is a lot of that going on), but fellowship with those who embrace the "whole counsel of God," as revealed to the Apostle Paul. In some places there has been much strife and dividing differences. We go, we give the word by the anointing of the Holy Spirit and we leave, having left behind a spirit of peace and unity. This is not my testimony, but the testimony of those who have written to express their gratitude for our visit. Our prayer has been and continues to be; "Lord Jesus, be glorified! In every visit. In every conversation. In every service. In everything we say. In everything we do."

After our trip to Franco, CDE and O'Leary (October 25th through November 3rd) we left for Buenos Aires, Argentina about 11:30PM on November the 7th. I thought I would have more time for study, but during the days that we were home we had many people stop by; some just to visit, some with various needs. What a privilege to share the burdens of others!

We arrived in Monte Chingolo, Buenos Aires twenty hours later (935 miles) along with our three passengers. We are very grateful to the Lord for providing us with a large van. Even though it is an 8 passenger van, the five of us with our luggage is about all that it will take; and I know how to pack :-)

The month of November was full of highlights! We visited four congregations in Argentina where we had never been; Claypoles (Bro. Barrionuevo), San Bernardo (Bro. Lobos), Florencio Varela (Bro. Hipolito) and Flores (Bro. Lito Aragon). We visited the beaches of Mar del Tuyu, San Clemente, San Bernardo and Mar del Ajo all in two days.

We also received our box from Miami that contained our couch and many other household items and clothes. That was very exciting! The smell of the good old USA! Our lamps and dishes and especially the couch! It is so good to see the hand of the Lord even in the small details. We did not know how we would get the box from Asuncion to Villarrica. We made some phone calls and talked to different people and then Bro. Fide suggested a young man in the meeting in Villarrica. We were to go in his one ton truck, but he had to load it for work on Monday, so he borrowed his dad's truck. It turned out to be providential, as we realized that the wood box, which we had to take apart, along with all the content, would not have fit in his smaller truck.

Then there's Thanksgiving! Celebrating away from family and friends was a little difficult, but we bought a turkey in Buenos Aires and we had our turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and rolls and sweet potatoes and I don't know what all! We ARE grateful for even the small things!

We do hope you had a good time with your families this Thanksgiving and pray that you also have a great holiday season with Christmas and New Year coming up! May we always keep Christ as the center of our lives and activities and families and every decision we make.

We also had a special evangelistic service Saturday the 30th in Coronel Oviedo. The church there is recovering from several splits and damage done by the leadership. They are starting to grow, but had not seen a person saved in over four years. They began to pray as an assembly. They made a list of people who were already being witnessed to. Each witness was then responsible to invite that person for this special service. They set up an outdoor service and they had invited me to speak. I gave the Word and gave a simple invitation and four people accepted Christ as their Savior and Lord. We pray that they will continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We love you all very much and we are very aware that we could not continue in the Lord's work here if it were not for your faithful prayers on our behalf. May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and strengthen you in all things!

Charlie and Felix Gimenez (Pastor in Monte Chingolo, Argentina)

Sergio and Susana Nakasone (Pastor in La Colonia, Varela, Argentina)

Marcos and Monica Cabrera (Pastor in Posadas, Argentina)

Maidana and Marta Castro (Pastor in Longchamps, Argentina)

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