Tuesday, August 5, 2014

July 2014 Newsletter

We did not get a June newsletter off and now, how do we catch up on everything that has happened since our last newsletter?!  I will start by saying that we have been extremely buisy these last two months. We continue to witness the hand of God moving and directing and intervening; the Holy Spirit ministering to the needs of God's people in so many ways, but especially through the administration of God's Word.

Edelira

June 20th to the 22nd we had a workers meeting in Edelira for the pastors and gospel workers in the area. We had a total of eight hours of Bible study for the 25 or so workers representing six different local assemblies. It was a time of refreshing and encouragement in the Word. All were very encouraged and challenged  and all expressed a desire to repeat this next year, but in hopes of making it a week long event. Many of these workers have not had the privilege of formal Bible training or even of sitting under the ministry of a solid Bible teacher.

San Lorenzo

The weekend of the 5th and 6th of July we had a series of meeting in San Lorenzo, just outside of Asuncion. This meeting is a brand new meeting, but the significance of these meetings and the fact that they held the meetings specifically that we might come and minister, is beyond explaining, but I will simply say that it is a miracle and the Lord was glorified. They are now suffering the consequences of having invited me to speak and are now having meetings in the pastors house. Please pray for this small assembly.

Coronel Oviedo

The meeting in Coronel Oviedo is where Bro. Doug Crook ministered for about a year while he was in Paraguay as a missionary. This meeting has been through a lot of turmoil, having been reduced to three families for some time, but is now starting to grow. The pastor requested us to come and hold Bible studies on Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday morning. The building was full and the Lord ministered the word to hungry hearts.

Resistencia

Wednesday we traveled to Capiata for our usual Bible study, spent the night at Noemi's and headed out Thursday morning for Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina. We had about 14 hours of Bible study, starting Thursday night until Sunday noon. There were some serious issues in this assembly and to see the Lord healing and establishing hearts is a thing of wonder and beauty. Our hearts rejoice and we just worship God for the power and effectiveness of the Word of God given under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Monte Chingolo

Sunday after lunch we headed out for Chingolo, Argentina, where Bro. Charlie is pastor. It is a 12 to 14 hour drive and we picked up three new passengers. We drove straight through with Loida relieving me for about an hour, arriving in Chingolo about 2:00AM. They were without electricity again and we were without power at the house where we stayed almost every night. Charlie´s mom, Sis. Manuela, moved in with Charlie and gave us her house to stay in while we were there. We are grateful that the hot water heater is gas  operated   and so we were able to take hot showers the entire time.
We rested Monday and Tuesday and started Bible study Wednesday 4:00pm. I was amazed at the number of people attending, even the afternoon lessons; the church was almost full. We had two lessons in the afternoon and then a regular evening service. For the evening services the building was packed. Saturday night, literally, every seat in the house was taken and there were people standing in the back. There were people from at least six other meetings in the area. It is not easy for them to come, many from great distances. The economic situation in Argentina is not good and yet the place was packed and there was no lack of food or any other material thing.
Saturday morning we went to Clypoles to visit Bro. David Barrionuevo and his congregacion. They are having services in his garage and part of what would have been bedrooms or a living room. A small meeting of maybe 50 people, but a powerful presence of the Lord in that place. There was such liberty and such a moving of the Spirit that was truly refreshing.
We finished the series of meetings in Chingolo Sunday morning by celebrating the Lord's supper. Again the building was packed and some standing in the back. There was a sweet spirit of unity and harmony that I have not felt in Argentina in some time.

Schedule

August 15 and 16 there will be a workers meeting in Caazapa for the gospel workers in the area. I will clarify that we have done nothing to promote or encourage or organize any of the special meetings or other activities that we mention in our newsletters and blog. These are all special services that are born from the heart of local leaders, wheather in Paraguay or Argentina. Sister Alicia had mentioned quite some time ago that she wanted to have something for the local workers. There will be meetings all day Friday and Saturday with normal services in the evening.
September 18-21 there will be a Youth Camp in Isla Vega. This will be the usual camp that is specifically for youth 14 and older. There will also be a special time for Bible Study and seeking the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
October 10-12 there will be a Youth Camp in Charadai, Chaco, Argentina. This is also a yearly event in Charadai, about 100 Kilometers South East of Resistencia where Sister Elva Romero is pastor.
November 5-9 There will be Special meetings in Clypoles Argentina with Bro. David Barrionuevo. They rent a camp ground, but only a few spend the night. Most come and go for the services; about 6 hours a day of Bible Study.
November 19th to December 30th Loida and I will be traveling to the USA for Cesia Crook's wedding and to visit some of the assemblies that have been so faithful to pray for us.

Thanks

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."  Philippians 1:3-6