Friday, October 3, 2014

September 2014 Newsletter

"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 (NKJV

In the body of Christ, in each local assembly, in individual families and in personal lives, there are so many needs. Financial needs, spiritual needs, emotional needs, physical needs and so much more. As we see these needs and consider our resources, we find that we have not the capacity, nor the wisdom to meet any of these needs. Then we come to the foot of the cross. We cast all of our burdens and we cast the burdens that we have picked up for others at the feet of Him who alone is able and willing to resolve every human condition. I don't know what your place in the body of Christ is, but the Lord has not called me to be a banker, a physician, a psychiatrist, psychologist, a therapist, or a social worker; he has called me to preach the word. I have found, that is enough. Not only is it enough, but it is abundant and, at the end of the day, it is all we need. It is all we can offer and it is all that the soul needs. And when the soul finds it's rest and supply in the Word, all other issues will resolve themselves.
Another two months have gone flying by since our last newsletter. It's not for a lack of something to write about, but for a lack of time to do the writing. If you would like the day-by-day play of our activities you will need to send a friend request to Loida on her google+ page.

We did have a workers meeting in Caazapa on the 15th and 16th of August. There was a good turnout of local gospel workers. This is the first time that they have had this kind of meeting in Caazapa and, although the schedule was very short, a total of eight hours of Bible study, it was a good time of fellowship. Alicia, the pastor in Caazapa, would like to repeat a similar series of meetings in October. The rest of the month of August was spent visiting Capiata, Caazapa and Cnel Oviedo, as well as preaching Sunday nights in Villarrica. The weather in August, which is still winter, was mild to say the least, with some 80 degree days

The weekend of the 5th of September we had special meetings in Franco where Bro. Arce pastors. We had services Friday and Saturday night and two services Sunday morning. The congregation there has purchased the property next to theirs and now they are planning construction of a Church building. They will continue to use the current building for Sunday School. Currently they have Sunday School under the trees when the weather permits. This is the case with most of the meetings here in Paraguay

The 18th through the 21st we had a youth camp in Isla Vega. It rained all day Thursday and Friday, but despite the rain, we had a good turnout. Maybe 80 or so Thursday night, but by Friday afternoon Sister Alicia handed out a list of 39 questions about the Bible to 120 young people. Between Friday and Saturday over 150 young people spent at least four hours working in groups of five, completing the 39 questions that Alicia had prepared for them. The questions were all in regards to the Bible. "How many books in the New Testament".  "Who wrote the Bible", etc. We had three hours of Bible Study in the morning and then Alicia had the Bible questions in the afternoon and finally our usual evening services.

The Word was given in abundance and it is always encouraging to see 100+ young people, ages 14 and up, hungry for the Word. Both in the morning and in the evening services my lessons were at least 50 minutes and all were very attentive and eager. The alter services that followed were a wonderful time of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with several being filled for the first time. We praise the Lord for what He is doing in the lives of these young people as the Word of God is given out in simplicity and under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We do not offer musical entertainment. We do not offer videos. We do not offer sporting activities. We do not do theatrics or have loud music during the worship service or soft music for the alter service. We preach the Word. We make an alter call and the Holy Spirit is poured out in wave after wave of glorious blessing. At least 90% of the youth come up for the alter service. There were over 230 people Sunday and all this with about 12 miles of muddy road. Several coming in the mud and rain on Friday night for service, back home for work and returning again Saturday night. That is hunger for the Word and we praise God for the hungry hearts among the young people here in Paraguay and we pray that some will respond to His call to ministry

The construction on the church building in Villarrica continues. They have reached the height of the roof and now have one of the largest expenses, the roof itself; about $4,500. Construction started a year ago and they are almost done with the structure itself. After the roof we will be dealing with all the details which are many. When I say "we" I mean Fide, the pastor. He is the one that has to deal with all these issues and I am very grateful that it is he and not me.

As always, we give thanks to the Lord for each of you that pray for us and for the many that support us financially every month. We could not do what we do if you did not do what you do.