Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 2015 Newsletter

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body
1 Corinthians 12:14-15

August and September have been full of activity, adventure and blessings. Saturday, August 22nd, Loida fell and broke her foot. She had a small fracture in her second intermediate cuneiform bone and most of her metatarsal bones were dislocated. Everything seems to be in place now, but she has a long road ahead for recovery; especially the stretched tendons and muscles. We bought her an orthopedic boot which she is currently using quite well. For the first two week though, apart from the boot, she was using crutches to get around the house. As you can imagine, this has caused some major changes in our life and schedule. We are grateful for what the Lord allows and what He teaches us through the trials along the way.

One of the lessons we learned through this experience is the importance of each member of the body and that truly; "if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it". Loida broke one small bone in her foot but it caused her hip to be out of place and her leg muscles, after just one week, were totally soft. Her tendons are stretched and circulation to her foot is very poor. Not just the pain and hardship for Loida, but it has also affected me, as I have had to step in to do the many many things that she usually does. A very painful, stressful and exhausting lesson to teach us the importance of each member of the body of Christ. When each of us are seeking God's will and direction for our lives, not only is it a blessing to us, but it affects the whole body. This is especially apparent in the local assembly.

Along these lines, we are grateful to the Lord for the material work that has been accomplished at the Isla Vega camp. The Lord laid on my heart to get some things done at camp this year. We discussed the needs with Bro. Fidelino and decided to start some of the projects. No sooner had we started the projects than we received an offering for the work here in Paraguay which we felt was a direct answer to these needs. If each member is doing their part, the work of the Lord goes forward. We were able to replace the roof to the overhang in the pastors lodge, added a door to the back of the Hogue building and a small roof. We built a lean-to for two tents with a raised floor that should enable people to stay in their tents even if it rains. We replaced four columns to the overhang in the women's dorm with steel columns. The columns were wood and where completely rotted. We build a sidewalk between the women's dorm and the church building. Finally, the main expense was to finish one section of the concrete floor for the dining area. The Lord willing we would like to complete the next section, which would be the kitchen floor, by January 2016. Although not a part of those projects, we also enjoyed our new room addition. It is such a tremendous blessing and even more so with the difficulties presented with Loida's foot. The week before camp I started driving out to camp to study. It is so very peaceful and comfortable; completely distraction free. Isla Vega and our new room have become my sanctuary and I am very, very grateful to the Lord for this special kindness.

We just finished youth camp this Sunday noon. We had about 120 to 150 young people at the Isla Vega camp starting Thursday evening. We had three morning services and an evening service. We also had an afternoon study session. Sis. Alicia prepared 64 doctrine questions on the subject of God or Deity and we were able to print a small workbook for them to complete. The young people broke out in groups to work on the questions. Alicia tried to mix the groups as there were about 13 assemblies represented at camp. This also gives the young people the opportunity to interact with kids from different assemblies. They spent about an hour and a half on Friday and Saturday working on these questions. The evening services were very blessed. It was a smaller group but a very desirous group. I noticed, for example, that almost all the young people had their Bibles and they were looking up the references. Please pray that the Word will take root in their hearts and bear much fruit to the glory of God. There are a few young people that I believe have a calling on their lives. Please pray that the Lord will raise up a new generation that is zealous of sound doctrine.

Please keep us in your prayers as we begin construction on our house and print shop. We already have a full schedule into February of next year and we feel that the Lord would have us to keep those scheduled events. We will need much grace and patience to keep the construction process from distracting from preparing lessons and the many other activities and tasks that are a part of our lives. We also need the Lord's wisdom and direction as we seek to do His will in this project.

Please keep the Youth Camp in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina in your prayers. It will start Saturday, October 10th and run through Monday noon. We also continue to seek to Lord in regards to a trip to San Pablo, Brasil.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus

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