Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter

Dear Saints,
2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you,
The Isla Vega camp was early this year, starting Thursday evening, January 7th. We almost had to cancel camp on account of the rain, however we had a nice day the Sunday before camp that made it possible to do the necessary cleaning and lawn maintenance. It was a smaller camp on account of the rain, but we had a good number and an abundance of the Word of God.
 
We just got back from La Colonia, Argentina on Monday after a family camp and a week of Bible study. How do I explain what the Lord is doing? There are so many details. So many lives. So many circumstances. It never ceases to amaze me! The transforming power of the Word of God! Over and over again we are reminded; “just preach the word”.
 
Camp started Thursday night and went through Sunday noon. There were between 150 and 200 people attending camp. Four messages in the morning, two in the afternoon and an evening service. We traveled with Sis. Graciela and her two sons and a young girl from Caazapa, Karen Paiva.
 
Monday, Jan. 18th, we started the first Bible School classes. Bro. Sergio Nakasone, the pastor in La Colonia, has talked about having a Bible School for several years and this is their attempt to get something started. One week of systematic Bible study; 5 hours a day. Classes went through Sunday morning with a closing message after an hour of testimonies and song.
 
 
As the Bible Study week began we had several people fall ill with some kind of stomach virus. Then the electric transformer in the street literally blew up. Thank the Lord, Bro. Sergio had two gasoline generators that ended up working the entire week of Bible Study. Then we had water problems. With over 60 people living in cramped space, some in tents; sharing bathrooms, waiting for water to shower and on and on. And yet there were no complaints. Only rejoicing in the Word. The testimony service on Sunday was one person after another telling how difficult it had been for them to come and the trials they endured during the week, but all rejoiced in the privilege of sitting and listening to the Word of God rightly divided.
Sis Graciela started on Romans. I started giving doctrine. Bro. Willy (pastor from Uruguay) gave Isaiah and Bro. David Barrionuevo (pastor in Claypoles) gave Tabernacle.
 
At this point there is no thought of a full time structured Bible School in Argentina, but we are praying about having one here in Paraguay. The Lord willing, this year we will dedicate most of our time to that purpose.
 
We do have several events already planned and two that we just need to confirm dates. February 4 to 6 we will attend a camp in Calle 2. March 11-13 in Tucuman, Argentina and March 23-27 in Isla Vega.
 
Construction on the house is progressing. It is beginning to look like it could be something. We trust the Lord every step of the way and have seen His love and care in all things.
 
Please continue to pray for those affected by the dengue virus. Bro. Fide is now down with dengue and needs prayer.
 
Thank you all for your love and prayers! Randy and Loida, Even so, come Lord Jesus!
 
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Isla Vega - Afternoon service
 
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Isla Vega - Sunday School class
 
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La Colonia - Sunday School kids January 2016
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La Colonia - The cooks making pasta
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La Colonia January 2016
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Isla Vega - Enero 2016