Tuesday, April 19, 2016

March 2016 Newsletter

Dear Saints,

Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine (1Ti 4:13). 
Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” (Jn 21:22) 
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes (1Co 11:26). 
It seems that we are always talking about the second coming of Jesús Christ and He has not come yet. Some, even in Christendom are saying; "where is the promise of His coming?" And yet, "a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry"

We know He is coming and we love His coming and we are "looking for and hastening" the coming of the Lord. And yet we are also told, "till He come". "Till He come,” we are to be occupied. "Till He come,” we are to be busy about our Father's business. Although we understand that, "in the fullness of time,” Christ came as the Lamb of God, there is also a date fixed on the divine calendar. We also see in Scripture that He is, "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance". God will give every living person every possible chance for repentance and eternal life. If I believe all of this, then I should be entirely given over to God's will for my life. In so doing, I will be fulfilling His purpose in bringing, "many sons to glory". May our prayer be; "even so, come Lord Jesus". But may our prayer also be; "what would you have me to do Lord".         

March 9th we traveled to  San Miguel, Tucuman, Argentina, about 840 miles from Villarrica. We left  home, along with Sister Graciela and then stopped by Resistencia, Argentina to pick up Sister Elva.  We arrived on the 10th in the afternoon and settled in. Friday and Saturday we had two hours of Bible study in the morning, an afternoon service and two hours in the evening.

We were concerned about this assembly, as we had heard that some had visited the area who are “enemies” of the cross of Jesus Christ, wolfs in sheep clothing. However, we rejoiced in their steadfast faith and love for the Pauline message. 

We are certainly not living in a time of revival, like we experienced here in South America in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but, on the other hand, there are not many places where we would hold a three day Bible study and have the building packed. We had about 80 people on Saturday and about 60 Friday and Sunday. A small bus brought people from San Pedro del Colalao on Saturday (a meeting we visited with dad back in 2013).

We are so glad to have mom and dad visiting us. They arrived March 17th and were able to be with us in Isla Vega for the Easter Camp; March 23rd through the 27th. We had around 400 people for camp but many did not make it on account of the rain. Dad ended up speaking a total of nine hours. I  spoke four hours, Samuel three and Alicia two.
We gave mom and dad a week of R&R and then we started visiting some of the local assemblies here in Paraguay. More about that next time.

Friday, April 8th, Fide’s dad, Bro. Juan Galeano went to be with the Lord after a short bout of pneumonia. He passed away about 9:00PM in a hospital in Itagua. By 1:30AM they had brought his body to Villarrica and prepared it for visitation. They took his wife of almost 58 years to see the body. When sister Ñeca saw her husband, she touched his face and said “what will I do without my companion”, she grabbed her chest, rolled her eyes and fell to the ground having suffered a massive heart attack.

Within the hour we were mourning the passing of both of Fide’s parents. Pillars of faith and faithfulness. It was quite the experience and being an event not often experienced, was a testimony to all of Villarrica, believers and unbelievers alike. The funeral services were very blessed with a time of worship and praise. Never seen anything like it. 

After the burial service at the cemetery we found that someone had broken in to both our vehicle and Bro. Fide’s vehicle. My passport, along with my new iPadPro and my old iPad air which Loida was using  were stolen along with Loida and mom’s purses. Two cell phones from Fide’s kids and all personal documents. We waited for the police and then had to go down to the station to file the report.

The next day mom’s purse was found along a highway about 30 miles from Villarrica. It contained most of her personal documents, including credit cards and Loida’s prescription sun glasses. Fide and his kids went to pick up the purse from the local police station. On the way, they found one of the girl’s purses hanging from a tree with the rest of the documents. My passport is the only document that was not recovered. It also contained my visa for Argentina and my visa for Brasil. My iPad is my most important tool, as it is all I use for study, preaching and preparing material for printing.

Construction on the printshop and house continues. The Lord has been faithful to provide every step of the way. One of the things we were reminded of from the theft is, that none of these material things matter and none of these material things belong to us. It all belongs to Him and we are grateful for the lessons He teaches us along the way. We are assured and confirmed that the printshop and house also belongs to the Lord and that it is His business to provide and to guide in its construction and we have certainly seen His hand in many ways.

Till He come,

Randy and Loida 

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