Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 2016 Newsletter

Greetings from Guatemala!  We are coming off of a month filled with opportunities to be an encouragement to those around us.  We began the month by attending an anniversary service in the village of Nearar. They were celebrating their fifth year.  The service took place on the land that the group bought earlier in the year and where they plan to build a church.  There were around 200 people who attended from the area and surrounding villages.  It was a great service and everyone heard a clear presentation of the gospel.  Pray for new believers in that area.  Pray for the new construction they plan to begin the first of the year. 

In addition to visiting Bro. Elias' church one Sunday in Chiquimula we also began making visits to another local church and a small mission church near Zacapa.  Bro. Fito is pastor of Shalom Baptist Church in Chiquimula.  We have worked with him in the past but have never attended one of his services.  This past month we attended twice and David attended two nights of their anniversary celebration this past weekend.  They are a sweet little congregation and we plan to begin attending there on Sunday nights when we can. 

Bro. Jose' Maria is pastor of the mission church in the village of El Palmar.  We first visited him with our last team and have since returned twice.  One of those return visits was for a service.  We learned from Bro. Fito that just before we started visiting Bro. Jose' Maria he was ready to "throw in the towel".  I feel like God sent us there at just the right time! 

Would you lift up each of these pastors and the work they are doing?  Pray for us as we try to build relationships with them and look for ways that we can work together in ministry. 

David attended the Guatemala Baptist Convention mid-month in Guatemala City.  They were celebrating their 70th year!  We continued with our regular weekly Bible studies in Muyurco on Thursdays and Nearar on Sundays. Both of these Bible study times are going great. The group in Muyurco has built an open air meeting place for us and we have been meeting there all month.  It was a project they took on all by themselves and they have great pride in it.  It blesses our hearts to see them want to be more identified as a group of believers. 

We also made visits in the villages of Chanco and Lagunetas.  At one of the visits we were able to pray with a young mother who had recently separated from her husband.   He is a pastor in another area and due to their problems she had moved back home with her parents.  She was pretty upset but felt encouraged by our words and prayers.  Would you join us in praying for their marriage and ministry?  It is always sad to see a family torn apart but especially one in such a public role.

We are looking forward to the Christmas season and celebrating the birth of our Savior.  It is also the time of the year that we ask for your financial support through offerings given to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  One hundred percent of the money given goes directly to support families like ours and hundreds more around the world.  Would you give this year so that the gospel can continue to be spread around the world?  Just as we need you to give we also need your continued prayer support.  We depend so much on your prayers!  You might not be called to go and serve but will you give and pray for those who are?  Our family would appreciate it! 

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