During the month of January, we saw the Lord continue to bless our new church plant. In just our second month, we had an average of 29 people on Sunday morning, 18 on Sunday evening, and 18 on Wednesday for our midweek service. We have seen more people saved and will be starting discipleship soon. We have several families attending on a regular basis, as well as many of young people. As I write this letter, I am sitting at our teen camp. We have ten young people from our church that are enjoying their time here. I will be preaching on Thursday about the importance of missions. I’m praying for the Lord to work in the hearts of each of them. Teen camp is an opportune time for the Lord to make a profound spiritual impact in the life a young person to do more for the cause of Christ.
Every Tuesday our assistant pastor and I print out “thank you for visiting with us” letters and head out to follow up with those who visited with us on Sunday. The people are glad to see us and usually invite us into their home for a drink and a snack (Chilean custom). Due to it being the middle of the summer here, with temperatures usually in the 90’s everyday, we typically wait until the evening to take advantage of the coolness, and have a better chance of catching people at home after their long work day. We have had some really good home visits and people tend to open up more to us in their homes.
On Thursdays, I continue to teach English classes on more of an intermediate level to a group of about ten people. Each week the students are to memorize a verse of the Romans Road. As we quote the verse in English, I then explain (preach) the verse in Spanish for 5-10 minutes. Therefore, every week I am sharing the Gospel with everyone in attendance. The majority have never heard these verses before, much less, have ever had these verses explained to them. After every class people ask me further questions about salvation and the Bible. We have seen several saved and attending church because of this English outreach ministry.
Our weekly Friday night youth meetings continue to go strong. We are averaging ten young people every week, plus us workers. They are also stepping up to help serve in the church. For example, we just had a Saturday of VBS in which seven of them helped with games, crafts, setting up, and cleaning up. They did a great job and it’s exciting to see them grow in their walk with the Lord.
Future Property Purchase for Love Baptist Church:We are very thankful for $1,520 that has already been given towards a future purchase of property here in Santiago, Chile. We’re praying and asking God to supply a property by the end of this year for a permanent location for the church. If you would like to help out please send a check to Vision Baptist Missions (address below) with this note: Love Baptist Chile.