Patience: Living in a Foreign Country

I love living here in Argentina. That is not to say that I love everything, but I do love it here. The people are warm and friendly. The food is delicious. We have four seasons here, and three of them are beautiful (I am not a huge fan of winter). With all the great things I love about this country, I do find the need for patience to live here, or anywhere else that is not the country you grew up in. Why? Because things are different, not bad, not wrong, not backwards, just different. But those differences can really be frustrating. You are accustomed to a specific way of life, a specific order, a specific way things are done, and when they are done in a completely different way it causes frustration. This build up of frustration is commonly known as “culture shock”. I have seen it in others and I have certainly experienced it myself. I have learned (and am learning) that patience is needed when living in a foreign country.
I want to make clear again that I love living here, even in the frustrating moments when it seems like something that should be relatively simple is incredibly difficult. That is where patience comes in. But this frustration has pushed me into trusting the Lord more and more. That is what patience does, it causes you to wait on the Lord. Patience can be an expression of confidence that God is going to bring His will to pass. What a shame to go through some type of frustration but not growing in patience and therefore not growing closer to Jesus! This is a unique opportunity we have as foreigners and I hope God continues to work in me as I grow in patience, trusting Jesus through it all! May we all grow in patience, trusting our God is in control.

April 2018 Missions Letter

From Easter to a Ladies Fellowship

In March we had a special service with a lunch. We called it Levi’s Banquet. It was a time where many were invited to enjoy a good meal but more than that, a time to meet Jesus. 

This month will start off with Easter, which is on April 01, but actually started with our normal Thursday service on March 29, a special “good Friday” service (good Friday is celebrated more than Easter is), and culminating on Sunday. This month we will also have our first women’s fellowship (our men’s fellowship will be in May). This will be an opportunity for the ladies in our church to get together and spend time together and also be challenged with a special lesson for God’s Word. On top of all of this we must find a house to rent and move into the house before the end of the month!

Serving Together,

Patrick, Leslie, Lily, Piper, Ivy, and Isla Henry

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  • Pray for us to find a house to rent.
  • Pray for the first ladies fellowship. 
  • Pray Faith Baptist Church as we labor to evangelize, equip, and empower believers.
  • Pray for those attending Faith Baptist Church that they will catch on to the vision and purpose of our church!

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