We hope you are enjoying the Christmas Season! We are enjoying our short furlough as we continue to raise additional support and spend these special days with the family, but we also miss Argentina and Faith Baptist Church in Lanús. The church is continuing on and we will be back in Argentina in just over a month! We still have several meetings with new churches before we leave. Please pray for us as we are in the States and Faith Baptist Church in Argentina.
We are in the Christmas Season and for missionaries on the foreign field this can be a tough time. Christmas means different things to different people. Some people dream of a white Christmas (growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, I have only had one “white Christmas”). Some people look forward to the different family Christmas parties where cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, children, and grandchildren all come together to enjoy food, presents, and passing time together. Some people look forward to a special tradition that has happened every year for as long as they can remember. For some missionaries on the foreign field, these things are very hard. For one, some missionaries are in an area where the “feeling of Christmas” is totally different. In Argentina, Christmas is in the Summer. That means a sweaty, hot Christmas. Hot chocolate is out of the question. Dreaming of a white Christmas is just that, a dream. By far the hardest thing to go through is knowing that you will not see your family. That being said, it can also be a special time for the missionary and his family. I can say as for us, we had a great time during the Christmas season last year in Argentina! It was totally different, with fireworks and summer fun. Even so, others really do have a hard time during this time of year.
This all being true, I encourage you to reach out to the missionaries you support and let them know that you are praying for them and that you love them. Just a small email can really bring encouragement. I am not one to whine about how hard it is on the field, and I have already stated that we loved it, but others are not the same way. This Christmas season, remember and love on your missionaries.
Trusting Jesus and Advancing
We are on a quick furlough and will be back in Argentina in January. We look forward to getting back! While we are in the States the church continues on. This month definitely has been the most trying. I received a text message from a missionary who is there on the field studying the language and serving in our church (Jason and Ashley King, who are doing an incredible job!). He informed me that directly after the Sunday morning service that a couple of guys walked in and held everyone up at gunpoint. They robbed the church. One of them was caught but the other man got away. While this was a horrible event, I do believe God has used it to embolden some of the men who are faithfully attending the services. Please pray for Faith Baptist Church, that we do not allow Satan to stop what God is doing!
Patrick, Leslie, Lily, Piper, Ivy, and Isla Henry
- Pray for David as he preaches at the church each service.
- Pray for our church to be emboldened to serve Jesus through the robbery.
- Pray for those attending to continue to be faithful and grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus.
- Pray for more souls to be saved.
Why memorize Bible verses? That has been the subject of the past few posts. This post comes from a different angle. Up to this point it has been all the individual’s personal walk with Jesus. Now we are going to look at how memorizing Bible verses will help you as a believer help others.
Have you ever been discouraged? You are not the only one. Have you ever lost your job, received bad news from the doctor, had marital problems, dealt with a rebellious child, or lost a loved one? All of these things are part of life. There is no getting past it. When co-workers, family, neighbors, and friends are going through these times, there is nothing quite like having a follower of Jesus in their lives to share a verse from the Bible to encourage them. The Bible is powerful and has a way of touching a heart like nothing else. We can use the Bible to encourage, challenge, give insight, guide, and comfort others.
Lets attempt to use the Bible, not only in our own lives, but in the lives of those around us. The world cannot offer what God offers through His Word. Read the Bible, learn the Bible, memorize verses from the Bible, use the Bible in your life, and use the Bible to help others.