One of the greatest advantages we have to where and how we are learning the language is that we get to be an active part of a great church in La Plata, Argentina. Lighthouse Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista El Faro) was started by a missionary friend of mine over 10 years ago. The missionary trained a man named Jorge who has been the Pastor since the missionary lead the church to be indigenous. Pastor Jorge is a godly man who has been a very big encouragement to me. He has allowed me to pray in the church, give a testimony, and give the offering devotion numerous times! With all my grammatical errors he encourages me to try again. He has allowed me to go with him on special visits before. He and his wife, Johanna have become our friends!
There is much more to learning the language while attending church. For one, it is obvious that everything spoken during the service is in Spanish. Any greetings are done in Spanish. Everything is in Spanish! Every time we meet is an opportunity to learn the language. Sunday School, Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, and Saturday visitation. Special events like men’s meetings and work days at the church are also great times to learn the language. Our daughters look forward to every service. They like arriving early so they can play with their friends (their friends also speak Spanish). On top of it all, we have made friends that we have been able to spend a little time with outside of church. Every hour counts as we are learning the language. Attending Lighthouse Baptist Church is an incredible blessing and honor for us! I can tell you they are far more a blessing to us than we are to them. This is another way we are endeavoring to learn the language.