We rejoiced over the two baptisms during last week’s Sunday morning service. We will have another baptism this Sunday, and we are excited about it! Every baptism is something that the church rejoices over! It is identifying the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and a step in obedience to Jesus’ command. This Sunday’s baptism is so special to us because our daughter Ivy will be the one getting baptized! We are grateful for how the Lord is working in her and will rejoice with her as she follows Jesus in believer’s baptism!
Quick Update: Training Men
These are exciting times in the ministry in Argentina. A young man at the church told me he wanted to talk with me after the service on Sunday night. We stepped outside and he shared with me how God has been working in his heart. I have been praying for this young man for some time. He shared with me how He believed God put in him the desire to start and pastor a church! He knows he is not ready but wants to begin to train to accomplish what the Lord has put in his heart. This is so exciting! I have seen the Lord work in a handful of men since we have been here. They are all in different “levels” spiritually, but they all have something in common, they want to serve the Lord and believe that God has put a desire in them to be in the ministry. Pray for these young men with me. By faith, we will plant churches with them in the future!
Small Crumbs of Truth from my Daily Bible Reading
A daily discipline that every Christian should have is read the Bible. We live in a day when we can have a copy of the Bible on our phones and/or on our computers/tablets. The days of “I can’t read my Bible today because I forgot it at church” are over. My wife Leslie and I (as well as two of our daughters) read from the same passage of the Bible each day. This is a blessing because we can talk about what we read that morning and it is fresh on all of our minds. That being said, there are days when I read the Bible and I receive so much out of it! I enjoy those days so much, I journal my thoughts about what I read each day and on those days I have long entries about various verses I read that day. There are also days when I don’t really understand what I read, or if it did understand, I really don’t have anything to journal. I feel guilty sometimes, but when on days like that, I journal something like, “I did not understand what I read” or “I don’t really have anything to share from what I read this morning”. But the truth is that most days are not those amazing days or those really hard days, most days are in between the two extremes. I don’t have some great profound thought to journal most days, instead I have little nuggets or “crumbs” of truth that I journal. With that in mind, I share with you a small “crumb” that I recently received out of my daily Bible reading. I hope it is a blessing…
“14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. 15 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.” Joshua 9:14-15
“…and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord”, with these words a Christian should know that Israel was going to have bad problems. But as I examine myself, I realize that I do it as well. I know that talking with God before speaking or before making decisions would save me from many problems. Arrogantly, I want to make decisions in an instant, but I see in this story that it results in a mess. God knows everything, I know very little, and even the things that I “know” and “understand”, I know it only partly. God knows everything and He knows it all completely and I have the blessing and honor of being able to ask Him in prayer to guide me. When I inquire of God (in prayer)…
- I am submitting myself under his authority.
- I am recognizing that I am nothing and that He is God.
- I am waiting for His answer.
- I am trusting God to guide me on the subject.
I want to do everything possible to stop, pray, and wait until God leads me.
March 2023 Missions Letter
Saying Good-bye to Summer
While Summer is usually a time of year when we see a dip in attendance, this year we have seen the opposite! When we arrived to Argentina in January, we immediately resumed a busy schedule on the mission field. We had our first camp, we had a couples fellowship (where one young lady put her faith in Jesus as Savior), and we started going over the plans for this year with the team God has brought together at the church. March is a “back-to-school” month (think of September in the States). The weather begins to change, families start going back to a routine, and the kids start the new school year. We are praying that the Lord work greatly in the church in these next few months before the winter months.
We will start our Fall evangelistic campaign in March. We are focusing in on “our Jerusalem”. The name of the campaign is “The Gospel In Every Home”. This is an organized effort that goes beyond our normal evangelistic efforts. We have the surrounding areas mapped out and will be strategically sharing the Gospel house by house, street by street, block by block. Pray with us that God uses every effort to get the Gospel in every home in our area. Thank you for faithfully praying for us and for the ministry God has entrusted to us.
Patrick, Leslie, Lily, Piper, Ivy, and Isla Henry
- Pray for the new families at Faith Baptist Church.
- Pray for the Fall evangelistic campaign.
- Pray for Wendy (new Christian) and her boyfriend, Emiliano (not yet saved).
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