Guatemala Updates

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”
~ Colossians 4:2-3  ~

The past couple of months have not been easy.  But the Lord has been more than faithful.  Thank you so much for your prayers and support for us.  God has helped us grow spiritually and in our love for Him.  The Lord has kindly continued to open doors for us to glorify Him.  Here in Guatemala we have continued to have many Coronavirus restrictions.  As a church we are still looking forward to the time that we can meet together once again.  But God has graciously given many opportunities to serve Him.  
        One of the brothers in our church took the initiative to start a YouTube channel called “The Sufficiency of the Scriptures.”  In this program we interview a pastor of a sister church on a particular topic.  We were blessed to have Pastor Victor Garcia teach on Psalm 91 and Pastor Dale Gardner teach on regeneration.  

Church YouTube Videos

As a church we have been thankful for the ability to interact through video conferencing.  This has allowed us to pray together, encourage one another, and interact during bible studies.  I have also been able to disciple one member by studying the 1689 confession in this way.  During Sunday School we finished up a study on the regulative principle of worship and have begun studying the doctrine of repentance.  I believe that this class on repentance is very important for us as a church.  Here in Central America many of the evangelicals in general think of repentance as a type of penance that gains God’s favor.  My prayer is that this class helps us turn from the sins in our lives and trust Christ alone.  During our midweek service we are studying an introduction to hermeneutics. This time has helped us grow in appreciation for and interpretation of God’s Word. 
Even though we have been unable to have services yet we have had a few new encouraging visitors participating in the studies.  God has also given us a number of evangelistic opportunities through social media.  Recently someone contacted us by phone who had received a gospel tract last year.  This person has cancer and has had times of considering suicide.  We were able to tell him of the true hope that is offered in the gospel.  In all of these conversations we have sought to carefully and faithfully try to help the people see their sin and the sufficiency of salvation in Christ.  We recognize that God has been much kinder to us over the past couple months than we deserve in giving us opportunities to serve Him.

Family update:

As a family we are thankful for how the Lord has provided our needs and allowed us to be healthy.  Ashley is enjoying teaching Benjamin and Casandra.  Benji is in pre-kindergarten and has learned to read. Casandra has been saying more words each day.  Lately she learned how to say bubbles, cheese (which she loves), and baby.

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Prayer Requests:

  1. For humility, revival, and the advancement of Christ’s kingdom in Guatemala.

  2. That we would be able to return to the blessing of assembling together.

  3. That the members of Iglesia Antorcha would persevere in the faith.
    (Jude 20-25)