Guatemala Updates

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,”
~ Ephesians 4:11-12 ~

All around the world ministry has changed because of the Coronavirus.  Guatemala is no different.  By God’s grace here we do not have many confirmed cases in comparison to other countries.  But our lives have still been greatly affected.  The government here has closed churches along with many other businesses and schools.  We also have a national curfew.  Everyone needs to be in their houses by 4pm.  Despite the inability to meet for this time we as a church are trying to find ways to minister and disciple one another.  We recognize that the Lord wants Iglesia Antorcha to be a group of disciples that makes disciples.
        I have been encouraged how the members have been able to use technology to video chat and continue some forms of discipleship.  On Saturdays I am studying Hermeneutics with one brother.  On another day one of the other brothers in the church is continuing to patiently teach me Spanish.  Recently a number of the members of Antorcha have used social media to preach the gospel.  Some have done so by making a series of Facebook videos. Others have produced round table discussions through video conferencing all for the purpose of directing people to repentance and faith in Christ.  It is a blessing and an answer to prayer seeing Christ’s name and gospel exalted in this time.  I am hopeful that many are hearing the gospel through these means who would not have if it were not for the Coronavirus.

Facebook and YouTube Video Links

On Sundays we are livestreaming the sermons, classes, and worship in song.  We are aware that livestream is not a substitute for church. We are praying and longing for the day when we can once again come together to worship our Lord.  But we are grateful that we can livestream and continue the verse by verse exposition of Ephesians.

Family update:

As a family we were privileged to participate in my brother David’s wedding to my new sister-in-law Hannah Mudge.  The wedding was a joy to be a part of and very glorifying to God. We praise Christ for their marriage and pray that the Lord will be glorified through their lives.  On that same trip we were greatly encouraged by our time with our sending church Cornerstone Baptist Church of Orlando.  The time with them is filled with encouragement, fellowship around the gospel, and true love.  We are looking forward to the next opportunity to see them.  As a family we are happy to celebrate Casandra’s first birthday.  She brings so much joy in our lives and we are so grateful to God for her.  We want to also thank everyone who gave to help us with our plumbing issues.  We received enough to be able to cover these unplanned expenses.

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Prayer Requests:

  1. Praise God that the gospel is going out during the Coronavirus time.

  2. The Lord would provide work and necessities for the members of Iglesia Antorcha.

  3. For humility, revival, and the advancement of Christ’s kingdom during this time.

  4. That God would be merciful and spare lives during this crisis.

  5. That we and other churches would be able to return to the blessing of assembling together again.