Guatemala Updates

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
~ Ephesians 2:8-10 ~

One of the most amazing miracles is to see God change a sinner into a saint.  God saves by His grace alone.  He gives us the ability to believe in Christ.  It is not by our will or works.  The true faith that He gives always produces good works as a result. How great is the grace of our God!  
This year in Iglesia Antorcha we have been blessed to be able to study the book of Ephesians.  As a church we have grown in our knowledge and worship of the Lord Jesus Christ.  His worth and glory have been revealed through the verse by verse exposition of His Word.  We have learned of election, redemption, His wisdom, His will, our inheritance, His ascension, His grace to dead sinners, union with Christ, and how Christ is our peace. Personally I praise God for the amazing gift to be able to study God’s Word every week and worship God with the saints in Iglesia Antorcha.  It is a privilege to disciple the people, pray with them, sing to God together, and encourage one another.

            In September, we had a conference on the doctrines of grace.  We are very grateful to have had Pastor Alexander León and Pastor Michael Dienger come and minister to us.  The church here was edified and convicted by their preaching.  It was encouraging to have a conference centered around the truths of the gospel.  The pastors not only taught us faithfully but they also took the time to exhort individuals and answer questions.   We are a small church and we had a small conference.  But brothers came from Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, the US, and Peten, Guatemala (eight hours north of the capital).  The conference was a beautiful illustration for us of how unity in the  gospel produces unity in the church.
Pictures from our September Doctrines of Grace Conference 2019

Family update:

As a family we were so thankful for the chance to recently get to visit family in the United States and attend my cousin’s wedding in New York. It was a nice opportunity for us to introduce baby Casandra to some grandparents and other family members who had not met her yet.  She is about seven months old now and is a constant source of joy to all of us.

Prayer Requests:

1. That the Lord would save the lost and edify His church through the book of Ephesians.

2. That I would trust Him and be diligent to shepherd the flock.  1 Peter 5:1-7

3. Praise God for the encouragement that God gives to His churches through conferences and fellowship with other churches. Colossians 1:9-12

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