Guatemala Updates

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
~ Ephesians 5:25-27 ~

The Lord has clearly expressed His sovereign love for His church.  He has promised to save His church by the means of His word.  The Lord’s love is shown by how He is faithful to empower His church to persevere to the end.  He graciously works to present His church as holy and without blemish.  We are blessed in Iglesia Bautista Reformada Antorcha to see the Lord faithfully and lovingly working in one of His local churches.  
        From April to the end of July the government in Guatemala mandated that all non-essential personal had to be in their homes on Sundays. But praise God in the beginning of August that order was lifted and we have been able to have limited capacity services.  We would like to express our thanks and praise to God for answering our prayers.  For the past five weeks we have started a new set of classes that seems to be edifying for the members.  On our Thursday night prayer meetings we have begun a verse by verse study of the book of Revelation and on Sunday afternoons we have a class on church history.  Generally in Guatemala there is a great amount of ignorance regarding church history and the book of Revelation so we hope that these studies will be edifying for the people.  We have also had a small group of new visitors coming.  It has been very encouraging to see their joy, zeal, and hunger for the word of God.  We have recently restarted the Fundamentals Class which is a fourteen-week-class that is designed to introduce newcomers to a reformed baptist understanding of the gospel and the church.     
        The Lord has continued to open up doors for ministry over the internet.  Through Zoom Ashley had the opportunity to teach a class on Titus 2 to the ladies in Iglesia Biblica Monte Sion in Bolivia.  We also had the blessing of having Pastor Manuel Sheran of Iglesia Bautista Renacer in Honduras teach us about saving faith on our Youtube channel.  I also had the opportunity to teach a lesson of redeeming the time during Coronavirus to Iglesia Camino Nuevo in Miami.  It is a joy to see the unity in the faith that we share and hear of the Lord’s work in other churches

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Family update:

    As a family we celebrated Benji’s graduation from pre-kindergarten.  He and Ashley are excited for the new school year.  Casandra is almost a year and a half old. She thinks that she is ready for kindergarten as well but we are going to wait a little while on that.  We are happy to see her learning more vocabulary.  

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Prayer Requests:

1. Praise God that we have been able to return to assembling ourselves together (Heb. 10:19-25).

2. That the Lord would work in the lives of the visitors helping them to grow in their understanding of the gospel and the commitment to the local church (Acts 2:40-47).

3. That the families of Iglesia Antorcha would apply Ephesians 5:18-6:1-4 in the context of their lives and homes.