Dear friends and family,
Being far from the US makes it a curious place to study some of the trends there. First it’s “Thanksgiving”, but then it’s “Black Friday”. “Cyber Monday” is a big one now, and in case you have an extra penny left over you can always try “Giving Tuesday”. What about “Savings Wednesday” or “Debt Free Thursday”? Oh well. Bolivia is slowly getting inundated with materialism and greed as well, and the church is susceptible to it here as it is in North America. May the Lord help us to see belongings as a tool for good and our lives as a way to worship and serve Him!
You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness. – CS Lewis
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Preaching: November was full of trips and opportunities to speak, which is both a blessing and a tremendous responsibility. At the local Baptist church in town, where I speak every Wednesday, we finished the book of Job and stared in on Daniel. They are a faithful and eager group, which makes teaching them such a blessing and encouragement. Last night, just after I finished speaking on Daniel 4, there were a barrage of questions from the members that ended-up adding another 20 minutes to the message! Great fun.
At my home church we are now well into the book of Revelation, making an effort to focus on Christ and His glory above all the debates and “end times” scenarios.
In mid-November I visited Montero for the first time, a city near Santa Cruz. I was invited to speak for their anniversary and that weekend was specifically geared towards youth, with more than 7 churches in attendance. Was a good time as I got to both preach a few times and give an intensive study on “The History of the Brethren” on two afternoons.
Radio Work: The local radio station in town is a ministry I’ve been blessed to be a part of for several years now. It runs 24 hours a day, when the systems are all working properly, and it reaches a huge radius beyond the town. Almost every night there is a study of mine that goes out, as we now have over 140 hours of recorded and edited material available to cycle through.
Since early November things have slowed, enabling me to go most afternoons and record a 25-part series on the book of Job, which I’m very excited about.
The radio material is also available in CD form; no longer am I making it, preferring to have someone else do it since it is quite a bit of work. That’s because there are 7 different CDs available now, each with over 20 hours of audio material, and I’d say that it’s new design and presentation is looking pretty sharp. Since we started selling these CDs up until now there have been over 2,400 copies sold in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, the US, and Argentina. Praise the Lord!
The website that hosts all this material for free – www.recursoscristianos.info – is also doing very well, averaging between 70 and 120 unique visitors per day. It is now in its second year and it has continually grown more popular worldwide.
Bible School: We are having a strange new problem at the Bible School – too many students! Usually we have to wait until early February hear from all the students who wish to be part of the year. It’s early December and as the Registrar I have been contacted by over 25 students who have stated they want to be at the Bible School this year. Our limit is 22, so we are thankful for this “problem”, but we hope that the ones that do come would be those who can really profit from it the most.
Writing: I’ve had writing opportunities in Spanish open-up more and more. I am regularly writing for two magazines in Bolivia and recently was asked to write for a large one in Paraguay.
I’m also putting together a series of 8 biographical articles on Church History that might make an interesting short book, teaching history through story. There are also several other projects on my mind as far as writing goes, not to mention seeking to publish the completed manuscript that I referenced in my last ministry update. Please keep praying for the right publisher to show interest in that book; there have been a few so far, but nothing serious yet.
- Thankful for the opportunities to preach, record at the radio, and have my writing published. May the Lord be honored and glorified in all of this
- Thankful for the great amount of students interested in forming part of the Bible School for next year. May the Lord bring those who will benefit most
- That we might use this holiday season well, longing to reach people with the world’s most glorious message – Christ is the World’s Savior!
Thank you for the prayers, encouragement, and support.