Dear Pastor, Family, & Friends
Thank you as always for your prayers and financial support. Your faithfulness is a blessing to us. We are grateful for the opportunity to be your ambassadors for the sake of the gospel in Chile.
May and June have been challenging months for us in different ways, but we are glad to report that the Lord, as always, has been faithful and helped us in each circumstance.
Meredith, our youngest daughter had to have surgery on both her achilles tendons and screws inserted in her right foot to correct an issue she has had walking since she was two. We are grateful that the Lord led us to a doctor that helped us determine the cause and choose the correct procedure to help Meredith with this issue. She is on the road to recovery and has already started therapy. Her road to full recovery will be approximately six months. We are also grateful for those that helped with the cost of the procedure. Thanks to your gifts we were able to pay for the surgery in full.
We are excited to announce that the Lord has open a door for us to start Iglesia Bautista Gracia (Grace Baptist Church). We have been meeting in a community center for about six weeks. We are excited about this opportunity and want to ask that you pray for us in the days ahead; specifically in the coming weeks as we will be going door to door passing out 10,000 invitations.
The church is being planted in a growing community with lots of new young families coming into the area. There is great potential here. However, we also have a huge obstacle to over come. We need to purchase a building.
We have an agreement to meet in the community center for one year, and after this we will need to have a place to meet. Because the area we are in is growing; the demand for rent is greater than the houses available and fewer people are willing to rent a home to be used for a church. On the other hand, because lots of new homes are being built, in the next year we believe the opportunity to purchase property will be much more advantageous, beneficial, and cost effective. Therefore we are going to begin raising funds to purchase a property immediately.
We will need to raise approximately $100,000 to purchase something in this area. All gifts can be sent to us through MWBM and marked “Grace Property” and will be placed in an escrow account until we have the funds to purchase the building. If we can raise the funds in less than a year that will be even better for the growth of the church.
We are beyond excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to all that God has planned for us in this new church plant.