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Mission Report - Oct 2012

Mission Report - Oct 2012

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Two more precious souls added to the church, a team workshop, a Ladies Retreat/Renewal and the Annual Men’s Retreat all lent to a wonderful and busy month of October!
Two more precious souls added to the church, a team workshop, a Ladies Retreat/Renewal and the Annual Men’s Retreat all lent to a wonderful and busy month of October!

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News from the Spradlins in South America
October 2012 / Vol. 4 No. 10
CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES 
 
Name of congregation:
Avenida Sacramento Iglesia de Cristo
 
Address:
Avenida Sacramento 650, c/ Espaňa - Asunción, Paraguay
 
 Year established:
September 2004
 
Current number of members:
46 Family Units (81 Baptized)
 
Worship and Bible class attendance:
 
Sun am – 38 (7
th
); 57 (14
th
); 35 (21
st
); 57 (28
th
)
 
Sun pm – 18 (7
th
); 23 (14
th
); 36 (21
st
); 27 (28
th
)
 
Sunday Bible study average – 38
 
Midweek study average 21 / Other - 23
 
Recent congregational developments and activities:
 
The
Special Committee for the Bible School
hasbeen working really hard on the many aspects of organization. They have developed a strong Biblecurriculum, worked out a flow-chart for the personneland staffing, and are continuing to develop theinternal rules and regulations.
 
Our 
Annual Men’s Retreat
was held on October 13at the home of Vicente Martinez. We use thisopportunity to review and measure where we are inthe goals that we have previously made and to set new goals for the next year. It was a great day withmany positive and exciting developments. It is thrilling to see the congregation taking on moreresponsibility and growing in the process. Please pray that the church will continue to grow and developthrough the locals efforts!
Recent conversions / identifications / restorations:
 
Baptized! - Fabiola Gimenez
. She is the sister of Silvina Gimenez that was baptized just a short whileago. She and her husband, Rodrigo, have beenattending the couples Bible study group and have hadseveral questions about baptism. She decided to put onChrist in baptism through her studies and we rejoicewith the angels in her decision!
Baptized! - Jazmin Gimenez.
She is the youngest of the three Gimenez sisters. She followed in the footstepsof Silvina and Fabiola, except she identified more withthe youth group and became involved with them.Through various studies she, too, arrived at the decisionthat she needed to “obey that form of doctrine” (Roman6:17) and be baptized. Now all three sisters arerejoicing in their salvation. This is especially apparent inthe smile Jazmin produced when she rose into newnessof life! (pictured above, right)
 Fabiola Gimenez after her baptism, pictured herewith her husband Rodrigo and their two sons Maximillian and Santiago. Jazmin Gimenez rejoicing in her salvation immediatlyafter being immersed in the blood of the Lamb!
 
Special Activities:
 
Annual Team Evaluation Workshop.
We invitedGail and Jerry Heiderich from Itu, Brazil, to come onceagain and provide counseling for the team, as well as,guidance for yet another major transition that the team isfacing. The Hardins will be finishing their time with theteam in December and we are about to begin a Bibleschool, both of which will have an effect on thecongregation. The remaining team members want tomake the transition as smooth as possible and use it asan opportunity to help the church grow. We also setseveral new goals to work toward as a team. It looks like2013 is going to be an exciting year!
Contacts / Bible Studies
Two new
English Campaign Contacts!
Two moreinterested students have come our way with
Andrea
and
Adriana.
They are both very interested in the Bible, sowe pray the English study will develop into an opportunityto focus mainly on the Bible.
The remainder of our English studies continue togo well and we are advancing toward more seriousBible studies, as well. Please keep
Blanca, Daniel,Sergia, Antonio,
and
Graciela
in your prayers thatthey may be touched by the word of God.
 
Evangelistic efforts:
 
A young man named
Martín
has been attendingservices regularly and wants to grow stronger spiritually. He struggles with several addictions and just wants to make sense of his life. We pray for him and will continue to offer spiritual guidance.
 
Steps toward mission goals:
 
The new mid-week Bible study group in Ñemby isgoing very well! The weekly attendance has beenstrong and we have had some great studies. Wepray this will continue to develop toward a natural church plant in Ñemby, that the church in Asunción canwork towards and facilitate. Most of the leaders and the members have this vision already, so it seems tobe only a matter of “when” instead of “if”.
Plans for near future:
 
We have a guest coming downfrom the USA! Karen Bennet, who isa member at one of our supportingcongregations, Central Avenue inValdosta, GA, is coming down towork with us for a several days!
We have two students coming toParaguay from ITL of Guatemala toserve as “interns,” as well as,teaching and preaching. We lookforward to their visit!
 
Our Team Retreat and PlanningSession is coming up next month!
 
The Annual Men’s Retreat and Planning Session was held at the home of Vicente Martinez with 12 brethren in attendance. Jerry and Gail Heiderich (on left) with the Paraguay Mission Team at our anual team workshopOur missionary ladies, Andrea, Alba, Brittnea, and Caraat the CCC 2012 Retreat in Brazil 
 
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES 
 
Personal HIGHLIGHT(s) of the Month:
Two more precious souls added to the church, a team workshop, aLadies Retreat/Renewal and the Annual Men’s Retreat all lent to a wonderful and busy month of October! Wefeel so blessed to be able to participate in such a wonderful work!
 
Personal study:
 
I am currently reading / have read:
“Difficult Conversations and How toDiscuss What Matters Most” 
byDouglas Stone and Bruce Patton.
“David Crockett: His Life andAdventures” by John S. Abbott - justfor leisure. The old language used inthe book is rather fascinating!
Culture and language study:
 
Andrea has enrolled in Berlitz LanguageSchool for Spanish classes. She loves it!We are praying this will accelerate her skills in speaking Spanish.
Visitation:
 
We had a nice dinner one evening with
Aldo Britez
andour new sister in Christ,
Catherine Pascottini
in order to get to know them a little better.
We had
Guillermo
and
Mirian Sanchez
and
RuthyPacuá
over for lunch one Sunday just to get to know our new brethren better. They are a precious family!
We had a nice lunch with our sister,
Raquel Franco.
 She is considering attending the Bible school!
Prisilla Santandar 
is now regularly attending a Biblestudy group and bringing her family with her to worship.We are continuing to visit her and try to help her spiritualdevelopment.
Dinner with our neighbors,
the Meza’s
. He is a retiredArmy Major and she currently manages a little sandwichstand near one of the universities. They have always beenreally kind to us and we enjoyed getting to know them better.
Family activities:
 
Andrea attended
Continent Care Connection2012
which is a missionary retreat and renewalconference held in Brazil. She enjoyed getting toknow other South American missionaries and soakedin the opportunity to spend some time at the beach!We are thankful for 
Great Cities
who provides thisvaluable service to missionaries.
We voted! After learning what to do for overseesvoting procedures, we cast our ballots via the USEmbassy. But, we didn’t get one of those little “IVoted” stickers! :-(
We enjoyed a nice 17th Wedding Anniversarydinner at “La Misión Hotel.”
We have some fun family plans for November and are looking forward to the opportunities!
 Paraguayan engineering: Scaffolding? Sure! We got that! Andrea (middle in white) at the 2012 CCC Women’s MissionaryConference in Brazil 
Some of our youth cutting up with some Karaoke.

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