News from the Spradlins in South America
February 2013 / Vol. 5 No. 2
A BAPTISM, VBS, and LOTS OF PREPARATION A BAPTISM, VBS, and LOTS OF PREPARATION
It brings us such great joy to see the brethren so excited about the many activities that have been taking placewithin the church here in Paraguay! It’s been said, “A working church is a growing church.” According to whatwe´re seeing around here, it’s looking like that saying is true!
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES / CONGREGATIONAL DEVESPECIAL ACTIVITIES / CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT:LOPMENT:
The church had a special “Work Day” to clean up aroundthe building and organize all the rooms. Part of theobjective was to gather up the many old things that werenot being used, like furniture, clothing, toys, or anythingthat just needed to be discarded. There was a “feria” for the members to buy whatever they wanted among theitems with the proceeds going to the building fund. Wealso hired a company to bring in a big trash container for the stuff we needed to throw away and we filled it up!Things are looking mighty good around here. It is great tosee the brethren taking pride (the good kind) inmaintaining their meeting facility.
Our Wednesday night “Summer Series” lessons weresuch a success that the members have asked to havesome more guests! Brethren Glen Henton, Ethan Hardin,and Ivan Villard, Jr, have all agreed to speak for us. If youare a Spanish speaking teacher, or know someone whowould be interested in participating in this program, pleaselet me know!
Vacation Bible School! School starts the end of February in Paraguay, so it is a great time to have aVBS. We invited our member’s children, those of our frequent visitors, and from the local orphanages.Our youth, like Natalia Mendoza, William Arzamendia, and Carolina Achucarro did an amazing job withorganizing and executing this event. There were an average of 40+ kids there all three days! That’s a lotcrayons used!
ASUNCIÓN BIBLE ACADEASUNCIÓN BIBLE ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT:MY DEVELOPMENT:
The Asunción Bible Academy is now in its final stages of development before opening on March 11. Everything appearsto be in order, set, and ready to begin. Next month’s missionreport will be mostly dedicated to the opening of the school.
We now have five “officially approved” students. They are:Enrique Albera, William Arzamendia, Ramón Paredes, PaoloRoshol, and Karen Gimenez. Please pray for them!
RECENT BAPTISMS / RESTORATIONS / IDENTIFICATIONSRECENT BAPTISMS / RESTORATIONS / IDENTIFICATIONS
Baptized! Vicente Martínez, Jr.
He is the son of Vicente andZully Martinez who were baptized this past year. Vicente, Jr.,has really “come out of his shell” lately and been a lot moreinvolved in the youth activities and Bible studies. He eventuallycame to realize the state of his soul and decided to submit to theGospel call. We rejoice to have a new brother in Christ!
Vacation Bible School! There were LOTS of kids!Vicente Martínez, Jr., just before being immersed into the Lamb’s saving blood.