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Mission Report - Feb 2013

Mission Report - Feb 2013

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Many great things are happening here in Paraguay with lots of activities that have been taking place among the church! It’s been said, “A working church is a growing church.” According to what we´re seeing around here, it’s looking like that saying is true! Hope you enjoy this month's report.
Many great things are happening here in Paraguay with lots of activities that have been taking place among the church! It’s been said, “A working church is a growing church.” According to what we´re seeing around here, it’s looking like that saying is true! Hope you enjoy this month's report.

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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.
 
Evangelistic Contacts / Bible Studies:
 
Dina Aycock
is a new friend that Andrea has made throughthe “Las Amigas” club. She has started asking lots of questions, so Andrea has invited her to come and see thechurch for herself!
The mid-week study groups are going strong again after ashort summer break. We are back to studying in the homes of Delci Enciso and of the Martinez. Our subject is Romans.
We are also studying with several different couples withvarious topics like marriage, new convert lessons, and textualstudies. What a blessing to have so many brethren that wantto learn and grow in His word.
 
Two of our former English students have returned to continuetheir studies.
Andrea
and
Adriana
are just about to finish theJohn study that we use, then they will transition into the“Searching for Truth” material. There are always lots of questions that follow with that study!
Sergia
is one of Andrea’s English students who has nowadvanced to “Searching for Truth.”
 
Steps toward mission goals:
 
The new church plant in Ñemby! The men of the congregationat Avenida Sacramento have decided to support a youngpreacher named,
Eliezer Perez,
who is about to graduatefrom the Institute of Theology of Latin-America in Guatemala.When he was here a few months ago, he expressed thedesire to come to Paraguay and work with the church. So, thechurch will provide him a place to live and a salary. This is aHUGE step for the church in Paraguay! They are stepping outon faith with the intent to support a young preacher. Eliezer will be working with the congregation here, as well as, beingvery involved in the church plant in Ñemby. We are prayingand working toward having everything ready by July in order to start worship services there. Please pray for this effort.
Worship and Bible class attendance:
 
Sun am – 50 (3
rd
); 47 (10
th
); 57 (17
th
); 53 (24
th
)
 
Sun pm – 41 (3
rd
); 31 (10
th
); 37 (17
th
); 26 (24
th
)
 
Sunday Bible study average 39
 
Midweek study average - 28
 
Current members
:
84 Baptized
(
47 Family Units)
 
Upcoming plans:
Preparing for the Inauguration Ceremony and opening of theAsuncion Bible Academy in March
 
Congregational retreat in April
 
We bought our plane tickets for our USA Furlough coming upin May and June of 2013! We will traveling to the followingplaces during these dates:
 
Poolville church of Christ (Texas) - May 5
 
Dripping Springs church of Christ (Texas) - May 12
 
Margaret Street church of Christ (Florida) - May 19
 
Central Avenue church of Christ (Georgia) - June 2
 
Palm Beach Lakes church of Christ (Florida) - June 9
 
One of our future Bible Academy students, Paolo Rosholl, helping to paint the classroom.We needed to get rid of lots of stuff so the guys filled up an entire trash container! Andrea with Dina Aycock at the Ladies Tea
 
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ACTIVITIES 
 
HIGHLIGHT(s) of the Month:
We have a new brother in Christ and the excitement is growing as we are gettingcloser to starting classes in the Bible Academy.
 
Visitation / Other Activities:
 
Yegros family.
We had a nice evening visiting withIke and Nora and just enjoying a late-night Paraguaystyle dinner.
Angel Ortiz
is the husband of our sister in Christ,Mabel Ortiz. We had a nice visit one afternoon whenhe came by the church building during our “workday.” He is a very interesting person and a rather busy entrepreneur. I hope to have more opportunitiesto visit with him in the future.
Preaching on Skype! I had the opportunity to preachfor our sponsoring congregation at Margaret Streetchurch of Christ in Milton, FL via Skype. Even after having done this a few times, it is still such aninteresting experience and great opportunity! I amvery thankful for the technology that allows us to “bethere” with are brethren in the USA.
Family activities:
 
Valentine’s Dinner! We went to an old Peruvianrestaurant we had been hearing about.
After a lot of sweat and hard work, I haveadvanced one more level in Tae Kwon Do toorange belt. Thanks to this much neededexercise, it has helped me to feel much better and have more energy. I have even lost a fewpounds in the process.
Personal study:
 
I am currently reading / have read:
“The Letter of Paul to the Romans” 
byRichard A. Batey
(Sweet Co)
“Gramática Simple del Griego (Simplified Greek Grammar) by Armando Alaniz 
“Mejores Estudiantes de la Biblia” by Mark Reeves(Bible Academy Textbook)
 
Cultural or language discovery:
 
Interesting point: Americans are often viewed as being“frio” (cold) by the Paraguayans. The reason is becausewe are considered to be very direct in our personalcommunication. Americans usually go right to the point,whereas the Paraguayans have several exchanges of greetings before
eventually 
getting to the point. Then, thepoint is sometimes softened in some form or another.Even in text messages, it is considered rude if you don’tput several lines of greetings before getting to the point!
Want to learn more about Paraguay? Check out NataliaGoldberg’s, “Paraguay (Other Places Travel Guide)”which you can get through her insightful website:
 
http://discoveringparaguay.com
 
 Andrea with Gina, Ruthy, Jazmin, and Romi showing off the crafts made at their “Pinterest Party”Some of our young ladies on “Work Day” helping clean up and organize. February Ladies Tea with some of our sisters from Ñemby leading the devotional thought.

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