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We held our first public worship service this past Sunday!
“The life-long lesson of trusting” By Laura Carter lifeWe would like to tell you about all of the things that God has done over the past few weeks. To say that it has been a roller-coaster ride would be an understatement! Our team has been praying and planning and praying and planning for our first public service since the time we arrived here in February. We so desire to follow God’s leading and not get ahead of ourselves that we have been very slow and cautious. But we have still found ourselves feeling quite confused from the recent events. I will try to explain the past few weeks events so please bear with me. Our team came up with a plan to have our first public service the first Sunday of December in a temporary location. Then in December, while an evangelistic team from Bogota is here helping out, we planned to have a special ceremony for the new church in its new permanent location. The Lord had so clearly directed the guys to an amazing place for an amazing price. They immediately left a deposit and got a receipt and waited to sign the official contract. The guys were also able to get out of their office contract as there was space in the new building for an office.. The plan seemed to be exactly what the Lord wanted. Everything was falling into place. We would start services in a doctors office for the month of December and then when the repairs were made, we would move to the new church building. It was so amazing how God had worked it all out! Meanwhile, Holly, Juana and I had been working hard on offering two different cooking workshops for moms and their children during their Christmas break. We desired to see families interacting instead of just existing. We planned and organized and prayed for these two opportunities to get to know
Our whole family has remained healthy. We continue to meet new people and build relationships.
We have a place to meet for church services until God directs us elsewhere.
God continues to teach us dependence upon Him. We look forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior!
Perseverance Acceptance of cultural issues Salvation of Guido and Magali Salvation of Carlos and his aunt Carmen Salvation of Bruno Salvation of Eduardo’s family (wife-Maria del Carmen, and grown children Arlet, Eduardo Jr. and Moises)
First public worship service, Dec. 5, 2010!
the ladies better and to share the gospel with them. We truly expected a big turnout as many women enthusiastically assured us of their attendance. The first week the turn out was low, but we were encouraged because of the attendance of two specific ladies we had all been praying hard for. The next week I was pretty much devastated. After inviting at least 15 women myself (not to (cont’d page 2)
That Scott, Jon and Alfredo will be able to arrange more Bible studies with nonbelievers
That new people will attend worship services
The Carter Family Newsletter
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mention those that Holly and Juana invited and all their hard work too) and baking tons of sugar cookies for them to decorate, only 4 women came with their children. I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Why had they all told me to my face that they would come? What had happened? Why had the Lord allowed this to happen? What could I learn from this? Well, I honestly don’t have a clear answer other than the fact that God is sovereign and I MUST trust him for the outcome. Scott reminded me several times that if I did it for the Lord then I had to leave the results with him . It took a couple days for me to recover from the disappointment, but what Scott said is so true. I must do my part and leave the outcome to Him. Okay, now back to the church building. The day after the cookie bake while I was still recuperating physically and spiritually, the owner of the building called and wanted a meeting with the guys. Scott came home later feeling as discouraged as I was. The owner had changed his mind and refused to rent the building to us. What was the Lord doing? We were now without an office, without a church building and back to square one. The one positive thing was that we were still able to rent the doctors office for now. However in spite of it all, yesterday we held our first public service and had twelve adults plus several children in attendance besides our families! We were very encouraged! We may not always understand the Lord’s plans, but the simple truth that He is sovereign allows us to get through the times of confusion and discouragement. And just like Scott reminded me, if we are faithful and plug away doing it all for God’s glory, then we are able to truly rest in him and trust him for the results, even if they aren’t the results that we expected.
Jackson is now 9 years old and maturing a lot.
God used our school curriculum to really touch
his heart these past couple of months. He learned about the need for the gospel in the country of India and made lots of efforts to raise money to help send children to bible clubs.
Makayla turned 8
and continues to enjoy gymnastics. God continues to use her to open many doors.
Avianna is such a little pill.
She too has matured and is beginning to blossom. She
continues to enjoy swimming and coloring.
Communication has never been easier!
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In Colombia it is customary for the entire family to stay up late on Christmas Eve and open all of their presents right after midnight. It is not uncommon as a result to see children playing with their new toys and their friends in the streets into the early morning hours of Christmas day. Colombians also will launch large bottle rockets after midnight and continue to party all night long. (read more here)