Teaching and tying up loose ends:
For the past few months we have been working relentlessly to prepare the people of the church for the time we will be on furlough. In June we will be coming to the end of our first term here in Bolivia. It is amazing to think that almost four years have passed since we arrived here and started our ministry. During those four years the Lord has worked greatly in our lives and church. We have seen many come to know Christ as their Savior and have been working to train and prepare them for the ministry. We have been forming groups of leaders and workers that will be taking responsibility for many of the different ministries in the church like teaching the children’s classes and our Kid’s Club on Wednesday night, visitation, our ushers and many others. On a regular basis, we are meeting with them planning and preparing them for the time that we will be away. We also have started the first of a series of classes called “Christian Growth Classes”. Every Sunday night after church, there is a group of 20 to 25 people that stay an hour for the class. The first class is to prepare people to be members of the church and is actually required for anyone that is interested in being a member. We cover the basic doctrines and practices of the church along with what is expected of someone that wants to be a member. Since this is the first time we have offered the class we have some participating that are already members even though close to ten are not. The following class, after they have completed the first one, will touch on areas like service in the church. Before completing the class those participating will be expected to be involved in at least one ministry. Although this time has been a challenge for both them and us, it has been amazing to see the excitement and enthusiasm to have a part in God’s work. In light of the fact that we will soon be back in the states for our furlough, we are officially announcing it and would like to let you know that if you are interested in us visiting the church to give an update on what God is doing in Bolivia please contact us by phone at 336-499-2585 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many children in our church that come from very difficult home lives. Some are very poor and many of their parents are almost not involved in their lives. The times we go to visit them, their parents are either not home or too drunk to talk to us. Many of them have even been affected greatly in their social and physical development. There are two, brother and sister, three and five that can barley be understood when they talk. One supposedly fell on his head as a baby, and his sister was given corn whisky from the time she was an infant. One of the ladies of our church has taken it upon herself to try and do something special for these children. There is a dentist school here that offers free or reduced rate treatment for the children that go. Around 15 children have had everything from their teeth cleaned to reconstructive surgery with one winning a scholarship to have his teeth fixed and braces put on. Our goal though is not only to help them have better teeth, but also to reach them and their families with the gospel. Please pray for these children that we can share the love of God with them. To see pictures go to kevinwhite.wordpress.com.
This past month we started once again our meeting for married couples. It has been a while since we have met but kind of happened naturally. Several of the couples in the church started getting together once every couple of weeks and many times ending up talking about marriage issues. We decided that this would be a great opportunity to begin meeting together again on a formal basis. We meet on Friday every two weeks in one of their homes. We have some snacks and good fellowship followed up with a game or two to break the ice. Afterwards, we have an informal lesson about how to have a better marriage. In the first class we looked what is the real purpose of marriage. They were surprised to learn that it was something that most of their marriages were lacking, companionship and communion. Please pray for these families.
Pray for our upcoming furlough starting in June.
Pray for those taking leadership positions in the church.
Pray for our upcoming couples retreat in March.
Pray that the Lord will work in the lives of those in the government here in Bolivia.