September 11, 2005 – We said “see you later” to our precious friends and family in the States! Two days later we began a beautiful new chapter in our lives labeled, “Argentina”!
On September 13, 2005 we arrived in our new home, Buenos Aires, Argentina! There have been many ups and downs during the past 10 years, but I would not trade them for any other life! God is so good to us, more than we deserve. God is faithful to stretch us and give us His grace in the trials. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
As we have gone through trials, moments of uncertainty and seen many other missionaries come and go, only by God’s grace are we still here! This is not just a story of God’s faithfulness in our lives; it is the story of God’s hand at work in many lives, during many years prior to arriving on the field – our sending pastor, Travis Smith, who was (and still is) our #1 cheerleader, our supporting churches who help us financially and in prayer, as well as our family and friends who respect and even admire God’s calling on our lives to serve Him in a far-away place. Thank you to each one who has had a a part in not just our getting to the field, but also to remain faithful to our calling.
If you are a leader, whether in your church, work, home, or community, then you know the value of a good leadership team. In order for a ship to steer its plotted course, everyone must be rowing in sync and in the same direction. In this case, I’m referring to deacons. We just cannot thank the Lord enough for the godly men He has placed in our church who have displayed courage and commitment to do what is right.
Our prayer is that God will call one of these men to pastor this work. Toward that end, I (James) will begin to teach a homiletics course on Sunday nights during our discipleship time. The goal is that each of the men will be able to prepare a Bible message and will become comfortable speaking from the pulpit. Pray that God would soon show us who He would have to fill the role as national pastor.
An enormous THANK YOU to Temple Baptist Church in Dade City, Florida for their overwhelming gift toward the property fund this month. Praise God for each of our supporters who have given a total of over $31,700 so far! Each step toward the goal leads to more opportunities for finalizing the purchase. Once we have an additional $30,000, we would like to begin negotiations again with the property owners. Please keep praying!
- $47,100 in land fund
- Generous gifts for land fund from churches and individuals
- Spirit-led church leadership
- Sweet spirit in our congregation
- Funds to purchase property for the church – praying for $30,000 more
- Nov.14-18 –Missions Conference